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Parish newsletter, 15th January 2023


6.15 pm : Confessions

6.30pm: Mary Keancy RIP

Sunday Second Sunday PMB 125

8.30pm: Mr & Mrs Richards

10 am: William & Gertrude Brixton

11.30am: David Jeffries RIP


No Mass

Tuesday St Anthony, Abbot

No Mass


12.30pm: Nora & Michael & dec'd members of Lenihan family


10am: Doris Head RIP (anniv)

Friday St Hilary

10am: Peace in Ukraine


6.15pm Confessions

6.30pm: Dec'd members of Considine Family


8.30am: Dec'd members of Hamilton Family

10am: Bernard Robinson

11.30am: Parish

Inspiring Quotes from Pope Benedict XVI

"Our Earth is talking to us, and we must listen to it and decipher its message is we want to survive."

Witnesses of the splendour of truth, witnesses of the joy and freedom born of a living relationship with Christ!"

"The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right - it is the very opposite. It is a deep wound in society."

"Faith, hope and charity go together. Hope is practised through the virtue of patience, which continues to do good even in the face of apparent failure, and through the virtue of humility, which accepts God's mystery and trusts him even at times of darkness. Faith tells us that God has given his Son for our sakes and gives us the victorious certainty that it is really true: God is love! It thus transforms our impatience and our doubts into the sure hope that God holds the world in his hands and that, as the dramatic imagery of the end of the Book of Revelation points out, in spite of all darkness he ultimately triumphs in glory. Faith, which see the love of God revealed in the pierced heart of Jesus on the Cross, gives rise to love. Love is the light and in the end, the only light - that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working. Love is possible, and we are able to practise it because we are created in the image of God. To experience love and in this way to cause the light of God to enter the world - this is the invitation I would like to extend to all."

"Praying actualizes and deepens our communion with God. Our prayer can and should arise above all from our heart, from our needs, our hopes, our joys, our sufferings, from our shame over sin, and from our gratitude from the good. It can and should be a wholly personal prayer."

"The blessing hands of Christ are like a roof that protects us. But at the same time, they are a gesture of opening up, tearing the world open so heaven may enter in, may become "present" within it."

"Holiness does not consist in never having erred or sinned. Holiness increases the capacity for conversion, for repentance, for willingness to start again and, especially, for reconciliation and forgiveness."

Talks on the faith for parents. These will be for parents who are hoping that their children will receive First Sacraments. They must be at Mass each week. Parents are the first and best teachers of the faith. Passing on the faith must be a priority.

Heating bills are high. Please keep Church doors closed except when you're coming through them.

The Liturgy of the Word. We are glad to welcome new readers. No jobs for life. Readers need to spend, I suggest, at least 30 minutes studying the readings. Reading at Mass is an immense privilege and a huge responsibility - not to be taken lightly. A prayerful attitude is absolutely essential.

Ukraine - Urgently needed- Sleeping bags, duvets and warm clothing both for people here and those in Ukraine.

Beginners Yoga Class I am staring a beginner's Yoga class at St John the Divine's Church Hall on Wednesdays from 11.15-12.15. £5 per session as a block or £6 pay as you go. Please phone me if you are interested. Sue Nelligan 07721 088487

Food Hub - longlife whole milk, tinned meat meals, peanut butter, fish and meat paste, water only hot chocolate, small bags of sugar, savoury biscuits, tinned pulses, toddlers microwavable meals, unisex shampoo, toothpaste, toilet rolls.

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