Dear Parishioners

As we draw near to the week in which we follow Jesus from his triumphal entry on Palm Sunday through His passion and death to the glory of His Resurrection, it is worth considering the weekday readings. Some of them we lose this year because we celebrate the Feasts of St. Joseph and St. Benedict, for they develop the assuredness of God's love and power to save.

Monday's readings compare Old Testament saving (Susanna) with New Testament forgiveness (woman in adultery):

Tuesday contrasts the fiery serpents (Old Testament) and Jesus lifted on the Cross for our salvation:

Wednesday gives us Daniel saved from the fiery furnace:

On Thursday Jesus makes a clear claim to be God, 'Before Abraham was, I AM'.

Friday shows the storm clouds gathering, reflected by the sufferings of Jeremiah

On Saturday Ezechiel speaks of God's people being renewed and led by the new David (who is Jesus) whereas Caiaphas says that 'It is better that one man died for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.'

These readings blend the saving power of God in with portents of the forthcoming Passion and death of Jesus. Our pilgrimage reaches a climax at the end of Holy week-but it does not end there: we continue by walking with our Risen Lord for 40 days and then by the renewal given us by the Holy Spirit. Let us persevere in our journey.

A Pilgrimage with a difference.

I have received information about a holiday/pilgrimage to St John's Holy Island of Patmos this September. The Catholic Faith Exploration team is organising the week-long pilgrimage. Daily Mass will be celebrated and there will be some talks on St John and Patmos. There will be time for private reflection and prayer and relaxing at local beaches, and sight-seeing around the island. The cost for half board is around 1100. If you are interested in having further details, please sign the lists at the back of both churches.

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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