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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the gospel today, the message is simple.

If God calls you to do something, you have no need to worry that your choice to follow Him will be to the detriment of your loved ones. They will not suffer because of your apparent neglect of them. TRUST.

All things will be well, and all things will be well, and all manner of things will be well (Julian of Norwich).

Cheers,
Fr. Richard
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Snooze before Baptism

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Two little boys were baptised today at St Peter's. One of them had a sneaky snooze before the special moment . . .

Chris

Sleepy baby on his father's shoulder.
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the Diocese of Northampton we should be celebrating to-day as the Dedication of the Cathedral. However, our Mass sheets are printed with the Mass for the 12th Sunday of the Year, so we will follow them.

On Wednesday we are celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation and on the 29th June The Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul.

God is breaking in on our lives in so many ways. May we prepare ourselves for his coming into our lives by giving Him time, prayer, making ourselves available in spirit and asking His purpose for us in our world today.
Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

Whenever we see a cross or crucifix, we are reminded that Jesus died for the forgiveness of sin. According to Biblical Theology, disorder entered the human race because of sin.

The whole of the Old Testament charts a dialogue of God with a chosen people, the people of Israel. It is in these texts that we find out how base we can be, and God’s struggle with His people to make them see sense.

There is a certain insanity in a way of thinking that excludes God. Jesus provides for us – healing at the core of our being and a path to sanity. No wonder we should be in AWE.

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

Whenever we see a cross or crucifix, we are reminded that Jesus died for the forgiveness of sin. According to Biblical Theology, disorder entered the human race because of sin.

The whole of the Old Testament charts a dialogue of God with a chosen people, the people of Israel. It is in these texts that we find out how base we can be, and God’s struggle with His people to make them see sense.

There is a certain insanity in a way of thinking that excludes God. Jesus provides for us – healing at the core of our being and a path to sanity. No wonder we should be in AWE.

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

Whenever we see a cross or crucifix, we are reminded that Jesus died for the forgiveness of sin. According to Biblical Theology, disorder entered the human race because of sin.

The whole of the Old Testament charts a dialogue of God with a chosen people, the people of Israel. It is in these texts that we find out how base we can be, and God’s struggle with His people to make them see sense.

There is a certain insanity in a way of thinking that excludes God. Jesus provides for us – healing at the core of our being and a path to sanity. No wonder we should be in AWE.

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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Bishop's Conference Statement on the EU Referendum – 23 June 2016

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Reflecting on the forthcoming vote, we recognise the historic nature of this referendum and its implications for future generations. The outcome will have consequences for the future not only of the United Kingdom, but for Europe and for the world.

In our view, three things are essential:

• that we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit;

• that we all inform ourselves of the arguments on both sides of the debate;

• that we each exercise our vote with a view to the common good of all.

The coming together of European countries in the aftermath of a catastrophic war was designed to bind together former combatants and the contribution of the European project to peace in Western Europe should be recognised. Pope Francis reminds us, in his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 25 November 2014, that the ideals which shaped this European project from the beginning were peace, subsidiarity and solidarity. In the Treaty of Rome, trade was harnessed to peace. The peace achieved in Western Europe shows indeed how “our problems can become powerful forces for unity” (par 5). Our decision in the referendum should thus be taken in the context of how best we can promote justice and peace.

Our focus needs to be above all on the human person. We need to build a Europe “which revolves not around the economy but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values” (par 37). We all have a responsibility to keep the dignity of the human person at the forefront of the debate. We must ask ourselves, in the face of every issue, what will best serve the dignity of all people both within Europe and beyond.

This referendum therefore is about much more than economics.

We must not forget the profoundly religious roots of European nations; that Europe has a two thousand year-old Christian culture that has shaped the continent and is a dynamic spiritual, moral and intellectual resource as we address the future. As Pope Francis reminds us, we need continually to ask ourselves: who is my neighbour? In response to grave challenges, we are called to be generous and welcoming to all others, especially the most vulnerable.

Each person will have their own views about the best political framework in which to realise these ideals. We acknowledge the justifiable concerns that many people have in relation to the European Union, its institutions and the implications of increasing integration.

This referendum is an opportunity to reflect on those values we cherish as a nation and as Catholics. High among these values are mutual respect and civility, vital in this national conversation about the very future of our nation within the world.

Prepare and Act

Before voting, ask yourself the following question:

How in the light of the Gospel, can my vote best serve the common good?

As you vote, you may wish to use this prayer:

“Lord, grant us wisdom that we may walk with integrity, guarding the path of justice, and knowing the protection of your loving care for all”.
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

Jesus demonstrates in His public ministry that He has a mission. He is sent by the Father to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.

Today He is offering hope to the widow of Naim, as he restores her son life. He will demonstrate His concern for those who can find themselves living on the edge of society. He is concerned that all of us should become mainstream. The strong by helping the weak; the weak by accepting the support of those who can give.

All of us, some time in our lives, will be the poor or the strong. The teacher will need to be taught, the doctor will become the patient, the nurse will need to be nursed.

In our strength let us learn to be kind; in our weakness, let us learn to be gracious and accepting of help … and in all let us be thoughtful to our gracious God, who came among us that we realise our supreme worth in the eyes of God.

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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