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Parish newsletter, 8th January 2023


6.15 pm: Confessions

6.30pm: Michael Maher RIP

Sunday Baptism of the Lord PMB 118

8.30pm: Parish

10 am: Pope Benedict Rec Dec

11.30am: Julie Watson Rec Dec


No Mass


10am: Maureen Sumner


12.30pm: Requiem Mass for Julie Watson Rec Dec

Thursday St Aelred of Rievaulx

10am: Dec'd members of Hamilton Family

Friday St Hilary

10am: Peace in Ukraine


6.15pm Confessions

6.30pm: Mary Keaney RIP


8.30am: Mr & Mrs Richard RIP

10am: William & Gertrude Brixton

11 30am: David Jeffries RIP

Inspiring Quotes from Pope Benedict XVI

"To have Christian hope means to know about evil and yet to go to meet the future with confidence. The core of faith rests upon accepting being loved by God, and therefore to believe is to say Yes, not only to him, but to creation, to creatures, above all to men, to try to see the image of God in each person and thereby become a lover. That's not easy, but the basic Yes, the conviction that God has created men, that he stands behind them, that they aren't simply negative, gives love a reference point that enables it to ground hope on the basis of faith."

"We need the greater and lesser hopes that keep us going day by day. But these are not enough without the great hope, which must surpass everything else. This great hope can only be God, who encompasses the whole of reality and who can bestow upon us what we, by ourselves, cannot attain. " Spe Salvi

"Hope is practiced 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 at times of darkness."

"His words constantly echo in my ears: 'Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors for Christ!'..

... Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? ....If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful?

"No! if we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No!...On the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you... Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything"

"Each one of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary."

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.

Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM) Next meeting 1.00pm Thursday 12th January 2023 in the Church Hall during which there will be a speaker talking about Cicely Mary Barker who was born and lived in Croydon, where she wrote the book about, and painted pictures of "The Flower Fairies." Non members are very welcome to join us.

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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