Pastor's Desk: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone. The Gospel today is very challenging. Jesus says very clearly; “No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.” Jesus’ message is not that money in itself is evil. What He is saying is that money can be a great power for good if we control it, and not money, and its pursuit, controlling us. In this parish we have physical monuments to avarice, the pursuit of money, in places like Priory Hall, but each of us needs to reign in our lust for material things and learn to use money for the greater good.
Novena of Grace March 4th-12th
Our Novena of Grace in honour of St. Francis Xavier begins this week on Tuesday. The Parish Pastoral Council has put together a very impressive line-up of preachers for us all. If at all possible do come to all nine Masses; it helps if you have a particular intention you wish to pray for over the course of the Novena. We pray that these Novena days will be a particular Grace in each of our lives and also in the life of the Parish.
Ash Wednesday 5th March (Day to fast & abstain from meat)
Wednesday of this week is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday we will have two Masses: 10.00am and 7.30pm (Day 2 of Novena of Grace)
Blessed Ashes will be distributed at both Masses to mark the beginning of our Lenten observance. Ash Wednesday is one of only two days the Church asks us to reduce our food intake and to avoid eating meat altogether. The other day is Good Friday.