This evening (Friday 10 March, 19:30) our Stations of the Cross share Jesus’ final steps toward Good Friday, and also reflect on the experiences of those who fall and thirst.
CAFOD are leading this liturgy of Stations of the Cross, the reflections of which give us a contemporary echo of the pain and suffering experienced by people around the world, giving us a fresh perspective through which to remember Jesus’ suffering for us.
Today – Friday 10 March – is Lent Fast Day, when we go without so others don’t have to. And the money we save, and our donations, go to help CAFOD with their work.
New Mass times begin this afternoon (Sunday 4 September):
4:30pm International “5 Alive”, with rehearsals at 3:30pm.
6:30pm Latin Mass
This meeting has now been postponed. 14/06/2016
The bishop has requested that we have an open meeting after the 6pm Saturday Mass to discuss changing the times of Mass and how they feel about the changes. Changes are being done on the bishop’s mandate.
For more information about these changes see the notice from the Rector.
This meeting will happen in the Parish Centre on the 18 June after the 6:00pm Mass, so starting at 7:15pm with tea and coffee and closing with compline in the church at 8:30pm.
This meeting is not just for those who regularly attend the Saturday evening Mass. All are welcome to attend.
St Benedict says “Hospitality is the way we come out of ourselves. It is the first step toward dismantling the barriers of the world. Hospitality is the way we turn a prejudiced world around, one heart at a time.”
The spirit of hospitality was obvious in a very real way on Wednesday evening when we were able to gather together for a beautiful liturgy of Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with the former Rector and then to adjourn to St Alban’s Hall for a banquet of food and friendship. Thank you to everyone who made the effort to come and celebrate, to provide food and to share their hearts in thanksgiving to Mgr Peter Leeming for his ministry here over the past six years. We were able to present him with a substantial gift.
Hospitality does not stop with one-off events, as wonderful as they be, but should extend to the normal pattern of our daily life. I am asking those who are Readers who come to weekday Masses to come to the Sacristy before Mass begins to reassure the priest that there will be a reader for that Mass and to receive and instructions which the priest may have about the Liturgy of the Word on the occasion.
I am asking the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to also present themselves to the priest prior to Mass so that he knows someone will help him with the distribution of Holy Communion from the Chalice. Making these little efforts of helpfulness is a sign of hospitality, especially hospitality to the Lord who we are all called to serve.
Blessings to you all for the coming week!