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.
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
It is not every Sunday that there is a direct relationship between the second reading and the other elements of the Liturgy of the Word. The…
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This blog is in many ways an off shoot from two existing blogs.
The first is Living Eucharist which has been running for a few years and offering a daily post either offering a chance to read the main texts of the Liturgy of the Word in anticipation of next Sunday’s Mass, or revisiting some of the readings or prayers of that Mass in the that follow.
The second is St Nicholas Boldmere, just a year old and offering news and information for the parish of St Nicholas.
This new page will be less regularly updated, but will offer devotional resources for personal prayer. It will begin in October 2016, with a blog each weekday during the month to encourage our praying a decade of the Rosary.
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.”’
The Master of the servant can sound a little cold, even…
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Jesus said to the Pharisees, ‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even came and licked his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.
‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his bosom. So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.” “My son,” Abraham replied “remember that during your life good things came your…
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Bishop Robert Byrne today commissioned a Cathedral full of lay chaplains and student members of chaplaincy teams. The very prayerful celebration was enriched by music led by musicians from SOLI. Amongst those commissioned was a very strong representation from Bishop Walsh Catholic School.
The West End of the Cathedral is still wrapped with scaffoding – but some beautiful new stone had arrive ready for setting in place. Beautiful stone, and the West Front should look splendid when the restoration has been completed.
In the meantime if you have not visited the Cathedral as one of the diocesan pilgrimage centres for the Year of Mercy, don’t miss the chance.
There’s only two months still to go of the Year of Mercy! And the Cathedral has prepared itself beautifully to welcome pilgrims as they visit and to support their time of prayer .
As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle. Fight the good fight of the faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of many witnesses.
Now, before God the source of all life and before Christ, who spoke up as a witness for the truth in front of Pontius Pilate, I put to you the duty of doing all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who at the due time will be revealed
by God, the blessed and only Ruler of all,
the King of kings and the Lord of lords,
who alone is immortal,
whose home is in inaccessible light,
whom no man has seen…
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Tuesday 27th September
Following last week’s Day of Prayer for Peace centred on Pope Francis meeting in Assisi our parish is celebrating a Mass for Peace tomorrow evening at 7pm,
This is followed by a Holy Hour
All are welcome as we pray for peace for all peoples and in all places,
and for the role that all religions can play in bringing about the peace Christ offers the world.
St Nicholas Church, Jockey Road, Boldmere, B73 5US
O God, who manifest your almighty power
above all by pardoning and showing mercy,
bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us
and make those hastening to attain your promises
heirs to the treasures of heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
The Collect for Mass yesterday , the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, asked the Lord’s blessing on those who are hastening to attain his promises.
Today, let us pause also to pray for those who are far from hastening – be that their fault or not…
Detail from War Memorial, Port Sunlight, Liverpool. (c) 2007, Allen Morris.
Next year, over the Bank Holiday weekend Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May, Birmingham is hosting a Taizé meeting for young people (16-35).
On Saturday there was a planning meeting for those Christian communities that are hoping to play a part.
At the meeting Boldmere was represented by St Nicholas church and Boldmere Methodists. It is hoped that Boldmere will be one of the host communities.
There will be more information about all this at Mass next weekend, but if you are anxious to find out more now, just click here.
Taizé prayer at Carrs Lane. (c) 2016, Allen Morris