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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

We have been reminded of the great social problems of our world with the Brexit vote and with the election of a new President of the United States. No one can but be aware of the enormous problems that exist in our world. It is a relief to know that the world has always had enormous social problems and that every generation experiences people tussling for power in order to solve these problems. Into such a world our saviour has been born.

There is a solution.

A blueprint for living can be found in this Sunday’s Gospel. It is as though in the midst of all the turmoil the Lord Jesus is saying: "Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. Follow me and I will give you the light of life."

May each one of us be consoled to know that God is looking out for us.

Yours,

Fr. Richard
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

Jesus emptied himself of his divinity that he might become like us in all things but sin. This acceptance of limitations, our limitations, is an essential starting point, every day of our lives in Christ.

If we would be great Christians we have to allow ourselves to be transformed. We have to sit at the feet of the Master (Jesus) and listen. We must join Jesus Franchise and learn to do things His way. We are after all, believers in HIM who is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. In the desert of our lives CHRIST is calling, inviting us into discipleship.

As we follow the gospels in this year of Matthew, we observe other disciples being formed in the Jesus mould; the Jesus Franchise. If you want to be loved – Jesus is showing us a way of making ourselves loveable; it will mean dethroning our ego as the centre of the universe and enthroning Christ, as universal king.

Fr. Richard
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Reflection and Prayer Group - The Gift (session1)

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As indicated previously the Gift course is aimed at building our faith and developing a life in the Holy Spirit....
In this session David Payne - director of CaFE - considered and introduced the Father's loving plan, and how great it is to know we are loved so dearly by God the Father. We learned amongst other things that our faith can be summed up in two words.....  not to be reveal here. We also learnt that St Catherine of Siena - a doctor of the Catholic Church - reveled after spending three years in solatory pray that "God is intoxicated with love for us"....  If His love's so great for us then we should have no dificulty basking in that great love. We learned that St Terese of Lisiex - another great Doctor of the Church - revelaed that we don't need to climb the mountain of perfection we can burst in to the Father's presence right now and jump on his knee and embrace His great love for us or at any time and love Him.
We reflected upon how the Holy Spirit of Christ is with us and how He reveals that great love of God the Father. We considered how knowing more of Gods's love can help us in our every day life. WE finished the session in prayer for ourselves and those who need our help at this time.
All who attened really enjoyed this session and went home with five daily reflections to consider are looking forward to next Wednedsay when we consider "The Joy of the Gospel",

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Reflection and Prayer Group - The Gift

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The Gift 

A six-week course entitled "The Gift" is commencing on Wednesday 18th Jan – 7.30-9:30 pm and is taking place at St Peter's Church meeting room.

Pope Francis’s challenge to us as practicing Catholics is to be ‘spirit filled evangelisers’.

Catholics are called to unpack and explore the greatest gift we have been given – the gift of our faith. The six session Gift course has been produced to help us to do just that.

It has been developed as a response to Pope Francis’s exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel’.

If you’d like to know more check out the introductory video below and if you're interested in attending a future session call 07751 625942:

 
The Gift: A Life in the Spirit Course - A New Resource From CaFE from CaFE on Vimeo.
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Journey towards Jesus in Advent

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On Wednesday evening (28th December) a group of six parishioners completed their most enjoyable prayer, scripture and reflection "Journey towards in Jesus Advent". Those taking part were: Paul & Gill Hosker, Valerie Hughes, Gabriela Impey​, Peter White and Alban Macdonald​ (who lead the sessions) which followed the book produced by Reverend Fr Denis McBride.

There were five sessions in all addressing the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas Day Gospel readings from Maththew, Mark and Luke. The book we used considers and contrasts each of their choices of introducing Jesus to us to that of John the Evangelist and what that means for us:

  • Week one we reflected on Jesus' teaching on the last judgement, which kindly coaches his followers to prepare for the end of time; 
  • Week two we looked at the figure of John the Baptist and how important he is to the Ministry of Christ;
  • Week three we journeyed with the "gentleman" Joseph as he faced six interruptions in his life that caused him to turn away from his dreams to follow God's will; 
  • Week four we celebrated Mary of Nazareth story as she welcomes the unforeseen and becomes the human tabernacle of God; 
  • And finally in week five we concluded our adventure reflecting on the birth of Christ and its significance for us today. 


We all found greater value in studying this book which offered us a chance to reflect, to look back, to look forward and consider the greatest gift to humanity - and each and every one of us - God's only begotten Son. The book is a mix text and works of art that help us to see and appreciate more the relevance of Jesus in our lives today. We all commend this book to others to read as a group as we did or on your own and are confident you will be enriched by its messages.
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