Dear Parishioners

We have been celebrating the wonderful feasts of Christmas, Mary Mother of God (1 January), the Epiphany and the Baptism of Jesus. The motherhood of Mary captured my imagination this year after reading an article about Jesus' apparent side-lining of his mother: his reaction to Mary and Joseph when he was lost and found in the temple, when told that his mother and brothers were outside, and in reply to Mary's comment about the wine running out at Cana. Yet it was Mary who accepted her motherhood at the annunciation, who realised from the outset that 'a sword would pierce her heart', who was the mother attentive at the foot of the cross. The joys and sorrows of motherhood are familiar to all mothers and I can't help relating this feast to that of St Monica, mother of St Augustine. We keep Monica's feast on 27 August.

Monica seems to have been a strong woman, even over protective of her sons. Augustine was the most dodgy of the three! He led a pretty riotous life, even scorning his mother's religion, and while Monica made her disapproval evident, she never stopped praying for her son. She even asked a bishop to 'have a word with him'! The bishop, however, refused on the grounds that it would drive Augustine even further away from her and her religion. Wise bishop! When he was about 30 Augustine's restlessness found peace through the preaching of St Ambrose and he was baptised and became one of the most influential Christians in the history of the Church.

My mother used to worry about all her children till the day she died but I bet that the example of St Monica enabled my mother never to lose hope!

Godric OSB

St Elizabeth's Volunteers Party:

There is a party for all our volunteers of St. Elizabeth's on Friday 18th January at 7pm in the pastoral centre. Please sign your name on the list at the back of church if you are able to join us!

Live Simply - Grow a Garden

The Scouts have begun to turn a plot of derelict land at the side of the Parish Centre into a garden. The plot is all enclosed - a walled garden that can be seen from the windows of the lounge - and full of sun. Click here for further information.


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Newsletter Pastoral Area 14 - Christmas 2018

Newsletter Pastoral Area 14 - Christmas 2018

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