TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
THE WORD OF GOD
The Gospel reading is the story of the Forgiving Father, also known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It reminds us that God’s unconditional love and mercy is available to everyone, whatever path in life we might take, and however far we might stray. The Gospel invites us all to reflect on our need for forgiveness and how we might receive and forgive those, perhaps close to us, who have hurt us and who might have lost enthusiasm for the practice their faith. However, such “outreach” presumes conviction, a deeply rooted faith and an adherence to and love for the Catholic Church and all it holds and teaches.
SECURITY AND SAFETY
Prompted by the recent horrific events in Rouen and elsewhere and in the aftermath of several costly thefts from our church and presbytery, we have been working closely with the Police Crime Prevention Officers and Health and Safety officers to improve security at St Mary’s Church and the presbytery. The Diocese has also asked us to review and, where necessary, improve the security and safety of the clergy and the church buildings and to ensure that proper safety systems and procedures are in place. As part of our response to the above we shall soon be installing CCTV cameras and we will advise you of further security measures to be undertaken.
We are committed to ensuring the safety and security of the clergy, the church and the presbytery.
Please Note: From the beginning of October 2016, Friday Masses will be at 9.15am with an additional Mass at 6.00pm on the first Friday of the month.
Fr Philip Sainter