Parish Priest - Father Anton Column
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Seven weeks of Easter comes to a close with this weekend’s wonderful celebration of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit returns to strengthen and encourage the disciples of Jesus to live life to the full and share that good and full life with all around. We recall that it was a difficult and fearful world in which they lived and so took real courage to do what Jesus wanted. Our world may not be such a fearful place especially here in this country as we celebrate Royal Weddings and Football finals but it is certainly challenging and not without danger if we walk the wrong paths. May the presence of God, the Holy Spirit, be with us to help and guide us always!
This weekend at the 10 a.m. Mass at Clayton we give a special welcome to year three and their families as we celebrate Mass in anticipation of their First Holy Communion in June. During the Mass they will bring up their prayer cards and we will all be invited to take one at the end and pray for the individuals named on their cards. What a good and beautiful thing to do for the children, their families and the strengthening of our community of faith and worship.
At the end of the weekend services we will remove the Easter Paschal Candles as a reminder that the Easter period is over and we return to Ordinary time in the Church. However the promise of life eternal, the Resurrection lives on within our minds and hearts.
Father Julian Green sends us a reminder that he is holding each evening of this week a Parish Mission to which we are all invited should we be free on any evening! Details are on the poster in the porch.
Please keep in your prayers little Beatrice Dalgarno, her family and friends, as she is baptised this Sunday at Clayton! Congratulations to family and friends. We remember also all our sick and housebound; may Jesus console them and may we serve them as best we can!
Enjoy the good weather, may it lift the spirits and may the Lord Jesus, as the Holy Spirit, walk with you always.
God bless and keep you all safe in his care!
Father Anton s.c.j.