Differences add richness: St Paul saw the Church as being a corporate body: various people, each with unique identities, talents, different skills and abilities, all contributing to bringing the Good News to others. Our differences became evident early in our marriage; these differences can be problematic or add richness to our relationship. The outcome depends on whether our choices are selfish or ‘us’ focussed (http://www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)
On Saturday 22nd June, please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia in this country. Your prayer and fasting is urgently needed, and it really does save lives. For details of our live saving work see (www.GoodCounselNetwork.com)
Recently, at least three bicycles have been stolen, in broad daylight, from the surroundings of the church during Masses. The thieves are without shame and happily bring bolt cutters with them.
Please take care when leaving your bicycle here at any time. We are looking into ways of increasing security but, as with all vehicles, we have to ask you to take final responsibility for your own bike’s/car’s safety and security.
“Jesus had told his disciples: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). That is exactly what happened. Those disciples, at first fearful, huddled behind closed doors even after the Master’s resurrection, are transformed by the Spirit and, as Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “they bear witness to him” (cf. Jn 15:27). No longer hesitant, they are courageous and starting from Jerusalem, they go forth to the ends of the earth. Timid while Jesus was still among them, they are bold when he is gone, because the Spirit changed their hearts.”
Pope Francis, Pentecost 2018
Please continue to pray for the children preparing for their first Holy Communion. The Mass is on Saturday 8th June and we want to encourage and support our children in every way possible.
Our diocese has a well-established network with many trained and experienced spiritual directors. These individuals are available to accompany people on their faith journey. If you would like more information on spiritual guidance, or the Network, please visit the website www.abdiocese.org.uk.
There is a GRANDPARENTS’ PILGRIMAGE TO WEST GRINSTEAD on Wednesday 12th June, from 10.30am to 3.00pm. Mass with Bishop Richard and opportunity to visit the Secret Chapel. More information and to book at Rosie.Read@abdiocese.org.uk.
Bishop Richard invites you to join him in celebrating the great Pentecost Vigil Mass with New Catholics at Arundel Cathedral on Saturday 8th June at 5.00pm.
Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.
St Augustine (429-495)
LORD OF THE HARVEST,
- BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call. Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.
- INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving—for vocations blossom in the good soil of faithful people.
- INSTILL those in religious life, parish ministries, and families with the confidence and grace to invite others to embrace the bold and noble path of a life consecrated to you.
- UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament, so that we may cooperate with you in building your reign of mercy and truth, of justice and peace. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.