Masses, meetings, and afternoon prayer with the parable of the Honest Sinner continue as planned today.
What are the odds for a snowy Good Friday?
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.
God spoke to Noah and his sons, ‘See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out of the ark, everything that lives on the earth. I establish my Covenant with you: no thing of flesh shall be swept away again by the waters of the flood. There shall be no flood to destroy the earth again.’
God said, ‘Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all generations: I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the Covenant between myself and you and every living creature of every kind. And so the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all things of flesh.’
First reading for the 1st Sunday of Lent
In Lent we can struggle, even with God’s grace, struggle, to live faithfully and well.
If/when we stumble and fall it is a great reassurance to remember the mercy of the Lord, that he does not renege on his covenant with us, but rather constantly offers the opportunity for us to own our sorrow, repent and find reassurance in his compassion and mercy.
Often people have not received good catechesis and formation with regard to the Sacrament of Confession. A new book in the YOUCAT series, (fruit of World Youth Days and related initiatives) has just been published which many may find helpful. Titled Confession, it is available in the UK from the Catholic Truth Service, Amazon, good bookshops and, ahem, the best parishes.
Confession is written for teenagers , but it is difficult to think who would not find it helpful.
Floor tile. Gloucester Cathedral. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.