PENTECOST SUNDAY, 19th May 2013

18 May

Today’s feast day is far more than just a celebration of the birth of the church:  that is to limit God into an historical moment.  It’s also more than a “remembering” of “an event” which occurred in Jerusalem, when, behind closed doors, God appeared to the disciples and women in the form of “tongues of flames” and “the Breath” of the Holy Spirit which was to empower them to go out and spread the Good News to all nations.  No!

Today’s celebration is a celebration of the fulfilment of the promise that God would be with us always: “I am with you always, to the end of time”. 

(c.f. Mt 28:20; Jn 14:16).  Today’s celebration is a celebration of the reality that GOD IS WITH IS AND WITHIN US.

It is also a celebration and an affirmation of our constant need of God’s divine life.  Today, let us say with the Psalmist, “As a deer yearns for running water, so my soul yearns for you, my God” (Ps 42:1-2) … Lord, my soul longs for you.

                                                                              Fr. Philip Sainter

Fr. Terry Watson

The funeral of Fr. Terry Watson I.C. will take place  on Wednesday 29th May at 1.00pm at Ratcliffe College.

THE FIRST HOLY COMMUNION for our children will be celebrated on Sunday, 16th June at 3.00pm. There will be an opportunity for Reconciliation / Confessions on the previous Sunday, 9th June, at 3.00pm for the children and their families which ALL FHC candidates should attend. 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.

FORTY HOURS of EUCHARISTIC ADORATION in the Loughborough Deanery 28th-31st May.   Details of venues and times on our church noticeboard.  Please support this Deanery event for the Year of Faith.

IF you could do one thing to support the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign this year, we’d encourage you to please join the CAFOD Rally in Hyde Park, London from 2-5pm on 8th June, and bring some family, friends or fellow parishioners with you.  The day will see thousands of people from across the UK coming together to experience what we hope will be an amazing, unforgettable atmosphere.  More details on the noticeboard.

A NEW CATHOLIC SCOUT GROUP – 10th Loughborough (St. Mary’s)

Sponsored by St. Mary’s Parish will start shortly.   It will be open to Beaver Scouts (6 – 8 years old), Cub Scouts (8 – 10½ years old) and Scouts (10½ – 14 years old). Parents wishing to enrol their children may contact the GSL Michael on 07877131723 or the AGSL Pauline on 07877717861. Application forms are available from the back of the Church. Any adults also wishing to enrol themselves as Leaders or to help on some occasions may also contact the GSL/AGSL on the above mobile numbers after 6.00 pm or email on stmaryscoutgroup@talktalk.net.

THE ANNUAL WHITE FLOWER APEAL for The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will be held after mass today

 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE  Many thanks to all those people who wrote to their MP or worked  in other ways to  try and prevent the government from introducing legislation changing the traditional  meaning of marriage from one man and one woman to partners of the same sex.  It was very significant that it was not included in the Queen’s speech recently, outlining forthcoming legislation.

 A HEALING MASS:  will be held on Friday 14th June at 7.00pm at the Rosmini Centre, starting with praying the Rosary,  leading into Mass with Anointing with the Oil of Gladness.  Please phone 01509-813078 for any information. 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:  Our annual Parish Picnic will be held on Saturday, 22nd June from 2-4 pm in the grounds of Sacred Heart School, Beacon Road, Loughborough followed by Mass at 4.30pm.  More details to follow.

 TRAIDCRAFT SALES:  after all Masses this weekend plus sales of homemade marmalade, lemon curd and cakes after 9.00am and 11.00am Masses.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Marion and Des Scrivens who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday 16th May.  They were married here at St Mary’s, Loughborough 50 years ago.

Click on this link to read more…  Newsletter for 19th May – Pentecost Sunday