Sunday, 31 July 2016

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg,

Margaret  Coyne, June McCaffrey, Margaret Rebecca McDonough

Lately Dead: Fr Brendan Blundell OFM Conv, Fr Jacques Hamel, James Clarke   

Anniversaries: Fr Jeremiah Smith, Raymond Davitt

 

Masses this week:                                    

Mon – No Mass                               Tues – 9.30 Mass     

Wed – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thurs – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri – 12noon Nuptial Mass for Jonathan Lane and Victoria Robinson

 

The Parish Office will be open 10am -1pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday this week.

 

Muslim leaders join Cardinal in prayer for murdered French priest   

Courage needed to respond to evil with truth, justice and reconciliation

 

Together, as faith leaders, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by the murderous assault that took place today at the Church of Saint-Etienne–du-Rouvray in France.

 

We are deeply saddened and shocked by the brutal murder of Fr Jacques Hamel.

 

To commit murder at a place where people gather in peace to worship adds another layer of depravity to the violence that we have witnessed over the past weeks. We pray for the courage to respond to all evil with truth, justice, and reconciliation.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales) Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli, Imam Qari Muhammad Asim, Sheikh Babikir,  Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra, Moulana Sayed Ali Raza Rizvi, Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, and Moulana Muhammad Shahid Raza

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With many responses to the killing, in Church, of Fr Jacques Hamel, one of the important issues raised is that of security. If you ever see anything, or hear anything, suspicious it is imperative that you inform the Police. The message being issued is "Be alert, but not alarmed."

Message from Fr Peter Hopkinson (Episcopal Vicar for Dialogue between Faiths) "Over the past few days we have seen so many messages across the faith communities condemning the events in the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in the suburb of Rouen in France.

A common theme runs through these messages, a desire for an end to the violence and a call to pray for those who, like Fr Jacques Hamel, have died or been injured as a result of violence.  As we pray we remember all who have been affected by the terrorist attacks we have witnessed these past weeks and months in so many areas of our world.

Fr Jacques recently wrote in the Parish Newsletter, encouraging parishioners to spend time with friends and family and to look out for those who are alone. "Be considerate of others, whoever they are" he wrote.  A simple call to focus on and care for our neighbour, something which should always be at the centre of our prayers."