The Father sent his Son out of his immeasurable love for us sinners. He sent him to free us from the tyrannical power of the devil, to invite us to heaven & lead us into its innermost sanctuary. He was sent to show us truth itself, to teach us how we should live, to share with us the source of all goodness, to enrich us with the treasures of his grace. Finally, he was sent to make us sons of the father& heirs to eternal life. The Church calls this mystery to mind each year to stir us to renew constantly our memory of the great love God has shown us. This commemoration teaches us that our Saviour came not only for the benefit of the people of his own time. His goodness is still there for us to share in. But, for our part, through faith & the sacraments we must lay hold on the grace he won for us & live by it in obedience to him. The Church wants us to understand that as he came once into the world in the flesh, so now, if we remove all barriers, he is ready to come to us again at any minute or hour, to make his home spiritually within us in all his grace. (The Pastoral Letters of St Charles Borromeo)
This Saturday (1st Dec) the Vision Group gathered to shape an initial draft of the Vision Statement, which will be brought back to us for comment & clarification later in Advent. Please keep the Group as well as each & every one of us in your prayers at this first moment of Advent.
Could I please bring to your attention St Benedict’s Primary School Christmas Fair which takes place in the Parish Hall after Mass this Sunday? St Benedict’s Society PTA do great work in financing special projects for our children, including recently ensuring we have full IT provision, & we would appreciate you support for the Fair as it supports a new round of initiatives. You will notice both outside School & our Parish Hall we have banners sharing the good news of our recent Section 48 RE Inspection in which we were judged “Good with some outstanding features.” In this Advent season of waiting & expectancy, we look forward to seeing our School continue to grow impressively in faith & learning.
This weekend we launch our Advent Appeal with St Hilda’s for the Apostleship of the Sea. For the last few years we have collected shoe boxes which have been filled with small essentials & treats, which are delivered to the Port Chaplain at Hull Docks, Anne McLaren, a few days before Christmas, so that she can ensure that seafarers have the enjoyment of opening one of our wrapped shoeboxes at sea on Christmas morning. Please source a shoebox & bring it to Church by Sun 16th Dec. St Benedict’s Primary School will be involved in a similar venture involving woolly hats & small gifts.
I would like to thank our many young people who were able to share Mass with us last Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King & Youth Sunday. It was a joy to have them among us for their singing & engagement, with a special mention for Anna Lawford-Davies & Tatie Hewitt who read & compiled our Prayers of the Faithful. Please pray for them, & in particular at this time for Luke Allisstone who travels to Tanzania in East Africa on Wednesday for a seven month placement in his Gap Year, where he will be working on a farm which also supports an orphanage. We are blessed as a Parish to have so many of our young disciples who go out regularly & quietly to help others in all sorts of situations, & in doing so take Christ & receive Christ in person. With my love & prayers, Fr Bede.