23rd July 2017 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends, 

Now that the time for harvesting is drawing near, we admire the crops, the flowers and the lushness of nature. So in the Gospel, Jesus speaks again about sowing the seed only this time drawing attention to the stark contrast between good produce and the weeds that may choke them. The master’s servants (workers) ask, “Do you want us to go and weed them out?”. This makes sense really, but the reply surprises us, “No”, he says, “because in gathering the weeds you would damage the wheat crop also, leave them grow, the separating will come later.” Jesus did not cast Peter out after his 3 fold denial or weed Judas out to cleanse the Apostles. The history of mankind is full of “cleansing” (or weeding) on grounds of race, religion/creed, colour, sex, political persuasion etc. There is no instance where the harm ultimately done outweighs any good achieved. History is our judge also, let us not spoil it, we really are bad gardeners when bigotry and malice are part of our gardening tools. Let me say also that the church’s record in this whole area is atrocious. We do not even pay attention to the Gospel.


  • A very warm welcome to Helen Sampson who will begin working on Monday as the new Parish Secretary. So, all enquiries to Helen please, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 12 noon.
  • My very grateful thanks to Liz Ray for her great support in the Parish Office these last seven weeks.
  • Please keep a vigilant eye on the Newsletter timetable as the variety of times and liturgies will vary considerably.
  • I am off to Ireland on Tuesday evening please God. Fr Ian Douglas from Salesian, Farnborough will come and celebrate mass on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays for which I am exceedingly grateful.
  • Requiem for Joan Roche-Burrows on Monday at 2:30pm.
  • Requiem for Kathleen Fitzharris on Tuesday at 2:00pm.
  • Progress in the hall is excellent.
  • Petitions for Lourdes to be taken by Jose & Maria Garmendia – sealed envelope marked “Lourdes Petitions”. No money please, through the Church office.
  • I have just been informed today of the death of Fr. Patrick Leddy, one of Steve D’Arcy’s friends who was partly responsible for Steve coming to the A&B Diocese.


Mum was making pancakes for Kevin, 5 and Ron, 4. They began to argue over who would have the first one. Mum saw an opportunity for a moral lesson. “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say ‘Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.’” Kevin looked at his younger brother and said “Ron, you be Jesus”.


                                                                                    God Bless You All,

Fr John





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