This feast is one of the ‘solemnities’ of the year which are celebrated instead of Ordinary Time when they fall on a Sunday. John the Baptist is an important figure in all four Gospels, but the account of his birth is only in Luke. He came to ‘prepare the way’ for the preaching of Jesus, and stands as the great figure between the Old Covenant and the New one we have in Jesus. Continue reading Scripture notes – The birth of John the Baptist – 24th June 2018
As our season moves into the fullness of summer, we see leafy green trees and blossoms around us. Gardeners are busy with planting seeds and caring for the new blossoms and fruit. The same kind of growth in nature forms the comparisons in parables of today’s mass, starting with the first reading. Continue reading Scripture notes – 11th Sunday of the Year, B – 17th June 2018
In the three-year cycle of Gospels read at Mass, Year B is Mark, the shortest of the four gospels. After reading the introductions in the dozen commentaries at hand with all their differences, I did not feel like writing even a ‘brief ‘one. Yet some background is useful for those who come to the book fresh, or have forgotten details from the last Year B. What Mark seems to call for is – just read Mark. The whole Gospel can be gone through in one sitting, and that is something I recommend doing sometime during this liturgical year. Get your sense of what Mark set out to do, what picture he paints of Jesus. Continue reading A Brief Introduction to the Gospel of Mark
Our parish SEEDs community has now become part of the international family of Faith and Light. These photos by Kayte Brimacombe show us with some of their members who travelled from many different parts of the UK to be with us earlier this month.
It was a very memorable and happy afternoon and there was a wonderful spirit of being at one with each other.
SEEDs meets at St Peter in Chains Infant school hall every first Saturday of the month, 2-4pm – everyone welcome! We are particularly grateful to all the volunteers who help, including the parish Confirmation Group.
In Year A of the liturgical season, the gospel readings at mass highlight Matthew, the first book in the New Testament as we find it now. Since the liturgy can present only short selections, an overview of the book itself and what is found in current scholarship about its background, the author and the meaning, can be helpful for a fuller understanding. Some of this will be taken up in the weekly notes I make available, but here is an overview. Continue reading A brief Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew
Fr Sean used these descriptions of grief from author Edgar Jackson in his holily at our annual Mass of Commemoration for those who have died in the past year on November 18th 2016:
Grief is a young widow trying to raise her three children, alone.
Grief is the man so filled with shocked uncertainty and confusion that he strikes out at the nearest person.
Grief is a mother walking daily to a nearby cemetery to stand quietly and alone a few minutes before going about the tasks of the day. She knows that part of her is in the cemetery, just as part of her is in her daily work.
Grief is the silent, knife-like terror and sadness that comes a hundred times a day, when you start to speak to someone who is no longer there.
Grief is the emptiness that comes when you eat alone after eating with another for many years.
Grief is teaching yourself to go to bed without saying good night to the one who had died.
Grief is the helpless wishing that things were different when you know they are not and never will be again.
I also found this thought while I was seaching for an image to accompany this post:
There is no expiry date on grief.
Secondary Schools Open Days/Evenings – Further details are available on the church notice board.
Signing School Forms – Fr Sean will be available on Tuesday, 25th October, 3:00pm-7:00pm. Please note that this is the final date Fr Sean will be available before the deadline to submit applications of 31st October.
Please bring your child’s baptismal certificate along with your application form.