Thought for the Week
We tend to think of the Annunciation as focusing on the angel telling Mary what is about to happen. But I’d like to suggest another Annunciation in this scene from Luke. It’s not what the angel says to Mary. It’s what Mary says to the angel. It is the moment when Mary declares her consent — surrendering to God’s will, sacrificing herself and her life for Him and, ultimately, for us. Behold, she announces. I am His. It is that “Annunciation within the Annunciation” that, I think, speaks to all of us. It is dramatic. It is humbling. And it is ours. Because in that moment, if we let her, Mary speaks for all of us. We aren’t all going to encounter angels, announcing to us that we are going to be part of salvation history. But we all can declare our own desire to continue what Mary began – our desire to help bring Christ into the world. And it starts, as it did with Mary, by giving ourselves over to God’s will for us – His surprising, sometimes challenging plan for us. We can also, like Mary, help make Christ manifest. We can help him to be born once again into our world – a world desperately in need of mercy. And charity. And compassion. And hope. We can remind others of “Emmanuel” – that God is with us. That is our call — not just at Christmas, but every day. Fr David
We have produced an ADVENT NEWSLETTER - To download please click the following link, Advent Newsletter 2014
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We are keen to enrol and train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.
We urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.
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Something Different For Advent
"Something Different for Advent" - An Advent DIY Retreat for busy people. Each of the 4 Saturday's of Advent we'll post the reflection sheet for that week - On them there simple and practical suggestions, reflections, actions, based on the Sunday Gospel. Feel free to use, share & pass on. Why not try it yourself and gift yourself 5 minutes each day in your preparations for Christmas!! Hope you enjoy it.
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