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Today, the Gospel offers us the allegory of the vine and the branches. Christ is the true vine, we are the branches and the Father is the vine grower.
The Father wants us all to bear abundant fruit. It is quite logical. The vine grower plants his vine so that it bears much fruit. If we set up a company, we want it to be profitable. Jesus insists: “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain” (John 15:16).
You have been chosen. God has taken notice of you. Through the Baptism He has grafted you onto the true vine that is Christ. You have Christ’s life, our Christian life. You own the main element to bear fruit: your union with Christ, for Jesus says it quite clearly: “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). “His strength is nothing but mildness; nothing is so strong as gentleness, but nothing is so gentle as real strength” (St. Francis of Sales). How many things have you been trying to do without Christ? The fruit the Father is expecting from us is that of the good deeds and the practice of the virtues. Which is the union with Christ that allows us to bear this fruits? Faith and charity, that is, to remain in God’s grace.
When you live in God’s grace, all your virtuous acts are especially pleasant fruits for the Father. They are deeds Jesus Christ does through you. They are Christ’s deeds that glorify the Father and become a heaven for you. It is worth living always in God’s grace! “Whoever does not remain in me [because of sin] is thrown away as they do with branches and they wither; (…) and thrown into the fire and burned” (John 15:6). This is a clear allusion to hell. Are you like a branch full of life?
Let the Virgin Mary help us to increase the grace so that we can bear much fruit to glorify the Father.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 29th April 2018 till the 31st May 2018
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Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see “Hidden Secrets (2006)” this Friday 5th May
“How well do you know your friends?”
When your past becomes your present… What would happen if your secret was suddenly exposed? Nine friends discover just how explosive it can be, as their past becomes their present. Reunited at the funeral of their hometown hero, Chris Hayden, tensions escalate as their darkest secrets are revealed. Jeremy (David A.R. White-“Mercy Streets”), struggling with his calling as a former youth pastor, is caught in an awkward love triangle between his new fiancée and his old flame Sherry (Tracey Melchoir-“Bold and Beautiful”). this scenario may sound familiar, but believe me, it’s not what you think. These cacophonies take place in a film called “Hidden Secrets,” which stars “Smallville”’s star John Schneider and “Mercy Street”’s,
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: 29th April: Please pray for: Mary McKenna, Gertrude Lyons, Noel Hegarty, Edward Hoare, Margaret Hoard, Joseph Agius, Ronald Eric Ball, Dorothy Rogers, Harold Pringle, Margaret Utton, Norah Blockley, Norma “Pat” Wood, Leslie Harold Bremmer, Sean Bowman, Mark Imperiali, Canon Patrick O’Leary (former PP), John (Jack) Mason, Thomas Woods, John Singer, Emerientiana (Reini) Goss, John Francis Caine, Francis John Hadley Grady, Charles Peyton, Anna Greenway, Jane Sands, John Porter, Marion Gash, Sarah Jayne Payne, Joan Empson, Lawrence Lawes, Catherine Walsh, James Halstead, Barry Hickey, Robert Frazier, Margaret Bolt, Walter (Wally) Puddick, Patrick O’Leary, Doreen Lord, Joseph Talt, Henry James Hampton, Harry Suter Ellul, William Curry, Paul Vella, Florence Bisson and Margaret Mary (Maire) Bristow ,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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