Set Free

The ransom that was paid to free you … was not paid in silver or gold, but in the precious blood … of Christ (1 Peter 1.18-19) Sometimes religious language is difficult. It does not come easily to people today. Younger people, who want everything instantly (think Wikipedia) are particularly impatient. So what are we to make of this language of ransom from our second reading, which is taken from the first letter of Peter? Well, strangely enough, the terrible evil of ransom has begun to stalk our world once more. Pirates off the coast of Somalia even in the last month have resumed their attempts to hijack ships and hold their crews to ransom. Until the world’s navies mounted a campaign a few y

Third Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017 – Mass Time Change Please note that on Monday 1st May, because of the Bank Holiday, the Mass will be at 12 noon. Building works in the parish grounds: Take care Work has now begun on the parish centre lawn and path. Please note that until further notice the pathway between the church and the presbytery is closed. Please access the parish centre via the path to the left of the church. Priests Training Fund Second Collection – Next Weekend 6th/7th May Next weekend (6th/7th May) is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for vocations, especially vocations to the priesthood. The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will take place at all Masses next wee

Resurrection

I once mentioned to a farmer’s wife how the resurrection was a challenge to our faith. Christian teaching about resurrection teaches us that death becomes new life in which we are completely transformed, including our bodies. What that could mean was beyond our understanding, I said, and I did not know how to speak about it. She listened and then chuckled. No, she said, she did not find it hard to believe at all. Every spring she and her husband ploughed bare fields and scattered seed. Who could believe that these tiny things would become a field of waving corn? And so, she said, she had no trouble in believing in a wonderful transformation of the body in which we would live in a new

Second Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Building works in the parish grounds: Take care Work has now begun on the parish centre lawn and path. Please note that until further notice the pathway between the church and the presbytery is closed. Please access the parish centre via the path to the left of the church. Christian Meditation Group There is a Christian Meditation Group in Nazareth House, 162 East End Road, every Tuesday morning at 10.30 am – after the 10 am Mass. Next INCENSED Youth Group (ages 10 - 18) Join us on 30th April at 11 am in the community room (Father Terry’s house). Our topic this month: Islam, we have a few questions! With guest speakers Ambreen Majid and Mehreen Baig from BAFTA nominated TV show ‘Muslims like

Palm Sunday

After El Alamein, the first significant victory for the Allies in World War II, Churchill said: ‘This is not the beginning of the end. But it is the end of the beginning.’ He meant that from that point onwards, the tide would turn. I always think of that when we come to Palm Sunday. This is the event that marks the end of what Jesus has begun, his earthly ministry. Because of the adulation that greets his entry into Jerusalem, the authorities will be alarmed, and they will begin decisive action against him. Jesus, who knew what was in anyone’s heart, understood this perfectly well. We get no hint of him being impressed by the acclaim of the crowds. We know know that from this point o

Palm Sunday (Year A)

HOLY WEEK SERVICES These are all on a card on the table by the church door. Please do take one home with you and take others if a friend or neighbour might welcome the information. PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES If you have signed up for a weekly envelope the new season’s boxes are now available. Do take yours home. Easter Envelopes It has come to our attention that some of the boxes have two envelopes for Easter. Normally we just have one in the box. Use just one of the envelopes and discard the other. It doesn't matter which one. Fr Terry says: thank you, you are always generous. WE NEED READERS for the THREE HOLY DAYS Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil The sign up sheets are available o

The Story of Lazarus

A few years ago I read a statement by a man who is strongly opposed to religion. He said: 'I don't know why people still believe in God. If your car breaks down you take it to a garage, not to a priest.' Well, yes of course. If my car breaks down I take it to the garage too, I don't pray over it. But this misses the point. I would love to have been able to ask the critic this question: Do you think that human beings are like a car engine? Is that how you think of yourself and others? As one big machine? Where is your soul? A car engine never fell in love or wrote a poem or dreamed of new possibilities. A car will never belong to the family circle. We wonderful human beings d

Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A)

A card with the times of Holy Week services is now available. Please take one home. There are plenty, so take some for friends or the housebound also. Cardinal’s Appeal The amount raised for the Cardinal’s Appeal was £ 449.48. We thank the anonymous donor of £50 ‘for God’s work’ which we have given to this appeal. PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES If you have signed up for a weekly envelope the new season’s boxes are now available. Do take yours home. Easter Envelopes It has come to our attention that some of the boxes have two envelopes for Easter. Normally we just have one in the box. Use just one of the envelopes and discard the other. It doesn't matter which although it might be easier to u

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