As you know we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration on the 6th. The great Feast of glory and unapproachable light. It was also the 75th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. That too was an explosion of light. That light brought death and destruction. I was watching on YouTube a short film about the trees that survived the blast, and still survive to this day. Cuttings from the trees are taken to other parts of the world and planted. They have become symbols of peace for our world.
We pray especially for the people of Beirut, after the terrible explosion. It is amazing to watch everyone working together to clear away the debris, and so to begin again.
I shall be visiting the prison for the first time since March. The lay Chaplain has been going in three days a week since then. Please remember prisoners, their families, and all who work for the prison service. We also pray for those on holiday.
As we approach the great Solemnity of the Assumption, may Our Lady intercede for us all in these times of doubt and uncertainty.
Fr. Michael ocds
'Do you seek God? But you already have Him! Go down into yourself, or rather, let Him make Himself at home in you. Allow the Kingdom of God, which rests in the mysterious sanctuary of your soul, to extend itself there, to install itself there. Let God be free and sovereign within you. You have eternal life, let it take you over. You have nothing other to do than allow that life that is in you to penetrate all things.' (Dom Paul Delatte osb).
Memorial of St. Claire of Assisi (1193-1253), August 11th.
St.Clare wrote to her Franciscan Sister Agnes of Prague: " What you hold, may you continue to hold, what you do, may you keep doing and not stop, but with swift pace, nimble step, and feet that do not stumble so that even your walking does not raise any dust. "May you go forward tranquilly, joyfully, briskly, and cautiously along the path of happiness. Trusting in no one and agreeing with no one because he might want to dissuade you from pursuing your founding purpose or might place a stumbling block in your way, preventing you, in that perfection with which the Spirit of the Lord has called you, to fulfilling your vows to the Most High. If you suffer with Him, you will reign with Him." (Second Letter to St. Agnes)
Mass times - Sundays
ST. EDMUND CAMPION, WATLINGTON 9.30 a. m.
CHAPEL OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY, STONOR PARK 10.30 a.m.
Seating is very restricted. Attendance is by invitation at the present time.
Mass times - Weekdays
WEEKDAY MASSES IN WATLINGTON OPEN TO PARISHIONERS AND OTHERS WHO WISH TO ATTEND
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St Edmund Campion Roman Catholic Church, No.2 Watcombe Rd, Watlington OX49 5QJ T: 01491 612431