Parish Priest - Father Anton Column

Father Anton Parish Priest

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This weekend sees the celebration of the Feast of Saint Patrick, a time to pray for continued peace in Ireland and a celebration of the Faith of a special saint and country.  Passing through Birmingham there was a great reflection of the Irish Community with the St Patrick’s Day parades.  Congratulations to all people of Irish decent.

This week has also been a week of prayer for people suffering from Dementia.  As we tend to live longer it is clear that new forms of disability arrive to challenge us and set new care needs within the nation.  Let us also keep our care program of Linkline in our prayers that its care and conversation may help to keep its clients alert and well.

As ever time is flying by and next Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week which culminates in the Triduum, consisting of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.  It is the most important time in the Church’s year and we need as many servers as possible to make themselves available so that we can celebrate this great time.  Please also make sure that Albs are washed and made presentable to the time.

How has Lent gone?  Above all have we been able to make some progress in bringing our lives closer to the Lord Jesus?  Has prayer increased, generosity to the poor grown and do we feel better within ourselves for receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Easter is traditionally the time when we re-commit to the life of the church, witnessing to the presence of Christ within the world.

May we be closer to God this Lent and Easter time!

Father Anton s.c.j.