Plus a reflection on the Sunday Mass readings, information about the opening of the Church and the plans for rescheduling the First Holy Communion celebrations, postponed in May
Fr David and Monica
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
“Come to me you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.” These are some of the most beautiful words in the Gospel. They have great relevance for us today. They come from the heart of Jesus – the heart that is gentle and humble; the heart that always has space and time for us, especially when life gets us down. The spiritual writer Henri Nouwen says, “A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly, and touches with reverence.” That is the person Jesus is, speaking to us in the Gospel today and inviting us to come, just as we are, so as to unburden ourselves before him. Across every page of the Gospels many people come to him, often with burdens of sickness, shame, guilt or sadness. All have their burdens lightened as a result of their heart to heart encounter with him. His very presence brings peace to the anguished soul. “Jesus, give us the wisdom to let go of the burdens we should no longer carry, the strength to carry the ones we should, the humility to ask for help when we need it and the generosity to help another when we can.”
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Re-Opening of Churches:
The Archbishop has announced that churches can re-open for Mass and some other public services under strict conditions set out for the prevention of infection and the protection of those attending. This will take a great deal of careful planning and preparation. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we wait for the necessary equipment and permissions from the Archdiocese. We hope to re-open for Mass at St Mary’s beginning Monday July 13th and Saints Peter & Paul beginning July 14th.
First Holy Communions:
We are very sorry about the long wait our First Communion children and their families have had to endure, due to the coronavirus forcing the closure of churches. Because the end of the school year is nearly upon us and because it is not possible to gather for any further preparation sessions, we will not have First Communions until the Autumn. We will carefully plan the dates so that families have some degree of choice.
Prayer for the Week:
Lord, Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work.
I give you my feet to go your way.
I give you my eyes to see as you do.
I give you my tongue to speak your words.
I give you my mind that you may think in me.
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
Above all I give you my heart that you may love in me your Father and all humanity.
I give you my whole self so that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus,
who live and work and pray in me. Amen.