6th Sunday of Easter


 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

 

If you want happiness for an hour.... take a nap

 

If you want happiness for a day.... go fishing

 

If you want happiness for a year.... inherit a fortune

 

If you want happiness for a lifetime.... HELP SOMEBODY !!!

 

5th Sunday of Easter

HIDDDEN  HEROES !!!

 

Hi Everyone. Remember last week we agreed we needed to be good shepherds  looking after each other ?  Well, this week we see the apostles declaring that they couldn’t cope with all the preaching and spreading of the word about Christ and also look after the needy.  They wanted help.  So the community rallied round and chose people to help.  This Sunday’s readings have a letter from St Peter in which he writes –  ‘You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood a consecrated nation, a people set apart ‘  Christ in the gospel says to us ‘I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me  will perform the same works as I  do myself ’  which were, of course, heal the sick look after the needy etc.; and something appropriate for to day, ‘I call you out of the darkness [corona virus?] into my own wonderful light’

Over these past months I have become  aware of how much hidden but wonderful work is going on within our parish during this lockdown.

 

  Around St Peter’s, many of you are shopping for those people unable to get to the supermarkets, others ringing up those who are having to live on their own…. checking that they are ok , having a chat and making sure they are not cracking up !  Dropping off newspapers, pints of milk and other daily bits and bobs.

 

A parishioner has been home delivering food to NHS and Care Workers direct to their homes to save them queuing in supermarkets after their shifts. He is also donating food to families struggling due to no work. On hearing this, people have donated money to help and extend  this work. 

 

Food is still being donated to our local food banks. Thanks to someone opening their home for such donations.

 

Watts App photos, poems, reflections, national articles, jokes, videos and even songs have been circulating around to keep us in touch, keep us informed, laughing and occasionally even crying. It keeps us grateful for our own safety and sanity !

 

Facebook even showed a video of how much our School is missing the children!!!  (take a look at the start of our website)

 

 A few of you have come to the parish grounds and both cleared and re flowered Our Lady’s grotto area and plant pots around the house. It really looks lovely especially the azaleas ! See the photo/ slideshow below !

 

 We have a wonderful parish website that is up-dated and sent out each week with notices / Mass times etc, important info on Covid 19, my weekly ‘words’, the odd fun project and occasionally photos etc.  It was even recently up-dated by someone - you should now be able to more easily find your way around it.

It has been suggested to maybe print copies of weekly articles and drop them into people who don’t have access to the website….. maybe you know someone you could do that for ?

 

 

Some of you, especially those unable to get out, have been praying for us all. How lovely to feel that spiritual support. Prayers have been said for victims of the virus and their families. Prayers to give us all strength to be strong, positive, and not feel alone.

 

Thank you one and all. If I missed any other good work going on….THANK YOU!!! 

I don’t always pick up ALL the news!!

 

God Bless all you parishioners of St Peter’s, and may we meet up soon to celebrate Mass together, celebrate Baptisms, First Holy Communions, Marriages and funerals that allow all family and friends to attend.

Have you missed the meetings???

 

Keep safe. Keep practising your faith. Keep smiling!

 

I hope you all enjoyed either via TV or road / garden parties celebrating the 75 years since V.E. Day in 1945. Enclosed is a lovely photo of one of our ex-service men Arthur Wilkinson saluting in tribute to those who gave their lives.  

 

Thought for the week:

 “Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart “

 

 

God bless.  Fr. G

Let us this week pray for those really suffering during this crisis both here in our parish and those around our country and overseas. Let us pray for those still working in whatever capacity to keep us all in good health, fed and watered.  Keep strong, keep your faith and keep loving your families,  friends and Parish priest! !

 May God bless you all and keep you safe.

 

  Fr G.

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Hi everyone.  Greetings from the presbytery.  Are you still full of the joy of Easter despite these challenging times?  Today we concentrate on Christ as the Good Shepherd leading us on the path of life and rescuing us if we stray and end up in a bad place. This is what St. Pope John Paul the second once prayed, when talking  about the Good Shepherd:

‘Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd of our souls, you who know how to reach man’s heart.  Stir the hearts of those who would follow you but who cannot overcome doubts and fears and who in the end follow other voices and other paths which lead nowhere.  Conquer with your Spirit the resistance and delays of indecisive hearts; arouse in those whom you call, the courage of love’s answer:  “Hear I am, Lord, send me”’

John Paul is talking about vocations here. I think that the knowledge of vocations has come home to us during the present crisis. One of the nurses, when asked ‘why do you continue to work when you know that you are putting your life in danger?’  answered, ‘I’m a nurse and that’s what I do’.  Her calling to help the sick, in other words, was her first consideration.  And the world at large has been able to see that in people.  Let’s hope that the attitude of governments and businesses will change and not put profit first.  Perhaps, now we have time to think, we may consider our own vocations.  Most people have more than one.  Vocations to be parents, to be husbands or wives, to be parent-teachers all are being challenged during lockdown.  As Christians, in virtue of our baptism in Christ we need to be helping our neighbours in their needs.  Today is Good Shepherd Sunday and the children would normally be taking their good shepherd collection to the cathedral. Obviously not this year, BUT, CAFOD are desperate for money in all the places they are working.  In third word countries the plight of the people has trebled because of the corona virus.

Please see the CAFOD  appeal above

Maybe the donation you would have given to the good shepherd fund you could send to CAFOD. Either directly or via the priest’ house.

Retain the JOY of Easter and God bless  Fr G.

 

A letter from me to you.

 I hope you are all still coping. I get the impression people are now getting a bit frustrated - myself included…perhaps, dare I say fed up of staying in - no Friday night out for a meal or to the pub or pictures, no footy on the TV, no Masses in Church, no shopping for new clothes, no visit to Nan, friends or Mum or Dad, It is certainly getting harder and normality seems a long time ago. I think what keeps me going is the old saying      “There is always someone worse off than me….”

 Most of us DON’T…. work on the frontline in our hospitals or Care Homes / live in an apartment on the 9th floor with 3 young children / HAVN’’T lost our job or home.

 

 Most of us HAVE.... food on the table for our family; a mobile or telephone link to family and friends; good friendly neighbours;   a home to live in and opportunities to walk in a semi rural area.  So, rather than getting fed up  take a look at this video and I hope it makes you smile:- 

Third Sunday of Easter

 

Greetings from your parish priest:  I trust that you are all keeping well.

Not having a congregation when I say Mass each day has helped me to realise what we are missing and what really makes life fulfilling.

 

After the resurrection there were two disciples of Christ returning home, dejected  because  their dreams of a great  new era  with Christ  as their king had been dashed.   They explained this to a stranger they met who told them that they had misunderstood who Christ really was.   He then interpreted the bible for them in a way that had never occurred to them before. Their whole body began to tingle with excitement for this is what they had been waiting to hear all their lives.  They were so excited that as

they   arrived   home   they   begged   the   stranger   to   stay   with   them.     He agreed.  And it was while they were at supper and he blest the bread that they realised that HE was the Christ.  Through his words explaining the bible, his action during the meal and the fact of at least three of them were   together,   they   understood   that,   through   his   Resurrection,   he   had

made   known   to   them   the   true     way   of   life;   and   he   had,   and   would continue to fill them with gladness through his presence;  SO -  ‘the Word, the   breaking   of   the   Eucharistic   Bread,   the  companionship   of   other followers are what make us realise how truly that, with Christ ‘we have life   :   life   in   abundance’.              

 

Companionship, community is what I am missing from the Mass.

However I was sent the following song during the week that while not mentioning   Christ   or   the   resurrection   certainly  implies   what   the resurrection   contains.   So,   have   a   listen,   have   a   sing-along   even,   and, hopefully this will put a smile on your face.     

So remember  “YOU ARE WONDERFUL"

 

Enjoy and May God Bless you and all your loved ones.

 


Second Sunday of Easter

 

Good morning.  ‘Peace be with you.’

I have used the greeting ‘Peace be with you’ purposefully. 

In the gospel for this Sunday, Christ greets his apostles with the very same words.  He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side.  The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you’.

It is interesting that the gospel starts “ the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews.”  For ‘Jews’ substitute corona virus and we have our own lock down.  We have had three weeks of it and now, have at least another three weeks.  Living with the fear of catching the virus, and, on the other hand, worried that the family living in close proximity for so long, will end up becoming more bad tempered or irritable, we need the ‘peace that only Christ can offer’ more than ever.

At Mass we say each day, after the Our Father, the peace prayer which most of you know.  May I suggest that each day you say either as individuals, or, as a family…. The Our Father and The Peace Prayer.  Being together is a great opportunity to bond together and become a more loving family.   Talk to each other and come to understand each other.  Remember the other members of the family, no matter how young or old are not always wrong!!!

The second half of the gospel tells us about doubting Thomas.  Christ said to him ‘give me your hand; put it into my side; doubt no longer but believe’.  Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and My God’.  Jesus said to him: ‘You believe because you can see me, Happy are those who have not seen me and yet believe.

During this time we need to keep our faith and not forget about Jesus.  Being away from Mass and not seeing or meeting our fellow parishioners there is a danger that we may fall away from our faith.  So make sure you keep saying your  prayers -  especially as a family.

 

              The family that prays together;  stays together


EASTER MESSAGE FROM ST PETERS

Happy Easter Everyone. Hope you are all safe and well!

 

Katy has asked me to say a few words on video.  I will start with Pope John Paul 11’s expression  ‘We are the Easter People and Alleluia is our name’  Christ is risen…. Alleluia Alleluia’.

 

The Easter Mass just oozes with joy.  That’s not a word used much these days but it is a brilliant word to describe Easter.  The excitement of lighting the new fire, the buzz we get lighting our candle from the big Pascal candle and the thrill within us as the darkened church is gradually filled with light and we realise that Christ is the light of the world.

 We hear the great Easter proclamation.  ‘Exult, be glad, let earth be glad, ablaze with light from her eternal king.  O truly blessed night, worthy alone to know the time and hour when Christ rose from the dead.’  All this followed by the ringing of the bells and singing the Gloria in excelsis to welcome Easter.

 During this Mass we bless the baptismal water and celebrate the new life in the Spirit  something everybody is talking about at the moment, as they hope that the new spirit of co-operation and concern for others will continue even after the virus has gone, and a nicer world will arise.

The word JOY expresses all this.  Notice the letters……………

First     J is  for Jesus  whose love we can trust in and who rose to a new life

Second O is for others. During the virus people have been putting their concern for others before themselves

and last Y is for yourself….. you are important but…. be prepared to take a back place. Think of  yourself last .   PAUSE

Jesus….Others…..Yourself

 

With that concept you will  for sure find JOY  in your life    


GOOD FRIDAY

GOOD FRIDAY

 

After washing the apostle’s feet Jesus said to them ‘I have longed and longed for this meal together.  Then he sat down with them and entered into a long discussion with them about his relationship with God his father. He emphasised that he and the Father are one. Then he prayed that we may all be one, ‘as I am in you so may you all be one in me’. 

To accomplish this he took bread and wine and said ‘This is my body take it and eat;  this is my blood take and  drink’ and then he said ‘do this in memory of me’.

 The next day he was to die the horrible death on the cross. 

When we eat something it becomes totally at one with us.  So when Christ  said do this in memory of me he gave us, in the Mass the most complete way to be one in him.; but it is the crucified Christ that we receive, so we are at one with him in love and in the sacrifice and suffering that was the consequence of that love.

 

Today, Good Friday, we commemorate the Passion and Death of Jesus and try to understand that even today, it is our sins of being unloving in situations that are the same sins that put Jesus on the Cross.


HOLY THURSDAY

Holy Thursday: Washing of the feet

 

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I  will be saying THE MASS OF THE LAST SUPPER at 7.00pm tonight.  If you don’t have time to watch the Mass streaming on the Liverpool Archdiocesan web site then may I suggest that as a family you read the gospel of the day together; it relates how, before the meal, Jesus washed the feet of the apostles and then during the meal he instituted the Eucharist  and gave himself to us in Holy Communion.

It is Thursday so at 8.00pm we will all go to our front gates to clap in appreciation all the health worker in the NHS.

 

Jesus washed the feet of the apostles  -  WHY.  To make sure the apostles and ourselves truly understood  what he was all about and why he had to die.  Love, respect, and appreciation of all people; that is Christ’s message  To do that you will have to serve and sacrifice.  The corona virus has brought that out of people.  The doctors nurses and ancillary staff have been the prime example of concern for others even to sacrificing their own lives in the bid to save others.  When this crisis is over let us pray that that concern for others will remain in society and be practised by rich and poor alike.

Holy Thursday Corona virus

Tomorrow is Holy Thursday when we remember the Last Supper.  Christ washed the feet of the Apostles, gave himself to us in Holy Communion and underwent his agony in the Garden.

Today I want you to concentrate on his agony in the Garden.

Jesus, at 33, knew his life was to end and he was scared stiff of the horrific and pain filled way that it was going to happen.  Further more he knew that he couldn’t rely on his close friends. Judas was going to betray him, Peter was going to deny he even knew him and the rest were going to run away.  He was alone.  No wonder he threw himself on the ground and sweated blood;  he was terrified:  the fear of being alone was almost as bad as the physical suffering itself. – He didn’t want this.  Then he remembered that God his Father was always with him – HE would  never desert him.  With this he was reassured and knew he could face the future.  God never asks us to do anything without giving us the strength to  do it.

With this corona virus we have had to self isolate.  Many will be lonely and the old and ill especially will be scared because they know they will be facing death if they catch it; and the fact that Boris Johnson, who seemed so healthy, is now in intensive care won’t reassure them.

Also, we must remember all those whose lives will be changed because they have lost their jobs or businesses.  We have uncounted something man can’t control.  We need God our Father. 


Blessing of the Palms

This Sunday is PALM SUNDAY. I have blest our parish palms ( see photo ) and will leave them on my front doorstep if any of you are passing on Saturday / Sunday. I suggest you pick them up with gloves on and I recommend you wash them when you get home.

 

Palm Sunday 

 We have had a strange Lent this year.  You may have chosen to do some penance yourselves but you have had plenty of restrictions imposed on you because of the corona virus. Palm Sunday begins Holy Week when we consider the suffering and passion of Christ and understand that he did it out of love for us.  Many are usual busy or distracted at Easter but this year let us take advantage of our lock down to engage with Christ and what our Christian faith is all about.  As a family you could find on the internet the services for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday and together follow them.  If that is too much for you why don’t you, as a family read the gospel and discus it between you and say a prayer together.

This Sunday we can think of the fickleness of humans who are capable of wanting to glorify and praise somebody one day and within a week want to vilify and destroy them.  Jesus’ experience of being loved and hated, of being welcomed and then rejected, provides us with the strength to endure the caprices and injustices of our own life.

Jesus on the donkey arriving in Jerusalem.