Newsletter- 19th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners Fr Jonathan is taking a short break away with his mother and an old friend in Wales until Friday 12th August. We are very grateful to Canon Michael Bell for covering Masses this weekend and to Andrew for offering Services of Word and Holy Communion during the week. Andrew is the point of contact […]

Newsletter- 18th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners At our 9.30 am Sunday Mass this weekend we welcome as our Principal Celebrant and Preacher the Right Reverend Dr. Vianney Fernando. Bishop Vianney has recently retired as Bishop of Kandy, in Shri Lanka, and is staying locally with old friends in Great Gonerby. He was named Bishop of Kandy on the 27th March 1983, by Pope […]

Newsletter- 17th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners At Mass over this weekend our Holy Father Pope Francis has asked that we pray for the ministry of Grandparents. Grandparents in the main have no real agenda; they very often simply want the best for their grandchildren. My own grandparents, now long dead, had an enormous effect upon me personally and spiritually, […]

Newsletter- 16th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners During part of this coming week, I shall be away at the Diocesan Clergy Conference in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. This means that on Monday and Tuesday 18th and 19th July there will be no Public Worship and the church will be closed. I am very grateful to Andrew for offering a Service of Word and Holy Communion at 9.30 […]

Newsletter- 15th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners On Saturday 9th July the young people from our parish who have been preparing so hard and so well, over the past few months, made their First Holy Communion together in church at a special Mass in the morning. It was a very joyful occasion and I feel sure a memorable occasion for the young […]

Newsletter- 14th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners Today’s Gospel begins immediately after the final verse in last Sunday’s Gospel. After strong language about the difficulties of discipleship Jesus appoints 72 people to go ahead of him to every town and place, he plans to visit, proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is at hand. This sets the scene for the […]

Newsletter- 13th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners Today we celebrate the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We are reminded in the Gospel today that doing God’s will requires some determination. We will be asked to let go of things we are attached to. We might have to leave behind family and familiar places. But the path of discipleship is never lonely, for Jesus […]

Newsletter – 12th Week Of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners This Sunday we keep the great Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). At both the Saturday evening Vigil Mass, at 6 pm and the Sunday morning Mass at 9.30 am, I will invite our Parish Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to stand in their places to renew their commitment. This […]

Newsletter – 11th Week Of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners This Sunday we celebrate one of the most fundamental beliefs of Christianity: The Most Holy Trinity – three distinct, coequal Persons in one God. For the Church, the Trinity is considered a mystery. There are aspects of the Trinity that we will never fully grasp while we are this side of Heaven. But it is […]

Newsletter – Pentecost / 10th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, This Weekend we keep two very important celebrations both in the life of the Church and the life of our Nation.  In the life of our Nation, we have been celebrating over these past four days the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This has been marked throughout the country by a special 4-day Bank Holiday which […]