7th April 2019 Fifth Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends,

Today’s gospel has Jesus explaining to the enthusiastic Scribes and Pharisees why they were in no position to throw stones at this unfortunate victim who was caught or reported to the God squad to have broken the law of Moses. There was no debate needed and if Jesus were a Pharisee he would have no difficulty by confirming their verdict. Well thankfully he is not and the use or misuse of office by people in church or state is brought home to us here. Volatile and judgemental use of language may play well to the press or gossip but has no place in Christian life.

Forgiveness in this instance and all aspects of life is not based on the fact that humans have feet of clay and so need forgiveness (the kettle calling the pot black), but because God is Love, the erring child will never be turned away.

 The Lenten Parish Penitential Rite will take place on Wednesday of this week at 7.30pm. Theme: “They have Moses and the prophets, …..let them listen to them.” 

  • Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent and Holy Week at 7:30pm.
  • On Friday 12th April, The Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales have asked us all to pray for the survivors of sexual abuse.
  • The retiring collection this weekend will be our drop in the vast bucket of need in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi because of Cyclone Idai. You are encouraged to Gift Aid if you or your spouse pays tax. If you wish to do this, please write your name and address on the yellow or CAFOD envelopes provided. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
  • Next Sunday is Passion or Palm Sunday. Greenery from your garden is more appropriate than palm leaves but we have some of them too.
  • Our very grateful thanks to Maria Caughey and her painter Simon for the repainting of the shrine alcoves this week. The boards will soon be restored.
  • Flower rotas can be collected from the table in the porch


Do not let Lent pass you by.



Finally: Charlie could not go to the Palm Sunday mass because of flu. When mom and his sisters came home with palm leaves he asked, “What are they for?” Mom replied, “we waved them as Jesus passed by”. Charlie replied; “Just my luck he turns up the only day I am missing”.


God Bless you all,

Fr John



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