Sunday, 29 May 2011

National Pastoral Letter on the New Translation of the Roman Missal

We often have pastoral letters from our own bishop. Today we hear a letter from all the bishops of England & Wales on the New Translation of the Roman Missal which will be introduced later this year. You can take another look at the letter here.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Anyone for a cuppa?

The hatch from which tea and coffee will be served after Mass and at other times. It may need a few finishing touches, but we're getting there!

Double issue Newsletter - Easter 6 & Ascension - 28/29 May & 4/5 June 2011

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I hope that all of you have some time for extra relaxation over the bank holiday weekend, and that our young people can draw breath before revision and exams start again.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

The work continues

Click on the slideshow to see bigger version of pictures.

Newsletter for 21/22 May - Easter 5(A)

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Vocation Voice

Parishes up and down the country have been hearing 'Vocation Voices', young people talking about how they see Vocation. At St Wilfrid's we were blessed to have Anthony, a member of our community who is an undergraduate at Birmingham, speak to us. Click here to read what he said.

Vocation Sunday 2011

Click here to go to the Vocation Sunday site. Lots of resources and prayer material.

As I have been preparing for this weekend's Masses, I have found myself being drawn to the words of the Lord in today's Gospel: "The sheep follow because they know his voice." This in turn has drawn me back to the words of Pope Benedict to young people on the Piazza of Westminster Cathedral last year on September 18th:
I ask you to look into your hearts, each day, to find the source of all true love. Jesus is always there. Quietly waiting for us to be still with him and to hear his voice. Deep within your heart, he is calling you to spend time with him in prayer, but this kind of prayer, real prayer, requires discipline.
It requires time for moments of silence every day. Often it means waiting for the Lord to speak.
Even amidst the business and stress of our daily lives we need to make space for silence, because it is in silence that we find God. And in silence that we discover our true self. And in discovering our true self we discover the particular vocation which God has given us for the building up of his church and the redemption of our world. Heart speaks unto heart. With these words from my heart, dear young friends, this is words from my heart.I assure you of my prayers for you.
In the first fifty years of our parish church, there has been one ordination to the priesthood in St Wilfrid's. I am asking everybody at Mass this weekend to pray that the next fifty years may see more.

Do not be afraid to listen to the Lord and follow the promptings of the Lord. He has come so that we may have life, and have it to the full.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

That's what I call a posh skylight!

Newsletter for 14/15 May - Easter 4(A)

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Thursday, 5 May 2011

Walls coming down

The old back wall of the presbytery is now almost down, beginning to give us some idea of the size of the new community room. The first picture is of just over a quarter of the room.
The second picture, taken from above, gives more idea of the size of the room.

Newsletter for 7/8 May - Easter 3(A)

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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

We have a roof

Our new community room now has its roof!