18th November, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

       We are now drawing near to the end of the church’s year and it is appropriately reflected in the readings. Jesus is speaking to the disciples, but about the future. It is if you like a commentary for all of us in the words of Jesus, what is meant when we say “thy kingdom come, they will be done ……” in the Lord’s Prayer. For Jesus the end is near and he wants to wake the disciples up to that. This is called “eschatology” in the language of theology, or “the future time”. It will be spectacular, even the very powers of nature will be disturbed but the Son of Man (Jesus) will come in GLORY. He will triumph over misfortune, the unfairness many experience, and the success that others enjoy, the true meaning of this pilgrim path will be seen for what it is. The reality of the Transfiguration of Jesus to Peter, James and John which left them speechless will be shared by all who sought to do their best no matter how often they failed.

 

World Day for the Poor

The World’s population is about 7.5 billion people. Over 3 billion of those live on less than $2.5 a day and 1.5 billion live on less than $1.25 a day (approx. £1). Give to some good cause please and pray for those who have to share even a little.

 

Help Needed!

Help is needed in four areas. Please take a green sheet and if you can tick a box and provide your contact details and put this in the volunteers’ box which is on the large table in the porch. Thank you very much.

 

Events to Plan for by Date:

Today                                      World Day for the Poor of all countries.

 

Sunday 18th November              Deanery Care Mass 3pm at St Tarcisius, Camberley. All adults/children with physical/learning disabilities and their families and carers are very welcome to attend.

 

Wednesday 21st November        Grandparents meeting will be held in the hall (due to a funeral) after the 9.30am mass. Suggested we discuss how we keep birth of Jesus at centre of celebrations.  

 

Sunday 25th November              World Youth Day 10:30am Mass. Everyone is invited to wear costumes/national dress

or the colours of your national flag to celebrate. If you would like to bring in some native food to share after Mass at coffee time you are all most welcome.

 

I never thought I would see the day when the mother of all parliaments would make Donald Trump look half reasonable.

Jim: “What did the UK Government say to its biggest trading partner?”

Jack: “I’ve been trying to get away from EU for ages”

 

God Bless you all,

Fr John


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