The labourers stand in the marketplace, waiting to be hired. If they do a day’s work, they can expect to earn one denarius – just enough to support a family for a day. If they don’t find work, they and their families will go hungry today. When the landowner hires the men to work in his vineyard, he is offering them dignity and purpose, as well as a wage.
This parable of the kingdom is a parable of God’s generosity to us. God calls each one of us to work in the vineyard as disciples of Christ, helping to build the kingdom of heaven. Some disciples respond quickly and eagerly, others take longer to hear God’s call. But we don’t ‘earn’ our place in the kingdom– it’s always God’s gift. The reward is the same for every disciple, because God gives to each one the greatest gift that he could possibly give – eternal life with him. When God is so generous to us, how can we possibly be envious of one another?
Will take place on Friday 6 October from 7 pm – 10pm at Bowburn Community Centre. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Mandy Hampshire or from the Enquiries Office at St Leonard’s School. Everyone is welcome.
A message from Sister Scholastica, the AoS chaplain at the Port of Sunderland:
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to your parishioners for the beautiful knitted caps they provided for the Seafarers who visit Stella Maris Sunderland. I can assure you, both the Seafarers and Sister appreciate the many kind people from the North East who support this Mission.
Our way of thanking you is to take you to the Lord in Prayer. I have Masses offered for all at Lourdes, Fatima, Walsingham, and Sunderland.
Deacon Martin Bell on ‘Prayer – What’s the Point?’ Saturday 30 September at 11.00am at St. Mary’s RC Church, Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EB.
Diocesan youth event for young people in school Year 9 and up. Praise and worship, faith sharing, social time and refreshments. Wednesday 4 October, 7-8.30pm, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.
Monday 16 October, Rt Hon. the Lord Roy Hattersley PC, The Cause Thereof… Speculation about why the Reformation took root in England. Drinks reception 5:30pm; Lecture 6pm-7:15pm, Exhibition Hall, Ushaw College. To book a place, telephone Jane 0191 3341656 or register online http://cerntreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com/
Please remember to bring any donations of toilet rolls or biscuits to church next Sunday 1 October and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected and given to asylum seekers in our diocese.
To support women in Low Newton Prison in Durham on release there will be a collection of essential toiletries on Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 October. Shampoo, shower gel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and Roll-on (not spray) deodorants are all very welcome. With winter coming on we are also being asked to help with warm clothing eg hats, gloves, socks, jeans (sizes 12-18) etc. For some women who were admitted in the warmer months the only clothing they have on discharge is the lightweight clothes they arrived in. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.
CAFOD Harvest Fast Day is on Friday 6 October. This year’s theme is ‘We plant the seeds that one day will grow,’ taken from a prayer of Blessed Oscar Romero.
CAFOD is calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy for the world’s poorest people. Please take and sign a petition card from the back of church or visit www.cafod.org.uk/powertobe