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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, through John Baptist’s voice, the Gospel urges us to prepare a way for the Lord Jesus. But, really are we the ones who have to open a path to God? Is it not me who needs help from God? In fact, we cannot do anything without Him, but, at the same time He wants to need us: “Make his path straight” (Luke 3:4). How is it possible? Because love cannot be imposed; but in all cases, love can be offered: “God, who created you without you, will not save you without you” (St. Agustin).
Jesus Christ is about to arrive on to the Earth, and we will meet Him as a little baby, “helpless”, leaning over a crib: so little that He will not be able to scale the walls of pride of my heart, nor will He emerge above of the waves of my sensuality…
In the words of Benedict XVI, “the Christian faith offers us precisely the consolation that God is so big that He is able to become little”. But, I repeat, so little that, if we also don’t become little, we will not see Him even as He passes by, or, even, we could in fact even be afraid of Him (as Herod was). So, we must straighten our hearts in order to “to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (Phil 1:10).
“Make his path straight!”. This petition is not new. Many centuries ago —in prophet Baruch’s times— Yahweh-God asked that to Israel. We can observe it in the first lecture of today: “For God has commanded that every lofty mountain be made low, and that the age-old depths and gorges be filled to level ground, that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God” (Bar 5:7). The same way as the Lord made the captives of Sion to return back, if we reject the obstacles (hills of pride, valleys of warmth…), we will sing with tears in our eyes: “And so we celebrate because the Lord had indeed worked miracles for us” (Ps 125,3).
The Gospel this week shows us practical examples of how we can spend this Advent preparing for the Lord. John spent most of his life praying and fasting until it was time for him to announce Our Lord’s coming and ready the people to welcome Him. Let us make Advent our wilderness and prepare ourselves for Our Lord’s birth through prayer, reflection and fasting.
with Blessings Father Marcin Drabik
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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019: (see the section below for the full programme)
Thank You so much for our last solemn celebration of the Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception. Please, look after your Miraculous Medals of Our Lady which You have received this day. May Our Lady always help You to avoid any sin, and encourage You to love really Her So, our lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
Our Next Meeting will be held on 13th December (Thursday) from 5pm to 6:30pm. where we will discuss the ‘SACRAMENT of BAPTISM’ . Please, have with You always your rosary beads – for the practice.
The Baptismal Programme
Preparation Sessions before Christmas:: (see the section below for the full programme)
Please, note that it is expected from the Parents & God -Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly.
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Ann Ford, Colin Lennard, Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them, Aileen Hopkins, David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, 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, 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: 9th December: Ninette Dyer, Anna Rainer, Margaret Davis, William Gast, James Michaelin, Ivy Lillian Koerner, Eileen Nora Howard, Michael Valentine, Michael Garvey, Patrick McErlane, Kathleen Mary Aldridge, Ellen Kiely, Mary Millgate, Mary Robinson, Marie Stanway, Mary Patricia Ann Morley, Grace Margaret Cross, Hilda Eliza Mary Vella, Monica Helen Halley, Johanna Mazumdar (“Joan”), Mary Bulbeck, Charles Oliver, Minnie Elliot, Winifred Bennett, Mary Hyatt, Gertrude Green, Arthur (Mick) Tressidder, Katherine Dogherty, Darrel Hugh Lochrie, Teresa Malbon, Peter Morley, Keith Lane, Lily Lawrence, Dorothy Bradley, Geoffrey Browning, Margaret Ellen Brayfield, Sister Mechtilde Fox, Vernon Alfred Richard Read, John Boone, Mary Coombes, Walter Ford, Charles Sanderson, Olive Grace, Patrick Malloy, Francis O’Leary, Nora Christina Gower & Winifred Freida Keane (“Freida”), Lizzie and Patrick 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
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who contribute to our Parish costs
“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. 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.