18-Jan-2020

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

The Mission of John the Baptist was to point out Jesus as he walked around.  Without him, some people would not have followed listened or accepted Jesus in their lives.  Today Jesus is still present among us, often unrecognised by us.  We can reflect on how and when we can be like John the Baptist and point out Jesus to others.  At the same time, we could give thanksgiving for those who have pointed out Jesus to us.

Peace Sunday

The Bishops of England and Wales invite us to keep this Sunday as a day of prayer for world peace.  The day has particular flavour this year because we pass so many significant anniversaries in the coming months: the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, marked by Holocaust Memorial day on 27th January; the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe– marked by a special Bank Holiday on Friday 8th May; then again in August, 75th Anniversary of Japan’s surrender.  These events show both the human c...

11-Jan-2020

The Baptism of the Lord

Jesus’ baptism marked the moment when he left his early life behind and began his public ministry as God’s beloved Son. John the Baptist was at first reluctant to baptise Jesus, but Jesus insisted that it was what righteousness demands.  The scene on the banks of the River Jordan was spectacular.  The Spirit of God descended on Jesus in the form of a dove and a voice came from heaven with the Father saying ‘this is my Son, the Beloved, my favour rests on him’.

White Flower Appeal

Today we have the annual White Flower Appeal from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).  On 21st October 2019 the most extreme abortion regime in Europe was imposed on the people of Northern Ireland by the government at Westminster.  Abortion will now be permitted for any reason up until at least 24 weeks, and even beyond that.  The abortion lobby  now wants to introduce this in England and Wales.

Postcards are available today for us to ask the Prime...

4-Jan-2020

The Epiphany

Today we celebrate the revealing of God’s plan to the Gentile nations.  The Magi, who represent the non—Jewish people, come to Jerusalem as they search for the recently born king of the Jews and are sent on to Bethlehem, the city of King David.  They bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, indicating that Jesus was God, was human and was king.  We give thanks today that we have been included in this revelation, that we believe that Jesus is both God and man.

Dates for 2020

It is customary on the Feast of the Epiphany to announce the important dates in the liturgical calendar for the coming year:

Please note that from next year the Feast of the Epiphany will be celebrated on 6th January, unless it falls on a Saturday or a Monday.  Epiphany 2021 will be on Wednesday 6th January.

Thank You

Fr. Colin would like to thank everybody for their most generous gifts and offerings that he received at Christmas as well as all the cards.  I wish you every blessing for the new y...

21-Dec-2019

4th SUNDAY OF Advent (A)

In this final week of Advent we reflect on the preparations that were being made for the birth of our Saviour.  Today the focus in on Joseph, who found himself in a dilemma.  Mary was found to be with child.  What should he do?  As a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, he decided to divorce her informally.  It was then that he received an appearance from an angel telling him that he should take Mary home as his wife, explaining that Mary had conceived by the Holy Spirit.  Joseph was a righteous man, loyal, close to God, full of faith.  These are attributes that we should try to attain ourselves as we prepare to encounter Jesus in a new way when we celebrate his birth.

Advent Litany

       Lord Jesus you are the light of the world    COME LORD JESUS

       You are the light in our darkness               COME LORD JESUS

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14-Dec-2019

3rd SUNDAY OF Advent (A)

‘Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice.  Indeed, the Lord is near.’   These words form the Entrance Antiphon of today’s Mass set the scene for the theme of Gaudete Sunday.  We long for the Lord to come into our lives in a new way at Christmas.  The prophet Isaiah expresses this joy in the blind being able to see, the deaf hear, the lame leap and the dumb sing.  This joy is basically because the Lord is coming to save us.  John the Baptist was another who stirred the people to prepare a way for the coming of our Saviour.

Reconciliation Service

An excellent way of preparing for the Saviour’s coming is to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  On Wednesday, we will be having a Reconciliation Service with several priests available for confession at 7.30pm.

Advent Litany

       Lord Jesus you are the light of the world    COME LORD JESUS

       You are the light in our darkness...

7-Dec-2019

2nd SUNDAY OF Advent (A)

John the Baptist is a significant character on our Advent journey.  Today he appears in the Gospel urging everyone to repent in preparation for the appearance of the Lord.  This is a plea that we should take up as did the followers of John the Baptist in his time.  He built up excitement for the appearance of the Messiah by saying that while he baptises with water, the one who is to come will baptise with the Holy Spirit.  In these weeks before Christmas, we need to look into our lives to see what needs to be changed and so welcome the Lord anew when we celebrate  his birth.

Advent Litany 

       Lord Jesus you are the light of the world     COME LORD JESUS

       You are the light in our darkness                COME LORD JESUS

       Son of God, save us from our sins              COME LORD JESUS...

30-Nov-2019

1st  SUNDAY OF Advent (A)

Today we start a new year in the Church’s calendar with the Season of Advent.  The first part of Advent is devoted to preparation for the Second Coming of Christ.  That is why the Gospel gives us the instruction to STAY AWAKE,  to be ready for  our master to come.  It involves a constant effort on our part.  The effort is like climbing a mountain.  It involves going to God’s house.  It involves walking in the paths that the Lord has taught us, to walk in the light of the Lord.  It means being ambassadors of peace, living decently and proclaiming the light rather than the darkness of sin.  May our hearts be confirmed in holiness.

Advent Litany

       Lord Jesus you are the light of the world    COME LORD JESUS

       You are the light in our darkness               COME LORD JESUS

       Son of God, save us from ou...

23-Nov-2019

Christ the King

Today we end the Church’s Year with the triumphant feast of Christ the King.  But the Gospel scene is not of one sitting on a throne wearing a golden crown in a grand palace.  It is of someone nailed to a cross wearing a crown of thorns beside two criminals.  This is how Jesus secured for us a place in His kingdom.  As described in today’s preface, this is a kingdom which is eternal and universal, one of truth, life, holiness, grace, justice, love and peace.  Today we join in praising the Lord as our King who has invited each one of us to be part of his kingdom.

Second Collections

The Parish Finance Committee and the Parish Council have been reviewing  the second collections that take place in the parish. The general view was that there were too many of them.  It was thought that it was too much to expect parishioners to contribute to a second collection frequently in addition to the normal Sunday collection, even if they were paying by standing order....

16-Nov-2019

33rd  Sunday of Year C

The  disciples of Jesus were concerned about the future.  Jesus had told them: ‘The time is near at hand’ and ‘the end is not so soon’.  He was preparing them for his second coming, but we are still waiting.  At the same time, we must always be ready. What Jesus did predict was that there would be famines, and wars, earthquakes and plagues.  He prepared them for these disasters but promised he would be with them.  He would put words into their mouths to  enable them to defend themselves.  For ourselves we can be confident that Jesus will remain with us through all our trials and as Jesus says, endurance will win us our lives.

World Day of the Poor

Today is the World Day of the Poor.  This day was introduced by Pope Francis a couple of years ago so that we may pray and support the poor, locally and worldwide.  Previously we have supported local foodbanks.  This year we are selling 2020 calendars to help the Centre Point Charity for...

9-Nov-2019

32nd  Sunday of Year C

As we approach the end of the Church’s Year, we turn our minds towards the resurrection as we look forward to the things to come.  In the Gospel, Jesus talks to the Sadducees about the resurrection  of the dead.  The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection but Jesus himself was to rise from the dead.  He invites us to prepare for everlasting life by conducting good lives.

Sick and Retired Priests Fund

Today’s second collection is for the Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund. Please give generously and help ensure our sick and older priests are financially supported, having given us a lifetime of dedicated service. They have baptised us, welcomed us into the church, and offered comfort and prayer at times of sorrow. Now we have a chance to give back and ensure they have peace of mind during their senior years. The fund is used to cover their essential needs at a time when they may be facing failing health and declining mobility. Your gift could help ensu...

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