June 25, 2017

We belong to a global church.  There are Catholics living in situations very different from our own. We have to remember this when we read scripture. What seems a little strange may speak powerfully to our brothers and sisters elsewhere.

In the gospel today, the disciples hear Jesus speak about persecution (Matt. 10.26-33).  There will be situations, he warns them, when powerful authorities will want them to keep silent.  There will be times when they will fear for their lives.  Some 600 years before Jesus the prophet Jeremiah had encountered the same kind of hostility and opposition to the message of God (Jer. 20.10-13).  There were those who wanted to silence him, just as later there would be those who hated the Christian message and wanted to choke it off.  Fear silences people.  That is why Jesus encourages the disciples not to be afraid to speak the truth.  If the powers that be tried to silence them, they were to proclaim the truth more confidently, knowing that whatever happened,...

June 25, 2017

Holy Day of Obligation

The Feast of SS Peter and Paul, Thursday 29th June, is a holyday of obligation, when the Church invites and expects us to attend Mass. Mass at 10 am and 7.30 pm. SS Peter and Paul is a special day of prayer for the Pope, the successor of St Peter.

A collection for Peter’s Pence, which assists the Pope in his charitable relief work throughout the world, will be taken after Mass next Sunday. It isn’t used for Vatican administration!

Ramp and lawn

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.

Calling all SMOGs: Father John’s Retirement Mass

We wish Fr John Ball, MHM every blessing as he retires from many, many years of service at St Michael’s at the end of this term.  All who know him are invited to join his retirement Mass on 29th June at 2....

June 18, 2017

When I attended a workshop about the new translation of the Missal, the priest running it said: ‘We are never more ourselves than when we are at Mass.’ He meant that Catholics feel that the Mass is there at the core of their identity. It is an inseparable part of who they are. Notice, straight away, that this not only makes us who we are but takes us out of ourselves. It joins us to many other people not only in many other lands but in many previous centuries. They, and we, come to the same altar. Here we are on an equal footing: the rich and the poor, the sick and the healthy, the young and the old. We belong together. And not only that, but the Mass takes us into Christ, risen and ascended: in a way that we cannot fully explain, it links us to heaven itself, to the eternal love of God. What a wonderful gift.

Previous generations had a great sense of awe about the Mass. Communion was infrequent and always preceded by confession. The celebration of the Mass was surrounded by mystique. I...

June 18, 2017

Ministers of Communion

All ministers of communion should be prepared to renew their commissioning today. Apologies for this short notice.

Pastoral Letter

We have a pastoral letter today from Cardinal Nichols about the eucharist. Copies are available on the table by the door.

Baptism

Ask God’s blessing on Oliver Michael Muthukumar who was baptised here yesterday (Saturday 17th June).

Funeral Mass for Lorenzo Pini

A Funeral Mass for the late Lorenzo Pini will be held here at St Mary’s on Monday 19th June at 11.30 am.  May he rest in peace.

Ramp and lawn

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.

Day for Life – Second Collection This Weekend 17th/18th June 2017

This weekend (17th/18th June) at all Masses there will be a second collection for Day for Life.  There are...

June 13, 2017

Daniel:

My saint's name is Anthony. I chose this name because, despite enduring many hardships, St Anthony continued with just as strong a faith.

Aluat:

My saint's name is Veronica. I chose this name because she helped people no matter the consequence. She did this because of how much love she had in her heart and how kind she was.

Milly:

My saint's name is Christina. I chose this name because St Christina was a faithful woman who stuck with her faith throughout everything.

Nathan:

My saint's name is Alban. I chose this name because St Alban died for his faith, and this shows me that you should always be brave and stand up for your religion.

Lloyd:

My saint's name is Francis. I chose this name because St Francis cared for everyone in the world with all his love, and I want to show my love to the world.

Chloe:

My saint's name is Elizabeth Ann Seton. I chose this name because St Elizabeth Ann Seton was very kind to others and helped a lot of people. She set up charities for people who needed them,...

June 11, 2017

St Paul tells the Corinthians that they are like babies who need to be fed with milk rather than solid food.  That is how I feel about Christians who complain that doctrines like the Trinity are too complicated.  Well, perhaps it is difficult to grasp – but surely for God to be God the divine nature has to be greater than our best understanding.  There should always be that which is beyond us.  But surely if we have a life of faith then we are drawn into God.  That is to say, we find in God an exciting mystery.  Our journey through life is a journey into God. 

What is more, the Trinity is more than a doctrine. It is a dynamism into which we are drawn ourselves.  The Trinity is the very life of God which touches each of us who are baptised.  We acknowledge God as the Father of all and the source of creation.  We acclaim Christ as God among us, who gave us his teachings, whose death and resurrection assure us of eternal life.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, w...

June 11, 2017

Confirmation with Bishop John Sherrington

We look forward to welcoming Bishop John Sherrington today, 11th June, at 10 am to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our 14 confirmandi.  There will be a special celebration in the parish centre afterwards, all welcome. Please be aware that the 10 am Mass may be more crowded than usual.

Funeral Mass for Norman Dwyer

A Funeral Mass for the late Norman Dwyer will be held here at St Mary’s on Thursday 15th June at 11 am.  May he rest in peace.

Ramp and lawn

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.

Day for Life – Second Collection Next Weekend 17th/18th June 2017

Next weekend (17th/18th June) at all Masses there will be a second collection for Day for Life.  There are Day for Life cards to take away available...

June 4, 2017

We are all familiar with the figure of the conductor of an orchestra. The conductor, waving a baton, speeds up the music or slows it down. The conductor signals to individual instrumentalists that they should begin to play now. The conducting can alter the emotional tone of the music, bringing out different emphases.

There are many images that can help us understand the work of the Holy Spirit. One of them is to see the Holy Spirit as co-ordinating and encouraging the whole human symphony. The sound of our different lives can be discordant or harsh. The Spirit draws us towards harmony. As players we are often tempted to do our own thing, to toot our trumpet as it were, regardless of others. The Spirit takes us in a different direction. Each person is like an instrumentalist who has to learn to listen to the others, to join his or her contribution in the right way to those of the others in the orchestra. We have to work with others to weave together our music in such a way that it makes...

June 4, 2017

Confirmation with Bishop John Sherrington

We look forward to welcoming Bishop John Sherrington next Sunday, 11th June, at 10 am to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our 14 confirmandi.  There will be a special celebration in the parish centre afterwards, all welcome. If you are coming to the 10 Mass next Sunday, be aware therefore that it may be more crowded than usual.

Ramp and lawn

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.

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St Mary’s New Testament Quiz

Last day to join in and take the quiz online: https://join.quizziz.com game code 651388.  The winners of our book prizes will be announced next Sunday, 11th June, after 10 am Mass.

St Mary’s Sacraments Quiz

Take the last of our three quizzes by 25th June and you could win vouchers for Nando’s, Holl...

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