A message from Fr John

Posted on: 13/09/2020

Dear Friends
Good morning - they say it’s going to be warm today - we’ll see
I had an interesting and delightful Zoom meeting with my classmates last night; it was celebrating 50 years since we first met as a class in Upholland, as we began our studies and formation for diocesan priesthood. We have been blessed to have had such lasting friendships - offering support and encouragement as the years have unravelled; so much to be thankful for. There has been much laughter and some tears too; we have learned to accommodate each other's foibles which increasingly look like eccentricities.
Over the years we have also learned to forgive each other - not that here’s been too much to forgive but it’s been an important part of acceptance and ‘moving on’. In today’s Gospel we will hear about the need for forgiveness which ultimately is a share in God’s own forgiveness.
I thought I might share a couple of little quotes:
'We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love’.
Martin Luther King, Jnr

'Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much’.
Oscar Wilde
Can we please remember in our prayers all our parish family, especially those who are part of the frontline, doctors, nurses, carers and essential workers of all kinds: Joseph, Lisa, Patrick, Chris, Catherine, Anne, Terry, Mark, Theo, Clare, Richard, Anthony, Jane, James, Andrew, Mary, Francis, Ruth, Tony, Sue, Dan, Fiona, Katy. Ian & Bethany
Masses received:
Brenda Boardman, Emily Louise Jones, Kay Machell, Kay Monaghan, Neville Harrop, Bernard Sullivan, Michael McGrath
Please read yesterday’s newsletter for the coming week’s timetable
St Joseph, pray for us
Every blessing
Fr John
PS Don’t forget the Poetry Evening tomorrow - all welcome - let Cecelia know your selection if you can

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