Parish Priest - Father Anton's Weekly Column

Twenty- Fifth Sunday of the Year B

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Last week we celebrated the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross and the following day the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.  The Exultation of the Holy Cross is a Feast Day kept by my Congregation of Priests and Brothers.  It reminds us that while we believe in the love of Jesus we also know that true love has a cost.  And in the case of Jesus it cost him his young life.  We are also aware that his mother Mary would have suffered grievously to see her son die in front of her.  So the two Mass days follow on in respect and honour.  Both Jesus and his mother Mary continue to serve us in the heavenly realms.  October is the month of Mary when the church encourages us to pray the rosary in thanksgiving for all the love, service and self-sacrifice Mary has given and the care that she now takes of the church.

May I remind people that when coming to church there is still a need to wear face masks and to practise social distancing.  Also please sanitise your hands when you enter the building and take note of what the ushers might tell you. 

Please remember that for Ashley you still need to book places for the mid-week Mass on Wednesday 11.30 a.m.  This is due to the smallness of the building!

At the end of Masses at Clayton we still ask you to leave by the side door.  If you have any difficulty in walking you can remain in your bench and when the church is clear the ushers will allow you to leave by the main door.  We want to avoid people crowding in the porch area.

To help this all along we are having coffee in the hall after the ten o’clock Mass.  Please be mindful of one another when queuing for coffee and tea (wear a mask at that time and socially distance until you reach your group at table).

Also, by way of opening up the School is having an outdoor Social Event.  It will take place on Saturday September 25th from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  All are welcome to the event.  There will be a number of attractions and I believe a bar as well.

Please keep in your prayers Guiseppe Caci whose funeral is on Friday.  Please pray for the repose of his soul and consolation of his family.  Attendance is by family invitation only due to a limitation on numbers. 

God bless you and keep you safe in his care.

Father Anton s.c.j.