Third Sunday in Lent

Samaritan WomanI will remove the heart of stone from you… and give you a heart of flesh. Today we hear the wonderful account of Jesus meeting the Samaritan Woman by a well. Jesus says something to her that allows Him to change her life. She was transformed because He was concerned about her. He wanted her to be the best person she could be. He told her that she could do it, and she heard His message. That is why we do penance during Lent, and why we make special effort to go to confession. We know that Jesus loves us and that He cares for each of us individually. Yes, He sees the bumps and bruises of our lives, He doesn’t condone our sins – be they big or little – but He wants us to be better and His love always transforms us. Like the woman in today’s gospel reading we need to have an experience of His healing love. Jesus makes us want to be better and His love for us gives us the courage to change our lives and so embrace the new life He offers. The blood that poured from His wounds on the Cross has ignited our minds and hearts with the fire of His Love: may His love consume us and make us new.

cancelledIn light of the Coranavirus we have been advised by the Diocese to cancel all communal social gatherings until further notice so this will affect Thursday Club, Tea and Coffee after 10am Mass, Lent Soup. Please keep in touch with those you usually meet at these events especially those who might be more vulnerable in the current circumstances.

The collection plates will now be at the back of church where you can leave your weekly offertory if you wish to do so. Thank you for your cooperation.



STATIONS OF THE CROSS continues to be prayed on each Friday of Lent at 11.30 am in the Church. Please join us.



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Second Sunday in Lent

Transfiguration_of_ChristFulfiller of the past, promise of things to be….We hail Your body glorified and our redemption see! Jesus, as the Man of Faith, trusted completely in His Father’s plan for mankind with the faith of a human being who recognised His dependence on God.  This is the same sort of faith we are invited to live.  He believed the scriptures; that the Messiah would suffer, die and rise again.  The mysterious meeting on the mountain with Moses and Elijah strengthened Jesus’ resolve to let God’s plan take effect in and through Him.  Moses represented the Law. Elijah represented the Prophets.  Jesus was the fulfilment of them both.  Jesus would trust God to allow His Plan to be accomplished; and He would not let His disciples say anything about the vision until He had risen from the dead.  We cannot come to any sort of understanding of Easter Sunday unless we first experience Good Friday.  As we continue our Lenten journey let us ask Jesus for the courage to trust in God more deeply. Then we will fully know ourselves as we are fully known by God.  If we trust in God, He will work in wonderful and mysterious ways through us.



The following pastoral measures will be effective from 5th – 21st March 2020:

1. The Sign of Peace is to be suspended at Mass.

2. Holy Communion from the chalice shall cease to be offered to the lay faithful.

3. Those who choose to receive the Sacred Host on the tongue are encouraged to receive on the hand instead. Doing so represents an act of loving charity to your community.

4. Use of holy water stoups is to be suspended.

5. Shared hymn books and Mass books should ideally not be used at this time (we are working on this – Fr Hugh)


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First Sunday in Lent

Temptation of ChristThen if Satan on us press…Grant we may not faint nor fall! We are all tempted to sin. It is part of life. But we can fight against it. We can defeat it. In some ways we all experience each of the temptations that the devil put before Jesus. The devil wanted Jesus to trust in His own power, rather than that of the Father. He wanted Him to change rocks into bread. We can be tempted to trust in ourselves instead of trusting in God. He tempted Jesus to jump from the Temple parapet. We are tempted to force God into action instead of simply trusting in Him to care for us. We cannot fall because of the temptation to think we can do everything ourselves. We must trust in God. We must need to have faith. Of course, we must do our best to provide for our future and that of our loved ones, but ultimately, we rely on the Lord to take care of us. We can resist the temptation to push God out of our lives. This call to faith is not easy. We ask the Lord today to protect us from the temptations of the world: Lord, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.


cafodCAFOD Lent Family Fast Day on Friday 6 March is the 60th anniversary of the first Family Fast Day led by our founding mothers and, as it has been for sixty years, is an opportunity to reach out and support highly-skilled local experts around the world who help the poorest members of our global family. Please collect your Family Fast Day envelope this week and give whatever you can to help experts like Sister Consilia – a nun and trained pharmacist who treats people in rural Zimbabwe – continue their vital work. Thank you



THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed on each Friday of Lent at 11.30 am in the Church. Please join us.



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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jan_Brueghel_the_Elder_-_The_Sermon_on_the_Mount_-_Google_Art_ProjectLove your enemies and pray for those who persecute you!

Today’s Gospel is from the powerful Sermon on the Mount and Jesus calls on us to look inside ourselves.  If we allow hateful thoughts to overtake us, we cannot be people of peace.  If we nurture memories of the times that we were hurt and convince ourselves that we have a right to vengeance, our lives will be in continual turmoil.  Jesus tells us to adopt a new way of thinking and living, a way that is radically opposed to the way of the world.  He tells us to turn the other cheek: that’s hard. He tells us to love our enemies: that’s harder still. He tells us to be pleasant with those who attack us, to live in peace with all, even those who hate us.  Others may or may not change their ways, but we cannot allow their actions to change us.  We cannot allow others to steal the joy we have in being united to Jesus. We need to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect; perhaps perfect might be better translated wholesome or sincere. If we do our best to be wholesome on the inside, our lives will be full of the Joy of the Lord.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 26th February is Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting and abstinence and the first day of Lent.  The distribution of ashes will be celebrated in church at 12.15pm & 7pm.  There will also be Mass in school at 9.15 am.


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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sermon on MountI came not to abolish the Law and the Prophets but to fulfil them.  Saint Matthew’s Gospel was written primarily for Christians who had belonged to the Jewish community.  His Gospel is structured with many references to the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament.)  In it there are five main talks or discourses of the Lord modelled on the five books of the Torah.  The first main discourse of the Law is the most important – the Sermon on the Mount.  Just as Moses went up Mount Sinai to bring the Ten Commandments, God’s Law to the people, Jesus climbs the mountain of the Beatitudes to present the New Law to the people.  The attitudes and lifestyles of the Christian must reflect the Law.  We are called to be selfless givers, to be eternal lovers of the Father.  We are called to rejoice in His presence in our families, and not to be minimalists in the faith.  We are called to find meaning in the laws that God gave us so that our external actions might truly be a reflection of our internal attitudes.  A tall order – definitely.  That is why we go to Mass and why we pray that God, by His grace, make us be better Christians.


soupLENTEN SOUP: The First Friday of Lent is 28thFebruaryand we will be beginning the Friday Lent Soup.There is a sign-up sheet in the church porch if you would like to volunteer to provide (doesn’t have to be home-made)and serve soup on a Friday through Lent after the 12.15pm Mass. Many thanks.


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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

lightI have called you by your name… you are mine!

As Catholics we are called to bring God’s Light to the world. Our faith is not just a matter of what we believe nor is it just a matter of how we live our lives. We exist so the world might find its salvation in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Faith is a matter of what we are and who we are and we are sons and daughters of God. God, the Creator of the Universe, the One who knows what is happening on remote planets in solar systems millions of light years away from here, looks at us and says, “They are mine! They entered my family when they were baptised. I did not just give them life. I gave them my life.” Many of us are confirmed, the Lord looks on us and says, “These are the leaders of my people. They are my front line. I am giving them my Power, my Holy Spirit so they can bring others to me. They are mine and I am theirs.” What are we? We are the people of God. May we have the courage to be the people God created us to be.

RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY: This weekend the Catholic Church in England and Wales will celebrate Racial Justice Sunday – the theme is: “You are at the heart of the Church”. We will celebrate the contribution of Travelling Communities to the Church in England and Wales. It is an opportunity for us to pray for, reflect on and respond to racial justice matters within the Church and wider society. There are plenty of leaflets for this in church – please take one.

HCPT CHILDREN’S PILGRIMAGES TO LOURDES –  There will be a meeting at 12 noon on Saturday 15th February in the parish centre if you are interested in finding out more details about the HCPT & Lourdes Pilgrimages.

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The Presentation of the Lord

candlesSome years ago now, the Church changed today’s feast from a Feast of Mary, the Purification, to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Since Simeon called Jesus the Light of the Nations, this feast is also the day that candles are blessed and for that reason is sometimes called Candlemas. In the Eastern Church, today’s feast is called the Feast of the Encounter; the first encounter of the Old Testament, represented by Simeon, Anna and the Temple, with the New Testament represented by the Lord. Jesus is presented in the Temple following the ancient Jewish Laws. In the New Law of the Kingdom of God, Jesus’ own body will become the New Temple. For us any encounter with the Lord is a step into the spiritual; a step into New Life. The material things we have now will be lost at the end of our lives, but Christ and His love and the way we love Him in others, that is the new life that is forever. On this Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, we ask God to transform us from people tied to the material to those whose encounters with Christ leads us to live for the new, for the spiritual.

We will be having a POWER OF ATTORNEY AND DNR MEETING in the parish centre on Saturday 8th February at 10.30am.  We will be joined by a nurse and a doctor who will talk to us about the use of Power of Attorney and ‘do not resuscitate’ forms.  If this may be of use or helpful to you please do come along.

The latest Parish Magazine is now available.  Paper copies are in church or you can download your copy here    Parish Magazine Issue 5 Winter 2020

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fishermanPeter and Andrew, James and John heard the Lord’s call, dropped everything and followed Him.  They weren’t the sort of people anyone would suspect of being religious; they were simple fishermen.   They weren’t the sort of people anyone would suspect could convince others to change their lives nor were they the sort of people that anyone would suspect could take the position of leadership in the conversion of the world – but they were!  They responded to a call and God worked His wonders through them. They, and their companions, weren’t an easy bunch to train in the Lord’s way. They wanted Jesus to call down fire and brimstone on the Samaritans.  They fought over who would have the greatest authority in the Kingdom of heaven.  They ran in fear when Jesus was arrested.  There must have been times when Mary just rolled her eyes!  But they did learn and as a result we are here, members of the Church.  The disciples had a secret teacher, a mystical teacher; they had the Holy Spirit.  Filled with the Holy Spirit they were able to transform their lives and convey the joy of serving Christ to their companions…  …and so can we!

Corpus Christi clipartFirst Holy Communion Children

This weekend we welcome the children who are setting out on their journey to making their First Holy Communion.  The first part of their journey will be to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Please keep them all in your prayers as they are presented to the parish today.


Delight at new latrines!  Parishioners at Sitima Parish extend their greetings and sincere thanks to the parishioners of Holy Trinity and St George for their generosity in funding the build of two new latrines and the restoration of others.

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

LambofGodToday’s Gospel follows the Baptism of Jesus; John tells us that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  Saint Paul points out that Jesus came that we might be holy, for Paul being holy is being set aside for God.   Jesus suffered death and rose again to give us His life, setting us aside for God:  He died so we can be holy.    Holiness is not something that we do; it is something that Jesus has done for us.  He made us holy.  We all want to have wonderful, full lives; how can we live life to its fullest?  How, basically, by committing ourselves to God and abandoning ourselves to His Truth. This is how we respond to the call to be holy.  Behold, the Lamb of God, who accepted the way that would lead to the cross.  He is calling us to join Him and sacrifice ourselves for others.  John said that he saw the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus.  The Spirit has descended upon us too, calling us by name to trust in God; calling us to be lights in the world, lights guiding others to Jesus.


SITIMA DELIGHT AT NEW LATRINES: Parishioners at Sitima Parish extend their greetings and sincere thanks to the parishioners of Holy Trinity and St George for their generosity in funding the build of two new latrines and the restoration of others.

Sitima Parish is very rural, covering around 40 square miles south east of Zomba in Malawi and actually has eight Catholic churches forming the parish. The main church in Sitima is dedicated to St Joseph and it is here that the new latrines have been built.

Sitima parishioners say Zikomo kwambiri’ (thank you very much).


email-clipart-17EMAIL: We are compiling a list of email addresses to send the weekly bulletin and also the parish magazine. If you haven’t already given your details to the parish office and would like to receive items by email then please put your name on the list in church. Options are ‘bulletin’, ‘magazine’, ‘both’


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The Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of the LordJesus saw John baptizing.  He saw people there with John, sincere people, responding to John’s call to plunge into a new way of living. Jesus went down into the water and was baptized.  And the voice from heaven rang out, “This is my Beloved Son with Whom I am well pleased.”   Take the plunge!  All of us have to seize the day to take advantage of the moments that God gives us to allow us to change our lives and His world. We seize the day to prepare for tomorrow. There are many graced moments in our lives.  There are many times that we can allow God to draw us closer to Him. Some of these times are obvious, like confirmation, marriage, the celebration of the critical moments in the faith life of our children and grandchildren.  There are other times that might not seem so obvious, ordinary times when we are called to make the ordinary extraordinary by seizing the day, respond to God’s call and plunge into the river.  We are called to seize the day and be One with all who are seeking the Kingdom of God.  May Jesus, baptized by John, give us the courage to join Him in the Jordan River.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS 2020 – The first meeting, which is for the parents of the First Holy Communion children, is on Wednesday 15th January at 7.30pm in the parish centre.   We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

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