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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...

25th December, The Nativity of the Lord

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,      Welcome to the celebration of the Birth of Jesus in a humble stable at Bethlehem. As presented by children in school Nativity plays, this is a great story and much cherished event. But even though Joseph was of...

18th December, Fourth Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,        Welcome, we still have one full week before we celebrate the Birth of Jesus. Today, I would like to draw attention to joseph, who was already engaged to Mary when she became pregnant. We know the story. Josep...

12th December, Gaudete Sunday

Dear Parishioners and Visitors, What a powerful and challenging gospel we have today!  Jesus invited judgement from John the Baptist’s disciples by reflecting on his words and deeds. John was held in high esteem by many who were open to the word. ...

4th December, Second Sunday of Advent.

Dear Parishioners and Visitors, The very first line of today's reading: "A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse,... on him the spirit of the Lord rests.." This is a reference to the father of King David (named Abishai), from whose line Mary the m...

20th November, Feast of Christ the King

Dear Parishioners and visitors,   The Feast of Christ the King which is relatively recent in the calendar of the Church (1925). The idea of kings and kingdoms were common currency in Jesus time. King David was probably the most famous and Jesus wa...

13th November, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Dear Parishioners and Visitors, Today’s Readings fit Remembrance Sunday only too well. The Temple of Jerusalem may be compared to a worldly empire, the work of generations including the conquest of people. Yet, as Jesus said, “the time will come...

6th November 2016 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners and visitors,   Changing from my usual format, I encourage those of you who can spare the time on Wednesday night, November 9th at 9pm to have a look at ITV’s presentation, “Britain’s Adoption Scandal: Breaking the Silence”.  I h...
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.