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 to enhance our skills. Without ambition surely the world would never progress.
But what about the negative features that can so easily accompany a sense of ambition? How can we guard against these? Well, think for a moment of the Ascension. The As...
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.
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 Vatican said: ;Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security pers...
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 up defenders of the weak and vulnerable. I think of life in the womb, I think of the poor who cannot find the words to defend themselves to officialdom, I think of the disabled asking for a fair chance. There are many people longing for a place at the table of life. The Holy Spirit is...
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.
Fr Leo Edgar of the Dominicans will preach and celebrate at all Masses this weekend, to ask your support in a second collection for the work of the Dominican order, particularly for its apostolate in the Caribbean. Do make him welcome.
Parish Collection: Last week’s was £ 1520.39. Many thanks.
Jesus says: ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life’ (John 14.6).
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 will widen our horizons, open our eyes, engage our compassion, shake our complacency.
Our world is strangely uncomfortable with the whole idea of truth. Our culture is happier with the idea of the world as a h...
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.
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.
Refugees in London: Thank You
Many thanks for your donations of hard-boiled eggs last week. We were able to take 160 eggs + toothbrushes + toothpaste to the local drop-in for refugees.
St Mary’s New Testament Quiz
Who walked on water like Jesus? What is the name of the last book of the New Testament? Take our N...
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-control. Which of us would not want these for ourselves? And this is holiness, in everyday terms that we can understand. Moreover, it is a holiness within which our other vocations can make sense. If you are a husband or wife or parent, you would want these gifts to help you in those roles. If you...
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.
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 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 front door.
Priests Training Fund Second Collection – This Weekend 6th/7th May