1st October, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

Today’s conversation between the chief priests, elders and Jesus should give us no cause for disagreeing. But look at the ultra-severe remarks of Jesus to the custodians of the Law of Moses and the people who were afforded all sorts of honour and privileges in that culture. “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors (that despised lot) and prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God before you”. A more damming verdict on their stewardship could not have been passed. The latter brigade gave time and were open to the preaching of John, though they no doubt did not like some of the things he said about them. We all have to keep asking ourselves, “What Jesus do I believe in?” The one that agrees with me, or the one that fearlessly came to call us to change our ways and repent? And every day it’s the same, what Jesus do I believe in? I believe (in Jesus), Lord help my unbelief.


  • Our warmest congratulations to Jean Watkins who on Monday last at Loseley House received the British Empire Medal for service to senior citizens in Frimley. Well done Jean.


  • On Saturday next, October 7th, the Bishop will celebrate mass at Arundel Cathedral at 12 noon for all celebrating a wedding anniversary in 2017. Don’t be late, he is blessing animals and pets at 2.30pm.


  • Liturgical calendar change for 2018. The Bishops of England and Wales have reinstated two Holy Days that were transferred to the nearest weekend some time ago.


  1. The Epiphany of the Lord on January 6th.
  2. The Ascension of the Lord which always falls on the Thursday of the sixth week of Easter. I am minded to quote Matthew 23:4 “They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they!”


  • 30th September to 8th October, A & B Diocese celebrates and prays for grandparents.


  • Please take your rota if you minister at any mass at weekends.


  • Some spare copies of the parish survey are on the offertory table – please feel free to take a copy if you wish.


Church Sign: “Whoever stole our air conditioning units, we advise you to keep one as its hot where you are going”


                                                                        God Bless You All

                                                                                    Fr John



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