5th November, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,


Today’s gospel, above all others, is Jesus comments on the clergy of the day and also the clergy of 2017.  We cannot dream of using the historical example to suggest “they had lost the plot” (God’s plan).  If the great commandments in last Sunday’s gospel “to love the Lord your God with all your heart….and your neighbour as yourself….” referred to then and now, so too must today’s words.  It applies in Frimley as well as Jerusalem.  Do we (the church/clergy) not make people jump through all sorts of hoops to eg. have their child baptised in another place, or if they have challenges in life, eg health, finance, work, etc where are we when we even know of this?  A very wise priest in my hometown used to repeat often, “the Lord save us all from priests who think they are an answer to peoples’ prayers”.  Do we not dress up to show our occupation or rank, and the piping and colours get more elaborate as the rank increased?  One thinks of the circus in Rome when new cardinals and bishops are installed.  How far removed we are from the Jesus of Nazareth and how much closer to the secular image of power and authority etc.  How much of our day is spent breaking bread (the Eucharist) and breaking the word (the gospel) with the people entrusted to our stewardship?  And how much of our time is spent administering the earthly estate?


Even the Lord was nearly speechless, but he did manage to say “do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”


  • The 50th anniversary of the founding of the parish will please God be marked by a shared meal after the 10.30 mass on the 26th November. Let us share food or recipes from many cultures. Please make a special effort to be there. There is a sign-up sheet on the porch table.


  • Next Saturday, 11th Day of Devotional exercises at OLQH.  The National Pilgrim Statue of our Lady of Fatima will be central to this day.


  • Thursday 9th, gathering in Parish room for hospital visitors and Eucharistic Ministers to the hospital for an update, food and a chat.  All are welcome.


I did my stint at the speed awareness course in Guildford this Thursday.  It was good, and the attendees were split 12/12, ladies and gents, fair play I suppose.


Finally, Sally’s funeral was being arranged and her executor had to contend with an unusual request, so he informed the undertaker that ‘under no circumstances was any man to act as a coffin bearer’.  “Why?” asked the undertaker, “I have never heard of anything like this?”  Well, Sally stated that men never took her out when she was alive and no way are they going to do so when she was dead.


God Bless

                                                                 Fr John



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