"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"
Please remember in your prayers:
Sick and housebound: Martin Ewart, Thomas James McIntyre, Alan James Baron
Lately Dead: Margaret Sheehan, Val Harrison
Anniversaries: Natalie Clarke, Dorothy Smith, Harold Tattersall, James Simpson, Verda Wolfenden
Masses this week:
Wed: 12 noon followed by a packed lunch
Thurs: 6.30pm Followed by Exposition
Fri: 7.30 am followed by breakfast
This week the Office will be open Tue-Thurs 10am – 1pm
Saint Peter's Square
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters: We know well that every family on occasion suffers moments when one family member offends another. Through our words, actions, or omissions, instead of expressing love for our spouse or children, we can sometimes diminish or demean that love. Hiding these hurts only deepens such wounds, leading to anger and friction between loved ones. If these wounds are particularly deep, they can even lead a spouse to search for understanding elsewhere, to the detriment of the family, especially children. Being one flesh, any wounds that spouses suffer are shared by their children, born of their flesh. When we remember how Jesus warned adults not to scandalize little ones (cf. Mt 18:6), we better understand the vital responsibility to maintain and protect the bond of marriage which is the foundation of the human family. We thank God that although these wounds may lead some to separation, even then many men and women remain true to their conjugal bond, sustained by faith and by love for their children. For those who enter into so-called irregular situations, we must reflect on how best to help and accompany them in their lives. Let us ask the Lord for a strong faith to see with his eyes the reality of family life, and for a deep love to approach all families with his merciful heart.
I have been putting quotes from Pope Francis on the back of the Mass Sheet for some time now. Some are taken from his "General Audience", some are taken from his regular sermon when he celebrates a weekly Mass with the Vatican Workers at the Hostel of St Martha, where he resides. I hope that you find these quotes useful and an insight into this very personable Pope. I am trying to keep the back of the Mass Sheet free so that it can be a source of Catechesis for us all, so that we can keep abreast of the Church's teachings and what our Holy Father is saying. The monthly Newsletter is then left for articles referring to the general running of the parish and information that you may require to be kept abreast of what is happening in the parish, and sometimes further afield. If you do not read them then you can not say that you were not informed. As much as I try people still prefer to complain that they were not told. So please read the newsletters!