As the new Parochial Administrator of Saint Patrick’s Church and Parish Community, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. All that we do here as a parish community is about living the Gospel of Christ and proclaiming his Good News to those who come here and all whom we encounter through the ordinary lives we lead.
Our Church is a Welcoming Community, and we will be delighted for you to join us as you come to enter into the stillness and tranquillity of the church for worship or a moment of prayer. The website and our Twitter Feed allow you to enter into the life of the Community – albeit digitally and virtually – so as to connect you with the people who use this place regularly and find their sense of peace here, too. Just check on the opening times of the Church through the newsletter.
The website and Twitter posts are not, though, just about offering information; they are about keeping people in touch with the parish community and with one another. This time of COVID-19 has seen parish boundaries stretched not just across a city but across countries. It has been so good to welcome people back to Mass across the Season of Lent and heart-warming to see so many at the Easter Vigil.
Do come and visit. You’ll find the opening times of the church on the weekly newsletter and whilst they may be limited, the Church does offer you the chance to come into the presence of God and know that he is near. As things change week by week nationally, you’ll find we are open to enable you to find something of God’s peace and presence in this beautiful place.
May the God who seeks to reveal the immensity of his love for us remind each of us – always – that he is near.
Yours in Christ
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 17 October 2021
The Pharisees are putting a trick question to Jesus, as is clear in Matthew’s fuller account in his gospel. They knew the Law, which permitted divorce, and they will quote this Law to Jesus. The Law allowed divorce for ‘indecency’, but teachers were divided about what this meant: did it mean adultery or a lesser fault? So their real question is: what does Jesus consider grounds for divorce? As so frequently in his discussions with the legal experts, Jesus’ response goes beyond and much deeper than a simple answer to the question: God made man and woman such that they should bond together permanently and become one thinking, living being. The word used for one ‘body’, or one ‘flesh’, really means one entity, not a hunk of meat, but a single, vibrant personality. God’s intention was not that the two should be separable again. So Jesus does not answer the question about grounds for divorce at all. It is striking that here – and on other occasions too – Jesus’ authority is such that he feels able to alter the sacred Law of Moses. For the Jews the Law of Moses was God’s own gift, sacred and unalterable by any human authority. By altering it, by annulling the permission for divorce under certain circumstances, Jesus is implicitly claiming divine authority.
Saturday 16 October: Vigil Mass 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4-4:30pm Sacrament of Reconciliation, 5:00pm Holy Mass.
Sunday 17 October: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, No Mass
Monday 18 October: St Luke, Evangelist, 12.00 Noon Mass
Tuesday 19 October: St Paul of the Cross, 9.30 pm Mass
Wednesday 20 October: No Mass
Thursday 21 October: No Mass
Friday 22 October: St John Paul II, pope, 6:00pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 6:30pm Holy Mass
Saturday 23 October: Vigil World Mission Sunday, 4-4:30pm Sacrament of Reconciliation, 5:00pm Holy Mass.