The Word This Week

The_Rebuke_of_Adam_and_EveIt starts right from the beginning, our first parents ‘forgetting’ the Word of God. When He stands in front of them in the flesh, his people turn to insults to avoid believing in him: ‘Beelzebub’ – ‘Lord of the Flies’. Even his family seem to reject his message. But Jesus is the crisis, the judgement, the turning point of history. Which is why all human failure breaks over him, and at the same time the seeds of the renewed creation gather round him, those who hear the Word and do the will of God, starting with His mother Mary, the beginning and the image of the Church.

Today’s Scripture: (Psalter: Week 2)

Genesis 3: 9 – 15
I will make you enemies of each other; you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring.
Response: Psalm 129.

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.

My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than watchmen for day break.

Because with the Lord there is mercy
and fulness of redemption,
Israel indeed he will redeem
from all its iniquity.

2 Corinthians 4: 13 – 5: 1
We believe and, therefore, we speak.

Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!
Now the prince of this world is to be overthrown,
says the Lord.
And when I am lifted up from the earth,
I shall draw all people to myself.
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!

Mark 3: 20–35
It is the end of Satan.
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, hear our voice.

Take a look at today’s readings on Catholic Online.

Share the Journey

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Photo: L’Osservatore Romano

cafodWar, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. Most come from poor countries and seek safety in poor countries nearby.

We cannot turn away. These are human beings, with hopes, fears, desires and stories to share, just like each one of us.

The Church worldwide is committed to sharing the journey of people on the move. World leaders must be moved to do the same as they negotiate two global agreements on refugees and migration between now and autumn 2018.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ special concern for migrants and refugees, we invite you to join the Share the Journeycampaign. Alongside Catholics worldwide, we call on governments to agree on two global ‘compacts’ which place the human dignity of people on the move at their heart.

You are invited to the hall this Thursday, June 7th, at 7pm, to discuss and become part of a proposed walk in support of the refugees and to respond to the ongoing Crisis of which Pope Francis is calling us, and all the world, to become aware.

Further information can be found on the Cafod site.

Holy Week 2018

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For God to plant the seed of his law of love deep within our hearts, we must prepare the ground , so we complete our Lenten scrutinies, and maybe try to redouble our Lenten efforts for these last ten days. Jesus is the seed of that love; he dies to bear fruit in us. The cross is the pattern he gives us, and the Easter call, for us to be able to live his risen life: Ten more days’ grace to enter more deeply into the Paschal Mystery, sharing the Easter Sacraments: Then come to (his) life:

Maundy Thursday – Mass of Our Lord’s Supper 7.30pm

Good Friday – Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion 3.00pm

Holy Saturday – The Easter Vigil and Paschal Mass 8.30pm

Easter Sunday – Morning Mass of the Resurrection 10.30am

Remembering Genocides – and the Power of Words

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Once a year we remember those who suffered, and continue to suffer, as a result of the Jewish holocaust. Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 falls on Saturday 27 January.

In the UK and around the world, 27 January has become known as Holocaust Memorial Day, a day when we remember all those countless numbers of people who have been affected by genocide. Why 27 January? This is the date when, in 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the concentration camps, was liberated from the Nazis. Six million Jews were known to have been murdered by them, but the actual number could far exceed this. However, Holocaust Memorial Day is even more than remembering with sorrow the countless numbers of Jews as well as gypsies, gays and mentally and physically handicapped people who were killed by the Nazis. It is when we remember also all the genocides that have taken place since the second World War. On this day we call and pray for an end to racial violence.

To mark 27 January, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chooses a different theme each year, relevant to the Holocaust and subsequent genocide. This year the theme is The Power of Words. In these days of “fake news”, it is important to acknowledge the potency of words, both for evil and for good. It is important to remember those who have perished and to flag up a warning for the future, so that such atrocities will no longer disfigure humanity.

The national event to mark the Holocaust Memorial Day will be held in London, but all around the country thousands of events will be held locally – in town halls, schools, churches. See the interactive map for an activity near you on the website of The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

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The Word This Week

“Repent, and believe the good news!”

clyde1-e1461609161706Where does Jesus begin his ministry? Where John the Baptist left off – preaching a message of repentance, of change, to welcome the new Kingdom of God. There is a simplicity about this message, which is not compromised by anything – today’s Gospel has these simple words from Jesus, and then the story of his calling disciples to follow him and share in the work of spreading the Good News. Repentance has something of a bad press – we tend to think of it as an old-fashioned concept. But every age needs to hear this call: to look and look again at what we do and say and assume, and see again that there are such things as right and wrong, and that sometimes we need an about turn. To follow Jesus, and to accept the Kingship of God, demands that we make a radical choice, which may well change our lives.

Today’s Scripture: (Psalter: Week 3)

Jonah 3: 1–5, 10

The people of Nineveh renounce their evil behaviour.

Response: Psalm 24

Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.

Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.

The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor.

1 Corinthians 7: 29 – 31

The world as we know it is passing away.

Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!
The kingdom of God is close at hand; believe the Good News.
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!

Mark 1: 14–20

Repent, and believe the Good News.
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, teach us your paths

Take a look at Today’s readings

Catholics in England and Wales to celebrate Peace Sunday

Pax-Christi-banner-PTNo one can be unaware of the tens of thousands of people around the globe who have been displaced and forced to leave their homes because of violence, war, trafficking and climate-related disasters , so it is no surprise that Pope Francis has chosen the theme ‘Migrants and Refugees – men and women seekers of peace,’ for his 2018 Peace Day message. Every year Catholics in England and Wales celebrate the Pope’s message on Peace Sunday, promoted by Pax Christi and supported by the International Affairs Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

In his letter to parishes, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, National President of Pax Christi wrote:

“Many in the UK have responded to the invitation to shelter the stranger and more are involved in campaigns to stem this tragic flow in their work to challenge the arms trade and protect the environment.

“With this timely theme, we are all invited to reflect on our role to be peacemakers and peace-seekers today.” Continue reading “Catholics in England and Wales to celebrate Peace Sunday”