Word of God

There is a great interpretation of today's Gospel in Bible Alive today:

The word of God is the seed. Its growth in our hearts causes us to mature in faith. The word of God has a force and power all of its own. If we were asked to explain how this growth occurs we wouldn’t be able to give an answer. It is a mystery of grace. Yet the amazing truth is that by a grace of revelation we can penetrate the mystery of God. The Spirit wants to lead us deeper and deeper into the mystery of God.


The whole of today's appreciation of the well-known parables, of seeds and of the mustard tree, is well done.

Chris
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From Father Richard's Desk

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

The whole of the liturgical cycle at this time of year is about beginnings – the birth of Jesus, the visit of the Magi heralding the welcome of non-Jews to God’s plan of salvation, the Baptism of Jesus, the beginning of Jesus public ministry and now a beginning for Jesus’ disciples – ‘Come follow me.’

In truth, every day is about a new beginning. It is an attitude that keeps us on or toes, helps us never to grow stale and helps us to accept life as a joyful challenge. To leave yesterday behind and to live in the present moment is a challenge for us all. There is a saying in the farming community: Farm as though you live forever; live as though you’ll die tomorrow. It keeps our lives nicely in balance.

Have a good week. Make someone feel special,

Fr. Richard
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"BEST EVER parish Bazaar" says Social Treasurer

The 2013 annual Parish pre-advent Bazaar was a great success and has raised more money than ever raising £2059.30.
This, notwithstanding the 21 confirmandi and teachers and some family groups, plus Fr Richard fleeing off just beforehand for their fun event trip to Buckden Towers.

None-the-less the Church was filled with stalls and fun things for people to do. Hoards of parishioners and non-parishioners alike came flooding through the doors to see what was happening and pick up a few bargains - or not - as the case may be.

I believe most people enjoyed the event - even those stuck behind the stalls too.... Here's a few photos that I took which I hope captures some of the atmosphere.

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NYMO - lux.teachings; Friday 17th January 2014 at St. Mary's, Dunstable from 7-9pm

The NORTHAMPTON YOUTH MINISTRY OFFICE (NYMO)
are holding a ‘lux.teachings’ event at St. Mary's, Dunstable,
from 7-9pm,  on Friday 17th January 2014.

NYMO, organises these teaching evenings monthly which are aimed at youth and young adults but are hosted by different parishes across the diocese.

They use some popular elements of the lux.weekends and deliver them in a parish setting. 

The format is: 
        • a couple of games, 
        • a talk from a priest, supper, 
        • discussions and prayer.

It's a chance for youth groups to do something a little different, and if there isn't a youth group in a particular parish it hopefully gives them an idea of what they could do in an evening session.

The aim in running these evenings is to gather the young people of our pastoral area, to offer good Catholic teaching and for them to share a meal and fellowship with other young Catholics in their area. 

We hope that as many young people of our parish would be able to go along to this upcoming lux.teachings evening.  The evening is free (including a fish and chip supper!) and is open to all those aged 11-25 as well as youth leaders, chaplains etc. 

Stephen Harris, the diocese "Parish Liason Worker",  hopes many of the young people from our parish might come.    If you have any questions or problems, please don't hesitate to contact Stephen on steve@nymo.org or you can phone 01582 720627


Note For more details on Lux.events click here
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From Father Richard's Desk

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

‘Epiphanies’ or ‘Manifestations’ or ‘Insights’ … into who people are or the significance of certain situations in life are common experiences. The Epiphany that we celebrate today is the revelation to the Magi of the significance of Jesus and His mission. These moments are ‘no turning back’ moments. We go forward in life now in a different way. The Magi were warned not to go back the way they came for fear of Herod.

The Church, and we with and as the Church, have been crying out “Let Him enter the King of Glory”. May we allow the King of Glory entry into our lives. May there be no ‘turning back’ for us to ‘old’ ways of thinking and being. Let us have courage to accommodate this Messiah in our lives. Yes, let Him enter, the King of Glory.

Fr. Richard
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From Father Richard's Desk

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Prince Charles has been speaking up for Christians experiencing persecution in those countries which were at one time the cradle of Christianity. Iraq, Iran, Syria. There is a terrible situation vis a vis Christians in Pakistan and Northern Nigeria. Our slaying of the Christ child may not be so brutal; but the Christ could die in our own country because of our neglect to nurture Him in our lives. May the Prince of Peace appeal to your better self to give Him a home in your thoughts, your hearts and your prayers.

Fr. Richard
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St Peter's Calendar 2014

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Can you spot the alteration?
THE ST. PETER'S CALENDAR HAS ARRIVED.  It is priced at £7.50p and will be on sale in the Meeting Room after every Mass.   The calendar includes Feast Dates, Psalter weeks and dates relevant to our Parish.
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From Father Richard's Desk

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

We should have great expectations of our God. Our God is coming. He is coming into our world. He is coming to live among us, to help us to accomplish what we cannot do for ourselves. O tear the heavens and come down. Come Lord Jesus come.

Fr. Richard
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Confirmation photos

The photos from the recent Confirmation are here.

Chris
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From Father Richard's Desk

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

John the Baptist invites the people of his time to a renewed personal encounter with God. He urges them to ‘repent’, to make room in their lives for the voice of God.

In Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, he says “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them.” What a wonderful message for us.

“Let Jesus meet you. Do not be afraid.”

Yours,
Fr. Richard
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