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Today, 4th Sunday of Easter, Jesus tells us: “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11). St. Thomas Aquinas, commenting on this assertion, writes that “it is evident the title of “good shepherd” suits Christ for, as the shepherd feeds the flock in the pasture, so Christ feeds the faithful with a spiritual food: his own body and blood”. It all started with the Incarnation and Jesus, throughout his earthly life, fully accomplished it to its end through his redeeming death in the Cross and his resurrection. After it, He entrusted the shepherding of the people of God to Peter, to the Apostles and to the Church, till the end of time.
Through his shepherds, Christ teaches his Word, He gives out his grace with the Sacraments and leads the flock towards the Kingdom: He gives himself as food in the Sacrament of the Eucharist; He imparts the Word of God and his Magistery, and solicitously guides his People. Jesus provides his Church with shepherds who can follow His heart, that is, men who, symbolising Jesus through the sacrament of Holy Orders, are willing to give their life for their sheep, with pastoral charity, with a humble spirit of service, and with clemency, patience and fortitude. St. Augustine frequently spoke of this engaging responsibility of the shepherd: “To be honoured as a shepherd worries me (…) what I am for you terrifies me, what I am with you consoles me. For you I am a bishop, with you I am a Christian”.
And each one of us, Christians, we work by helping these shepherds, praying for them, loving them and obeying them. We are also shepherds for our brothers, providing them with the grace and the doctrine we have received, sharing their concern and joy, and helping everybody with all our heart. We devote ourselves to those around us whether in our family, or in our social and professional world, quite willing to offer our life for them all with the same spirit of Christ, who came to this world “not for other people to serve him. The Son of Man came to serve other people” (Mt 20:28).
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 22nd April 2018 till the 31st May 2018
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Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see “The Warsaw Ghetto (2009)” this Friday 27th April.
Anna Paquin stars in this war drama based on the true story of German nurse and social worker Irena Sendler. As part of her job, Irena (Paquin) has access to the Warsaw ghetto where she provides aid to Poles in German occupied Poland. When she helps to rescue a Jewish friend’s daughter and provides a hiding spot for a Catholic family, word soon gets out that Irena can help. With thousands more children and families still in grave danger, and the Nazis stepping up their effort every day, Irena recruits like-minded and discreet friends to help her smuggle as many children out of the city as possible. The cast also includes Michelle Dockery, Marcia Gay Harden and Goran Visnjic.
Please pray for those who are ill especially: David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Patricia Ward, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Mary Mckenna, Eileen Inkpen, Rory McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Peter Softly, 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: 22nd April: Please pray for: Edward Thompson, Marie Moakes, Modestina Giordano, Mary Proctor, Marie Kelleher, James Murphy, Joan McCartan, Annie Brain, Stanislaw Kukulka, known as Kaye, Thomas Madigan, Elsie Elizabeth Sainty, James Murphy, Marie Garrett, Kathleen Golden, Jan Uruski, Anne-Marie Georgette Milins, Ivy May Rankin, Joseph Row, Kathleen Nurse, Wiliam Richard Alfred Crouch, Sonia Robina Francis Willy-Firth, Anthony Thomas English, Maureen Stella Creamer, Kathleen Donnelly, Mabel Rosser, Harry Matthews, John Andrews, Jane “Jenny” Murphy, Eileen Arnold, Thomas Doyle, Thomas McAlpine, Mary Harty, Arthur Kennett, Margaret Childs, Dolores Smith, Gertrude Stroud, George William Tuft, Rose Ballard, Walter Martin, Anne Littler, Provost Robert Scantlebury, John McEwan, Alice Causon, Susan Mary Simms, Stephen O’Neill, Maria Meilak, Gertrude Topham, Rena Shearman, Angela Priest, Joseph Quigley, Brenda Terry, Meredith Reid, Thomas Farrell, Annette Millicent Probert and Janecckle Margaret Eleanor Dennis ,Patrick and 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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