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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

So many feasts, so many celebrations, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi. Then we come down to earth again with the ordinary Sunday’s of the Year (4th / 5th June, 2016).

There is something nice about the ordinary. Ordinary is where our lives happen. In the ordinary events of Jesus’ public life, we learn about His solicitude for us, His brothers and sisters. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we come to use His gifts, that we may produce their fruits.

We will leave the banners up, announcing the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and we will leave the window markings, announcing the fruits of the Holy Spirit, until the Confirmation on the 22nd June, 2016.

Meanwhile may you and I be assured of God’s love for us and all mankind.

Yours,

Fr. Richard
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Birthday Girl!

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We celebrated Nora's 95th birthday on Saturday evening, after Mass. 95th!

Well done, Nora, and many Happy Returns.

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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

Instead of my usual letter I thought you might like to read this, it’s an award-winning prayer from one of the children in our Parish:

Pentecost

by Leonie Brunning

They were alone lost sheep their shepherd missing,
Gone is the legacy of love and hope,
Hidden in the shadows of fear and hardship,
Wrapped within their shawls of grief.

Apostles misled, astray, wanting the light of Jesus to shine,
Churning emotions both shared and secret
Tangled together hopes and fears like breezes of wind they add and build,
Then within the howling gust a spirit, a flame, a light in the darkness.

Then quiet, the anger subsides, finally hope in their tired morning eyes,
Tongues of flame twist and dance
Weaving to and fro, creating awe to enchant,
The touch of the flame living and true, an essence of power and freedom of voice.

As the fire caresses the face of each disciple
Their eyes opened and their tongues loosened,
The sound of love, light and hope
Speaking God’s graces to all peoples on earth.



Have a good week,

Fr. Richard

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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

Jesus ascends into heaven. He leaves the disciples as witnesses of all the things that have happened. He is going to send the Holy Spirit upon them so they may continue His saving work.

In the Holy Spirit, Jesus is near to each one of us, and guides our Christian journey; He is the companion of those persecuted for the faith; He is in the heart of those who are marginalised; He is present in those whom the right to a decent life is denied.

We can hear, see and touch our Lord Jesus Christ in the Church, especially in the word and the sacraments.

Have a good week … looking forward to Pentecost.

Fr. Richard
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