From Father Richard's Desk

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

The readings from the variety of books that make up our old and new testaments, the Bible, throughout the year keep us in touch with God who reveals Himself to His people, according to their capacity to understand.

The revelation that there is life after death only came to be believed in in Israel one or two hundred years before Christ. Even so, only some Jews believed in a resurrection. The Sadducees were not of that persuasion. As Christians and as Catholic Christians we have a highly developed belief in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that life is ‘changed’ not ended, and that people can be closer to us in death than in life. There is no separation of time or space in the eternal now. It is a good thing to remember our dead, it is a better thing to pray for our dead; and yet more excellent to believe in a mutuality of love with even those who have gone before us.

Have a good week.
Fr. Richard
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Fr. Richard's 1st Anniversary Mass and Celebration at St. Peter's.

The church was filled with family, friends and parishioners, celebrating Fr. Richard's 1st year at St. Peter's.
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Mass with the Papal Nuncio


Papal Nuncio
We are invited to join

His Excellency
Archbishop Antonio Meninni


for
7pm Mass
& Reception


Tuesday 29th October
Holy Ghost Church
33 Westbourne Road,
Luton,
LU4 8JD


It would be good to show a St Peter’s presence there that evening.






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From Father Richard's Desk

My Dear Brothers & Sisters,

In the Rule of St. Benedict chapter 4 is devoted to "The Tools of Good Works". There are 75 tools of good works…the last is "Never to despair of God's mercy".

When I was young, it never occurred to me that you could despair of God's mercy. Life was on the up and up. I could never understand today's gospel, about persisting in prayer, because life had never thrown at me anything really terrible.

Life can be a great teacher, and Jesus can be a marvellous companion on our journey. He knows it is so easy for us to give up when the going gets tough; he tells us to preserver and to persevere in prayer-to never despair of God's mercy; either for ourselves or for others.

The candidates for confirmation will be taught about the function of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We too need to be reminded to pray daily for guidance and for the Spirit of Jesus to enter our lives. We don't have to struggle alone…Jesus has sent an Advocate, the Holy Spirit to be the light of our lives.

Have a good week!
Fr. Richard


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From Father Richard's Desk

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The gospels are one way God uses to converse with us His children. Again and again, there is a warning not to get above ourselves. There are many ways in which we get above ourselves, but the most common is to attribute success to ourselves and failure on others. That puts us in a superior position. We can flatter ourselves.

The truth is more complex. The humble man as St. Benedict writes; attributes all the good he/she sees in themselves to God, and all the failure to oneself. Keeps us grounded and disposes us well to God and to one another.

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

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Faith is a dare.

We have to dare to believe. Believe in things yet unseen. In order to break out of cycles of deprivation that are the treadmills of so many peoples’ lives, it is necessary to believe that things can be better. The 12-step programmes of A.A. and other groups, require people to ‘find’ a God, a power greater than themselves and finding or positing that power, to believe that power can help to overcome addictive behaviour…… if asked. All of us to some extent are on treadmills of deprivation. All of us in order to break out of them, need to dare to believe; but we believe not just in a higher power, but one who has a face….. Jesus Christ, the perfect revelation of the Father.

May you seek Him now.

Have a good week!

Fr. Richard
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Barn Dance

The Social Committee did a great job yesterday: the Barn Dance at Northill Village Hall was great fun, with a very good caller and band and great company. Thanks to everyone.

Sorry about my very bright light; it was my first outing with it and I'll be more careful next time . . .

Chris

The musicians – "The Occasional Few"

The musicians

And some of the dancers . . .

Barn Dance


Barn Dance

Barn Dance

Barn Dance


And the caller, Adrian Besant

Barn Dance caller

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Social Club Future Dates for your Diary.

These dates are on the Parish website calendar:

27th September:  Barn Dance at Northill Village Hall - 7.30pm - 11pm.  Caller Adrian Besant, music by The Occasional Few (last few days left to buy your tickets - £10 adults / £7 under 16's - price includes entertainment and Ploughman's supper.  If you need transport please contact the Social Committee.

18th October: Quiz Night - tickets available from 5th October (ticket reservation list on church entrance notice board from 21st September).

25th October: Celebration Mass & Party for Fr. Richard's 1st Year at St Peter's Church (further details available soon).

23rd November: Christmas Bazaar
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Meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 25 September 2013

The next meeting of the PCC will take place in the Clubroom at 7:00pm. Below are the Minutes of the last meeting and the Agenda for the next.

All are welcome to attend to help with running the Parish and Church.

Chris

PCC Minutes 17 Jul 13

PCC Agenda 25 Sep 13
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From Father Richard's Desk

My Dear Brothers & Sisters,

We are familiar with the parable of the Prodigal Son. The word ‘Prodigal’ is not in common usage nowadays, but means ‘wasteful’. Some people call the parable of the Prodigal Son; the parable of the prodigal father.

— the Father who wastes his love upon each and every one of us.

“Think of the love that God lavishes on us, by letting us be called his children” 1 John. What a lovely God, what a lovely Father…. Oh when will we really believe; when will we have the courage to believe. “Cast your burdens on the Lord and He will support you.” 1 Peter.

Fr. Richard
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