Parish newsletter, 25 April 2021
6.30pm: David Wilkins RIP
Fourth Sunday of Easter PMB 265
10am: Derek Townsend RIP
11.30am: Michelle Allen Rec dec
10am: RH welfare
10am: Frances McEvoy Rec Dec
10am: Holy Souls
10am: John David Wilkinson Rec Dec
6.30pm : Parish
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
10am: Sabine Burger Rec Dec
11.30am: Anne Sheila Mitchell RIP
The Good Shepherd Jesus our Good Shepherd invites each one of us to know and to follow him more closely. Today is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. We pray for guidance and for healing and forgiveness.
We don’t often think (well, that’s pretty obvious) about the fact that God knows us through and through. He just knows everything about us and he still loves us more that we can ever know or possible imagine. Paul Tillich, a great Protestant theologian, said that faith means the courage to accept acceptance. God sees and knows us and thinks we are great ! How difficult to understand that simple fact – the struggle of a lifetime.
First Reading Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter discovers his gift of healing. Only by the name of Jesus, he declares, can any of us be saved.
Second Reading Whatever the future may hold, we have the assurance of being God’s beloved children. Our vocation is to grow in the Father’s likeness.
Gospel Like a good shepherd, Jesus is dedicated to our care and protection. He willingly laid down his life for his flock, as well as for others not yet in his fold. With Jesus as our shepherd we shall want for nothing. Even if we have to walk through the valley of darkness, we will fear no evil because you are with us. You guide us along the right path. In you house we will dwell for ever and ever.
Baptism Preparation Please let me know if you re hoping to have a child baptised as we need to arrange a course of preparation. If all goes well, baptisms will be celebrated no earlier than July. Normally we would meet around the Baptism font on Saturday mornings at 9am for some serious input on the meaning of baptism and why it’s so fundamental.
Arrangements for First Sacraments. Preparation of youngsters will take place by kind permission of Mrs Hawkes at Regina Coeli School. This is for children who attend that school. We need to make other arrangements for children who attend other schools. Preparation will begin in the autumn term. It is hope that families will be able to start attending Mass soon as if not it will all be delayed for some time. There will not be meetings in the Parish Hall. However, it may be possible to have meetings for parents on a weekday evening as has been the custom in the past. I expect that date for First Communion will be some time in the spring or early summer of 2022.
Thinking of becoming a Catholic or have not for some reason been confirmed ? I am hoping to start a course of preparation for anybody interested. I m not sure yet when or how but would like to make contact with those who wish to participate. There has not been a group of converts for a long time and I aim to put this right when possible – obviously observing the regulations.
Reflection All work is empty save when done in love. If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work, and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms from those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half a man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. WORK IS LOVE MADE VISIBLE Kahlil Gibran
Parish Support Many thanks to those who are helping me so generously with the office/administration/secretarial side of parish life. We are progressing well with the Parish Website and I should be grateful if you have not already filled in the form, either on line or in hard coy to do so as this will really help us get going!
CAFOD Four million children are dying in the Yemen. In the first quarter of 2019, 3.4 million died of hunger. Please help by making a donation. Envelopes available back of church . You can make a CAFOD donation any time. All candle money will be going to CAFOD.
False shepherds fail to give true leadership. They beguile people away from following the voice of Jesus Christ. The church is under attack from the media advocates of secular humanism. Young people are encouraged to “self-create” rather than look towards guidance from religion. Whose voice do you follow? Whose values do you respect and aspire to? Does your shepherd offer a comprehensive meaning to life? A meaning which will carry us through the valley of suffering and across the valley of death?