Please pray for sick in our
hospitals & nursing homes around the parish.
ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: Patricia Linehan, Margaret Lochrie,
GeneralExtraordinary ministers of Holy
Communion and lectors please let Fr Ikeokwu know if you do not wish
your name to be published in the newsletter or displayed on the notice
Second collection for Day for
Life which this year focuses on all who are suffering or have survived
human trafficking and modern slavery. It provides an opportunity to
pray, reflect, and choose ways in which action and practical emotional
support can ensure that the dignity of human life is upheld at every
stage of a person’s life. Please take a card from the porch.
Couples for Christ have a
Christian Life programme from Saturday 23rd June and other dates in June
and July. For details see the leaflet on the notice board.
Mass in honour of Sts John Fisher & Thomas More
will be celebrated on Friday 22nd June. After Mass on Sunday
24th celebratory drinks and snacks will be served to mark
that feast. Contributions will be welcome.
Pope Francis: his
vision and our future; the second in a series of 3 lectures, 26th
June, giving time to look back, asses and think ahead. Led by Fr James
Hanvey and Austen Ivereigh. At St John’s church, South Parade, Bath at
Ride for Vocations 4: Fr Matt Anscombe will ride for
vocations 26th June – 9th July, in the Apls and
Pyrenees. See poster and cards in porch.
Diocesan Family Day: 30th June at St
Brendan’s college, Brislington, Bristol. Full details on poster in
Glastonbury Pilgrimage: 8th July. See
poster in porch for timetable for the day.
Living your Faith: Summer camps. See poster in
porch. Further details and application forms available from Fr Ikeokwu
or the parish office.
Diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage, 24 – 31 August. See
poster in porch for details.
Eucharistic Congress –
Liverpool, 7 – 9 September, entitled “Adoremus”. Please see Fr
Ikeokwu if you are interested in attending.
Year of Mission –11th Sunday in ordinary
When Jesus teaches he uses parables. He takes the things
around him to illustrate the things of God. The two parables that Jesus
uses in this Sunday’s Gospel seem to talk of a gentle growth, a subtle
growth that is not always seen and not always noticed. When we listen to
the First Reading, Ezekiel speaks of God doing the planting on the “high
mountain”…in other words, near to him. That nearness to the Lord
brings about growth and there is something obviously attractive about
the tree that God plants in Ezekiel’s vision and the mustard seed that
grows in the gospel. They become attractive and they “summon” all
kinds of birds and creatures. Is it true, then, that if we are near to
God then we grow? Is it true that if we grow in him that there
becomes something attractive about us? The psalm speaks of flourishing
and maybe that’s the secret to being near to the Lord. With him we
flourish; without him we fade. This week’s mission for us might
simply be to come close to the Lord, find shelter in him, and, through
our own attractiveness, cause others to find shade in his presence.
Gospel commentary for 11th Sunday in ordinary
Today Jesus talks about the mysterious kingdom of God
which is the strongest power of all and its ability to grow is certain.
“My kingdom is not of this world”, Jesus told Pilate on Good Friday,
and there are no legions of soldiers to fight any earthly cause for him.
But the kingdom is not of this kind. Explaining this mysterious kingdom,
Jesus reminds us how seed sown on the ground takes root and spouts and
grows in its own mysterious way. Its power to grow and produce the food
that feeds us is amazing. Jesus also talks about the mustard seed and
how small it is and yet how large a tree it becomes. We need not be
worried if God’s ways seem to be unimpressive. The power that the word
of God holds is beyond our reckoning.
God’s word, God’s justice and truth and love are
indestructible. It may not seem like this in our noisy, argumentative
and violent world. The power to rule and run riot over the earth by
means of human might seems invincible and never more so than on the
cross of Calvary. But it is the quiet one and not the noisy who has won
The values of the kingdom of God, as preached to us by the Lord
himself are that every person is valuable and each is called to live as
an honourable citizen in society for the common good and each is called
to contribute to the welfare of all. We must all live by these