Parish newsletter, 27 February 2021
6.30pm: Clare Pereira Rec Dec
Sunday Second of Lent PMB Page 155
8.30am: Union of Catholic Mothers
10am: Cruz and Inicio Baptista Kyra Fernandes
11.30am : TR Family
Monday No Mass
10am: Sr Leo Intentions
11am: Timothy Rooke REQUIEM MASS
Wednesday 10am : Philip Winsper RIP
Thursday 10am: Maria Havers RIP
Friday 10am: Irma Jacqueline Madden RIP
10am: Patricia Mary O’Hea RIP
Third Sunday of Lent
8.30am: Antionette and Massimo Pazzi RIP
10am: Kyra Fernandes Thanksgiving
11.30am: Priest Int
FOR LENT FROM POPE FRANCIS
FAST FROM HURTING WORDS AND SAY ONLY KIND WORDS
FAST FROM SADNESS AND BE FILLED WITH GRATITUDE
FAST FROM ANGER AND BE FILLED WITH PATIENCE
FAST FROM PESSIMISM AND BE FILLED WITH HOPE
FAST FROM WORRIES AND TRUST IN GOD
FAST FROM COMPLAINTS AND CONTEMPLATE SIMPLICITY
FAST FROM PRESSURES AND BE PRAYERFUL
FAST FROM BITTERNESS AND FILL YOUR HEART WITH JOY
FAST FROM SELFISHNESS AND BE COMPASSIONATE TO OTHERS
FAST FROM GRUDGES AND BE RECONCILED
On the mountain the apostles , Peter, James and John, got a glimpse of God’s glory. They went up the mountain with Jesus. While they sere there, on their own. Jesus’ face and garments became radiant. This is to quote Pope Benedict, what we call “Transfiguration” : a luminous , comforting mystery. What is its meaning? The Transfiguration is a revelation of the Person of Jesus, of his profound reality.
The eye witnesses of the event, the three apostles, were enfolded in a cloud, also bright, which in the Bible always heralds God’s presence. They heard a voice saying: “This is my Son, the Beloved, in whom I am well-pleased. Listen to him”. This event prepared the disciples for the mystery of his death and resurrection, to endure suffering and so understand properly what it means to be a Christian and to die to oneself bearing the Cross.
It is important to note that Jesus did not receive the revelation of what he was supposed to do with his life. He knew perfectly well that he was to bear the Cross and face death. Rather it was the apostles who received instructions, namely, that they were to “Listen to him.”
Reflection On Mount Tabor the apostles got a glimpse of the glory that belonged to Jesus as the Son of God. So wonderful was the experience that Peter exclaimed “Lord, t is good for us to be here”. I do hope you are all glad to be here in church this morning/evening. It’s always lovely to see you, my family, and share warm greetings with you all !Lord, we thank you for bringing us here for here we get a glimpse of our glory. We are children of God and heirs to eternal life. We all have an amazing capacity to love, to care, to make the world a better place. We really do need to remember that we are heirs to eternal life. I think this thought is completely beyond us. Don’t forget that the resurrection was a surprise to everybody!
Abdella is shattered, exhausted, physically devastated, but he must keep walking. Abdella lives in an extremely remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia. He spends nearly all his time collecting water just to keep his family alive. He has no time to live the life he wants. “I am wasting my life. I am a young man; I should be doing something else. Meet Abdella CAFOD website and share his journey. Please help by making a donation
Praying to enlarge our capacity to receive the gifts that God wants to give us.
Lent is like a long retreat in which to re-enter oneself and listen to God’s voice in order to overcome the temptations of the Evil One and to find the truth of our existence. It is a time, we may say, of spiritual training in order to live alongside Jesus not with pride and presumption but rather by using the weapons of faith: namely prayer, fasting, almsgiving. In this way we shall succeed in celebrating Easter - in truth the resurrection which alone gives meaning to our lives.
Walk with Me – a Journey of Lenten Prayer for 2021. Available at the back of the Church for only £1. Try it. It will help. It is an excellent publication for Lent and our preparation for Easter.
The Chosen.tv The Carmelite Sister, Pamela, who supplies is with altar breads and is very kind, spoke to me recently suggesting that I watch “The Chosen tv” This is an American production about the followers of Jesus, such as Mary Magdalen and Peter and the other apostles. I must say that I find it remarkable and I am now recommending it to all our parish. The question I ask myself is “why didn’t somebody think of doing this before?" I have been doing lots of bible study over the last year and have become engrossed in the Old Testament and the Gospels, particularly Mark where we see Jesus at his most human and most weak. This series complements my endeavours to learn about what it means to meet Christ and be changed – be different. Try it today!