10th March First Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends,

As we set out on the journey of Lent we are reminded in today’s reading about the importance of God’s Word in Scripture. Let us not forget that Jesus was fully a human being open to human needs (e.g. food, liquid and emotional love) and also to our challenges or temptations on many fronts, as the devil was well aware. So to these temptations his defence was to rely on the word of sacred scripture (God’s Word). On this occasion it repelled the power of Satan, he would return several times again. For us, a working knowledge of scripture is essential, it’s not the spare wheel in our car (which may never be needed), it’s the steering wheel and we are responsible for what the car does and where it goes. Make the reading of the New Testament at least your friend – a bit at a time.


Do not let this Lent pass you by.


Please take a copy of the newsletter with you for the week’s timetable.

Monday 11th: No Mass

Tuesday 12th: 7.30pm Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Wednesday 13th: 9.30am Mass, 1.15-2.45pm Lent Easter Preparation Group (Parish Room)

Thursday 14th: 9.30am Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Friday 15th: 9.30am Mass, 7.30pm Stations of the Cross

Saturday 16th: 6pm Mass


Is there anybody out there with a keyboard that is no longer used by the family? Please contact Helen in the Parish Office.


The ashes blessed on Wednesday last will be distributed at the end of all Masses during this weekend, during the final hymn.


Taizé Lent reflection with Br. Jean Patrick from the Taizé Community at St Anne’s Parish, Banstead. One-off occasion, aimed at the 18-29 year age group and ecumenical. Tuesday March 26th.


Finally: the football supporter parked his new 4x4 in a residential area for convenience. The local kids were offering supporters their protection during the game for £5. He was approached by a ten-year-old. The owner replied ‘look inside, he will look after it’ and the child saw a pitbull terrier staring out. The owner strolls away confidently and the child shouts after him, ‘Mister, how good is he with a fire extinguisher?’


God Bless you all,

Fr John



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