Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
St Michael, Archangel,
defend us in the hour of battle,
be our safeguard against the
wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him we humbly pray;
and do thou Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust down to hell Satan
and all the wicked spirits
who wander through the
world for the ruin of Souls.
Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael; pray for us.
Saturday, 27 September 2008
From Gascony in France, St Vincent de Paul experienced an important moment in his life when hearing the confession of a dying servant. This had a profound effect on him and led him to realise the crying spiritual needs of the poor in France.
He later went on to found the Congregation of the Mission, or the Vincentians, devoted entirely to the people in smaller towns and villages; and subsequently the Daughters of Charity.
We are very fortunate in that we have a very active SVP group here at St Ann's. Our children at St Anne's School will also be familiar with St Vincent de Paul as one of the classes is named after him. Take a bow, St Vincent's Class and enjoy your feast day!
Friday, 26 September 2008
If you are passing the church, out shopping, alone or with friends, do please drop in and 'say hello to Our Lord' who is waiting for all of us.
Tuesday: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Wednesday: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
Thursday: 7.00 am to 8.00 pm
a time for planting, a time for uprooting what has been planted.
A time for killing, a time for healing;
a time for knocking down, a time for building.
A time for tears, a time for laughter;
a time for mourning, a time for dancing.
A time for throwing stones away, a time for gathering them up;
a time for embracing, a time to refrain from embracing.
A time for searching, a time for losing;
a time for keeping a time for throwing away.
A time for tearing, a time for sewing;
a time for keeping silent, a time for speaking.
A time for loving, a time for hating;
a time for war, a time for peace.'
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
By coincidence, I also received in the post today a letter giving details of the visit of Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux to England and Wales in 2009. Looking at the itinerary, the nearest places to visit from Banstead would be Portsmouth Cathedral on 16th/17th September; Aylesford on 9th - 11th October and Westminster Cathedral on 12th- 15th October. In general the relics will arrive in the afternoon and leave in the morning. Further details may be found on this website.
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Fr McCarthy, a retired priest of our diocese, has become a regular visitor to St Ann's and is always warmly welcomed by everyone in the parish. I am very grateful for his help and his willingness to 'step in' when asked to celebrate Mass here, sometimes at fairly short notice.
Thank you Fr McCarthy!
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
The theme of the conference is, 'Where Does the Jesus Story Begin?' and will be led by Father Denis McBride CssR, a well-known scripture scholar.
Please pray for the success of the conference and for all those who are attending.
Monday, 15 September 2008
O Sweet Mother, fount of love,
Sunday, 14 September 2008
'God our Father, in obedience to you, your only Son accepted death on the Cross for the Salvation of mankind. We acknowledge the mystery of the Cross on earth. May we receive the gift of redemption in heaven.'
Monday, 8 September 2008
Our Lady, Mother of the Church and our Mother,
Pray for us
Friday, 5 September 2008
As it 'says on the tin' to coin a common phrase, it is the diary entries of a city priest, although it could apply equally well to a country priest or even a priest in a suburb like Banstead! It gives an insight into the highs and lows of the ministry of a parish priest and daily life in a parish.
'Pastor Iuventus' is a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Southwark and is currently serving in a parish in London. He is also chaplain to local hospitals and a school chaplain.
The book may be found in Christian book shops and ordered from Family Publications.
Thursday, 4 September 2008
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 3, 2008 (Zenit.org).
This has been very well expressed by the Holy Father in his message at the General Audience with pilgrims yesterday as reported by Zenit.
The Holy Father continued by saying that for us too Christianity is not a new philosophy but a meeting with Christ not necessarily in the 'luminous' way in which he showed himself to St Paul but through our encounter with Christ in the reading of Holy Scripture, in prayer and in the liturgical life of the Church.
"We can touch Christ's heart and feel him touch ours. Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we really become Christians. And in this way, our reason opens, the whole of Christ's wisdom opens and all the richness of the truth. Therefore, let us pray to the Lord to enlighten us, so that, in our world, he will grant us the encounter with his presence, and thus give us a lively faith, an open heart, and great charity for all, capable of renewing the world."
Monday, 1 September 2008
We hope this will inspire more vocations to the priesthood, especially from our own parish of St Ann's. We pray that more men will respond generously to the call of Christ.
We ask God to bless Fr Aaron in his ministry.