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Why be envious because I am generous?

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?

Apostleship of the Sea

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.

Prisons Week 8th-15th October

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.