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Information leaflet – from Father Richard

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At this Sunday's Mass there will be a folded leaflet of information from Father Richard to all his parishioners. I have included it with the Parish Bulletin.

Chris
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From Father Richard's Desk

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My Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Why is it fashionable to live in a culture of death? Why is it fashionable not to have a religion? Why is it fashionable for some young people to enter into suicide pacts, take drugs to opt out of life in general? Why is it fashionable to live in a world of unbelief, of scepticism and despair?

I could not even begin to answer these questions. All I know is that “I” do not want to live in that world. I want to live in a world where God cares for each and every one of us, a world into which He has sent His Son – to be our model, teacher, brother and saviour, a world in which we have access to hope, love, healing and life beyond measure. The gospel today tells us how to access this culture of life. Ever considered becoming a practising Catholic?

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 2 May 13

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As a matter of record, though the next meeting has already been held, here are the Minutes of the meeting from 2 May 2013:

Chris

PCC Minutes 02.05.13
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From Father Richard's Desk

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My Dear Brothers & Sisters,

The wonderful parable of the Good Samaritan is the subject of today’s gospel. I remember asking someone what the message of the parable was. The message, they said, was that we should love everyone. I suppose in the same way that Jesus came for the salvation of all.

As human beings we cannot love ‘all’ in the same way as God. We can only love some ONE. The Good Samaritan, God become man – has to express his love for mankind in as limited a way as we do. He chose to be compassionate to some ONE. Jesus came as saviour of the world, yet his earthly mission was limited to the Jews….In Christ we are called to express our love of God in a limited way. A further twist – by loving another, we make of them our brother, our sister our friend, our neighbour.

Fr. Richard
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From Father Richard's Desk

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My Dear Brothers & Sisters,

There is a saying that Christians should be
IN this world, but not OF this world. A Christian outlook is different from one who does not have CHRIST in their life. St. Paul talks about being crucified to the world in order to live for Christ. The ‘WORLD’ is a way of living without reference to God or God’s Laws. It is a way of living that seeks to ignore its creator and decide for itself what is right and what is wrong: the ORIGINAL SIN OF ADAM.

To be crucified to the world, is to live in partnership with Christ in building heaven on earth.

Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven

Have a good week.
Fr. Richard

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