Moving towards God
Today, St Mark shows us John the Baptist, and the role he has in the proclamation of the Coming of the Lord during this Advent season. John is the Forerunner: the one who comes before Jesus preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Commissioned in the womb of his mother Elizabeth, John is sent out by Jesus, and comes to prepare a way of the Lord in the hearts of those who hear his message. “Make his paths straight” the Gospel tells us: be ready and open to the way of the Lord, as he comes amongst you. That’s not always easy for us: sometimes we lack the courage to give ourselves totally to the Lord. And there is one thing which always get in the way… and that’s SIN. We’re going to think about this at Mass today – and how we can get so much more out of the coming of the Lord this Christmas, by making the way straight for Him. I’m going to be John the Baptist for you, hopefully helping you to prepare a way for the Lord. So: be ready to listen!
Fr Alan Robinson
The Restoration – where are we?
A week ago, heating was restored to the Presbytery… and we’re really appreciating it! During the last week, the remainder of the underfloor heating was installed – both in the nave and the sanctuary. So it is now complete. Next week the electricians and plumbers will carry out the remaining work, so that it can be switched on (for which we will all be grateful). It’s good to have a much more normal looking and spacious church in operation. The brown tiles are NOT the final floor. On the 8th January, the work will commence on fitting the new floor: Victorian tiles in the aisles, wood under the pews, and marble in the sanctuary. While we are doing this, half of the church will be out of action each time (we’ll be very good at it by then!). Our own pews have all been restored and are ready to be returned to us after the work on the floor is complete.
Unless something VERY unexpected arises, all Mass times continue as normal. Should the church be closed for part of the day for work to continue, please note that it will reopen in time for Confessions and Mass at the advertised times.
So I hope that this week will be the last (for the time being) of the temporary heating. It is not marvellous but it does help to take the chill off the air. Put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. J.
If you’d like to come and talk about your spiritual life, as a one-off or a possibly ongoing relationship, please have a word with Fr Alan, or send an email.
Leaflets giving Christmas Mass times are available from the back of the church: why not give one to a friend.
The Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View
Westminster Cathedral is hosting an exhibition on the life of Swiss Guards providing an insight into the life and vocation of the men who guard the Holy Father. The exhibition runs until 13th December. Admission is free.