Highlights of the Week

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK!
Below are a few interesting news items from the weekly Bulletins for next four weeks.  To download the full version of our latest Bulletin,  please go to our Bulletin pageThank you.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK        A FEAST OF GLORY MANIFESTED!

Seekers after wisdom have travelled far, and bring with them the hopes of the Nations, the gifts of the Peoples, the riches of Learning - and lay them before this vulnerable little child trapped in poverty and soon to be a refugee! These strong men of intellect who gaze upon the stars and research the wisdom of ages in their books: now they bend low, humbled and humbling in the generosity of their spirits and the humility of their minds - bending the knee to the child and His young mother and labourer father.
And in the poverty of the Bethlehem home they touch the quiet and hidden glory of Love made Flesh, of God in human skin, of the inter-twining of the Divine and Human stories forever - literally for all eternity. They have found Wisdom - or rather Wisdom made Flesh has found them! drawing them to the strange Glory of this God-touched Humanity. Forever we will walk as wise seekers and lovers! Then the Glory can be quietly and gently manifest in us!

HAPPY NEW YEAR        A New Year is a time for reflection upon the past, and commitment to the future. Our Faith is a faith in the future - the future God and ourselves will forge together for our own lives and for the world. Our Faith is a faith in God’s New Beginnings, who always redeems and heals the mistakes and tragedies of the past and launches us confidently upon the paths of the future. Our Faith is faith in a God who walks with us through dark threatening valleys and light-filled joyous mountain tops - and helps us see the creativity and beauty of both! I wish you every blessing this new Year - let us together make it a Year of Mission, a Year of Contemplation, a Year of Friendship with our Emmanuel, our God who walks always at our side in our hearts.

MONTHLY DAY OF ADORATION ON MONDAY 8th JANUARY    It is a very special grace for our parish community, empowering our mission, that we can hold these ‘Days of Adoration’. Thank you to all who have been able to commit themselves ‘to watch one hour’ with Him in the Blessed Sacrament. We need a minimum of two people for each hour of Adoration through the day. Of course all are invited to come for a while for the quiet prayer of Adoration any time from 10am to 4.00pm - just drop in … to the silence of God’s loving! Normally the first Monday of the month, in January it will be second Monday - 8th Jan. 

SUPPORT OUR PARISH BY BUYING A 2018 CALENDAR    Thank you to Tosin and Kamila for working so hard to produce our own Parish calendar. At £5.00 each it makes a lovely and personal Christmas present, as well as something fr your own home. There is a short ‘meditation’ beneath each photo every month. Please support the parish in this way.

A MASS WITH BISHOP DECLAN TO CELEBRATE MARRIAGE    On Saturday 3rd February at 12 noon, Bishop Declan is inviting the diocese and especially all married couples to come together in this Year of the Synod on the Family for this special Mass of Thanksgiving. If you are celebrating significant anniversaries in 2015 - silver (25), pearl (30), ruby (40), sapphire (45), golden (50), emerald (55), or diamond (60)….or beyond - then please contact me as the Bishop wishes to invite you personally. But everyone is invited and it is a good opportunity to pray for all married couples and the witness of Christian marriage.

GIVE AN HOUR A WEEK TO HELP CHANGE A LIFE!    Could you help an ex-prisoner change and rebuild his or her life? Can you listen with patience and bring hope to another?  Why not volunteer as a Mentor with ‘MENTOR-ME’ - a Christian charity helping turn people away from crime. Training essential (at St Agnes Church, Thomas Street, St Paul’s, BS2 9LL - see poster in porch or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: 01174037905


 


 

Now that President Trump is attempting to wreck the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, leading US to ignore the security of future generations - we very much need to continue to pray that the nations that committed themselves oppose Trump, remain true to their word and bring about the changes needed to be 'merciful' to 'our common home':

 “O God of love, teach us to care for this world our common home. 

Inspire all political leaders and the peoples of all the nations to listen to and heed the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. 

Let us be united in heart and mind in responding and acting courageously.

May we seek the common good and protect the beautiful earthly garden you have created for us, for all our brothers and sisters, for all generations to come. Amen!"


PRAY FOR THE CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ, SYRIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Lord, the plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of the Christians
is heavy and frightening us,
therefore we ask you Lord
to assure our lives, grant us patience and courage
to continue to witness our Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the base of any life; give us peace and stability
to live with each other without fear, anxiety,
with dignity and joy, glory to you forever.

Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako,  Chaldean Catholic Patriarch

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Watch over the people of Iraq who have been forced to flee their homes
and face violence and fear.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Lead them to a place of safety, comfort those who grieve
and bring healing to those in pain.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Convert the hearts of those who commit violence and wage war.
Turn them away from persecution towards peace.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Turn hatred to understanding, and anger to compassion.
Through your love, transform horror into hope.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

And fill us all with your Spirit so that with one voice, throughout the world,
we may cry out:

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us…              Catherine Gorman/CAFOD