Parish Priest - Father Anton's Weekly Column

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This weekend we celebrate Peace Sunday and naturally we pray for peace in our world.  We also pray for a peace that only comes from God with the help of his people and those who surround our daily lives.  Peace in Christian terms is a state of wholeness and how we long for that wholeness to be once again central to our daily lives.  So may the peace of the Lord be with you always.

In ordinary terms we need also to realise that the world is far from being at peace when we hear of wars and persecutions when human beings forget that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, that the world is full of our brothers and sisters.  Therefore we all have a right to be respected and allowed the basic freedoms of living.  We are reminded of the Charter of Human Rights, something, should the world embrace then we would all be in a better place.

We are now in a place of great challenge.  May the challenges we face make us stronger and change us for the better.  May we love more, think of others more and appreciate all the things, situations and people that we have benefited from during the past.  Let us look forward to a better future, but a future that is more spiritual as well as grateful for who and what we are.

Sadly, this weekend we have had to close the church once more and for the foreseeable time to come.  The streamed Masses will continue this weekend; they are taking place at the Saturday 6 p.m. Mass (Ashley time) and then on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  Next weekend it will be at 10 a.m. on the Sunday.  Please keep me in your prayers as I do you and pray that with the new vaccines things will soon improve.

We once more remember our faithful departed especially this week Vivien Heraty of Ashley who died recently.  We also remember Patricia Rawlin and Harold Haynes whose funeral services took place this week.  We also remember John Cooney whose service takes place this coming week.  Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.  Please also pray for their families and friends.

In the meantime, please take care and stay safe!

Father Anton s.c.j.