Tomorrow, the Friday of the 5th week of Lent, is a day of prayer for victims and survivors of abuse.
The following prayer is suggested for your use.
since your mercy has been revealed
In the tenderness of your Son Jesus Christ,
who said to his disciples:
“Suffer the little children to come unto me”,
we pray that your Church may be a secure home
where all children and vulnerable adults are brought closer to your Beloved Son.
May all those who have been abused
physically, emotionally and sexually by your ministers,
be respected and accompanied by
tangible gestures of justice and reparation so that
they may feel healed with the balm of your compassion.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Please pray too for the leadership of the Church as they seek to find better ways to take responsibility for the sins of her minsters, and for the continued care of those damaged and hurt by those sins.
Jesus with children. Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool. (c) 2006, Allen Morris.
From 11am-3pm today – all are welcome to come and explore our church, and hear about its history, and our faith …
And enjoy cake, coffee and a great welcome…
This afternoon at 5pm there is a meeting in St Nicholas church for prayerful reading of one of the parables of Jesus – followed by conversation, coffee and cake.
This week we re-encounter the parable of the two brothers…
Do come – and spend time with the Lord, and enjoy the company of fellow-seekers of his love and wisdom.
Painting of the parable of the two brothers by Rembrandt. Hermitage, St Petersburg. (c) 2015, Allen Morris
Sadly our First Communion Group trip to St Chad’s planned for today has had to be cancelled because of the weather and state of the roads etc.
Hopefully it will be rearranged for during the Easter break or shortly afterwards.
In the meantime please pray for better weather next Saturday, 10th March, when we are due to visit Lichfield Cathedral, the site of the Cathedral established around the former shrine of St Chad.
The visit to Lichfield is open to all parishioners. Meet outside the great West Door (unless it is raining when we will meet inside) at 2pm.
The prayer services to mark Women’s World Day of Prayer locally have been cancelled because of the inclement weather. And schools are closed.
However, our monthly service for the sick and elderly, a service of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and with the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of the Sick will take place at 11am as usual, and also Mass tonight at 7pm, as well as Exposition and Confessions from 6pm.
Please keep in your prayers those who are working to keep roads and pavements clear; those in the emergency and care services; all those people who are isolated and alone; and those who are homeless or unable to heat their homes.
It is perhaps a good time to note that our Lenten Alms collection (made up of individual donations and of our collection on Maundy Thursday) will go to Tabor House, the (still) new permanent Night Shelter for the homeless in Birmingham, which runs under the auspices of Fr Hudson’s Care.
In our Lenten half hours of prayerful listening we listen to the parables again, open to hear them anew and so they might help us to know ourselves afresh, and hear challenge and comfort as it is needed.
If you want to listen to this week’s parable alone, read it quietly and then set the text aside.
Sit quietly for five minutes or so, and let the words you have heard echo in your heart and mind.
After five minutes the parable will be read again. You might find it helpful to ‘let go’ of what you have already reflected on, and listen afresh.
After another five minutes end your time of prayer by giving thanks to God and placing in his hands what ever thoughts and feelings have touched you…
And then have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. It is Sunday after all – no fasting today!
Next Sunday, why not come and join us at 5pm in St Nicholas church as we listen to and reflect on another parable…