It has been more than 6 months since I began as your Priest. In that time a number of developments have happened. There are more Altar Servers, a website, a day for Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, fortnightly coffee after 11am Mass and most of our Primary Schools classes visiting the church. t may be useful for us all to review how things are going and to look forward. May I invite you to make your thoughts known by either coming to a meeting on Saturday 23rd June at 4pm or Sunday 24th June at 12.30pm (with a bring a plate of food to share lunch). Both meetings will take place in our Hall. If you are unable to make these dates you may like to make your thoughts known via our website. There is a new page 'Review Questionnaire' for your convenience. Maybe some questions to start off your thinking might be, “What is going well?”, “What would you be prepared to get involved with in the future?”, “Which are your favourite hymns?”.
VOCATIONS SUNDAY (29th April) is a day when, as a diocese, we pray particularly for vocations to the priesthood. The life of the priest is immensely fulfilling. It is a calling which brings great joy and blessing. Please pray hard for vocations to the priesthood. Your sons and grandsons are those whom God may be calling to this radical way of life ... Every young Catholic single man needs to ask himself the question, at some stage in his life, 'Is God calling me to be a priest?'.Please consider how best you might help single men of all ages to consider the calling of Christ in their lives. Do you pray for vocations to the priesthood? Could you start a parish prayer group to support vocations to the priesthood? Do you invite the young men of your parish or your family to seriously consider the priesthood? Could you be a link person with the Vocations Director for your parish? Could you organise a monthly Holy Hour for vocations in your parish? Are there other things that you could do? Please feel free to use this prayer again and again as we ask the Lord to send us many many priestly vocations for our diocese: Father of all, in the name of Jesus Christwho came not to be served but to serve,grant us the grace of many new vocations to the priesthoodin our diocese.Give us men after your own heart who,following the example of the Good Shepherd himself,are willing to joyfully lay down their lives in your serviceand for your glory.We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Our Father ... Hail Mary ... Glory be ...The Diocesan Vocation Director is Fr Terry Martin who may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org"
May I say how pleased I was with the Holy Week and Easter Sunday services. We had standing room only on Easter Sunday! Thank you for your offering to me.
I am going to take a few days away from Tuesday April 24th until Saturday April 28th.
A new website has just been launched direct from the Holy Land. Details of the new website and link below:
The Holy Land Custody’s Franciscan Media Center has launched a new multi-lingual website to visually tell the story of the Holy Land and to give “voice and visibility” to the local Church and sacred places of Jesus’ homeland.
The center aims to tell “an altogether different story” in contrast to news reports that speak only of “fear, division and conflict.”
The new website, www.fmc-terrasanta.org, is “yet one more way” to bring the Holy Land to “the far corners of the world,” the Franciscan Media Center said March 31.
Among the website’s offerings are news stories, cultural pieces and information about events, pilgrimages, and interreligious dialogue. It contains interviews, documentaries and spirituality columns.
The center offers direct video transmissions of celebrations from the most important sanctuaries in the Holy Land.
Its website will publish video news daily, as well as episodes from the the weekly news program Terra Santa News.
Visitors to the website may read it in Italian, Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. An Arabic-language version will be available soon.
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