Newsletter – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Newsletter – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Newsletter – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Newsletter – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Newsletter – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Newsletter – Epiphany

Newsletter – Epiphany

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Newsletter – Holy Family

Newsletter – Holy Family

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Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Advent

Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Advent

Don’t be disappointed, but rejoice

For those of you who don’t know, we are just heading towards the end of a major restoration of this interior of this church, (See the restoration news opposite) which is due to be completed by the end of May 2018. This means we’ve had to live with a great deal of upheaval, particularly over the last few months. This year, we don’t have a Christmas tree or decorations – because, after Christmas, we have to go back into restoration mode. BUT – next year – you will be able to visit the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament and experience Christmas here in all its wonder and glory.

Our Blessed Lady Mary, pray for us

Today, the opening prayer of the Mass is as follows: Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel may, by his Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.

It is a very well-known prayer – for it is recited three times every day during the year, except during Eastertide, as the Angelus is recited. It is Catholic tradition that the Angelus, taken from the Latin Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae (The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary) is prayed at 6.00am, 12.00noon and 6.00pm as the church bell is rung. It is a time when the priest prays for all those committed to his care (originally the time of the Divine Office of Terce, Sext and None in the monastic life) – and calls them to stop where ever they are, and to recite three Hail Marys in honour of the Incarnation of the Lord – the feast we are about to celebrate at Christmas.

And our opening prayer reminds us that it is only through the cross and passion of the Lord that we shall achieve the glory of heaven. Unlike Our Lady, we find it so difficult to put self aside – our own will gets in the way of God’s desire and plan for us. It is why, unlike Mary, we shall know decay at death: we shall not be transported body and soul directly to heaven. If we are fortunate, we shall spend time in Purgatory, being purified and conformed more into the image of God, by the prayers of Our Lady and all the saints in heaven and on earth, that we might spend eternity with the Church Triumphant.

So let us use this Catholic devotion each day – it keeps us in touch with God as we ask Him to pour his grace into our hearts. Fr Alan Robinson

Spiritual Direction

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 him an email.

A thought

Today, Advent 4, is a suitable occasion to look right into our hearts, to see how we stand with God. During the week we shall be keeping the feast of Christmas. The Baby in the manger will remind us of what God has done and is still doing for us. What are we doing in return? Have we shown our gratitude by living as true followers of Christ? If most of us must answer “no,” this is the time to change our course and return to the right road once more.

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Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Let us Rejoice

Today is Gaudete Sunday: for Gaudete – rejoice – is the first word of the liturgy. Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice. The concept of rejoicing is important to us. We should rejoice for the gift of faith itself, for it is through the gift of faith we are able to appreciate the things of God. For without that gift of faith:

  • we would not recognise and rejoice in the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus at Mass and in the tabernacle.
  • we wouldn’t hear the call of God to live our life for Him.
  • we wouldn’t know the presence of God in our life in good and bad. The heart of the Christmas message: Emmanuel – God with us.

Of course, a very familiar situation when we think of the word rejoice is when we contemplate that incredible moment, when the Angel of the Lord said to Our Blessed Lady at the Annunciation, “Rejoice so highly favoured, the Lord is with you”. The Lord is with us too – when, as we thought about last week, we prepare an open away for the Lord in our hearts. Let us contemplate the Sacraments of Confession and the Mass as we prepare for this great feast.

Fr Alan Robinson

Christmas Flowers

There is a retiring collection today towards the cost of Christmas flowers – please be generous as you leave.

The Restoration – what’s left to do?

People keep asking what’s left to be done…. so here we go.

  • The heating is on today – isn’t it lovely and warm! What a blessing after all those cold Sundays.
  • In the New Year, the new floor will be installed: Victorian tiles in the aisles, wood under the pews, and marble in the sanctuary.
  • We will also be installing the new sound and induction loop system for the hard of hearing
  • Once the new floors are down, the beautifully restored pews will be delivered from Ireland.
  • The sacristies will be gutted and re-fitted – this work is much needed.
  • The remaining electrical work will be carried out – and the church lighting will be much more versatile
  • The restored and new statues will be brought into the church
  • The new chandeliers suspended from golden angels will be installed.
  • The outside of the church and house will be cleaned, re-pointed where necessary and floodlit. The window frames of the house will also be repainted.

We’re really on the home stretch… Thank you for your continuing patience. Fr Alan Robinson

Spiritual Direction

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 him an email.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 11th January and we will be joined by Fr. John Hogan, Director of the Fraternity of St. Genesius and a priest of the Diocese of Meath in Ireland, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join? Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity meets on a monthly basis for Mass, Adoration and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

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Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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.

Spiritual Direction

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.

Christmas leaflets

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.

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Newsletter – 1st Sunday of Advent

Newsletter – 1st Sunday of Advent

It’s Advent, not Christmas…. yet!

Today, the Church begins that time of watching and waiting for the coming of the Lord i.e. ADVENT. We often call it a “little Lent”, for we are asked to pull back a little, to find some time and space to prepare well for the Incarnation of the Lord. We all need to be ready for Him when He comes. As the world becomes more and more secularised, Christmas takes on a different meaning for many: one that leads to self rather than to God. You hear adverts and people speaking about the “true meaning of Christmas” as a new large-screen television for the family, laying drunk and bloated after the big lunch, rushing to the sales to get the best bargains, catching up with friends. Well, all of those things can fit into the celebrations… but at the heart of everything must be THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD. The secular focus, with little or no thought of Jesus, is as crazy as Catholics who don’t go to Mass or Confession. We’re celebrating Christmas, – but we’re not really. We’re Catholics – but we’re not really.

Advent is a time for sorting out our priorities. It’s a time to watch and pray: so that we can welcome the Lord into a heart which is full of joy and truly ready for Him

Fr Alan Robinson

The Restoration

After two weeks without, we now have heating in the Presbytery… and we’re really appreciating it! This last week, we removed the old tiles from the sanctuary floor, and on Friday last, a screed was applied. It’s still a bit of a mess, that’s why we’re using the Sacred Heart chapel this weekend for the Masses. During this coming week, the remainder of the underfloor heating will be laid in the nave and the sanctuary – and the following week it will be commissioned and turned on! Alleluia. Then we should all be warm again.

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. So again, 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.

We do have some temporary heating in place in the church – although someone stole one of the heaters during the week. 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. 🙂

Christmas leaflets

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.

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Newsletter – Christ the King

Newsletter – Christ the King

The Restoration

Each Sunday as we come to Mass it’s like a voyage of discovery! Where will we be sitting – on the left or the right of the nave? Which statues will we see? Why does the floor look so different? Is this the finished article? It’s a time of fast moving change at Corpus Christi at present. The main work presently being carried out is the installation of the underfloor heating. Half of the church has been completed; the remaining work in the nave, and then the sanctuary, commences on Monday. The two brand-spanking new boilers have been fitted in the basement of the house and are waiting to be connected to the system in the church. Unfortunately all this does mean that there are fewer pews available so you will have to sit very close to the person next to you to squeeze everyone in!

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. So again, 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.

First of all, I would like to reassure you all that, 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.

The scaffolding outside was to enable the new flues for the new boilers to be fitted: from the chimney to the basement. This has now been done. We do have some temporary heating in place in the church. 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 Spare a prayer for us in the house – we’ve had NO HEATING for a couple of weeks! Hopefully, this will be rectified on Monday! Bliss – a warm bathroom.

Catholic Schools Admissions Cap

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit catholicnews.org.uk or search for ‘Catholic Education’ to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion

If you would like to have the Sanctuary Lamps burning for your intentions, envelopes are available on the back table.

Monsignor Hoey RIP

On Saturday 25th, Fr Alan preached at the Month’s Mind Mass for Monsignor Hoey, in the Basilica at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham and then interred Mgr. Hoey’s ashes. May I please ask you to pray for the eternal happiness of this good and holy priest.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 7th December and we will be joined by Deacon Craig Aburn, Permanent Deacon of the Diocese of Portsmouth and Media Secretary to Bishop Philip Egan, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join? Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity meets on a monthly basis for Mass, Adoration and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

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