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All ready for this afternoon’s Newman Canonisation pilgrimage to Maryvale with the children (and their families) preparing for their First Holy Communion…

Maryvale where was where Newman and his companions lived shortly after becoming Catholic… and prior to the establishing of the Oratory in Birmingham.

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Taste and See: Now, us…

Living Eucharist

I am reminding you to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God.

Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. You have been trusted to look after something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

2nd reading for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14

  • What gift(s) have you received from in Jesus Christ?
  • How do you use them?
  • How might…

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Taste and See: A hard grind?

Living Eucharist

The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ The Lord replied, ‘Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.

‘Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, “Come and have your meal immediately”? Would he not be more likely to say, “Get my supper laid; make yourself tidy and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink yourself afterwards”? Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told? So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty.”

Gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 17:5-10

Sometimes life, including…

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God who speaks…

This week the Church celebrated the feast of St Jerome, the great translator of the Scriptures from Greek and Hebrew into Latin, the vernacular language of Rome at the time.

This week the Church in England and Wales launched the God Who Speaks initiative which has its official beginning on the first Sunday of Advent 2019. It is designed to assist us all to deepen our lived relationship with God through the Holy Scriptures.

And this week Pope Francis has instituted an annual Sunday of the Word of God, which will be the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Scripture is very much a focus for the Church at the moment…

There will be many opportunities during the year to consider how we make the most of these initiatives. But to help us begin to focus, have a look at the video below…

Speak Lord: Help us to patience and to hope

Living Eucharist

‘How long, O Lord, am I to cry for help while you will not listen; to cry ‘Oppression!’ in your ear and you will not save? Why do you set injustice before me, why do you look on where there is tyranny? Outrage and violence, this is all I see, all is contention, and discord flourishes.’

Then the Lord answered and said, ‘Write the vision down, inscribe it on tablets to be easily read, since this vision is for its own time only: eager for its own fulfilment, it does not deceive; if it comes slowly, wait, for come it will, without fail. See how he flags, he whose soul is not at rights, but the upright man will live by his faithfulness.’

First reading for the 27th Sunday
Habakkuk 1:2-3,2:2-4

The Lord answers, and helps us to live his answer. The lordship of God begins in us, and starts…

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Speak Lord: Work your work

Living Eucharist

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us:
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice!
‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.’

Responsorial Psalm for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 94(95):1-2,6-9

The Lord works for us, and we work in response…

His work is to set us free and help us to live lovingly. His work seems never-ending, and our needs inexhaustible!

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Speak Lord: Draw us on

Living Eucharist

I am reminding you to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God.

Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. You have been trusted to look after something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

2nd reading for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14

It is not our task to stand passively by.

Through the Sacraments God lives in us…

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