Parish Priest - Father Anton's Weekly Column

Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Over the past year life has had a time to turn in on itself or should I say the temptation has been to become very isolated in our outlook.  As things open up again we pray that lives may improve and a blessed healing process comes into play.  May we all begin to enjoy and share the presence of people in our lives!  To help us in this endeavour we celebrate the Ascension of Christ this week, a time when the Risen Jesus returns to his true home in heaven.  He promises to send us the healing power of the Holy Spirit at the time called Pentecost.  This Holy Spirit is also called the advocate, the one who looks after us and pleads our cause.  Let us ask him to plead the cause of healing for us all.

Please note the Masses for the celebration of the Ascension this week.  They are Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Clayton (Streamed Mass), Thursday 10 a.m. at Clayton and Thursday 7.15 p.m. at Ashley.  Places at these Masses can be booked from Tuesday 10 a.m. onwards.

This weekend the Diocese has asked that we remember in our prayers all the Eastern Christians, especially those who are suffering persecution.  It is easy to forget the wealth of faith and knowledge that we have inherited from the East, especially Monasticism, Liturgy and the Gospel teachings.  They are our brothers and sisters in Christ; they need our prayers and financial support whenever possible.

As things ease a little let us remember our faithful departed, all those who have died due to Covid, and all our loved ones who left this world long ago.  Some days in prayer I feel so close to them as to reach out and touch them.  Their presence resides deep within us and we look forward in faith to the day of being united once again with them when all will be well again.

God bless you and keep you safe in his care!

Father Anton s.c.j.