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19th March, Third Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends,                                 We are sheep who need the Good Shepherd to guide us. It is not a disparaging remark or word to describe humankind as sheep. We have feet of clay and we stumble easily. Should that discourage us? No. In...

12th March, 2nd Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends,             Today we encounter the occasion of what is referred to as The Transfiguration of Jesus in the presence of Peter, James and John.  This was an extraordinary event beyond anything they could have imagined.  Fear overwhelmed...

5th March First Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends,             Today we hear that Jesus was tempted. At first sight alarming, but let us not forget that to all he was just another travelling preacher. There were many of these, but as Matthew’s Gospel points out, only Satan recognised...

19th February Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends, Today we arrive at the end of Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus builds their confidence to begin with, by enumerating how they (the disciples) are blessed e.g. for being poor in spirit, for seeking what is right and...

12th February, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,   Today’s gospel reading is presented by Matthew as a continuation of what Jesus said on the what we refer to as the sermon on the mount.   “Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law (of Moses) or the Prophets, … but to comp...

5th February, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,   Today’s gospel reading from Matthew follows on immediately from the Beatitudes last week. Jesus asks the disciples and by extension us “to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world”. What does he mean?   Last Monday night...

29th January, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Dear Parishioners and Visitors,   This introduction was missing last week, but it explains the statement that “I have moved away in my thinking from ‘parishioners and visitors.” Maybe only a baby step!    Turning to today’s Gospel, can anybody i...

15th January, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,   I have moved away in my thinking from ‘parishioners and visitors’.  It’s one of my new year’s resolutions.  We read John’s account of the baptism of Jesus today, all very familiar, yet as we set out on a new year,...

8th January 2017 - Epiphany of the Lord

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,   What an amazing gospel we have today! It is dramatised in school nativity performances before Christmas as bringing the birth of Jesus to a happy ending. Yes, strangers who were described as wise men or visitors f...

1st January, Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Dear Parishioners and Visitors, May we wish you all a very blessed and peaceful 2017 Today we honour Mary as the Mother of God. To us a phrase that says something about why we should honour her, but I must add that the relationship and having been...
RBL CORPS OF DRUMS – RECRUITING NOW The Royal British Legion is forming a Corps of Drums which is a military style Marching Band. They are looking for male and female recruits aged 14 yrs and above. No musical knowledge is necessary as everything will be taught. Instruments and uniforms will be provided. First practise session is Sunday 15 January 2012 at 1000-1200 hours in the RBL Farnborough, 51 Cambridge Road East, Farnborough, GU16 7RF. Why not join us? Call Major Kevin Tompkins on 07876688977 or just turn up on 15 January.