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St Margaret Clitherow & St Paulinus RC Joint Parishes (York UK)


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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (YrA)     “God is Supreme King”

After the uncompromising nature of the Gospel texts in recent weeks, it is not perhaps surprising that the Pharisees should try to plot against Jesus who was almost openly preaching against them. Again they failed as Jesus turns their argument neatly back upon them, reminding us of the priorities which should exist in our lives.

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This Sunday’s Readings:

First Reading : Isaiah 45:1,4-6  Thessalonians 1:1-5  Gospel Matthew 22:15-21

‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God’. Today you could say that Caesar’s place is taken by the secular State, that is, the State which is not so much against God as without God. It is a State which no longer bases its law on His laws. In modern states you have a complete separation between Church and State. At times this can pose serious dilemmas for Christians involved in public office. They cannot impose their own moral values and beliefs on others, yet they must not take part in what, from a Christian viewpoint, is morally wrong. But it’s not only those in public office that have to face difficult situations. Every Christian living in the modern world is faced with them. There are so many little ‘Caesars’ vying for a piece of our conscience. There is the party, the company, the club, etc. All clamour for our loyalty, all are eager to claim a piece of our conscience. Let us hope that we will give God the first and highest claim on our loyalty. Whatever else we must give to Caesar let us not give him the most precious thing we have.




St Margaret Clitherow church:  is open for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 12 Noon each time.


Prayer: Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord.


Eucharist:  May we grow in appreciation of the Eucharist; may those who have lapsed from the practice of their faith return to it with conviction and gratitude.  For our young people, that in a world of entertainment and distraction they may experience moments of reflection in which they can draw closer to God and discern the direction and meaning of their lives. Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

The Act of Spiritual Communion (please click on the image)



October – the month of the Holy Rosary:  (About –

[Vatican website – The mysteries of the Holy Rosary]:


The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for October 2020

The Laity’s Mission in the Church:  We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

[Link: See also Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network]


Welcome to the joint website of the twinned parishes of St Paulinus and St Margaret Clitherow (York UK).  Whether you are a visitor or new to our joint parishes, interested in becoming Catholic, seeking to return to the practice of your faith, or an active member of our parish, you are most welcome.  Fr Kevin


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