We will open again for public mass on Tuesday 11 May at 10am. There will be mass twice a week: Tues & Thurs at 10am. Weekend masses will be as follows: Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 11.30am. Attendance will be limited to 50 people. All will have to sanitise hands, wear masks and socially distance both outside and inside the church. Looking forward to meeting up again. There are no baptisms being celebrated and First Communion & Confirmation will not take place until the Autumn.
SUNDAY SERVICE 09 MAY - 6THY SUNDAY OF EASTER (text)
As we begin our celebration, let us
remember the inclusive love of God.
As Peter reached the house Cornelius went out to meet him, knelt at his feet and prostrated himself. But Peter helped him up. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘I am only a man after all!’ Then Peter addressed them: ‘The truth I have now come to realise’ he said ‘is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him.’ While Peter was still speaking the Holy Spirit came down on all the listeners. Jewish believers who had accompanied Peter were all astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit should be poured out on the pagans too, since they could hear them speaking strange languages and proclaiming the greatness of God. Peter himself then said, ‘Could anyone refuse the water of baptism to these people, now they have received the Holy Spirit just as much as we have?’ He then gave orders for them to be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterwards they begged him to stay on for some days.
My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love. God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him; this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God’s love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you. A person can have no greater love than to lay down their life for their friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants any more, because a servant does not know his master’s business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name. What I command you is to love one another.’
God our Father and Mother, we bless you
for your love, which makes us daughters and sons, not your servants. We
thank you. Lord hear us
“Blessed be the mind that dreamed
When desolation surrounded you,
Bobby May (First Anniversary)
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