A message from Fr John

Posted on: 23/08/2020

Dear Friends

Good morning

Feast Day of St Bartholomew today
He was born at Cana in Galilee and led to Jesus by the apostle Philip, although some experts dispute whether Nathaniel and Bartholomew are one and the same. Tradition has it that after the Lord’s Ascension he preached the Gospel in India where he was martyred. There are similar traditions which speak of him as having been to Ethiopia, and the Church in Armenia claim him as one of their founders. The truth is we don’t know for certain but it is a day to reflect on our life as an apostolic church - a church of witness and of mission - and our vocation to be missionary disciples.

Please do send in your responses to yesterday’s questions about stewarding for potential re-opening for Mass and about the future direction of the parish.

On a lighter note …

The mole said, ‘I’ve learned how to be in the present’
‘How?’ Asked the boy.
‘I find a quiet spot and shut my eyes and breathe.’
’That’s good, and then?’
’Then I focus.’
‘What do you focus on?’
‘Cake’, said the mole.

Enjoy your quiet prayer - it doesn’t have to involve cake! But it may do I suppose!

St Joseph, pray for us

Every blessing

Fr John

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