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
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/7
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
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
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 w
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
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 you
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.
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