18th March 2023

Dear Parishioners,

Once again it is good to be able to greet you with the delivery of the Newsletter and Readings for Holy Mass this weekend. It is certainly a time to greet and think about others as yesterday (Friday) we celebrated the Feast of St. Patrick, tomorrow is Mothering Sunday and on Monday we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, delayed by a day due to March 19th falling on a Sunday, which takes precedence in our liturgical life. In honour of the significant role that St. Joseph continues to have if the life the Church I offer a short prayer that some may find helpful.

To all of our Mothers I wish a very happy and blessed Mothering Sunday ! We remember to those Mums that some have been called upon to hand back to Almighty God, grateful for the maternal gifts that enhanced and enriched the lives they touched.

With an assurance of daily prayerful remembrance, kindest thought and affection.

As ever, Fr. Nicholas 

     Prayer to St. Joseph.

St. Joseph, patron saint of the unexpected,
how freely you stepped into the unknown
with your unwavering yes.

St. Joseph, dreamer of dreams,
how attuned your heart was, waking or sleeping, 
to the promptings of angels.

St. Joseph, nurturing father,
how openly you accepted your unconventional family,
lighting the way for us, too, to embrace all.

St. Joseph, there is still so much we don’t know about you,
but maybe that is your gift to us,
that we may see in the father of Jesus a mystery
that sanctifies the hidden and untold in our own lives.
May we, too, live our days in the holy shadow of your son.

Amen.  (Cameron Bellm)

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