Parish – Safeguarding Training 2021
A message to all our Parish volunteer and potential volunteers
From Julie Roberts the parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator
PLEASE READ AND BOOK THE APPROPRIATE TRAINING IF YOU VOLUNTEER IN A REGULATED ROLE (ie WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND/OR VULNERABLE ADULTS)
Most of our parish volunteers have completed the Induction Training Part 1 but are now due to complete Part 2.
The courses (Part 1 & Part 2) detailed below have now become available online. Please consider booking onto one of them in anticipation of us returning to our roles in the near future. Especially important for volunteers of Children’s Liturgy, OLOLYPS, Sacristans and Communion Ministers to make sure you have completed the required training. Also important for anyone thinking of volunteering as the training is now part of the application proces.
All of these courses are on ZOOM
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
My Dear Friends,
I hope this find you well and that things are gradually getting back to something like normal for you. However I was sorry to hear that nearly all of the classes in our Primary School were at home because of the risk of covid infection. I ask you to pray for our Primary School, staff, pupil and parents over the coming days. Today’s gospel passage presents us with two parables describing the mystery of the Kingdom of God.
The first, the Parable of the Seed is unique to Mark’s gospel. It is a parable about growth in the Kingdom of God. – The story is about a farmer who plants seeds and can do nothing about the growth until harvest time. This story shows that once the seed of the word of God is sown, only time will show how a person’s faith will grow and develop. The Kingdom of God will continue to grow and spread until the end of time. Even when the farmer sleeps, the Kingdom of God is still growing. Its growth is due to God, not man, and follows its own timetable. St Paul describes the growth of the church in Corinth in a similar way: I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.
Mark shares the next parable, that of the mustard seed, with Matthew and Luke. The mustard seed, the smallest seed grows into a huge plant, so another parable of growth. In this parable, Jesus teaches that although the Kingdom of God started small, with Jesus and the disciples, it would grow and spread across the world to unlimited numbers of followers.
These parables would have offered encouragement to Christians facing persecution in the Roman empire. It would have reassured them that God’s reign was coming to earth, even though it appeared to be small and sometimes invisible. We are at a very different point in history than when these first parables were told and recorded. Yet they continue to remind us that the Kingdom of God is still present and growing but it may be very different from the institution we know as the Catholic Church.
The India Hospital Appeal
When I received our bank stamen this week I got an enormous surprise to find £1000 added to the account for this appeal. My thanks to the parishioners who were so generous in responding in this way. This now brings out total up to just over £4,000.
With every blessing
Baptisms Tricia Nicolson Co-ordinator.
There are also number of baptisms coming up and again we shall need parishioners as ‘welcomers’ recording who is present and to co-ordinate sanitizing etc.
Sun 6th June 2pm
Sun 13th June 2pm
Sat 3rd July 10:45am
Sat 18th July 10:45am
Sun 25th July 2pm
Sun 8th Aug 2pm
Sun 22nd Aug 2pm
Sun 29th Aug 2pm
As you know, in normal times I celebrate 2 or 3 baptisms together. Now of course we can’t do that so each has to be celebrated in individual family groups. A good deal more work for myself and the therefore a greater need for teams to assist. If you can please choose a date or dates when you can help and then let me know. Guidance will be given on the day please come along a half hour before the service.
Weddings in June and July 2021
Frid 18th June 12 Noon
Sat 3rd July 12 Noon
Funerals Cathy Flynn co-ordinator
With number attending now up to 50 people we need to re-establish or Funeral Teams again helping in the same way as the Baptism teams.
Our next Funeral Mass is on Tuesday 8th July at 10.00am Please pray for the repose of the soul of May Laughlan RIP
So I am not short of work but can’t do it all on my own – remembering that I also have St Martin’s! However this is all signs of life returning and for that I give a heartfelt prayer of thanksgiving.
With best wishes:
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The year of St Joseph Husband of Mary