I would like to draw your attention to Fr Antony’s Book THE MASS IN CLOSE-UP. Just click it to read or get full print-out.
SOLDIER OF CHRIST
On this Remembrance Sunday, we join our brothers and sisters first in acknowledging the supreme sacrifice made by soldiers and civilians who served in one way or the other in the two world wars, and subsequent crises; for them we are most grateful. Because of their yesterday, we live our today. May they continue to enjoy the reward of eternal rest in Christ.
As we reflect on the sleepless nights in the trenches, the horrors witnessed or endured, the pain and scars of bodily injury, the utter commitment to protecting civilians and fighting for peace, let us spend some time in the week praying together for peace, and courage to stand by the Truth in our world, that the sacrifices of our fallen heroes and martyrs of our time may never be in vain.
In their honour and for us, please share this poem shared with me by one Jeremy. It is by Fr Michael Sellers:
Stand up, you children of the light
whom God’s holy power defends.
Be armed for that spiritual fight
which Christ’s Second Coming ends.
Walk in the strength of God
And he will never fail you.
For a sword accept his word
When your enemy assail you…
Know God’s mighty power surrounds you
The powers of hell will not confound you
If you trust that God is there…
The outcome of the US Presidential election scared me; I was worried about the possible sufferings some groups of people might be unnecessarily exposed to. While acknowledging the uniqueness of each person, it is difficult to ignore some demeaning and threatening comments made. All said and done, ‘democracy’ has spoken and it must be respected. As we remember our fallen heroes, let us pray for God’s Spirit to guide Trump, world leaders towards working for peace, unity and compassion.
Good luck, bad luck, who knows? Only God knows.
Care for the Poor: The work of St Vincent de Paul in the parish in various ways of visiting the sick, care for the needy, and providing food for the poor/homeless is astounding. I attended their last week’s weekly meeting which is Wednesdays 7.30pm; I came out feeling touched by the depth of connection/presence with the people they visit and minister to. I wished many more would join this association. It is our faith lived out concretely. Very early on Saturdays, they come and put the parcels of food to be handed out together in a very loving and light atmosphere. If you ever feel like doing more for God and humanity, joining this group couldn’t be more ideal. May I use the opportunity to say thank you to all who support this cause by giving in the Poor Box
Bulletin: Beginning of Advent, we shall try a new template for our bulletin; I should be glad to have one or two volunteers to help coordinate its production. It won’t be too involving, I can assure you.
Induction: It is customary to formally present the new parish priest to the parish in a liturgical context. On the 1st of December at 7.00pm, the Bishop, Rt Rev Peter Brignall will present Fr Moses Amune, msp to the parish.
20th: National Youth Sunday Mass 11am in Ruabon
25-27: Advent Retreat in Pantasaph by Bp Peter Brignall.
14th: Advent Retreat/ Service of Reconciliation 7.00-8.30pm. There will be plenty of priests to choose from for individual confession.
17th: Children’s Sacrament of Reconciliation 3.00pm
Christmas Services Schedule will be in next week’s bulletin
May our departed heroes and loved ones rest in peace
They shall forever be remembered.
Fr Moses Amune, msp