New Beginnings

John the Baptist belongs to the long tradition of prophets stretching back to Elijah and the great prophets of the 8th century BC. Prophets were not like fairground fortune-tellers. Actually, prophets spoke the truth about the situation of the world. They were blunt about the social, political and religious realities of their society. They were the very opposite of the gilding work of spin doctors today. Our first reading from Isaiah (49.1-6) invites us in retrospect to apply these words about Isaiah to the Baptist himself: it is God’s intention that this child will become a prophet who will speak the truth so that, like a sharp sword, his words will cut through all nonsense. God wil

Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (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, and Mary Myles. Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £ 1014.23.Many thanks. Next Sunday there is a second collection for Peter’s Pence. Friday: Saints Peter and Paul: Holy day of obligation The Catholic Church around the world remembers these founder apostles by gathering at the altar. Mass at 10 am and 7.30 pm. Baptism Ask God’s blessing on Harli Jude Rogerson, baptised here yesterday (23rd June). Young Peopl

Sowing the Seed

In the gospel today (Mark 4.26-34) the farmer sows the seed, but night and day, in a way that he cannot explain, growth takes place, at first hidden in the soil, then pushing up into the light, day after day. At one level we can explain everything. Farming these days has become a very scientific business agriculture being big business. Scientists can even manipulate the genes of rice or wheat. Everything is known. Or is it? We are talking, after all, about life. Within the seed there is life. There is the potential to germinate. Who set life in motion? Where did this mysterious renewing ability come from? We are back to God the creator, with the whole of creation coming from the d

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (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, and Mary Myles. Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £1001.57. Many thanks. Second collection this week for Day for Life which will focus on all those who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery. Baptism Ask God’s blessing on Verity Christina Murphy, baptised here yesterday (Saturday 16th June). Young People’s Summer Outing We look forward to our young people’s outing on Sunday 29t

Renewed

I once heard our personalities compared to a house. In a typical home there is a welcome space, perhaps a sitting room. Here we greet people, we are hospitable and put on our best face. Then there is the kitchen, or, if you are very grand, a dining room. Here we let the mask slip a bit, as over meals we share thoughts and feelings. There are even occasional rows and reconciliations. Elsewhere in the house is the bedroom. This is a place of passion, dreams and sleep. It is a private place where only the very closest person is admitted. Finally, there is an attic, or some other storage place. This place can be chaotic, with things piled up higgledy-piggledy, some to be dealt with, some forgott

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (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, and Mary Myles. Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £1312.47. Many thanks. Second collection next week for Day for Life which will focus on all those who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery. Pat Gleeson RIP Pat Gleeson was an active and well-known member of this parish for many years, and a friend to many. She lived first in Squires Lane, then in Mulberry Court, and finally i

Corpus Christi

In the Solemnity of Corpus Christi we celebrate the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the eucharist, under the forms of bread and wine. This means so much to us as Catholics. It tells us that in a special way Christ is to be found among his people when they gather at the altar. The presence of someone that we know and love can make a huge difference. We have all had that experience of arriving at a foreign airport or railway station, looking anxiously across the sea of faces … and there we see someone waiting to greet us. What relief we feel, what a sense of happiness and security. Long before even a word is exchanged, we feel completely different knowing that they are there for us. The

Corpus Christi (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. Baptism: Ask God’s blessing ton Verity Christina Murphy, baptised here yesterday (Saturday 9th June). Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £1174.79. Many thanks. APF Mill Hill Mission Thank You Fr Brian Oswald MHM thanks you all for the warmth of your welcome last weekend. He was impressed by the life of the parish. Over 50 people signed up to take home a red box as part of their s

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