Our Advocate

American culture loves courtroom drama. There are whole television series that revolve around brave lawyers orindefatigable detectives who prevent a miscarriage of justice. The courtroom scene in which the wrongdoers are routed is also a staple of American films. The ancient world at the time of Jesus would have understood this fascination with impassioned oratory leading to justice. In that world great stress was laid on rhetoric, that is to say, the ability to marshal facts and present a convincing case. It was seen as an essential part of life in a civilised society. When Jesus tells us that he will send us the Advocate, it is a promise that God is on our side. There is one who pres

Pentecost Sunday (Year B)

Mass Times for Bank Holiday Monday in May Mass times for the next Bank Holiday on 28th May will be at 12 noon. APF Mill Hill Mission Thank you and Appeal This weekend we welcome Fr Brian Oswald MHM to our parish. Fr Brian will be making the 5-yearly APF-Mill Hill Thank You and Appeal for new members. Fr Brian will explain how we can all be involved in the mission of the Church through our support of the red box scheme. It would be fantastic if every home was involved in this work of the Church by supporting missionaries throughout the world. Rosary Devotion to Our Lady for the Month of May The Rosary will be said in homes and in church. Tuesday 22nd May Carmen Cavallo at 149 Lesl

In the Footsteps of Christ

If you think that the Lottery is something new, think again. Have a look, for example, at today's first reading from Acts (1.15-17, 20-26). The apostles need someone to replace Judas. They do what selection committees still do today, they draw up a list of criteria which they use to narrow down the field. And then they draw lots. (This is how we get the word lottery - from the ancient ritual of drawing lots.) How do we know God's will? That is always a difficult question to answer. It is so easy for us to assert that this or that is what God wants us to do - or wants other people to do - when all the time we are really asserting what we want. For example, there was a time in the 1970s when C

Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction: Thursday 10.30 am, Saturday at 5.30 pm Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, Pat Gleeson and Mary Myles. Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £1174.79. Many thanks. APF Mill Hill Mission Thank you and Appeal This will take place next weekend at all the Masses when we welcome Fr Brian Oswald MHM to our parish. Thank you to all parishioners who already support this wonderful Association through the Red Boxes. If you have not thought of doing so yet, this appeal may encourage you to thin

Generosity

I think that there is one word that sums up the readings today: generosity. In the first reading, Peter has gone to the port of Jaffa. It’s still there today, next door to Tel Aviv. Peter, remember, was now a senior person in the Church. He had walked with Jesus. His denial had been forgiven by Jesus. He had seen the risen Lord. He was an apostle. Up until now Peter has believed that to accept Jesus as Lord, you must first become a Jew. But pagans – non-Jews – are clamouring to be admitted as well. A dream has told Peter that this has to change. In his dream Peter was instructed by God to eat all kinds of non-kosher food. In the dream, Peter resisted – but, said God, this is not unclean.

Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction: Thursday 10.30 am, Saturday at 5.30 pm Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, Pat Gleeson and Mary Myles. Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £992.98. Many thanks. Baptism Ask God’s blessing on Nicole Natasha Chester and Tyler Tinotenda Chester who were baptised Saturday 5th May and Sophia Maria Dvoracova who will be baptised today Sunday 6th May at the 12.00 Mass. Solemnity of the Ascension This is on Thursday 10th May, a Holy Day of Obligation, with Masses at 10 am and 7.30 pm. Assi

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