Parish Priest - Father Anton's Weekly Column

Nineteenth Sunday Year C Year C

As we now return to our original Mass times both at Ashley and Clayton I would like to offer my deep and sincere thanks to our “Church Opening Team” who have worked with me over the last year and a half to supervise and organise Masses and Services. Thank you also to the support teams who have gathered and helped cover, clean and prepare both Churches for Masses. Thank you also to everyone giving their support in other areas where there have been complications caused by the present situation.

Thank you also to the various people who have helped with the live streaming. When there were no open churches the numbers hit several hundred a week watching. Since then the numbers are less but very much appreciated by the sick and housebound. When I am able to visit they express both their thanks and a wonder at the new things that happen in life these days. It is all part of spreading the Word of God and keeping the faith alive. Again God bless and thanks!

Over the next few weeks we will be welcoming Father Craig Szmidt, along with Father Thyagu Arputham from the Society of African Missions. Please help make them welcome and give them your support where needed.

We keep in our prayers John Bastion and Peter Cave who died last week. Both have been long standing and practising members of the parish and they will be missed by family and all those who knew them. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord. We also remember our recently deceased, Doctor Joseph Hapuarachi, Fred Wrigley and Aubrey Sammons.

Please note that Peter Cave’s Reception into church is Sunday September 4th and his Requiem the following day at 11 a.m. at St Werburghs.

Finally let us continue to pray for peace in the world and for better relations between all countries and powers throughout the world.

God bless and keep well and safe!

Father Anton s.c.j.