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Newsletter 22.09.19.

Dear Friends,

It’s great to be in the parish again this year (my fourth year doing this), whilst Fr James takes a well-deserved break. Firstly, it’s pleasing to see that England is getting a little better at cricket (thanks to

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Newsletter 15.09.19.

Dear Friends,

In today’s Gospel St Luke addresses the tensions in the early Church. Some in the brotherhood had problems mixing with converts with a pagan background and did not accept them as true Christians. Luke is saying that any

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Newsletter 08.09.19.

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Today’s Gospel contains the call to radical renunciation: the giving up of possessions, family and personal ambition. How are we to understand this? To this day some take the call literally - members of religious orders who give

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Newsletter 01.09.19.

Dear Friends,

Today’s second reading presents a wonderful picture of the heavenly Jerusalem with the angels and the whole church gathered in worship and praise. As members of the Body of Christ we already have our place in the heavenly

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Newsletter 18.08.19.

Dear Friends,

Jesus does not promise a quiet life to those who choose to follow the one who speaks the truth of God: discipleship can bring hardship and division. The Christian call is not based on an ’easy ride’, it

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Newsletter 11.08.19.

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All of today’s readings speak about people on the move in search of a new homeland. As Christians we are all migrants journeying with others. All of us are responding to God’s call to prepare for the coming

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Newsletter 04.08.19.

Dear Friends,

The parable in today’s Gospel challenges us to reflect on what we have stored in our ‘barns’ and to what extent they become the security on which we base our life and future.

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Newsletter 28.07.19.

Dear Friends,

Today’s Gospel is about prayer. First we have the Lord’s own prayer to his heavenly Father. Jesus follows this with a teaching on prayer that emphasises persistence in prayer. He assures his listeners of the goodness of God

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Newsletter 21.07.19.

Dear Friends,

Today’s Gospel speaks to us about the importance of listening and also of serving. Both are necessary but listening - spending time with the Lord and pondering his words - is ‘the better part’. However meals also need

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Newsletter 14.07.19.

Dear Friends,

‘Who is my neighbour?’ the lawyer asks. He wants a clear ruling that would identify his neighbour. For him ‘neighbour’ meant a fellow Jew or believer. Instead Jesus tells him a story. The story contrasts legal requirements with

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