Parish Priest - Father Anton Column

Father Anton Parish Priest

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Once again we have a special welcome this week for all our children preparing for their Holy Communion Day.  The children will bring to the altar several cards each requesting prayers from all of us present at the 10 a.m. Mass at St Werburghs.  Holy Communion is also an expression of the reality of union of us all in Jesus.  To pray for one another is an essential part of the life of every catholic and especially within the community of the parish.  We are one in Christ as St Paul tells us.  So pray for our children and pray for one another as we gather in prayer together and then go out into the world.

During the week at Ashley there have been several events to mark Christian Aid week.  On Sunday evening we gather at the Anglican Church in Ashley to pray together for the well-being of humanity and the care of our world.  Please pop along and join us for the service and also to enjoy a glass of wine together afterwards to celebrate Christian Unity.

During the past week it was the Feast Day of the Founder of my Congregation of Priests and Brothers of the Sacred Heart, St Michael Garicoits.  My Regional Superior, who oversees India, Thailand and England, sent me this small quotation of encouragement from the teachings of St Michael which I would like to share with you, “God weaves a wonderful tapestry above our heads.  Look up, you only see it in reverse, and it throws you into confusion.  But when he will show it to you from the other side, you will see it as it really is and then you will be surprised and filled with admiration to see what your ignorance dared not imagine.”  We all need to hear good words that inspire us to see things divinely rather than just earthly! 

Please note after the 10 a.m. Mass we gather for the Clayton Parish AGM, a time to consider how things have gone in the year and look forward to the year ahead.  Please come and listen to the reports and gain a greater understanding of how a parish works and prospers.

Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. we also welcome into the life of the church three new members.  They have completed their preparation having done Journey in Faith and so are accepted by the Archdiocese into the life and faith of the church.  Please pray for them and make them welcome into the community of St Werburgh and St John the Baptist.

Please also keep Wyne Howe in your prayers.  Her funeral arrangements are set for May 30th.  Also we remember Eileen Sheridan whose funeral took place this week.  Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.

God bless and keep you all safe in his care!

Father Anton s.c.j.