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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

A friend of mine doesn’t see the need for ‘canonising’ saints. I suppose there is no compulsion; but what a wonderful thing it is to recognise the particular goodness of someone’s life and see whether or not there is a message of encouragement for us all. For all our uncanonised saints, there is not a compulsion to recognise their goodness, but out of sheer joy why shouldn’t we be happy that they have fought the good fight, they have run the race…and now they have the reward of their labours. No compulsion! But out of sheer joy let us honour and celebrate those who have gone before us marked with the sign of peace.

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

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We sometimes take an instant liking or an instant disliking to someone. All of us do it sometime in our lives. As we mature we measure our feelings with other criteria before we would pursue or be put off from pursuing a friendship.

The Jews seem to have taken an instant dislike to Jesus; they are definitely against him. They are not going to measure their feelings with either criteria. Therefore that he heals the sick, makes the blind see, the lame walk….. all that is left out as they pursue their own particular bias.

We must be careful to measure our feelings with other criteria before being accepting of our rejecting of another person. It may be we will be rejecting Jesus unawares.

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

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

It must have been very difficult for Jesus to meet with sheer malice, as He does in today’s gospel. Malice can often be disguised in kindly words, especially when the question asked is meant to entrap. Entrapment is something we’ve all heard of. Newspaper stories featuring a fake sheikh come to mind. Entrapment springs from dishonesty and can never be justified. Not even by journalists. We must strive to learn to live ‘in’ the world, while not being ‘of’ the world.
Have a good week,
Fr. Richard
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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

There are many memorable phrases in the gospel, that everyone seems to have heard of. One of those is in today’s gospel. “Many are called, but few are chosen.” These phrases are memorable because they are enigmatic; we don’t quite know what they mean. Will we ever know? I think that God likes to keep us on the hop; He doesn’t like us to become too comfortable. Those who have doubts about themselves, who recognise there is more to life than they already have, live in expectation. Those who think they’ve got it all – who think they’ve ‘made it’ can become supercilious and judgemental of others. I hope that God is keeping you on the hop!
Have a good week,

Fr. Richard
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The Good Samaritan – a different way of understanding

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Today's Gospel reading is the story of the Good Samaritan.  And in the Bible Alive's Daily Reflections today there is an interpretation that I don't think I've read before.  If it's new to you too it might be as thought-provoking and beautifully spiritual for you as it was for me.

Chris
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Parish Meeting on Wednesday 15 October 2014

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The next Parish meeting will take place on Wednesday 15 October, starting at 7:30p.m., in the Club Room at the church. The minutes of the meeting on 7 May 2014 are below, as is the agenda for the next meeting. Remember that all parishioners are welcome; come along and enjoy the company and help to run your Catholic community.

Chris

PCC Minutes AGM 07 05 14

Parish Council Agenda 15 October 2014
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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

‘Christmas’, the birth of a Saviour in a stable – so romantic! Hardly the reality though. He came into His own, and His own knew him not. The world and its ways are alien to the ways of God. “My ways are not your ways” God says through Isaiah. The art of hospitality is just that; an art, a skill, something to be learned. May each one of us make room in our hearts for the prisoner, the neglected child, the sick, the lonely. Maybe we will be entertaining God unawares.

Have a good week,

Fr. Richard
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