Last week we heard how those first disciples locked themselves behind closed doors, out of fear – fear for their lives, their future, for fear of the Jews. But we also heard how Jesus broke through those barriers and appears in their midst and filled them with peace and joy. We then heard how he commissions them and empowers them by breathing the Holy Spirit upon them.
Today, our Gospel reading recounts another appearance – it’s the third appearance of Jesus in John’s Gospel. At one level it is an account of how the disciples at first failed to recognise him. On another, it is the story of the forgiveness and love and empowerment which the Lord offered Peter and which he offers us in our frailty.
“Be not afraid, I go before you always. Come, follow me, and I will give you rest.” (Hymn 964)
Fr Philip Sainter
To all those who attended the Living Stones meeting Wednesday evening. By sharing our journey as members of this parish community, sharing our successes and achievements of the last 12 months in a friendly and convivial atmosphere, we all feel encouraged to support one another. We recognise that there are concerns, as well as aspirations for the future.
The Parish Council will meet on Monday 15th April to discuss the charted discussion points and written feedback. We will then come back to you with some suggestions for how we might move forward on the next stage of our journey.
May we recognise the risen Christ on our ‘Road to Emmaus’. (This was the Bishop’s chosen Gospel passage to accompany the first Living Stones document).
Fr Philip Sainter
Special collection: Family Fast Day for the Kwediboma Health Centre.
The annual Fast Day envelopes will be collected this weekend 13/14 April. Please remember that you can use the yellow MISSION FUND gift aid envelopes to make your donation. The yellow envelopes can be found at the Repository or near the Suggestion Box at the back of the church. Thank you.
Spiritual bouquet: For Father Philip Scanlon who will have a second operation first week in May. If you would like your good wishes/prayers to be included take a coloured credit card piece of card from the back of church and leave in the Volunteer Box, also at the back.
Dates for your diary
PPC meeting – Monday 15th April, at 7.30pm in the hall.
Scripture & Tradition group – Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm
UCM – Wednesday 17th April, at 7.30pm. Library
First Holy Communion parents’ evening – Thursday 18th April at 7.30pm in the hall. Important that all attend.
NEW! St Mary’s Choir – ‘more Gareth Malone than Handel’s Messiah’. No auditions needed. Come and sing your heart out and have fun. Rehearsals in our church at 5.30pm on Thursdays as follows: 18, 25 April; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May, 6, 13, 20 June. Speak to Catherine Brady, Jane Monaghan, Maura McAllister or Marie Leaney for details.
Men’s choir – Thorpe Acre Community Male Voice Choir open evening. Wednesday, 17 April. 7.45-9pm. Thorpe Acre church hall. Come and have a fun time. No need to read music. New members needed.
Children’s First Holy Communion meeting – 18 April, 7.30pm. Parish hall. Parents must attend this meeting.
“Day For Religious”. On Monday 22nd April our Rosminian Fathers will be attending this meeting.
Parish picnic. 22 June, Sacred Heart playing fields. If you would like to run a stall – crafts, food etc – or be part of St Mary’s Got Talent (16+)
Flat to rent – £375 per month (subject to negotiation). One bedroom studio flat in quiet area off Old Ashby Road. New double-glazing, off-road parking, electricity and heating. Walk distance from university, bus routes and villages. Contact the Parish Office
Rosmini Centre: Listening to God in my life: A deepening exploration of prayer. Tuesday evenings. 16, 23, 30 April. 19.30 – 21.00. £5. Father David Tobin IC. Please phone: 01509 8130798. Website; Google ‘Rosminicentre.co.uk’.
Mass to celebrate our mothers – 11am, 4 May. Light lunch at 12 noon. Tickets on sale this weekend. £6 each. All proceeds to parish funds. Bring your friends, of all faiths, to honour their mothers. Everyone welcome.
The Regina Caeli is traditionally sung from Easter Sunday until Friday after Pentecost:
Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia! Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia! Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia! Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia! Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia! For He whom thou didst merit to bear, alleluia! Has risen as He said, alleluia! Pray for us to God. Alleluia! (Hymn 368)