A Prayer for the COP26 Climate Talks (31st October – 12th November 2021)

Loving God, We praise your name with all you have created. You are present in the whole universe, and in the smallest of creatures. We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us as stewards of your creation. May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society. Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions for the poorest and most vulnerable, and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.

We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son. Amen. 

(Produced by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales together with CAFOD; for more information visit cafod.org.uk/cop26)     

The Prayer for a Synodal Church 2021 – 2023

Prayer to the Holy Spirit.

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen. Our Lady of Unfailing Help … Pray for us !

2nd October 2021

Dear Parishioners,

Once more it is good to greet you and send you this weekend’s Newsletter and Readings for Holy Mass. Acknowledging the fact that our church doors have been open since July 2020 there are many faces that have not yet returned to our collective Worship. I am sure that many of these are known to those of you who have returned to Mass, and I wonder if when printing-off a Newsletter for yourself, you would be kind enough to do so for a friend or neighbour (not yet returned) so that they are aware of what we are doing as a Parish community. Certainly, such gestures were widely appreciated during the long weeks of the severe Lockdown which began in March 2020. Sometimes it can be taken for granted that the majority of people have access to electronic means of communication, which for many of a certain age is not the case, and although family members may have such access it can slip their minds that church-going relatives may still like to know what is taking place in our parishes despite not yet feeling able to be there in person. 

Thank you for this outreach within your neighbourhood and friendship circles.

Be assured of continued remembrance in prayer, thought and affection.

As always, Fr. Nicholas