11th June, Most Holy Trinity

Dear Friends, 

 

  You could say, we began life with the words, “I baptise you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” being said over us as water was poured on our forehead.  In my own case, I was baptised on the second day in the world, so my mother was not present which was a common custom then. 

 

Can I explain to any of you the amazing truth (mystery) of the Blessed Trinity today?  Well not even to myself, but it’s true that God made himself known in stages, The Father of the Old Testament was distant, many times the word fear of the Lord accompanies his image.  But we associate fear with dictators, terrorists, bullies and danger does not fit the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.  A huge shift came in thinking when Jesus walked, talked lived and brought an entirely different image of God to bear.  Not all were pleased with the carpenters Son, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”  By and large Jesus was not accepted so he met an awful end.  Just think of it, for all the good he did, the healing of the sick, love of the poor, forgiveness of sinners, “neither do I condemn you”, he had few friends when he did and they were petrified.  So, the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost and banished the fear they had and people from many nations, cultures and creeds listened to the apostles speak from the heart.  The apostles were changed, many others also recognised the message as it resonated in their own lives – it called LOVE.  Can we define it?  Can we explain it?  Be my guest!

 

  • Thank you so much for the great number of you that took the trouble to answer our questionnaire last Sunday.  Volumes of work to be done by the Parish Pastoral Council.

 

May I say this is not a referendum on the popularity or otherwise of what is done in liturgy or parish life.  It is a reminder that we all have a mission and a role to play.  The life of every community is enhanced by the participation of as many as possible.  St Paul reminds us that “there are variety of gifts…. “ (1 Cor 12:4-11) and we should use them.  However there must be no rush to judgement on people who do not seem to be ‘active’, they are the ones who are brave enough to put their hands up to help in some way, those who do not are no less part of the community and they help us all by their prayers which nobody can evaluate.

 

  • On the same matter, there are copies of the questionnaire available on the offertory table.  If you were not here last weekend, or if you wish to write today or take it home and return to the box in the porch table next week that would be appreciated.  We could be grateful if you would identify the Mass you normally attend.  Thank you.

 

  • On Thursday 15th at 12:30, the Requiem mass for Patrick (Paddy) Brennan. RIP.  (No other liturgy this day)

 

  • Help wanted: Pact, the Catholic charity for prisoners and their families, (www.prisonadvice.org.uk) is offering free training and support for parishioners interested in volunteering with them in prisons or in the local community.  No previous experience necessary.  All enquiries welcome.  To find out more contact parishaction@prisonadvice.org.uk.  See poster in the porch

 

  • Please pray for all those elected to public office this week.  Their decisions will have a huge impact on the next few generations.

 

In a recent survey on “The secret of a good sermon”, people chose option C overwhelmingly, it reads “a good beginning and a good ending; and have them as close as possible”.

 

God Bless You All,

Fr John


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