I bow to the sacred in all creation. May my spirit fill the world with beauty and wonder. May my mind seek truth with humility and openness. May my heart forgive without limit. May my love for friend, enemy and outcast be without measure. May my needs be few and my living simple. May my actions bear witness to the suffering of others. May my hands never harm a living being. May my steps stay on the journey of justice. May my tongue speak for those who are poor without fear of the powerful. May my prayers rise with patient discontent until no child is hungry. May my life’s work be a passion for peace and nonviolence. May my soul rejoice in the present moment. May my imagination overcome death and despair with new possibility. And may I risk reputation, comfort and security to bring this hope to the children. Mary Lou Kownacki, Pax Christi USA
Next Sun 26th January has been designated by the Bishop’s Conference as “Sunday of the Word” within this Year of the Word which began in Advent 2019.There will be a special Liturgy at each Mass, where we will bless & distribute copies of St Matthew’s Gospel (the Gospel for 2020) to each family in the Parish & we will mark the occasion by recommissioning those Ministers of the Word who can be with us. This coming week we will have a Collective Worship in St Benedict’s Primary School, where copies of the Gospel will be blessed and given to each child & member of Staff.
Last Tuesday our joint Parish Finance Committee met, & last Wednesday a combined meeting of the Coordinating Group & the Vision Group met to take forward further initiatives in relation to the process of amalgamating our three Churches. Some fine ideas emerged & we will be on a position to bring these to you soon; there is a likelihood of another Parish Lunch in the near future. Please keep these three groups in your prayers as they help us in our journey forward at this moment of transition & change.
We will be contacting the parents of those children in St Benedict’s Primary School in Class 3 who are eligible for their First Holy Communion this year, on the Feast of Corpus Christi Sun 14th June 2020. If you are aware of any child of similar age at schools other than SBPS who would like to receive their First Communion & join with our preparation course, which will begin next month, please ask their parents to be in touch with me very soon.
Some statistics on migrancy for information & for your prayers please: Migrants crossing the Channel to enter the UK increased six fold in 2019. 1800 successfully crossed in small vessels compared with 300 in 2018. In 2019 statistics published by the Border Agency showed 27,000 migrants attempted to enter by stowing away on commercial lorries from the Continent. The UK hosts less than 1% of the world’s refugees. With my love & prayers Fr Bede.