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Tertullian on marriage

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In Bible Alive today, after discussing to day's gospel reading (Mark 10:1-12) in which Jesus rebuts the Pharisees' views of marriage, the following passage from Tertullian is quoted; I think it rather beautiful . . .

Chris

"How beautiful the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practise. They are as brother and sister, both servants of the same Master. Nothing divides them, either in the flesh or the spirit. They pray together, they worship together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God’s church and partake of God’s banquet; side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other’s company; they never bring sorrow to each other’s hearts. Unembarrassed they visit the sick and assist the needy. They give alms without anxiety; they attend the Sacrifice without hindrance. They need not be furtive about making the sign of the cross, nor timorous in greeting the brethren, nor silent in asking a blessing of God. Psalms and hymns they sing to one another…Hearing and seeing this, Christ rejoices. To such as these he gives his peace. Where there are two together, there he is present; and where he is, evil is not."
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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

All of us have many rude awakenings in our lives. There are times when we can be overtaken by joy, grief, disappointment. We can feel good when everything seems to be going our way. We can be downhearted when our dreams are shattered. “Entrust your cares to the Lord” the Psalmist says, and “He will support you.” In an ever changing world, with every changing circumstances, cling to the one who can deliver you from all your iniquities. Choose the master who frees, rather than the one who enslaves. May our God be the ground of your being.

Have a good week,
Fr. Richard
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Father Richard's Induction

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Bishop Peter Doyle presided over the induction of our Father Richard as Parish Priest at St Peter's on Tuesday 25 February. It was well-attended mass and the social gathering afterwards, fuelled by small eats that all had brought, was a great Parish occasion. Congratulations to Father Richard, and thank you for being our priest.

Here are some photos of the occasion, by Carolyn and Peter.

Chris

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St Peter's Chair

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Celebrating our Patronal Feast

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Fair Trade Fortnight - St Peter's a fair-trade parish

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Pope Francis reminds us that as Christians we should never consider ourselves exempt from concern for the poor.  In the exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, he insists that the current world order is not acceptable: society needs to be cured of a sickness which is “weakening and frustrating it”. It needs to reject speculation and uncontrolled markets to eliminate the deep-rooted causes of poverty and inequality.

Pope Francis recognizes that this requires politicians and governments to take heed and “broaden their horizons”, but these issues involve everyone.

So what can the rest of us do in our daily lives and in our local communities to bring about change peacefully?

We can make a stand as Christians, and take action as St James - the apostle of our Lord - instructs us and make our voices heard and challenge others to do what is right for our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate than we, and who need our help.

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 24 February to 9 March this year and you are being set the challenge to ‘stick with Foncho to make bananas fair’.  Albeiro Alfonso ‘Foncho’ Cantillo is a small-scale banana farmer from Colombia who sells mostly Fairtrade produce. This means he can afford to care for his family and give his daughter a good education.
But unfortunately most banana growers are not that fortunate and are lucky if they can cover their costs.

By sticking with Foncho, you will buy only Fairtrade bananas. But more importantly call on the UK government to rebalance our food system and ensuring our brothers and sisters working in global supply chains get a fair deal.

Why not Get clued up on Fairtrade ?>>>

And take up the challenge to support CAFODs Hungry for change campaign. As part of the campaign CAFOD have been recommending lifestyle tips to help you play your part in building a fairer food system for all.
Buying food from Fairtrade companies is a fantastic way to do this: it encourages greater support for small-scale farmers like Foncho, ensuring large supermarkets give growers a fair return for their produce.

So this year fair Trade are asking you to do three things:


  1. Make Foncho famous in our church 
  2. Gather as many petition signatures as possible - pick up a leaflet at church or you can do this on line click here.
  3. Buy Fairtrade produce - especially bananas!

Find all the latest news and lots of free resources at: stickwithfoncho.org.uk

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CAFOD special day of reflection

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If you're looking for a wonderful opportunity for some spiritual input and reflection during lent this year then  read the following.......
Note: if you're from St. Peters and need a lift then contact Alban on 01767 681537.
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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The beginning of the Gospel this week begins “You have learnt how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.” Many so-called Christians live by this. ‘The Spirit of Revenge’. How deep this spirit of revenge goes in our human psyche. We use another expression “What goes around comes around.” Meaning that we believe people will get their comeuppance for any offences they have committed (especially against us). For, far from the sentiment of Jesus – “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” What must I do to gain eternal life? Put on Christ. He may be a better fit than you imagined!

Have a good week,
Fr. Richard
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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Sometimes it is nice to be ‘vaguely’ Christian. It means that we can live our lives according to our own whims and desires. The trouble is that other people may want to be as vague as we are. It can only lead to chaos.

For us, Jesus, is not vaguely God and Man, he did not vaguely come and live among us; he did not vaguely send his Holy Spirit to form His church.

Jesus is a definite person, truly God, truly Man; you can meet him; and he is very definite in what he expects of us as His disciples.

“Don’t be vague, ask for Haig” used to be a whisky advert….meaning don’t put up with any old whisky, have the best.

Don’t be vague in your approach to the faith – want and get the best; Jesus is definite: “Follow Me”.

Have a good week
Fr. Richard
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Survey

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There will be a survey sheet on each chair at each Mass this weekend. If you can't get there, or if you would prefer to complete the survey online, please go to this link:

St Peter's Welcoming Survey

God bless

Chris
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