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Listing April - 2021
 
  Wednesday
Apr-28
We all need our friends and particularly during these difficult times. We can't meet up with our friends in the way we used to before. This has been difficult for so many. But we do hope that contact with our friends will return to more normal as we head into the summer months. If we took our friends for granted before the Covid pandemic, then we will forever treasure our close friends from here on. We thank our friends for everything they do for us. If what you do as a friend seems small to you, it means the world to us.

The A-Z alphabet of friendship

A friend Accepts you as you are
Believes in you
Calls you just to say hello
Doesn't give up on you
Envisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
Forgives your mistakes
Gives unconditionally
Helps you
Invites you over
Jokes with you and has a sense of humour
Keeps you close at heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Never judges
Offers support
Prays for you
Quietens your fears
Raises your spirits
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it
Understands you
Values you
Walks beside you
Xplains things you don't understand
Yells (gently!) when you won't listen
Zaps you back to reality.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-27
We all need our friends and particularly during these difficult times. We can't meet up with our friends in the way we used to before. This has been difficult for so many. But we do hope that contact with our friends will return to more normal as we head into the summer months. If we took our friends for granted before the Covid pandemic, then we will forever treasure our close friends from here on. We thank our friends for everything they do for us. If what you do as a friend seems small to you, it means the world to us.

The A-Z alphabet of friendship

A friend Accepts you as you are
Believes in you
Calls you just to say hello
Doesn't give up on you
Envisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
Forgives your mistakes
Gives unconditionally
Helps you
Invites you over
Jokes with you and has a sense of humour
Keeps you close at heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Never judges
Offers support
Prays for you
Quietens your fears
Raises your spirits
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it
Understands you
Values you
Walks beside you
Xplains things you don't understand
Yells (gently!) when you won't listen
Zaps you back to reality.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-25
Thought For The Week

To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung-fork in his hands or a woman with a slop basin give God glory too. God is so great that all things give glory to God if you mean they should.' ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins (1844-1889) was considered an early modern poet ahead of his time. His poetry is notable for his use of sprung rhythm and intricate use of language and rhyme. He was also a Jesuit priest and was very much in touch with the presence of God in everything around him.

We have so many beautiful churches, cathedrals and places of worship. Many find it easier to make a connection with God when they gather to pray in such places. During the latest lockdown many people have found comfort in being able to visit their local church for private prayer or to just sit in silence. There will be a great welcome if public Masses resume next month after so many months of just online Masses.

But connecting with God in church is never exclusive or the best way or the only way. Gerard Manley Hopkins felt that we can connect with God no matter who we are, wherever we are and whenever we want. If this means it is in the middle of a dirty job or maybe not the nicest job in the world then so be it. God doesn't mind. It is we who have created the obstacles and the barriers.

Today is a good day to know that we can find God whenever and wherever we want. God is most certainly not into perfection or a perfect prayer. It is good to start where you are and with what you are doing. Throughout these weeks of Easter we are reminded of the incredible love that God has for each of us. These weeks are good to get a sense of this love. It is foundation on which many of our lives depend. Sometimes we take it for granted but certainly not so during the season of Easter.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-24
Thought For The Week

To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung-fork in his hands or a woman with a slop basin give God glory too. God is so great that all things give glory to God if you mean they should.' ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins (1844-1889) was considered an early modern poet ahead of his time. His poetry is notable for his use of sprung rhythm and intricate use of language and rhyme. He was also a Jesuit priest and was very much in touch with the presence of God in everything around him.

We have so many beautiful churches, cathedrals and places of worship. Many find it easier to make a connection with God when they gather to pray in such places. During the latest lockdown many people have found comfort in being able to visit their local church for private prayer or to just sit in silence. There will be a great welcome if public Masses resume next month after so many months of just online Masses.

But connecting with God in church is never exclusive or the best way or the only way. Gerard Manley Hopkins felt that we can connect with God no matter who we are, wherever we are and whenever we want. If this means it is in the middle of a dirty job or maybe not the nicest job in the world then so be it. God doesn't mind. It is we who have created the obstacles and the barriers.

Today is a good day to know that we can find God whenever and wherever we want. God is most certainly not into perfection or a perfect prayer. It is good to start where you are and with what you are doing. Throughout these weeks of Easter we are reminded of the incredible love that God has for each of us. These weeks are good to get a sense of this love. It is foundation on which many of our lives depend. Sometimes we take it for granted but certainly not so during the season of Easter.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-23
Thought For The Week

To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung-fork in his hands or a woman with a slop basin give God glory too. God is so great that all things give glory to God if you mean they should.' ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins (1844-1889) was considered an early modern poet ahead of his time. His poetry is notable for his use of sprung rhythm and intricate use of language and rhyme. He was also a Jesuit priest and was very much in touch with the presence of God in everything around him.

We have so many beautiful churches, cathedrals and places of worship. Many find it easier to make a connection with God when they gather to pray in such places. During the latest lockdown many people have found comfort in being able to visit their local church for private prayer or to just sit in silence. There will be a great welcome if public Masses resume next month after so many months of just online Masses.

But connecting with God in church is never exclusive or the best way or the only way. Gerard Manley Hopkins felt that we can connect with God no matter who we are, wherever we are and whenever we want. If this means it is in the middle of a dirty job or maybe not the nicest job in the world then so be it. God doesn't mind. It is we who have created the obstacles and the barriers.

Today is a good day to know that we can find God whenever and wherever we want. God is most certainly not into perfection or a perfect prayer. It is good to start where you are and with what you are doing. Throughout these weeks of Easter we are reminded of the incredible love that God has for each of us. These weeks are good to get a sense of this love. It is foundation on which many of our lives depend. Sometimes we take it for granted but certainly not so during the season of Easter.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-22
Thought For The Week

To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung-fork in his hands or a woman with a slop basin give God glory too. God is so great that all things give glory to God if you mean they should.' ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins (1844-1889) was considered an early modern poet ahead of his time. His poetry is notable for his use of sprung rhythm and intricate use of language and rhyme. He was also a Jesuit priest and was very much in touch with the presence of God in everything around him.

We have so many beautiful churches, cathedrals and places of worship. Many find it easier to make a connection with God when they gather to pray in such places. During the latest lockdown many people have found comfort in being able to visit their local church for private prayer or to just sit in silence. There will be a great welcome if public Masses resume next month after so many months of just online Masses.

But connecting with God in church is never exclusive or the best way or the only way. Gerard Manley Hopkins felt that we can connect with God no matter who we are, wherever we are and whenever we want. If this means it is in the middle of a dirty job or maybe not the nicest job in the world then so be it. God doesn't mind. It is we who have created the obstacles and the barriers.

Today is a good day to know that we can find God whenever and wherever we want. God is most certainly not into perfection or a perfect prayer. It is good to start where you are and with what you are doing. Throughout these weeks of Easter we are reminded of the incredible love that God has for each of us. These weeks are good to get a sense of this love. It is foundation on which many of our lives depend. Sometimes we take it for granted but certainly not so during the season of Easter.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-21
Thought For The Week

To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung-fork in his hands or a woman with a slop basin give God glory too. God is so great that all things give glory to God if you mean they should.' ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins (1844-1889) was considered an early modern poet ahead of his time. His poetry is notable for his use of sprung rhythm and intricate use of language and rhyme. He was also a Jesuit priest and was very much in touch with the presence of God in everything around him.

We have so many beautiful churches, cathedrals and places of worship. Many find it easier to make a connection with God when they gather to pray in such places. During the latest lockdown many people have found comfort in being able to visit their local church for private prayer or to just sit in silence. There will be a great welcome if public Masses resume next month after so many months of just online Masses.

But connecting with God in church is never exclusive or the best way or the only way. Gerard Manley Hopkins felt that we can connect with God no matter who we are, wherever we are and whenever we want. If this means it is in the middle of a dirty job or maybe not the nicest job in the world then so be it. God doesn't mind. It is we who have created the obstacles and the barriers.

Today is a good day to know that we can find God whenever and wherever we want. God is most certainly not into perfection or a perfect prayer. It is good to start where you are and with what you are doing. Throughout these weeks of Easter we are reminded of the incredible love that God has for each of us. These weeks are good to get a sense of this love. It is foundation on which many of our lives depend. Sometimes we take it for granted but certainly not so during the season of Easter.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-19
Thought For The Week

To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung-fork in his hands or a woman with a slop basin give God glory too. God is so great that all things give glory to God if you mean they should.' ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins (1844-1889) was considered an early modern poet ahead of his time. His poetry is notable for his use of sprung rhythm and intricate use of language and rhyme. He was also a Jesuit priest and was very much in touch with the presence of God in everything around him.

We have so many beautiful churches, cathedrals and places of worship. Many find it easier to make a connection with God when they gather to pray in such places. During the latest lockdown many people have found comfort in being able to visit their local church for private prayer or to just sit in silence. There will be a great welcome if public Masses resume next month after so many months of just online Masses.

But connecting with God in church is never exclusive or the best way or the only way. Gerard Manley Hopkins felt that we can connect with God no matter who we are, wherever we are and whenever we want. If this means it is in the middle of a dirty job or maybe not the nicest job in the world then so be it. God doesn't mind. It is we who have created the obstacles and the barriers.

Today is a good day to know that we can find God whenever and wherever we want. God is most certainly not into perfection or a perfect prayer. It is good to start where you are and with what you are doing. Throughout these weeks of Easter we are reminded of the incredible love that God has for each of us. These weeks are good to get a sense of this love. It is foundation on which many of our lives depend. Sometimes we take it for granted but certainly not so during the season of Easter.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-18
'We want to be everything we claim to be but somehow we don't seem able to manage it, not all the time at any rate. Our hurry, our unwillingness to linger over anything, is a mark of our lack of ease with life. We are not at home in our own skins.' ~Catherine Wybourne

We know that at times we're too busy and that the pace of life can be hectic at times. There are few who have the luxury of a stress free, easy and relaxed day. It is often hard to find the balance between what needs to be done and time for ourselves. But in finding the balance we must know that if we're not at ease or comfortable with ourselves, it is hard to be at ease with life in general. If we're not at ease, we will always be running or as it has been put, not at home in our own skins.

In all of our Gospel stories, we find Jesus helping people to be comfortable with themselves. He helped them to accept their humanity, their gifts and talents, their strengths and positives and their weaknesses and shadows. The same invitation is extended to us as well. The best place to start with anything good today is you.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-16
Thought For The Week

The following is food for thought...

The most destructive habit is worry.
The greatest joy is giving.
The greatest loss is that of self respect.
The most satisfying work is helping others.
The most endangered species are dedicated leaders.
Our greatest natural resources are our young people.
The greatest boost we can get is encouragement.
The greatest problem to overcome is fear.
The most effective sleeping pill is peace of mind.
The most crippling parasites to progress are excuses.
The most powerful force in life is love.
The greatest soother and comforter is prayer.
The most dangerous pariah is a gossiper.
The world's most incredible computer is our brain.
The worst thing to be without is hope.
The deadliest weapon is a sharp tongue.
The two most powerful words are 'I can'.
Our greatest asset is faith.
The most worthless emotion is self pity.
The most beautiful attire is a smile.
The most appreciated word is 'Thanks'.
The most contagious spirit is enthusiasm.
To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
Be yourself, be proud of who you are and let your light shine.
Don't let anyone take away your something special and live life as full as you can today because we have no idea what tomorrow might bring.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-15
Thought For The Week

The following is food for thought...

The most destructive habit is worry.
The greatest joy is giving.
The greatest loss is that of self respect.
The most satisfying work is helping others.
The most endangered species are dedicated leaders.
Our greatest natural resources are our young people.
The greatest boost we can get is encouragement.
The greatest problem to overcome is fear.
The most effective sleeping pill is peace of mind.
The most crippling parasites to progress are excuses.
The most powerful force in life is love.
The greatest soother and comforter is prayer.
The most dangerous pariah is a gossiper.
The world's most incredible computer is our brain.
The worst thing to be without is hope.
The deadliest weapon is a sharp tongue.
The two most powerful words are 'I can'.
Our greatest asset is faith.
The most worthless emotion is self pity.
The most beautiful attire is a smile.
The most appreciated word is 'Thanks'.
The most contagious spirit is enthusiasm.
To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
Be yourself, be proud of who you are and let your light shine.
Don't let anyone take away your something special and live life as full as you can today because we have no idea what tomorrow might bring.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-14
Thought For The Week

The following is food for thought...

The most destructive habit is worry.
The greatest joy is giving.
The greatest loss is that of self respect.
The most satisfying work is helping others.
The most endangered species are dedicated leaders.
Our greatest natural resources are our young people.
The greatest boost we can get is encouragement.
The greatest problem to overcome is fear.
The most effective sleeping pill is peace of mind.
The most crippling parasites to progress are excuses.
The most powerful force in life is love.
The greatest soother and comforter is prayer.
The most dangerous pariah is a gossiper.
The world's most incredible computer is our brain.
The worst thing to be without is hope.
The deadliest weapon is a sharp tongue.
The two most powerful words are 'I can'.
Our greatest asset is faith.
The most worthless emotion is self pity.
The most beautiful attire is a smile.
The most appreciated word is 'Thanks'.
The most contagious spirit is enthusiasm.
To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
Be yourself, be proud of who you are and let your light shine.
Don't let anyone take away your something special and live life as full as you can today because we have no idea what tomorrow might bring.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-13
Thought For The Week

The following is food for thought...

The most destructive habit is worry.
The greatest joy is giving.
The greatest loss is that of self respect.
The most satisfying work is helping others.
The most endangered species are dedicated leaders.
Our greatest natural resources are our young people.
The greatest boost we can get is encouragement.
The greatest problem to overcome is fear.
The most effective sleeping pill is peace of mind.
The most crippling parasites to progress are excuses.
The most powerful force in life is love.
The greatest soother and comforter is prayer.
The most dangerous pariah is a gossiper.
The world's most incredible computer is our brain.
The worst thing to be without is hope.
The deadliest weapon is a sharp tongue.
The two most powerful words are 'I can'.
Our greatest asset is faith.
The most worthless emotion is self pity.
The most beautiful attire is a smile.
The most appreciated word is 'Thanks'.
The most contagious spirit is enthusiasm.
To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
Be yourself, be proud of who you are and let your light shine.
Don't let anyone take away your something special and live life as full as you can today because we have no idea what tomorrow might bring.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-12
'Now is the acceptable time' ~2 Cor 6:2

How often we hear about keeping our feet in the here and now. There are so many options and possibilities out there today that it's easy to think a lot about the future and what we could be doing. It is much more difficult concentrating on what is just before us. A quick glance at any section of our scripture readings will point to God being present in the here and now. Our lives do not exist in yesterday or in tomorrow. Now is the only time God gives us for doing anything. Now may not always be the right moment, it may not always be the easiest but it's all we can work with. Easter is all about maximising the potential of the here and now. We ask God's help over the coming weeks of Easter in making the most of everything that has been given to us, especially all that has been given to us today.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-09
'Aspire not to have more but to be more.' ~Saint Oscar Romero

In his book 'Dipping into Lent' Fr. Alan Hilliard speaks of a conversation with another priest about the Easter Ceremonies last year. "How did the Easter ceremonies go?" I asked. "Grand", he said. "What did you talk about at the Easter Mass?" "Nothing much," he said, "just to need to roll back a stone or two and let the light in." I've never forgotten what he said.

As we know Easter 2021 like last year is so different to our normal Easter celebrations. But the message of Easter is so welcome and is so needed.

The resurrection of Jesus has shattered the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. The invitation today is to roll back the stones in our own lives and let the Easter light touch our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it.

I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. Mind yourself and each other during these very difficult times. We will continue to roll away the stones to let the light in. We will also continue our prayers for you and each other during these days of Easter.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-07
'Aspire not to have more but to be more.' ~Saint Oscar Romero

In his book 'Dipping into Lent' Fr. Alan Hilliard speaks of a conversation with another priest about the Easter Ceremonies last year. "How did the Easter ceremonies go?" I asked. "Grand", he said. "What did you talk about at the Easter Mass?" "Nothing much," he said, "just to need to roll back a stone or two and let the light in." I've never forgotten what he said.

As we know Easter 2021 like last year is so different to our normal Easter celebrations. But the message of Easter is so welcome and is so needed.

The resurrection of Jesus has shattered the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. The invitation today is to roll back the stones in our own lives and let the Easter light touch our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it.

I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. Mind yourself and each other during these very difficult times. We will continue to roll away the stones to let the light in. We will also continue our prayers for you and each other during these days of Easter.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-06
'Aspire not to have more but to be more.' ~Saint Oscar Romero

In his book 'Dipping into Lent' Fr. Alan Hilliard speaks of a conversation with another priest about the Easter Ceremonies last year. "How did the Easter ceremonies go?" I asked. "Grand", he said. "What did you talk about at the Easter Mass?" "Nothing much," he said, "just to need to roll back a stone or two and let the light in." I've never forgotten what he said.

As we know Easter 2021 like last year is so different to our normal Easter celebrations. But the message of Easter is so welcome and is so needed.

The resurrection of Jesus has shattered the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. The invitation today is to roll back the stones in our own lives and let the Easter light touch our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it.

I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. Mind yourself and each other during these very difficult times. We will continue to roll away the stones to let the light in. We will also continue our prayers for you and each other during these days of Easter.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-04
'Aspire not to have more but to be more.' ~Saint Oscar Romero

In his book 'Dipping into Lent' Fr. Alan Hilliard speaks of a conversation with another priest about the Easter Ceremonies last year. "How did the Easter ceremonies go?" I asked. "Grand", he said. "What did you talk about at the Easter Mass?" "Nothing much," he said, "just to need to roll back a stone or two and let the light in." I've never forgotten what he said.

As we know Easter 2021 like last year is so different to our normal Easter celebrations. But the message of Easter is so welcome and is so needed.

The resurrection of Jesus has shattered the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. The invitation today is to roll back the stones in our own lives and let the Easter light touch our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it.

I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. Mind yourself and each other during these very difficult times. We will continue to roll away the stones to let the light in. We will also continue our prayers for you and each other during these days of Easter.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-03
Holy Week: A week to help us get unstuck

We have all watched with fascination the story of the ship 'Ever Given' that was stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week. It made the news all over the world after it got stuck, blocking everything trying to get through. We were all struck by the size of the ship, the length of 4 football pitches, and the height it reached with all the containers stacked on top of it. I think we all wondered how such a ship could even float! And of course it got going again yesterday making further headlines.

There is also a spiritual message here too. Don't we all get stuck in life at some stage? Some event pushes us off course like a bereavement, a sickness, the Covid 19 pandemic, the loss of a job and so on. We want to move on with our life, others want us to move on but we can't because we are stuck.

Everything about Holy Week is helping us to get unstuck. We relive the story of Jesus and what he did for us. We reflect on what this can mean for us in our lives. It is he who re-floats us, it is he who helps us to get unstuck again. This is the Easter message.

During Holy Week we look at everything that keeps us stuck: pain, hurt, disappointments, anger, set backs, darkness, sin, fear and so much more. To get going again we must move on from some of these. As we journey through Holy Week we open ourselves to getting re-floated. Easter is a new journey, the freedom to move again, new beginnings and so much more.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-02
Holy Week: A week to help us get unstuck

We have all watched with fascination the story of the ship 'Ever Given' that was stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week. It made the news all over the world after it got stuck, blocking everything trying to get through. We were all struck by the size of the ship, the length of 4 football pitches, and the height it reached with all the containers stacked on top of it. I think we all wondered how such a ship could even float! And of course it got going again yesterday making further headlines.

There is also a spiritual message here too. Don't we all get stuck in life at some stage? Some event pushes us off course like a bereavement, a sickness, the Covid 19 pandemic, the loss of a job and so on. We want to move on with our life, others want us to move on but we can't because we are stuck.

Everything about Holy Week is helping us to get unstuck. We relive the story of Jesus and what he did for us. We reflect on what this can mean for us in our lives. It is he who re-floats us, it is he who helps us to get unstuck again. This is the Easter message.

During Holy Week we look at everything that keeps us stuck: pain, hurt, disappointments, anger, set backs, darkness, sin, fear and so much more. To get going again we must move on from some of these. As we journey through Holy Week we open ourselves to getting re-floated. Easter is a new journey, the freedom to move again, new beginnings and so much more.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-01
Holy Week: A week to help us get unstuck

We have all watched with fascination the story of the ship 'Ever Given' that was stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week. It made the news all over the world after it got stuck, blocking everything trying to get through. We were all struck by the size of the ship, the length of 4 football pitches, and the height it reached with all the containers stacked on top of it. I think we all wondered how such a ship could even float! And of course it got going again yesterday making further headlines.

There is also a spiritual message here too. Don't we all get stuck in life at some stage? Some event pushes us off course like a bereavement, a sickness, the Covid 19 pandemic, the loss of a job and so on. We want to move on with our life, others want us to move on but we can't because we are stuck.

Everything about Holy Week is helping us to get unstuck. We relive the story of Jesus and what he did for us. We reflect on what this can mean for us in our lives. It is he who re-floats us, it is he who helps us to get unstuck again. This is the Easter message.

During Holy Week we look at everything that keeps us stuck: pain, hurt, disappointments, anger, set backs, darkness, sin, fear and so much more. To get going again we must move on from some of these. As we journey through Holy Week we open ourselves to getting re-floated. Easter is a new journey, the freedom to move again, new beginnings and so much more.
 
 

 

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