Half Term Poems

Our Incensed youth group competed against each other in a half term Olympiad today. Their poems were so beautiful, we'd like to share them with you. ----------------------------- Be thankful St Mary's For the great Father Terry He gives us joy makes us merry Sandra Lipner helpful for the youth Altar servers learn the truth The truth about God The truth about good A community parish Together as One Be collective But still having fun Incensed is where we are Being resourceful And travelling afar Having fun Games and laughter St Mary's - who we are ----------------------------- Father Terry A priest of St Mary's There for us all the time Happy times Every Sunday you make our day Respect what he

Ambitious for Higher Gifts

Should a Christian be ambitious? Can a Christian be ambitious? We are deeply suspicious of ambition. We link ambition with unpleasant characteristics such as selfishness, ruthlessness, egoism. Often we think it is not right to be ambitious. And yet, when we think further about it, we realise that ambition is important. I find myself uneasy, as I am sure you do, when young people at school or college show no ambition. If you were am employer you would want your new employee to show some ambition. In lots of ways we need to have hopes, dreams, aspirations, aims, goals. It is quite natural to want to get ahead in life. It encourages us to develop our gifts, to nourish our talents and

The Ascension of the Lord (Year A)

Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017 – Mass Time Change Please note that on Monday 29th May, because of the Bank Holiday, the Mass will be at 12 noon. Baptism Ask God’s blessing on Hannah-Louise Foskett who was baptised here yesterday (Saturday 27th May). UPDATE: Building works in the parish grounds The new ramp is now open! It provides smooth and easy access to the main door of the parish centre. However, until railings are installed we still need to ask children not to play on the lawn. We ask for and very much appreciate parents’ cooperation in this matter. Many thanks. . Parish Collection: Last week’s was £1350.03 Statement from Pope Francis on the Manchester bombing A statement from the

The Advocate

Would you like an advocate? Today we hear Jesus promise an advocate to his followers (John 14.15-21). The word advocate today has legal connotations, but it is also used for those who speak up for others. We speak of advocacy as helping those who cannot speak for themselves. Most of us have had a feeling of inarticulacy at some time or another. We have wanted to speak up for ourselves, and have found that the right words just don’t come. An advocate who would step forward and make a case on our behalf sounds like a good idea! We can think of the Holy Spirit as our Advocate in three ways. First of all, we need someone to plead for the weak and vulnerable. We need the Spirit of God to stir

Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

UPDATE: Building works in the parish grounds: Take care Because work is still going on (we need to install railings to prevent falls over wall/ fill in small holes in lawn….) until further notice, the pathway between the church and the presbytery and also the lawn areas will remain closed off and cannot be used. We need to ask children not to play on the lawn. Please continue to access the parish centre via the path to the left of the church front door. We ask for and very much appreciate parents’, parishioners’ and everyone’s continuing patience and cooperation in this matter. We will keep you updated! Many thanks. This weekend Fr Leo Edgar of the Dominicans will preach and celebrate at

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Jesus says: ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life’ (John 14.6). The Way To follow Jesus is to be on a journey. You cannot be a Christian and expect to stay as you are. You have to expect that over a period of time your outlook will change your and your priorities will be challenged. There is a difference between being a tourist and being a traveler. If you are a tourist you can go to an exotic locale and come back unchanged. If you are a traveler, on the other hand, you will be formed by your experiences. You will have learned to see things differently. If Jesus is the way then we are travelers, or I suppose more accurately, pilgrims. We will expect that the journey with Christ wil

Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Building works in the parish grounds: Take care Work is near completion and is looking good. But the pathway between the church and the presbytery is still closed. Please access the parish centre via the path to the left of the church front door. We hope it will be open by mid-week. Next weekend Fr Leo Edgar of the Dominicans will preach and celebrate at all Masses next weekend, when he will ask your support for the work of the Dominican order. Do make him welcome. First Communion Celebration Many congratulations to the 31 children making their First Holy Communion today. Please join our parish celebration with a special cake next Sunday, 21st May, after 10 am Mass in the parish centre. Ref

Vocation

On this Sunday we have the gospel of the Good Shepherd, and the Catholic Church often turns its thoughts to vocations. All of us have a vocation. We are called to holiness. This is our commissioning through our baptism. Now, I sometimes think that I have only to use the word ‘holiness’ for people to run a mile. Holiness is associated either with ‘holier than thou’ on the one hand, or with impossibly high standards of conduct on the other. Well, let’s think about it from another angle. In Galatians 5.22-23 St Paul gives us a list of the fruits of the Spirit, which grow out of our life in Christ. These are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-co

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

First Holy Communion next Sunday 10 & 12 We look forward to next Sunday’s celebration of first holy communion at 10 am and 12 noon. Please expect the church to be busier than usual as we welcome visiting family and friends. There will be 10 children making their first communion at the 10, and 22 making their first communion at the 12. Accordingly at the 10, the first five rows on each side will be reserved for them and the families, and the first 11 rows on each side will be reserved for them at the 12. Cake Sale Members of our confirmation group will be selling delicious cakes after 10 am Mass today in aid of the charity Mary’s Meals. Building works in the parish grounds: Take care Work has

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