Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Newsletter for 3/4 October - Sunday 27(B)

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

St Thérèse of Lisieux comes to Nottingham

I'm sorry that I have not had the opportunity to share much information about the visit of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux to our Cathedral. They will be there on Monday evening and Tuesday morning next week, 5th and 6th October. Full programme here.
Click here for some thoughts I had on the visit of the relics a year ago.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Papal Visit

I've just seen on the BBC website that the Pope is due to visit Britain in 2010. Exciting News for us all.
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Newsletter for 26/27 September - Sunday 26(b)

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With the newsletter you will find your CAFOD Harvest Fast Day envelopes. I'm sure we all remember that happens: we give up something on Friday, 2nd October, put the money in the envelope, and return it when we come to Mass next weekend. Please sign the Gift Aid declaration if you are a taxpayer.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

A message from Father Colin

I couldn’t believe my ears when the bishop asked me to come to St Wilfrid’s as your priest in charge. I was being asked to come back home, to the place where I was received into the Catholic Church, and where I was ordained to the priesthood nearly twelve years ago. I had no hesitation in saying ‘yes’ to the bishop’s request. I have a deep sense of peace and joy about this new task. I am excited at the prospect at working with you, but also a bit apprehensive: I am aware of my own limitations and I don’t want to let down a community which means so much to me! Please pray for me.
I think that most of you know that I shall be ‘part-time’ for the first couple of months. I don’t retire from my prison chaplaincy work until November. We will have the usual weekend Masses, and I shall be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the Saturday evening Mass. There will be a modified and reduced programme of weekday Masses. This may vary from week to week, so please read the newsletter very carefully. I do ask for your patience and understanding during these couple of months. It will be a question of keeping the essential things going and leaving everything else until I start full-time in mid-November.
As I reflect on this new stage of my life and ministry, I keep going back to words of Pope John Paul II when he addressed 35,000 young people in Cardiff in 1982. The Pope said that he hoped that, as long as the memory of his visit lasted, it would be remembered that he had come to Britain 'to call you to Christ, to invite you to pray!' Although I have had no time to form definite plans for the way the parish might develop, I am trying to keep those words of Pope John Paul as a sort of backdrop to my thinking and praying. I would be very happy if it were to be said of me, 'Father Colin came to Coalville to call us to Christ and invite us to pray.'

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Newsletter for 19/20 September - Sunday 25(b)

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Home Mission Sunday - 20th October

Pope Paul VI in 1975 in his Exhortation ‘Announcing the Gospel,’ said that the first stage of evangelisation – of bringing the Gospel to others – is witness. Witness means allowing the Gospel which we have come to believe, and which has brought us into a relationship with Jesus Christ, to speak through our actions. We cannot hope to bring the Gospel to others if we have not first of all allowed the Gospel to transform our lives. Our life then becomes a clear statement of our faith. This is witness. But, Pope Paul went on to write, that witness, at a certain point, has to be able to ‘give an account of the hope that is in us’. It has to be able to speak the name of Jesus, and to give witness to how He has transformed our lives.

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