So, we now have some idea about coming out of Lockdown. It gives us all something to look forward to. A number of us have now had our first 'jab.' The logistics of the whole operation are quite amazing. We have much to be grateful for.
There are a number of requests for Baptisms and also for a wedding. So things are beginning to pick up again. The numbers at Sunday Mass remain quite constant for both Watlington and Stonor. I hope you had a chance to examine the parish finances. We are so fortunate to have a trust fund to support us in these times.
All good wishes and prayers,
Fr. Michael odcs
Masses are celebrated every day at St Edmund Campion Watlington at 0930 On Saturdays mass is at 10am Stations of the Cross There will be stations of the cross after the Saturday mass during Lent, starting at around 1030
POPE FRANCIS LETTER FOR LENT 2021 (continued)
"To experience Lent in hope entails growing in the realisation that, in Jesus Christ, we are witnesses of new times, in which God is 'making all things new' ( Rev. 21 v 1-6).It means receiving the hope of Christ, who gave His life on the cross and was raised by God on the third day, and always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who calls us to account for the hope that is in us. "(1Peter 3 v 15) "To experience Lent with love means caring for those who suffer or feel abandoned and fearful because of the Covid - 19 pandemic. In these days of deep uncertainty about the future, let us keep in mind the Lord's word to His Servant: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you.' (Isaiah 43 v 1).In our charity, may we speak words of reassurance and help others to realise that God loves them as sons and daughters. " "Only a gaze transformed by charity can enable the dignity of others to be recognized and, as a consequence, the poor to be acknowledged and valued in their dignity, respected in their identity and culture, and thus truly integrated into society. " (Fratelli Tutti 187).
FEASTS DURING THE COMING WEEK
Monday March 1st. Feast of St. David, Bishop, Patron of Wales.
Tuesday March 2nd. Feast of St. Chad, Patron of the Archdiocese.
Friday March 5th. First Friday Women's World Day of Prayer
FR. GERRY HUGHES SJ OH GOD WHY?.....
On prayer: "What is God's will for you now? It is precisely where you are at the moment, in this place, in this family, community, work, with this temperament, these gifts, abilities, disabilities, and sinful tendencies. "It is from this point, and from no other, that you are to find Him and it is from these circumstances that you shall be glorified and from no others. This does not mean that we have to stay where we are and as we are. "Our feelings of discontent are His nudgings, encouraging us to change our situation, or to change the way we perceive it. The only way we can find Him is by starting from where we are, otherwise we are like the person who, on being asked directions to a village began with : 'If I were you, I wouldn' t start from here. '"
PAT LYNE OCDS R.I.P.
Pat was born at Enfield in 1929. She was educated at a convent school, though she was not from a Catholic family. Pat became a Catholic at Easter 1951.She led a remarkable life in many ways. Her work as a member of the Legion of Mary led her to the U. S. A., Russia and Iceland. In 1980 she became a professed member of the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order. This meant that she, as a lay person, lived according to the prayer and traditions of the Discalced Carmelites. PaT lived as the extern person responsible for the needs of the Carmelite nuns at Presteigne, in North Wales. She faithfully served the community for five years. She lived nearby at her beloved Combe Cottage. Pat was always surrounded by her animal friends - dogs, cats donkeys, and ponies. In the course of her long life, Pat. became an authority on two things :St. Theresia Benedicta of the Cross OCD(the Jewish philosopher and martyr Edith Stein), and Connemara ponies. She was a world authority on the latter. It is quite a combination! She wrote books on both subjects. It was always a delight to meet with Pat. She had so many friends in different parts of the world. Pat had very strong opinions on many things! Her Requiem will be celebrated at the former Carmelite Convent Chapel in Presteigne. The celebrant will be a Carmelite, Fr. Jerome OCD. Pat. could not have asked for more! May she rest in peace and rise in glory. See PAT. LYNE OCDS EDITH STEIN DISCOVERED - a personal portrait. Published by Gracewing. 2000.
BOOKS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
These are published on by CTS.
Fr. Ivano Millico, Seeing the Pandemic with Eyes of Faith - Seven Prophets for Our Time, £5.95
Carl E. Olsen, Praying the Our Father in Lent, £3.50
Portrait of Floella and Sir Galahad, brown bantams, by June McColm
Floella is a small, brown bantam hen who lives in a poultry pen in a field high up in the Chilterns at Christmas Common. She shares her pen with her husband, Sir Galahad, and three pen-friends, and belongs to Judith Crockett.
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