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Chronicle Church Notices 27th April

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St.Peter’s Catholic Church. Station Road.Biggleswade.3rd Sunday of Easter (21stApril). This week’s gospel is from Luke 24: 35-48 gives Luke’s account of the appearances of Jesus to the eleven disciples in Jerusalem and his departure from them. Even though 2 disciples had met Jesus previously, the other disciples were slow to believe, as they were not gullible and struggled to comprehend what they saw. Jesus taught them as he had to the others previously and ate their food then he described how his life had reflected what the scriptures had written “that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” Through this Jesus managed to open the minds of the disciples to overcome fear and feel joy at his presence and all the things that they had been taught since childhood made sense. Jesus knew that eating together was a special way of establishing real community. Sharing food gives us not only nourishment, but love, hope, communication and energy. That is why eating with his disciples and followers was so important to the Lord…. and something that we still celebrate today. 

Again our thanks go out to Father Raphael Zernoff who has been travelling up from East London to celebrate mass over the last weekend.Cafod Boxes-please return to the church asap, for every £1 donated the Government will match! Walk for Water in aid of Cafod takes place on 28th April, see poster in porch. Website follow the News Bulletin, Parish Calendar & Blog at www.st-peters.eu.
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Chronicle Church Notices

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Chronicle Church Notices this week
Last Sunday was the second Sunday of Easter also known as the Divine Mercy Sunday, Low Sunday, Octave day of Easter and historically  St. Thomas’s Sunday.
Eight days after the Resurrection Jesus miraculously entered a locked room, and showed His  wounds to the disciples. Then He ate and drank with them, to prove that He was not a ghost or a phantom, but that He was really Jesus Christ, in the flesh. He  breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit”. One of the disciples  Thomas, was absent from this meeting and he said that he would need physical  proof as he mistrust the claim. So Jesus appeared again and invited Thomas to put his fingers in his side and touch the wounds. Thomas did and after  seeing and feeling for himself he finally believed in saying “My Lord and my God”. Thomas’s initial refusal to believe in the Resurrection is still remembered  outside of the church today in the saying ‘doubting Thomas’ used when someone  disbelieves what another is saying.
The Divine Mercy  is a Roman Catholic devotion to the merciful love of God and the desire to let  that love and mercy flow through one's own heart towards those in need of it. The devotion is due to Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska (b.1905-d.1938) a Polish Nun  whom reported visions and visitations from Jesus. Beatification of Sr.Faustina  was carried out by Pope John Paul II on April 18th 1993 and she was canonized on April 30 2000 becoming the 1st Saint of the 21st Century.
Our thanks go out to Father Raphael Zernoff who has been travelling up from East London to celebrate mass over the last weekend. Friday 20th 7.30pm is the Annual Quiz Night + Fish’n’Chips. Walk for Water in aid of Cafod takes place on 28th April, see poster in porch. Please remember in your prayers the Children preparing for First Holy Communion on 9th June.
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Be a Fool for Christ

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Today's reading, Acts 5: 27-33, shows us the Apostles witnessing in the Temple to Jesus Christ, before the High Priest and elders after having been released miraculously from prison. They had been put into prison by the order of the same people before whom they are now bearing witness, loudly and passionately.

And today's Reflection in Bible Alive talks about their being "fools for Christ", that they were ready to endure ridicule for their devotion to Christ and for their telling about him out loud, in public. As I was reading the passage I was struck by the fact of their speaking out publicly about Christ. I find it difficult to do so, but this reading gives me a greater urge to do so . . .

Chris
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No sin too great . . .

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This is a bit late, I know, but I meant to put this on the Blog a few days ago. For reference, see the Bible Alive Reflections from Wednesday.

At this time of the Church's calendar we are supposed to go to confession, to cap off the 40 days of abstinence and prayer in Lent. But sometimes it seems that we have been so sinful, or so repeatedly sinful indeed, that we feel that we can't go and confess our sins AGAIN. How can we really be repenting if we keep repeating the sins?

But the daily reflection from Wednesday says it all, really. First, that Jesus loved Judas Iscariot until the end, so he must continue to love us, surely. Secondly, that there is no sin so bad (or repeatedly bad) that Jesus will not forgive us.

And the prayer from Wednesday's reflection is,

Lord, no sin is beyond your mercy; no offence so grave that you will not forgive. But you need our sorrow, our contrition, our repentance and our resolve to live a new life.

And I always feel much, much better for having said my confession . . .

Chris
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