Weekly News 28/07/2021

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B For the next five weeks we take our leave of Saint Mark’s Gospel (since it is not long enough to fill the year) and read Chapter Six of Saint John’s Gospel. This is the famous “Eucharistic Discourse” and begins with the miracle of the feeding of the...

News18/07/2021

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B “Sheep without a shepherd.” This is the simple theme of today’s readings. It is interest­ing that Jesus’ reaction to the crowd is one of pity – as he sees their great thirst for his teach­ings. This is, in a sense, a clear fulfilment of the prophecy we...

Covid-19 Update

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Statement from the Catholic Bishops of England On 19 July, the current legislative powers which assist the mitigations against the Covid-19 virus transmission will be rescinded by HM Government. Nevertheless, there will be an encouragement to personal and corporate responsibility in this area; as the Prime Minister said in his most recent statement “The pandemic...

Sacramental Programme 2021-2022

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Our Lady’s and St Gerard’s Parish Sacramental Programme 2021-2022  – Any child (aged 7 or over, or who is in year 3 from September) and is BAPTISED ROMAN CATHOLIC will be eligible for the Parish Sacramental programme for 2021-22 to be prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.  If you want to enrol...

Weekly News 11/07/2021

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B Again it is prophecy that is our theme (see last week). Here, we concentrate on the sending of prophets, the entrusting of the mission to them, and most importantly the neces­sary qualifications to be a prophet. The only qualification necessary is an open ear, to hear the...

Weekly News 04/07/2021

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B A prophet’s job is to open people’s eyes to the reality of their situation pointing out to them the things they would rather forget or ignore. A prophet is a sort of “national con­science”, always awake to situations of injus­tice and always speaking out about them.  A...

News and Views July 2021

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News & Views July 2021 First Holy Communion  –     The Children in the Sacramental programme will have their First Holy Communion during July.  Due to current restrictions the two masses will be for their families only.    Thanks are due to the parents and Catechists who this year have been having classes over zoom and a...

Weekly News 27/06/2021

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B Today we are invited to marvel at one of the most dramatic and amazing of the Lord’s miracles the raising back to life of the daughter of Jairus. The story is told with a level of emotional realism: the calm faith but dreadful fear of Jairus, the...

Weekly News 20/06/2021

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B There is a strangely simple theme to this Sun­day: that God has power over the forces of nature, because he created them in the first place. This is what the first reading tells us, and also what the gospel shows us, when Jesus “rebukes the wind”. This...

Parish Safeguarding Audit – Survey

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Parish Resource Audit Parishes are central to the mission and life of the church.  This is lived out in practice by the many ministries and activities which take place in parishes e.g., sacramental programmes, children’s liturgy, youth work, public worship, outreach to the sick and housebound, pastoral care of many vulnerable people and social events...

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