Speak Lord: gives us fresh heart

Living Eucharist

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A pure heart create for me, O God.

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.

A pure heart create for me, O God.

A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

A pure heart create for me, O God.

Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervour sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.

A pure heart create for me, O God.

Responsorial Psalm for the 5th Sunday in Lent
Psalm 50(51):3-4,12-15

Our longed for newness always comes as gift. Often we need to work, and work hard, to receive the gift, but…

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Speak Lord: tender to us

Living Eucharist

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During his life on earth, Christ offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.

Second reading for the 5th Sunday of Lent
Hebrews 5:7-9

The glory of Christ’s achievement is evident to all, and we celebrate it in our liturgy – both its cost and its glory.

And we remember that all this was for us: for our salvation.

Stone Carving. Cloister, St Trophime, Arles. (c) 2014, Allen Morris

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Speak Lord: Lord of the Harvest

Living Eucharist

DSC05244.jpgAmong those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’ Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus. Jesus replied to them:

‘Now the hour has come
for the Son of Man to be glorified.
I tell you, most solemnly,
unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies,
it remains only a single grain;
but if it dies,
it yields a rich harvest.
Anyone who loves his life loses it;
anyone who hates his life in this world
will keep it for the eternal life.
If a man serves me, he must follow me,
wherever I am, my servant will be there too.
If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him.
Now my soul is troubled.

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St Patrick’s Night Quiz and Party


St PatrickSaturday 17th March, starting after 6pm Mass.

Carpenter’s Arms, on Boldmere Road.

No entrance charge but bring your own drink and dessert to share. Food will be fish and chips which can be ordered from your table…

The main event of the evening will be a quiz on all things Irish – suitable for all the family…

Shamrock - chapel of St Patrick

Speak Lord: grace…

Living Eucharist

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God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy: when we were dead through our sins, he brought us to life with Christ – it is through grace that you have been saved – and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus.

This was to show for all ages to come, through his goodness towards us in Christ Jesus, how infinitely rich he is in grace. Because it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit. We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.

Second reading for the 4th Sunday of…

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Taste and See: Sorrow

Living Eucharist

DSC04858a sorrow walsall.jpgO let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

By the rivers of Babylon
there we sat and wept,
remembering Zion;
on the poplars that grew there
we hung up our harps.

O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

For it was there that they asked us,
our captors, for songs,
our oppressors, for joy.
‘Sing to us,’ they said,
‘one of Zion’s songs.’

O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

O how could we sing
the song of the Lord
on alien soil?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
let my right hand wither!

O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

O let my tongue
cleave to my mouth
if I remember you not,
if I prize not Jerusalem
above all my joys!

O let my tongue cleave…

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Taste and See: Sabbath

Living Eucharist

Lent 2011.jpgAll the heads of the priesthood, and the people too, added infidelity to infidelity, copying all the shameful practices of the nations and defiling the Temple that the Lord had consecrated for himself in Jerusalem. The Lord, the God of their ancestors, tirelessly sent them messenger after messenger, since he wished to spare his people and his house. But they ridiculed the messengers of God, they despised his words, they laughed at his prophets, until at last the wrath of the Lord rose so high against his people that there was no further remedy.

They burned down the Temple of God, demolished the walls of Jerusalem, set fire to all its palaces, and destroyed everything of value in it. The survivors were deported by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon; they were to serve him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power. This is how the word of the…

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THE celebration of our faith

DSC03880a.jpgThe annual celebration of the Triduum – especially in the liturgies of Holy Thursday evening, Good Friday and Holy Saturday night – is THE celebration of the Church’s Year.

What we celebrate over these days are the events of the Paschal Mystery, the heart of all Christian life and prayer. In actions of washing and veneration, with symbols of lights and fire and care, with the Cross, with water, oil and bread and wine we trace again the events of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. And as we do this, in doing what what the Church has faithfully done from the earliest times, we rehearse our faith, and deepen our encounter with the living, loving, Risen Lord.

1060806a.jpgThe celebrations are for the whole Church, but it is especially important that we introduce the children of the parish to these liturgies, and incorporate them into the celebration. These liturgies are distinguished from others in the year in all sorts of ways, including the washing of feet, procession with the Blessed Sacrament and the watching at the altar of repose; the veneration of the Cross, the blessing of Easter fire and of the Paschal Candle, the blessing of the water of the font and so on. All of these give opportunities for children to take a central part in the various celebrations of the Liturgy…

_1070144a.jpgThe children of Year 3 who are preparing for their First Holy Communion and the children of Year 6 who have been recently confirmed are especially invited to take this active part. This year there is also an opportunity for other children to join leading our parish Stations of the Cross on Good Friday morning, helping enact the scenes of the Passion (costumes provided!)

To take part please come along – children and parents – to the meeting on Sunday, 18th March, after the 11am Mass. In the half-hour meeting you will learn more about these liturgies, the ways in which the children can help and the chance to sign up for the different Liturgies.

Come, pray with a parable


ProdigalThis 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