Parish Priest - Father Anton Column
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This weekend we celebrate the penultimate Sunday of the Year. Next weekend is The Solemn Feast of Christ the King. After that we begin the First week of Advent, the New Year of the Church. The New Year prepares us for the celebration of Jesus, the babe in the manger, being born amongst us. This Sunday’s readings are a reminder of the glory of Christ the King that will overshadow the whole of creation when he comes to us again. There is also that subtle hint of the end of all time within the gospel, seen as a warning to us all that our selfishness may herald the end of time before we realize. It will be Christ’s glory that saves us!
Please note that next weekend we have our Winter Fayre, a fundraising moment when we celebrate the season and raise a little extra cash for the Parish and Parish School. Please help in whatever way you can. Note it is also a chance to take up the invitation to fulfill the church directive to support your pastor. When the Church, in Canon Law, talks about supporting one’s pastor it refers not only to your priest and deacon (if your parish has one), but to the parish itself. So you support you Pastor/Parish firstly with your financial donation and collections and by taking part as a volunteer in some small regular way, whether it be church cleaning, flower arranging, coffee and teas, counting teams, parish committee, governors, catechism, youth work. All these are part of the Certification of Catholic Practice.
While referring to these matters I would like to thank all those who already contribute in so many and varied ways. So many people have generous and loving hearts. I wish also to thank all those involved in Linkline. This past week we celebrated a Mass and small gathering in remembrance of all involved, deceased helpers and clients, managers, volunteers and Committee/Trustees. Again thank you on behalf of myself and pastoral nature of our parish community.
This weekend we celebrate two baptisms, one at Ashley and one at Clayton. Please pray for the children and their families that the gift of grace will be a treasure and wonder in their lives.
Let us also pray for the church universal that in its times of trial it will be purified and strengthened to do God’s good work in the name of Christ the Son!
God bless and keep you all safe in his care
Father Anton s.c.j.