The other evening I noticed that the security light had just come on outside the back door. I opened the door not to find a cat, or a human 'intruder' but a baby hedgehog! 'He' was very welcome, fleas and all!
We have begun to celebrate Mass again in the prison for small groups. I celebrated two Masses on Wednesday. There is a great advantage with a smaller number. I used to find 60 a little too large to relate to.
I am pleased to say that one of the Permanent Deacons has kindly agreed to help out. We have not been able to provide pastoral provision for Catholic prisoners for a month.
Sister Teresa, the former Prioress of the Carmelite Monastery at Quidenham in Norfolk, has joined us for Mass this week. She is staying locally. Some of you may have read books by another former Prioress there. She writes under the name of 'Ruth Burrows.'
Sister Wendy Beckett also lived at the Monastery for many years. Sister Elizabeth Ruth Obbard ocd, yet a other member of that community, has written and illustrated many of the classics of Carmelite spirituality. They are all simplified versions of the original texts, and very helpful to those interested in Carmelite writing. They are available from the Carmelite Book Service at Boars Hill, Oxford.
Next Sunday we celebrate All Saints. That is a real sign of the passing of the year.
With prayers and remembrance at daily Mass,
Fr. Michael odcs
MASSES FOR THE DECEASED
November Masses for the Deceased: if you would like to request a Mass for members of your family, or indeed prayers at Mass, do let me know.
JOHNSON FUND ANNUAL COLLECTION
Next Sunday there is the annual collection for sick, and retired clergy of the Archdiocese. There are a growing number of clergy in this situation. Your generous donations will be
ALL SOULS DAY
Mass will be celebrated in Watlington at 9.30 a. m and 7.0 p.m Mass at Stonor Park will be at 10.30 a. m.
Pope St. John Paul 2 on Christian Spirituality
"So often today human beings do not know what lies within themselves in the depths of their souls and hearts. So often they are uncertain of the meaning of their lives on this earth. They are attacked by doubt and the doubt turns into despair. I ask you, implore you humbly and confidently :allow "Christ to speak to you. Only He has the words of life, yes, of life that is eternal! I ask you therefore, to meditate on it and to act so that Christ's words of life may reach every human being and be received as a message of hope, salvation, and complete liberation. "
I was talking to one of the prisoners on Wednesday. He told me how he liked to read the Bible. I asked him which books. He replied the Psalms were one of his favourite. This quotation is for him:
"For decades now and every day within them I have been singing the psalms - scores and scores of them, hours of each day. I sing them all - every one - and then start them all over again. (There are 150 of them). And I have become a long line of words, an arc of sound, a tone that tries to span the dividing spaces that keep the world from what can save us. "I do not get across. I call from the far side. I stretch all my being into the narrow lines that say those right and only words, words that every day trace our fall and point the path of return. I crawl over every word. I grope my way over and around every syllable, each phrase."
(Dom Jeremy Driscoll osb 'From a Monk' s Alphabet.)
Mass times - Sundays
ST. EDMUND CAMPION, WATLINGTON 9.30 a. m.
CHAPEL OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY, STONOR PARK 10.30 a.m.
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