Posted 6th December 2013
Pope Francis has broken with tradition and is inviting submissions to help prepare for next October’s Special Synod. It is by no means necessary to address all the questions. It is quite sufficient to select, or even to make one’s submission on, one or more of the nine general sections. Please leave your submissions/responses in to the Parish Office before January 15th next.
Synod of Bishops Consultation Document
Posted 3rd December 2013
The Christmas Timetable is now available, and the December 2013 issue of Trinity News, which also includes the timetable, is available for download.
Posted 30th November 2013
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Welcome everyone as we begin a new year in the Church’s Calendar. Today is the First Sunday of Advent; the first Sunday in the Year A of Sunday readings which means the Gospel will predominantly come from Matthew till next November.
Advent is a very small season in the Church’s year consisting of four Sundays. The Readings of the first two weeks remind us that Jesus is the Alpha & Omega, the beginning and end of created things. The latter two Sundays get us to reflect on His coming among us as man with His birth in Bethlehem. Advent is about slowing down the pace of our lives to think more deeply about the fact that God sent His Son to us; in that way it is a preparation for Christmas.
Slowing down is very hard to do when our society is telling us to hurry up and buy all the gifts in for Christmas; make sure you have the house ready for your visitors and try to spend some time doing the rounds of family & friends! Yes this is a very busy time indeed. But if it is to retain its true meaning then we have to grasp that time for deeper reflection in our busy weeks.
The symbols we associate with Advent are all in place in our church. The Advent wreath is there with its greenery and 5 candles. We light a purple candle this Sunday to mark the movement towards the season of Christmas and the beginning of week one. The other symbol of Advent is the Jesse tree which tells the story of how God cared for His people by sending the prophets for hundreds of years before Jesus was born.
Things to do this Advent:
- Take a moment out of your day, each day, to pray to God
- Take part in the Advent Carol Service next Sunday, 8th December, beginning at 5.00pm
- Join us for the Sacrament of Confession during the Advent Penance Service on Tuesday 17th December 7.30pm
- Make a donation to the Diocesan Food Appeal for non-perishable food
Posted 28th November 2013
Pope Francis has published Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), an Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World. He begins:
“The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Churchâ€™s journey in years to come.”
Click here for the complete text.
Posted 23rd November 2013
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Solemnity of Christ the King
Welcome everyone. Today is the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year and we gather to celebrate this great Solemnity of Christ the King. The Church wants us to reflect upon what the whole of all creation is ultimately about. Our Faith tells us that Christ will return to establish the Kingdom of God and when that time comes, the world as we know it will be transformed. This is not something to be feared but rather something we long for because it means the complete fulfilment of God’s will. For us today the meaning of the feast day may be a little less clear than it was some centuries ago when there were many kingdoms in the world, each ruled by a monarch with total authority over the lives of the people who lived there. The people were called “Subjects” because they were subject to the will of their King. Today, such monarchs no longer exist as all Kings and Queens today are Heads of State in democracies and so are pretty much figureheads. For Catholics of a few centuries ago, the image of Christ the King would have been a very real and easy concept to understand; it would be the time when Christ would surpass even their own earthly King and reign forever over their lives. But Christ’s reign is based not from a throne but from the Cross. As we end the Church’s year this week we pray for the coming of the Kingdom of God.
Year of Faith
Today we also draw to a close the Year of Faith which began on 11 October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council. Over the course of that time we have had a number of initiatives to help promote the Faith. In particular I think of the beautiful Advent Prayer nights in All Saints Chapel and the very successful Novena of Grace with invited preachers last March, as well as many other events celebrated as a response to the Year of Faith. We will not have a major closing ceremony because as Pope Benedict said, “The Door of Faith is always open for us.” The challenge of living and growing in the Faith continues ever anew.
Philippines & Syria Collection
I want to thank all of our parishioners who contributed to the special collection for the Philippines and Syria last Sunday. The response was truly generous. The total collected and lodged was â‚¬6,516. Thank you one and all.