Here is an August Reflection from Canon Frank.
I feel now is an appropriate time to think about a renewal of our life in Christ.
Please consider restoring Sunday as the Day of the Lord.
It does not matter how long people have been away. Everybody is welcome to Holy Mass.
Mass for Joao Tressoldi RIP
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Joao Tressoldi who lived in our parish with his family several years ago before moving back home to Brazil.
Canon Frank celebrated Mass on Tuesday evening for Joao, with several of the prayers in their native Portuguese and it was filmed so that the family could join with us.
We have posted this link here should anyone wish to join with the Mass.
Our parish offers our prayers for Joao and for his wife Michelina and children Carina and Henrique.
May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace.
Clifton Diocese Vacancy - Safeguarding Officer.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton is committed to safeguarding and this vacancy provides an opportunity for a skilled and experienced professional to join the Safeguarding team.
The Safeguarding Officer role supports the ongoing development of safeguarding across the Diocese, the management of cases, and working with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, responses to safeguarding issues that arise.
The successful applicant will need to have a comprehensive knowledge of safeguarding legislation, policy procedure and best practice guidance and come from a background of either Social Work, Heath, Probation or Policing, with specific experience in safeguarding.
For further information/informal discussion about this role please contact Becky Cawsey, Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Clifton Diocese on 0117 954 0993.
Closing date for receipt of applications: 17 September 2021
Thank you Deacon Vincent for your Reflections for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
1st Reading from the book of Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-8.
This book is really a copy of the Torah or can be viewed as a sermon with a narrative framework. It offers a vision of how Israelite society ought to be, how it had failed to be; Israel was supposed to be the People of God. This passage is to illustrate that Israel in no way finds God’s Law oppressive, it was a gift to them, a sign that they had signposts and direction in a confusing world. The Law enables us to discern right from wrong and assist us
Psalm 14: 2-5.
We are encouraged to visualise a spacious Bedouin encampment, rather than a light weight camping tent. It is posing to us the type of person whom God would choose for a guest.
It is impossible to speculate upon the original purpose of this letter, but many scholars believe the author to be “James, the brother of the Lord”, who became such an important figure in the early Church, and who was martyred in AD 61. There is a call to true Christian living, always looking after the poor and the orphans, who in those days were often left destitute, with no social help or assistance. It is a continuation of the Law, which was given to Moses in the first reading. Nothing has been changed from the encouragement to joyfully take up the cross and sacrifice ourselves for each other.
The Holy Gospel according to Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23.
This Gospel passage illustrates for us the way that customs and additions born out of hygiene had been added to the Law of Moses, and taking on a meaning way beyond their original intent. Jesus points out to us that it is not our hygiene that causes us to sin, but what is in our minds and hearts. We have to be very careful that sacramentals, add-ons which become fixed in our minds as essential to the faith do not lead us into conflict with the Church, when it tries to move us forward to cope with the world of today. Language, translations etc., types of Ministry to be spread among the people. It is what is inside us that will determine the outcome of our lives, not the sacramentals.
It is the way we interact with each other and care for each other that really matters, so let us always be conscious of what God wants from us and not what we want to share out to Him. We are here to love him, and serve him, and hope to be happy with him in heaven one day.
Let us love one another as the Lord has loved us by letting us be called his brothers and sisters. Love and forgiveness must be our watchwords.
God Bless you All. Deacon Vincent
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