Parish Diary Palm Sunday:14th April Lenten Confessions: 16th April 7.30 pm Good Friday:19th April Easter Vigil :20th April 8 pm Easter: 21st April Divine Mercy Sunday:28th April, Mass at 3pm First Holy Communion:11th / 12th May Bishop Pat ‘s visit: 17-19 May: Confirmation: 18 May
In today’s Gospel Jesus offers his parable about last chances. The fig tree will have one last chance to bear fruit before it is cut down and destroyed. Good stewards realize that, like the fig tree, they are endowed with God-given gifts that are meant to “bear fruit” for God and neighbour. God has legitimate expectations of them. They also realize they do not know how much time they have left before the gardener returns for an accounting of their fruitfulness. How are we using our God-given gifts? How might we use our gifts to bear more fruit? The answer requires some urgency.
During Lent there will be a Lenten Reflection on the middle 5 Wednesdays in Hartley Hall 8 pm- 9 pm. (March 27th, April 3rd, 10th). Everyone is welcome.
How is your Lent going?
Life is full of risks, chance happenings, natural disasters and catastrophic happenings surround us in the news everyday. Jesus tells us to be prepared for the unexpected by repenting now.
Lent is a time to take a risk, to change our lives and follow Jesus. Stewardship is a simple way of coming close to God and to one another; by being grateful for the gifts God gives us each day, growing those gifts, sharing them with others and returning them to the Lord with increase.
In our parish you can come closer to God by looking at your talents/gifts and making a genuine effort to use them for the benefit of your parish or the wider community.
Our talents/gifts change and develop over time, so look closely at the new talents/gifts that you have now, that you can use for the benefit of others.
So go on ….. take a risk! If you haven’t done so already complete a talent/gift pledge/promise card and attach it to our Lenten Cross on the sanctuary.
We might not be able to do anything about our beginning; but starting now we can make sure that we have a different ending.
The God who Speaks: A year of the Word
Scripture, the Bible, is at the centre of everything the Church does. The year 2020 will be the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini; Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600th anniversary of St Jerome’s, who translated the Bible into Latin. These events have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to make 2020 a year of focus on the Bible and 'The God Who Speaks'. Throughout the year there will be a range of resources and activities for our parish and beyond.
“Thy will be done”
We see God’s will revealed in the person of Jesus: to seek out and to save that which is lost. We can affirm, however, without a doubt, that God’s will is indeed for the salvation of all mankind. Our prayer, then, is offered by children who know their Father’s heart and are certain of his loving plan. This prayer, moreover, inspires in us the same desire for the Father’s will as we see in Jesus, especially when, in the garden of Gethsemane, he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this chalice from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done” (Lk 22:42). Jesus is crushed by the world’s wickedness, yet he abandons himself faithfully to the Father’s will. We can do likewise, for the conviction that God will never abandon us is more than a hope. It is a certainty!
Bidding Prayers PLEASE READ!!
Are you able to spare a few minutes out of your week to compose the bidding prayers in time for the Sunday Masses? You will be provided with all the necessary resources and guidance. If you are interested, please enquire by emailing Sarah Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Holy Communion
Please be reminded that the next session is this Saturday 30th March, 10 am start.
If you have a child that you would like to be baptised, you will need to complete one of our baptism preparation courses. Please meet Fr Antony in Parish Surgery on Fridays or contact Ossie Folkes.