Parish Priest - Father Anton Column

Father Anton Parish Priest

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Christmas is well and truly over and the church calendar declares that it is ordinary time within the liturgical life of the church.  How would we describe ordinary time, time that is boring and to be endured, or is it rather a comfortable routine which helps us on our way through daily living.  I would like to think we are now living a time of having been comforted by the declaration that God is with us through the Incarnation, and within us through the grace of the sacraments, the teachings of the church and our daily prayers.  Let us pray for one another during the weeks ahead.

Let us also pray for our country and the relationships between different countries.  Peace is maintained by justice and justice is given through our relationships with one another.  Let us pray for the leaders of the world, the leaders of Europe and Great Britain that they will work together for the common good.  May selfishness and sin be put to one side in all our dealings!

As always there are those moments when our loved ones go to the Lord.  We pray for Margaret Pankhurst whose Requiem is on Thursday at 10.45 a.m. with Reception into the Church the night before at 5 p.m.  We pray also for Anne Weston whose Requiem is on the Friday at 6.30 p.m.  We also remember Margaret Matthews who died the other day and whose Requiem is at Holy Trinity on Tuesday 29th January at 10 a.m.  May they rest in peace and please pray for their families and friends.

Congratulations to Mathew Binks and Phillippa Heath who married this weekend at Ashley.  May they have a long, happy and blessed life together!  Congratulations to all their family and friends as well!

God bless you all and keep you in his care!

Father Anton s.c.j.