Parish Priest - Father Anton Column
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is just two and a half weeks to the celebration of the Birth of Christ. We light the second of the Advent Candles as a sign that our spiritual journey is well under way. With so little time it is important to try and focus on our spiritual preparedness. It is a time for healing and strengthening the bond between ourselves and Christ. After each Mass this weekend there is the opportunity to receive an anointing, that we be healed of any ailment, whether it be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. “If there are any among you who are sick let the priests pray over them in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (James 5:14..) Also Advent is a time for Confession to purify our souls ready for Christmas Day. Our Penitential Service at Clayton is on Tuesday 17th at 7.15 p.m. Confessions are Saturday mornings 10.30 – 11.30 a.m.
Next week will be Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday for we will be over half way through Advent. In Italy it is also Bambilleni Sunday, a time when people bring their infant Jesus’ to be blessed for Christmas. We will be blessing the Baby for our Crib and invite the children to bring any infant figures of Jesus to be blessed next Sunday along with our church’s infant Jesus.
Thank you last week for all the support for the Winter Fayre, as well as being an enjoyable occasion with plenty of people crowding the halls, it raised a goodly sum of over £2,800, to be shared between parish and parish school needs. Thank you to all the organisers for the results of their smooth co-operation and work together.
Thank you also to all our helpers who organised the Parish Supper at Ashley. It seems that a great time was had by all. The fish and chips were very tasty and the following games got more and more entertaining. Well done and thank you!
This week we will have the elections – let us pray for our country so that the future will be brighter and that people can get back to planning their lives and that the economy will strengthen for the good of all.
Once more I ask your prayers for little Thiago who died last week. He was but nine months old and is a sad loss to family and all who knew him. Please pray for him and his family!
May God bless and keep us all in his care!
Father Anton s.c.j.