Newsletter for Sunday, 14 July 2013

13 Jul

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?

 Study, meditation and mortification are not enough for Christians to encounter the living Christ.  “The path to our encounter with Jesus-God” said the Holy Father “is His wounds”, present in the poor, the sick and the needy. “There is no other.”

In the history of the Church, there have been some mistakes made on the path towards God.  Some have believed that the Living God, the God of Christians, can be found on the path of meditation.  Yes, they may arrive at a knowledge of God, but not of Jesus Christ, Son of God, the second Person of the Trinity.  “It is not the right path, and does not lead to a safe harbour,” says the Holy Father.  Others have thought that to arrive at God we must mortify ourselves, but not even these arrive at the Living God, Jesus Christ.  They are the Pelagians, who believe that they can arrive by their own efforts.

But Jesus tells us that the path to encountering Him is to find His wounds, and we do this by carrying out works of mercy, giving to the body of our wounded brother, because he is hungry, destitute, hurt by misunderstandings and loneliness, deprived of basic human necessities: thirsty; naked; humiliated; badly treated; in prison or in hospital.  These are the wounds of Jesus today.  We need to touch them, caress them, to bind them with tenderness. We have to kiss the wounds of Jesus.  Christian men and women can never pass by on the other side, as some of the individuals in the Parable of the Good Samaritan did.

So often we meet the person who was left half dead, either because he has not been taught the elementary truths of the Faith, or because they have been stolen from him by the effects of others’ bad example or by media-conditioning.  We should never forget that the Faith is the greatest treasure man has, much more important than all material and human values.

Pope Francis tells us that we do not need to go on a ‘refresher course’ to touch the living God, but to enter into the wounds of Jesus, borne by our neighbour, and for this all we have to do is go out onto the street”, open our eyes and hearts, to those we know and those we don’t, and have the courage to enter into the wounds of Jesus.

To read more, click here…Newsletter for Sunday 14th July 2013

Newsletter for Sunday, 7th July 2013

5 Jul

THE HARVEST IS GREAT BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW

When we think of the Temple in Jerusalem, we think of a building, a place to encounter God in prayer and within that Temple was the Ark of the Covenant, the sign of God’s presence among the people and a reminder that God had always been in the history of His people, that He had always accompanied their journey and guided their steps. We must remember our own story: that Jesus has met me, Jesus has walked with me, how Jesus loves and blesses me.

 

What was prefigured in that ancient Temple is carried out, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the Church. The Church is the ‘house of God’, the place of His presence.  The Temple was built by the hands of men “to give God a home”. With the incarnation of the Son of God, it is God himself who ‘builds His house’ to come and dwell among us.  Christ is the living Temple of the Father and Christ himself builds his ‘spiritual house’ the Church, not out of material stones but out of the ‘living stones’ that are you and I. … This is beautiful! We are the living stones of the building of God, profoundly united to Christ who is the supporting stone, the rock of support in our lives—and also our support between one another, a ‘living’ Church.

 

It is the Holy Spirit, with His gifts, who designs the variety that is the Church’s wealth and that joins everything and everyone.  The Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Temple in which God works, the Temple in which each of us, with the gift of Baptism, is a living stone. This tells us that no one is useless in the Church, no-one is anonymous and no-one is secondary … we are all necessary to building this Temple!  But this also invites us to reflect on the fact that, if the brick of our Christian life is missing, something is missing in the beauty of the Church.

 

So how do we live as building blocks of the Church?  Are we ‘living’ stones or are we tired, bored or indifferent stones? Such a Christian isn’t good. Such a Christian isn’t attractive.  A Christian must be alive, joyful to be Christian! We must live this beauty of being part of the people of God, which is the Church. Are we open to the Holy Spirit’s action, to being an active part in our community, or are we wrapped up in ourselves, saying: ‘I have so many things to do. That’s not my job’?

To read more, click here…Newsletter for Sunday 7th July 2013

Newsletter for Sunday, 30th June 2013

28 Jun

SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

On 1st July we celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Antonio Rosmini, the Founder of the Rosminian Order.  We invite all our readers to be full of faith when praying that through the intercession of Blessed Antonio Rosmini, Madeleine McCann, who disappeared on the evening of Thursday, 3rd May 2007, in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal, may now return safely to her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann and her twin siblings:

 Oh Blessed Antonio Rosmini, through your powerful intercession, grant today the safe return of Madeleine McCann to her parents.  Amen.

Please pray this prayer ten times

Thank you.

                                                                   Fr. Philip Sainter

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 Who keeps our church looking so beautiful?

 Do you ever pause to wonder about the work involved in keeping our Church clean and tidy and enhancing its beauty?  Well, every Friday between about 10.00am and 12.30pm (provided there is no morning funeral) a small team of parishioners set to work with dusters, polish, mops and buckets to clean the church ready for the weekend.  Some of us have been doing it for years, others joined us more recently, but we do need more members for the team. Those of us who help with the cleaning think it is a wonderful privilege to be in the presence of the Lord during those few hours. Would you be willing to lend your hands to our small team?  Just turn up on a Friday morning, and we will show you what to do. You will be made most welcome, even if you can’t stay for the full time.  Please consider serving the parish in this vitally important role.

ROSMINI CENTRE: Saturday 6th  July, 10.30am for 11.00am.   The theme is: “Magisterium and Theologians”, presented by Fr. Ted Mullen, ending at 1.00pm followed by a light lunch.  Please register by phoning: 01509 813078. See www.rosminicentre.co.uk for details and directions.

PARISH PICNIC:  Didn’t we have a lovely time…? Despite mixed weather conditions, many of St Mary’s and Sacred Heart communities came together, with the Namibia group from De Lisle School, to have an afternoon of fun, food and music last Saturday.  The prime objective was to bring people together (Living Stones).  The secondary aim was to support parish funds and the De Lisle Namibia fund.  We raised £500 to be split between them.  Huge thanks to all those who organised and contributed to the enjoyment of the day.  Entertainment was provided by Lucy from De Lisle who sang and accompanied herself on guitar, and by a small group of pupils from Sacred Heart and St Mary’s Schools.  And of course, our new St Mary’s Singers gave their first public performance, with a medley of songs from Les Misérables.  Watch this space for the next event and for the resumption of choir practice, which will probably be in September.

Thank you to all those generous parishioners who provided raffle prizes. We received far more than we expected and used about half. The rest will be stored until the next parish event.

Winning programme prize number (not yet claimed) – 69.  Other raffle prizes unclaimed  are nos.  228, 61 and 415.  Please bring your winning number to the Presbytery to collect your prize!

Finally, thanks to Father Philip for leading us in a truly joyful Mass celebration at the end of the afternoon.

 OUR SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION GROUP is taking a break until September when we will be looking at each of the Parables of Jesus and their meanings.  So if you’ve ever wondered about their relevance in our lives today, do think about coming, and find out with us!

 SPUC EVENTVin Garbutt: on Thursday 4th July, this internationally known folk singer will be performing a benefit gig for SPUC at Holy Spirit Social Centre, Victoria Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham.  The show starts at 8pm (doors open 7.15 pm).  Vin Garbutt is one of the most popular folk acts in the country and a past winner of the Radio 2 Live Folk Performer award.  Tickets are priced at £12 or £10 concessions and are available from David Paton: David_j_Paton@yahoo.co.uk, tel: 0795 405 4778

 ROSARY RALLY:  18th August, 3.00pm, at Grace Dieu.  Details to follow

Attention Welcomers Readers & Extraordinary Ministers NEW ROTAS  for the next four months are now available at the back of the church.  Please collect your copy today.  Thank you.

To read more, please click here…Newsletter for Sunday 30th June 2013

Newsletter for Sundays, 9th and 16th June 2013

7 Jun

Imitating the example of Mary

 To be intensely Eucharistic is to be like Mary at the time of the Visitation: magnifying God, she bore Christ in her womb.  Ours too is to bear Christ in our own lives and thereby facilitating tangible and real spiritual changes in the lives of other people. (cf Lk 1:39–56)

St Teresa of Avila (1515–1582) clearly understood this!  She was born in Spain, and entered a Carmelite convent when she was eighteen.  She had a reputation for being a mystic and of experiencing divine visions and it was her who wrote these now memorable and beautiful words:

Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world,

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,

Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.

   Christ has no body now on earth but yours!

Let’s be “intensely Eucharistic”:  Let’s bear Christ into our world!

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION for our children and their families, in preparation for the children’s  First Holy Communion, will take place in the Church at 3.00pm on Sunday, 9th June.  All FHC candidates should attend..  First Holy Communion will take place on Sunday, 16th June.  May we remind parents that having once received Holy Communion, our children are to continue their faith journey which will lead to Confirmation. That faith journey involves the continuing experience of coming to Mass to share regularly in that most wonderful of all God’s gifts.

To read more, please click the link…Newsletter for 9th and 16th June 2013

Sunday, 26th May 2013 THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

26 May

THE HOLY TRINITY

from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life.  God alone can make it known to us by revealing Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (261)

 The Incarnation of God’s Son reveals that God is the eternal Father and that the Son is consubstantial with the Father, which means that, in the Father and with the Father, the Son is one and the same God. (262)

The mission of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of the Son  (Jn 14:26) and by the Son ‘from the Father’ (Jn 15:26) reveals that, with them, the Spirit is one and the same God.  ‘With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified’ (Nicene Creed). (263)

‘The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father as the first principle and, by the eternal gift of this to the Son, from the communion of both the Father and the Son’          (St. Augustine, De Trin.15, 26, 47: PL 42,1095). (264)

‘Now this is the Catholic faith:  We worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity, without either confusing the persons or dividing the substance; for the person of the Father is one, the Son’s is another, the Holy Spirit’s is another; but the Godhead of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their majesty coeternal’ (Athanasian Creed DS 75: ND 16). (266)

Following our promised review of the Mass times, we have observed that the majority of people preferred the following, which will come into force on Monday, 3rd June:

Morning Mass at 9.15am on Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays, with an evening Mass on Fridays at 6.00pm.

Click on this link to read more ….26th May The Most Holy Trinity