The beginning of the good news The second Sunday of Advent turns our attention to John the Baptist. John was an interesting individual. We are told he dressed a bit strangely and spent a lot of time in the desert, ‘the voice of one crying out in the wilderness’. Yet it seems he was very popular […]
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Finding our feet It can be very hard to live with uncertainty. Back at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a counsellor was interviewed on radio about how people were coping with the ‘lockdown’. People were anxious and fearful, she said. Many were experiencing loneliness, as their normal routines and social life came to an […]
A different sort of king Today’s gospel leaves us in no doubt as to what Jesus expects of his followers. It is a gospel of contrasts. It begins with a scene of judgement, with Jesus in the role of king, sitting on the throne of glory. It would have been a familiar image to […]
Rising to the challenge It is hard not to feel sorry for the third servant in today’s gospel. The first two servants are praised for making the most of the ‘talents’ (money) given to them by their master. In return, they are promised even greater things. The third man, paralysed by uncertainty, buries his small […]
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED FOR NOVEMBER Out of the depths I cry to you O Lord, Lord, hear my voice! O let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading. If you, O Lord should mark our guilt, Lord who would survive? But with you is found forgiveness; for this we revere you. […]
Love The Pharisees continue their harassment of Jesus in today’s Gospel by asking him which commandment is the greatest. What follows is the most famous verses of the New Testament: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul … And … You shall love your neighbour as […]
Emperor’s or Christ’s vision? Continuing our reading of Matthew 22 today, the Pharisees are not impressed with Jesus’ teachings and decide to ‘entrap’ him, quizzing him about paying taxes. It is a dangerous question they ask because a simple yes or no response from Jesus could mean he is reported to the authorities. Jesus […]
Creation Today marks the end of the Season of Creation, a time to remember that we are protectors of this earth and have been given responsibility to care for it, not to plunder and destroy it. The parable told in the Gospel today also speaks to this as we hear that the workers of the […]
PARISH NEWS… COLLECTIONS Sunday 20th September weekly collection came to £1450.00 Thank you for your generosity. You can also donate via the Parish website. Click Donate on the Home Page. PARISH OFFICE Wish to advise parishioners that where possible, we will ask you not to enter the parish house/office to protect us and you. If you […]
PARISH NEWS… COLLECTIONS Sunday 13th September weekly collection came to £1435.00 and the monthly collection, for the support of the priests was £275.00 Thank you for your generosity. You can also donate via the Parish website. Click Donate on the Home Page. PARISH OFFICE Wish to advise parishioners that where possible, we will ask you […]
Baptisms & Weddings
BAPTISMS AND WEDDINGS ARE NOW TAKING PLACE
Baptisms are held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month after 12.30pm Mass. To book a Baptism please ring the Parish Office or Sacristy 9am- Noon and we will complete a booking form with you over the phone. NB PLEASE NOTE UP TO 10 PEOPLE CAN ATTEND THE BAPTISM AND THAT IS INCLUDING THE PRIEST.
Funerals Are limited to 25 people, with no pre- or post-funeral gatherings.
Weddings Are limited to 25 people.
Baptisms Are limited to 10 people.
To book a Wedding, please contact the Sacristan on 028 90615702 or visit the Sacristy any morning 9.00am-Noon Monday to Friday. At least three months notice is required.
Useful Telephone Numbers :
Parish Office: For the Parish Secretary 02890 615702 SELECT OPTION 1 or use the Parish email below
p Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 1pm
Sacristy: 028 90615702 OPTION 2
St Vincent de Paul: 07840051474
Bethany Bereavement Support Group: 077 16286743