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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXII SUNDAY in Ordinary Time 2 September 2018 B
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, the Word of the Lord helps us to discern that over and above our human usages we have to place God’s Commandments. In fact, as time goes by, it is easy for us to distort the evangelic advice and, willingly or not, replace the Commandments or engulf them in a punctilious meticulousness: “They eat anything when they come from the market without first washing themselves. And there are many other traditions they observe, for example, the ritual washing of cups, pots and plates…” (Mark 7:4). This is why plain people, with their typical common sense, paid little attention to the doctors of the Law or to the Pharisees, who were putting more emphasis on their human speculations than on God’s Word. To the religious hypocrite Jesus applies Isaiah’s prophetic complaint (“You, shallow people! How well Isaiah prophesied of you when he wrote: ‘This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me”: Mark 7:6).
When these last years, Saint John Paul II, in the name of the Church, expressed his sorrow for all the negative things that her children had done throughout history, he did it by saying that “we had separated from the Gospel”.
Jesus tells us: “Nothing that enters one from outside can make that person unclean. It is what comes out from within that makes unclean” (Mark 7:15). What comes out of a man’s heart, from a person’s conscious seclusion, is what can make us bad. This malice is what harms Mankind and us specifically. Religiosity does not consist precisely in washing our hands (remember Pilate who delivers Jesus Christ to be crucified!), but in keeping our heart pure.
Speaking positively, this is what St. Therese of Lisieux tells us in her Biographic Manuscripts: “Considering the mystical Body of the Church (…) I understood that the Church has a heart and that this heart was burning with love”. From a loving heart springs the well done deeds that help precisely those who really need help (“For I was hungry and you gave me food…”: Mt 25:35).
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 2nd September 2018 till the 30th September 2018
AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON ENDS WE WILL BE CHANGING BACK TO OUR NORMAL DAILY SCHEDULES , SERVICES AND EVENTS
Hear God’s Voice starts again on 11th September and Our Parish Cinema will start again soon this month.
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here http://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them Aidan Molloy, David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Patricia Ward, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Eileen Inkpen, Rory McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Peter Softely, Tony Denny, Betty Foster, Bobby, Eileen Stewart, Joan Smith, John Williams, Margaret Bager, Monica Madigan, Fred Vuksani, Tom & Lily, Greta Kemp, Magda K, Mary Wallis, Micheline Thompson, Pat Needham, Margaret Badger, Rosemary Ashton, Anne Sullivan, Catherine Morgan, Jo Wheeler and Josephine Butler.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 2nd September: Please pray for: David Sheardown’s mum ,Carmen Lopez (teacher at St George Catholic College) and 11-year-old Imogen Mead (pupil of St John’s Cathedral Primary) and their families and friends. Edward Doherty, Luigi Leoni, Rose Chittick, Gladys Collins, Robert Charman, Cecilia Ryan, Andrew Cumming, Kitty Abrams, Mary Hogan, Lydia Triccass, William Questret, Ludmilla Squibb, Rosina Nye, Anne La Santa, Mary Hoare, Thomas Dolan, Ramiro Lopez-Viano, Joseph Collins, Mick Fenton, Frederick Groom, Francis Tovey, Minnie Donnelly, Germaine Barnard, Reginald Allen, Richard Maloney, Josephine Ellingham, Jennifer Ann Zammit, Elizabeth Mary White, Donato Mazzolini, Bernard Cashin, Kathleen Driscoll, Aston Bolt, Jeanne ‘Jan’ Harwood, Frances Strong, Albert Edward Mason & Alice Casey.Lizzie McSharry ,Gemma Litchfield and Jozef Michalczuk
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
“CAN-DO CHRISTIANS” A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MARCIN
Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Dear Friends: I would like to share with You some things which are about our Parish and for our Parish. Our Bishop Philip in the last Pastoral Letter to us, last weekend asked us to be ‘CAN-DO’ Christians. I’m absolutely sure, that You have noticed how many things already happen in our Parish to help in our spiritual grow to love God more and more in His Word to us, in His Sacraments for us (which is His real presence among us). We also go out to meet those who still searching for God, or who were not so lucky to have personal contact with Jesus Christ.
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