Parish newsletter, 1 January 2021
Saturday PMB Page 111
5.45: Sacrament of Reconciliation
6.30pm: World Peace
Sunday Second Sunday after the Nativity
8.30am: World Peace
10am: World Peace
11.30am: World Peace
10am: Julia May Jarvis RIP
10am: Evelyn Browning RIP
Thursday Epiphany of the Lord PMB 115
10am: Jim McEvoy Rec Dec
10am: Michael Maher RIP
6.30pm: Coughlan Int
Sunday Baptism of the Lord PMB 118
8.30am: Hamilton family Dec Rel
10am: Kathleen Hourigan RIP
Archbishop Desmond Tutu The Archbishop has finished his homily, but somehow he can sense that I am not wholly satisfied. He smiles. He recognises a lapsed Anglican when he sees one. He leans towards me one last time and, in a voice barely above a whisper, says, “You are like so many, my friend. You have everything, but, inside, you feel there is something missing: deep down, somewhere, it’s not quite okay. Do not worry, do not feel troubled, do not be perplexed. God loves you as you are – with your doubts, with your intellectual reservations, with your inability to make the leap of faith. God says, “I made you, actually, and I made you as you are because I love you. Don’t try to titivate yourself. Just be you and know that I affirm you. You are precious. You matter enormously to me. You matter as if you were the only human being and, you know something”- he pauses for a moment and smiles a wonderful smile – “I create only masterpieces. I have no doubt at all about your worth. You don’t have to do anything. Your worth for me is intrinsic. Please believe I love you. You are not going to find ultimate satisfaction in anything out there because I made you like me. As St Augustine says, ‘Thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.’ I made you for a worshipping creature – and you have worshipped money and fame, I know it- but ultimately, I am the only one worth worshipping. I won’t let you go, my child. I won’t give up on you – ever. I won’t. I will sit here like the father of the prodigal son, waiting. Come back home, come back home to me, and our celebration will be mindboggling.
A final explosion of laughter and the Archbishop pushes back his chair and says, ‘Come, we will go outside and watch the sun falling on Table Mountain and smell the flowers together. God is good, man, and he is waiting for you. Giles Brandreth
The Syndod (Rome 2023) Please think seriously if you think you can make a contribution. The questions are on Communion, Participation and Mission and fresh copies are now available at the back of church. The real purpose of the Synod is to spread the message of Jesus Christ to the people of the world. We all know what a state the world is in, and we know, furthermore, that only God can ultimately lead us to our true home. May our efforts help in this task. Through our baptism we are commissioned to go out and bear fruit.
Dear Friends, we each need to nurture our faith. We each need to renew our trust in God’s promises. We live with hope in Christ born for us and raised from death on the cross for us. This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it.
I assure you of my prayers on this beautiful feast of the Holy Family: prayers for each of you and, in particular for anyone struggling with life, and especially family life or marriage: for anyone coping with illness or bereavement: and for anyone about what 2022 might bring. Let us unite ourselves to Our Lady and to St Joseph. With them we keep faith and trust in God’s promise: a Saviour has been born for us who is Christ the Lord. He is Emmanuel: God with us and for us. With every blessing for this Christmas Season and the New Year. Archbishop John Wilson. Pastoral letter Holy Family
First Reading A poem in praise of divine wisdom, a wisdom that has made her dwelling amongst God’s people.
Second Reading God’s plan of salvation through Christ and a prayer of thanks for the faith and love of the people of Ephesus.
The Gospel John reaches back even before creation and identifies the new born child as the Word of God bringing light and life to the world.
CAFOD We have seen on TV the plight of Children in Afghanistan. 8 million people are on the brink of famine because of drought, collapsing economy, food shortages, conflict and COVID. CAFOD is supporting sister Caritas agencies to reach communities most in need with food, clean water, and fuel. You can donate on the CAFOD website: cafod.org.uk/Afghanistan Appeal and please pray for Afghanistan.
Ukraine Collection on Saturday 15th January 2022 Church Hall from 8.30am to 1.15pm. Clothes, bedding, toys and small kitchen utensils most welcome. Justice and Peace group
A Prayer for the New Year As we begin a new year, we wonder what it holds for us. Let us put our hand in the hand of Christ, our Brother; that will be better than light, and safer than a known way. Lord, give us the kind of faith that will enable us to live out joyfully the mystery of our fragile human condition, which sees us suspended between heaven and earth, between time and eternity, between nothingness and infinity.
Books Galore You have surely noticed that a couple of months ago a large number of books appeared in the narthex – nearly fifty years’ worth. Please take whatever you want from our parish library and return when you’ve finished.
Recorded music I’m pleased that lots of you like the music we are playing in our church. I am pleased that my hi-fi gear is being put to such good use.
Mass on Parish web site. I discontinued this a few weeks ago when I thought things were easing up a little but maybe I’ll just have to start up again! I’m pleased my camera gear was put to such full use. Any opinions about re-introducing recorded parish masses?
Christmas Blessing Very many thanks for your kindness, your blessing and support at Christmas and over a very difficult year for us all , your wonderful words and your prayers., May God bless you at all times. Somebody sent me a Christmas card saying “thanks for being normal”. Now that’s a first!