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Fr Tim

PLANNING:

With just a year to go to the Synod, momentum is building and the next phase is coming to fruition.

Sunday 13 October has been designated Synod Sunday’ and we will do our best to keep you informed, but it happens to clash with the day we have invited the two Dominicans, Frs Aidan and Dominic, to make the annual foreign mission appeal in both our parishes. That Sunday also happens to be the day on which John Henry Newman will be canonised.

This all serves to remind me of how difficult it is to plan so that we can give proper attention to everything that demands our attention.

Next weekend, I propose to speak at all the Masses in both parishes, outlining some strategies which I hope will be helpful. I had a very useful meeting with the three Deacons last Wednesday and now I am keen to arrange meetings with all our Ministers of Holy Communion and also with all our Altar Servers, so please keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on the bulletins.

SETTLING IN:

I do hope everyone is settling in well as the new term gets under way. I will try and get to the schools during the coming week, but I have been busy about many things these past days… indeed too busy it would seem, because I have been told to take life a little easier.

I will try and get the balance right and with your help, I am sure I will.

A NEW TERM

As the new academic year begins we welcome back the staff and pupils of all our schools with an especially warm welcome to those who are joining us for the first time. New starts, fresh opportunities: let us hope that our dreams will be realised, but above all let us support one another to face the challenges the coming year will bring.

The country is certainly in a kind of turmoil, the like of which I do not recall in my lifetime: all the more reason for us as a Christian community to be a haven of love, hope, trust and unity. Let’s go.

BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The weather forecast for this last Bank Holiday of the summer suggests that we are going to fare well over the weekend, so I hope we can all enjoy some sunshine and a little more down time before the great return to school follows after next weekend. Hopefully, early in the autumn I will be in a position to share some practical thoughts with you about how we might help one another run both parishes even more efficiently than we do at present. I have nothing particularly radical in mind, but a couple of areas which we might be able to tweak.

If you venture into the tribune you will see that the windows have now been restored and they look excellent. However, they are not to be touched for a few weeks while they set, so please do not get carried away, even if it is very warm in church over the weekend.

adorationTHURSDAY IS THE FEAST OF ST ALPHONSUS LIGUORI, FOUNDER OF THE REDEMPTORISTS AND WE WILL SING THE MASS AT NOON

 

You can learn more about St Alphonsus on our Province website, click here

THE HOLIDAY SEASON

After the first week of August, Fr Andrew is away for almost the whole of August, mainly with Marriage Encounter commitments. I will try and have a break during that first week, beginning next weekend and then look for an opportunity to get another break in the autumn.

Fr Gabriel Maguire is home from hospital with a care package in place. We hope he will now quickly regain some strength. Fr Martin Gay continues to struggle with his breathing: this dramatically hot spell has not helped. Fr Jim Casey has been away during the past week, enjoying a well-deserved rest.

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY REDEEMER.

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TODAY WE CELEBRATE THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY REDEEMER.

A VERY HAPPY FEAST DAY FROM THE REDEMPTORIST COMMUNITY.

Please note that while we usually make an appeal for the education of our students on this day, Fr Provincial has asked that we try to raise some support for the dire circumstances in which our confreres in Zimbabwe now find themselves, particularly with regard to having enough energy to keep the houses operational.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS:

We wish the staff and pupils of all our schools a very enjoyable summer holiday and thank them for all the hard work and effort they have put into the past academic year. A special word of thanks to some long-serving teachers who are retiring.

SUMMER TIMETABLE:

Please remember that this is the last week for the 7.00am Mass: it will resume five weeks later at the beginning of the new term on 2 September

VOCATION PRAYER CARDS

Fr Richard Reid C.Ss.R has updated our Redemptorist Vocation Prayer Card and copies are available at the back of the church. Please join us in praying for a blessed future.

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NEXT SUNDAY IS THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY REDEEMER:

This is the titular feast of the Redemptorist Congregation and traditionally on this day we take a collection to help us with the education of our future priests and brothers.

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