Pope Francis' intention for September - that the planet's resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
September is passing so quickly! The church is beginning to be very cold in the morning!
Next Sunday there will be a second collection for CAFOD. There has obviously been a huge fall in the amount of donations that have been received over the past few months. To quote from the CAFOD newsletter: "Coronavirus has affected every country we work in. In countries like Brazil where the disease spread rapidly, many have died of the virus."
A three point plan has been put together under the headings : "SURVIVE, REBUILD, HEAL." If you would like to help to facilitate this plan, please give generously. If you wish to give a cheque, then please make payable to 'CAFOD.'
There is also a Candlelight Fund. It is a special way of donating in memory of a loved one. For more details visit www.cafod.org.uk/candlelight.
With all good wishes and prayers,
Fr. Michael odcs
Thoughts on holiness
'Before ever any of God's creatures longs for holiness, God Himself longs for every single one of His creatures to be holy. The ground of love, as St. John says, lies not in our love for God but in His having loved us from the beginning. 'In other words, at the very centre of the universe is a loving Heart whose longings are the source of our own hearts' longings. Hence our own longings can never be in vain, because they correspond with reality, with the that Heart upon which our universe is centred.'
Donald Nicholl 'Holiness', Darton, Longman and Todd 1981
Our precious earth
These words of my old friend Donald, lead us directly to Pope Francis and 'Laudato Si.' At the opening of the encyclical, Pope Francis quotes from recent Popes on the global environment, world peace, and the misuse of creation. In Article 7 Pope Francis writes :"These statements of the Popes echo the reflections of numerous scientist, philosophers, theologians, and civic groups... To give just one striking example, I would mention the statements made by the beloved Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, with whom we share the hope of full ecclesial communion." He quotes the Patriarch: "For inasmuch as we all generate small ecological damage, we are called to to acknowledge our contribution, smaller or greater, to the disfigurement and destruction of creation. " A little later the Patriarch writes: "For human beings... to destroy the biological diversity of God's creation, for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earths' waters, its land, its air, and its life - these are sins. "For to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God."
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 AT -9.30 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