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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is wonderful to observe people as they develop as human beings. It is no less wonderful to observe the development of Jesus in the gospels.

Today marks a landmark in His relationships with Peter and the other disciples. Who do you say I am? Sooner or later each of us will be faced with that question. Many will evade answering it, and for as long as they do, any kind of commitment to Christ is not possible. It is not until we answer it that Jesus can entrust us with mission.

In Peter’s case his mission was to be head of the church . . . ours will develop as we ask, seek and knock. Do not be afraid, I am with you always, ‘til the end of time.

Have a good week.
Fr. Richard
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Oremus pro invicem” Let us pray for one another. So often in life, people ask us to pray for them. So often, unknown to us, those who love us are praying for us to God. Praying for our good.

In the Gospels, often people plead with Jesus on behalf of others. Today it is the Canaanite woman who pleads with Him on behalf of her daughter. Gender, religion, status are no bargaining chips with God. Prayer from a loving heart has to be heard by the God of Love.

Prayer must be the first in our quiver of arrows with which we are armed to fight on the cause of right. Prayer is always the first resort in the life of the Christian, never the last.

Have a good week.
Fr. Richard
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Parish Census

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We will have to work out how best to run the Parish after Father Richard has left; we need to know who is in the Parish and what they can do to help with that organisation.

Please would one member of each family complete the
survey at this link. We promise to keep your information safe and private.

Chris
webmaster and IT bod . . .
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I remember being at a Mass when today’s gospel was proclaimed. The time came for the priest to say a few words by way of commentary. I have never forgotten what he said. “The miracle” he said, “was not so much Jesus walking on the water, it was the fact that Jesus gets into the boat of our lives with us.”

That really is the miracle that needs to be stated and restated day in, day out.

Those wonderful words addressed to Peter are also addressed to us “Come ye; I am; do not be afraid. I am; the name for God. God is with us. EMMANUEL.

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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