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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXI SUNDAY in Ordinary Time 26th August 2018 B
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
What is your decision? God asks us today to decide about Him, to decide about Jesus Christ. Jesus wants us to stay with Him but also to believe in Him. What is your decision?
Today, the Gospel takes us to Capernaum where, many who have seen his miracles are following Jesus, especially those that were present at the spectacular multiplication of the loaves and fishes. As it is often said, Jesus, in that town, chanced to socially die of success; they even wanted to appoint him as their king. It is a key moment in Jesus’ catechesis. It is when He begins to clearly divulge the supernatural dimension of his message. And, as Jesus is such a good catechist, the perfect priest, the best bishop and Pope, He lets them go away; He is sad, but He is faithful to his message and He will not be blinded by popular success.
A great priest used to say that, throughout the history of the Church, many who looked like essential and vital columns of the Church had fallen down: “Many disciples withdrew and no longer followed him” (John 6:66). You and I may fall, “disregard”, go away, criticise, “follow our own whims and fancies”. Humbly and confidently let us tell Jesus that, today, tomorrow and always, we want to remain faithful to Him; let us ask him to help us realising the evangelic futility of trying to debate God’s teachings, or those of the Church, on the grounds that “I do not understand them:“Lord, to whom shall we go?” (John 6:68). We should demand a better supernatural sense. The Words of Eternal Life can only be found in Jesus and within his Church: “You have the words of eternal life?” (John 6:68).
As Peter already knew, we also know that Jesus speaks to us with a supernatural language, a language we must correctly tune in to be able to fully understand its message; otherwise, we can only hear incoherent and unpleasant sounds; we must be very careful with the right symphony. As it happened to Peter, in our life as Christians we also have moments where we must refurbish and reiterate that we are in Jesus and we want to remain in Him. Peter loved Jesus Christ, and this is why he stays; the others just wanted Him for the bread, for the “candies”, for political reasons, so they choose to go away. Love and trust are the secret of faithfulness. Let us ask Virgo fidelis to help us today and how to be faithful to the Church we have.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 26th August 2018 till the 30th September 2018
PLEASE BE AWARE AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON BEGINS THERE WILL BE CHANGES TO OUR NORMAL DAILY SCHEDULES , SERVICES AND EVENTS
Hear God’s Voice and Our Parish Cinema will start again in September
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, Tully and David’s Mum.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 26th August: Please pray for: Catherine Reynolds, Joseph Rimmer, Kenneth Stagg, Pauline Wing, Teresa Brown, Irene Florence Meehan, Florence Leigh, Thomas Grotty, Albert True, Lily Greenwood, John Paul Fewster John Taylor, Joseph Thorniley, Elsie Phasey, Katherine Meehan, Julia Coble, Patrick Sexton, Mary Bellman, Michael Joseph Hehir, Thomas Moss, Annie Cassell, Gladys Padbury, Simon Miles Robbins (Blue), William Chittick, Agnes Quarmby, Michael Elliot, Edith Connolly, Winefred Jessie Thomas, Henrietta Weston, Frederick Langford, Dolly Southey & Joyce Lena Urwin, 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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