Welcome to Our Parish Community of St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow Bracknell
THE YEAR OF MATTHEW:
On Earth As It Is In Heaven.
Sat Vigil: 6:00pm
Weekdays: Times in the newsletter
Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 9.30am-2.30pm.
Tel: 01344 425729
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Love Without Regret, Love To Breaking Point, Love Without End
A handful of wheat, a fistful of mustard seeds, a pinch of yeast. Jesus uses these beautiful things to say something amazing about the Kingdom of God. He begins with the great reassurance that love is invincible. No matter how small the beginning, no matter how vulnerable or threatened the middle, the end is never in doubt. In life and in death, the Kingdom will come and Gods' will, will be done.
Next. He will not allow us to take a simplistic, no grey in the middle, view of the world. We are all complicated. There is no neat division of people into the 'good' and the 'bad'. We are all a strange mixture of both. Take the first disciples as an example. One moment they are all over Jesus like a rash, then they are following at a distance or not following Him at all. And if we are honest, we don't always go along with Holy things. We drift from time to time. The Great Reassurance of God walks with the Great Not-So-Sureness of the human heart.
And so the struggle goes on. Or the struggle goes well. It is a struggle for bread, for shelter and for Compassion. Only the Wisdom which allows the wheat and darnell to remain intertwined can make this happen. This Wisdom puts us in a place of unending repentance as we await the time of harvest.
This invitation to unending repentance is one of the big themes of Saint Matthews Gospel. It is an invitation to shake ourselves free of anything in us which causes hunger, homelessness and despair. And when we have completed this work, we start all over again. This labour goes on and on throughout our lives. This is why, when we leave the retreat centre, full of good intentions and two minutes into the journey home we are screaming at someone who cut us up on the road, we smile. Or we leave Holy Mass full of love, kindness and consideration which evaporates the minute someone presses the wrong buttons. We smile! How many times have we witnessed Saint Peter proclaim his love unto death for Jesus being chastened and illuminated by his own betrayal. Perhaps we dream more than we can do. Perhaps not.
In the teaching of Jesus weeds and wheat grow together. Small seeds become huge trees. Leaven raises dead dough into bread. All are given the gift of time. Time to try again. Time to become repeat repenters and not just repeat offenders. But one day the time will run out and the urgency of the struggle is clear. We all fail and we are all ashamed of the failing within us. But we must not give up on ourselves. Out of our errors and frailty come some of life's most important lessons. There is a freedom that awaits us. It can only be found by those who carry the light, of a certain kind of love, into darkened places.
Let Us Pray Together
Loving Father, you so loved the world that you sent us your only Son, that we might believe in him and have eternal life. May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day and live the Good News with joy. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to “go out to the whole world and proclaim” our faith with confidence. Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel by our words and actions. Help our parish to become more welcoming and missionary, so that you may be known and loved by all people. We make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever, Amen.
Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelisation. Pray for us.
Blessed John Henry Newman, Pray for us.
St Thérèse of Lisieux. Pray for us
God of compassion, You sent Jesus to proclaim a time of mercy reaching out to those who had no voice, releasing those trapped by their own shame, and welcoming those scorned by society.
Make us ambassadors of peace and reconciliation.
Open our ears that we may listen with respect and understanding.
Touch our lips that we may speak your words of peace and forgiveness. Warm our hearts that we may bring wholeness to
the broken-hearted and dissolve the barriers of division.
Guide the work of your Church and renew us with the Spirit of your love. Help us and all people shape a world where all will have a place, where the flames of hatred are quenched, and where all can grow together as one.
Forgive, restore and strengthen us through our Lord
Jesus Christ. Amen
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS
Testimonies from 2014:
"They made me re-examine my life and commit myself to the Holy Spirit I received a long time ago in Baptism &
"More encouraged, greater zeal to spread the Good News & hope more parishes will run the seminars like this one"
CAR PARK SUBSCRIPTION RENEWAL – The 2017/2018 car park subscription renewal notices will be available in the narthex for renewals and new subscribers. The new subscription period will be from 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2018. The subscription forms will NOT be emailed to existing subscribers
Parish Lenten Donation to The Medaille Trust
BAPTISM PREPARATION FOR PARENTS - We are looking for volunteers to join our Baptism Preparation team. If you have a heart for this most beautiful and rewarding ministry and would like to find out more about what is involved, please contact the parish
office 01344 425729 or email email@example.com .
Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility. This is a group that meets to discuss a whole range of issues that are effecting people in Bracknell from homelessness and poverty to disability, abuse, dementia, autism and the challenges of being a single parent. The mission of the group is to stimulate a real passion for social justice within the parish and the town. Passion, energy and commitment was certainly present. Over the coming months we hope to share more of our plans and aspirations with you. If you would like to know more or maybe even get involved please contact the parish office.
NEW YEAR RESOLUTION - Volunteer For Our Parish– We need volunteers to become involved in the life of our Parish by joining some of our ministries, groups and activities: Children’s Liturgy, Youth Group, Hospitality/Welcoming, Ministers of the Word, Ministers of the Altar (Sacristans), Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation teams, Offering Counters and Verifiers, Pastoral Care, Ministers of the Eucharist, Altar Servers, Fairtrade Teas & Coffees, Brass Polishing, Church gardens and grounds, etc. Please contact the parish office to volunteer or to discuss any of these important ministries.
RCIA, An Invitation : We welcomed this week 7 new Candidates/Catechumens into our weekly RCIA sessions every Thursday 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Hall. Please keep them in your prayers. Urgent. Please could you offer to become a Godparent/Sponsor for one of our new RCIA group? Please give your details to the Parish Office.
Taize Prayer Group : We will be inaugurating this style of beautiful prayerfulness for the whole community. I would like to invite all singers and musicians who are drawn to this new venture to let me know of their availability so that we can wisely choose the right time to come together. This new Ministry of Prayer needs a leader and, if you feel ‘called and gifted’ to this task, please contact the Parish Office.
Some of the Community Pictures.
Salvation Geography, the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Bishop Philip,on the theme of the Sacraments, was a wonderful unforgettable experience. Here is the link to an account together with the pictures from there.
PEW PACKs FOR CHILDREN:
Fantastic news! Children will have their own material to read during mass thanks to Sarah and Theresa. Please remember to return them after mass.
Mercy and commitment
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!
The Jubilee of Mercy is a true opportunity to enter deeply into the mystery of the goodness and love of God. In this Season of Lent, the Church invites us to learn to know the Lord Jesus ever better, and to live the faith in a consistent way with a lifestyle that expresses the mercy of the Father. It is a commitment that we are called to take on in order to offer to those we meet the concrete sign of God’s closeness. My life, my attitude, the way of going through life, must really be a concrete sign of the fact that God is close to us. Small gestures of love, of tenderness, of care, that make people feel that the Lord is with us, is close to us. This is how the door of mercy opens.
Today I would like to pause briefly to reflect with you on the theme of this expression I used: the theme of commitment. What is a commitment? What does it mean to be committed? When I commit myself, it means that I assume a responsibility, a task, for someone; it also means the way, the attitude of faithfulness and dedication, the particular care with which I carry out this task. Each day we are asked to put our heart and soul into what we do: prayer, work, study, but also in sport and recreation.... Committing ourselves, in other words, means making every effort to do our best in order to improve life....
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COMMUNITY GALLERY - A DETAILED GUIDE TO ALL THE INSPIRERS along the railings is now on-line at www.bracknellcommunitygallery.org/guide Also, Bracknell News for 8 April has a lovely photo report and editorial Comment.
Fr Danny's Blog: Did you know this existed? There is a new article. Find it here.
SICK AND HOUSEBOUND – If you would like prayers for anyone who is sick, housebound or in hospital and those who care for them, please contact the Parish Office on 01344 425729 or speak to Fr. Danny.
Here is the amazing video that Chris White has produced following the recent Diocesan trip to Bamenda where Chris kindly represented our parish. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in our twinned diocese in Bamenda, Cameroon; and for the many parishes, schools, health establishments and social projects.
Almighty, ever-living Father,
You are the Eternal Shepherd who never leaves his flock untended.
We thank you immensely for the bond of love and friendship that exists between the Archdiocese of Bamenda and the Diocese of Portsmouth.
We are deeply grateful to you for the spiritual benefits this union has yielded, through which many have come to experience inner conversion and the unfathomable warmth of your love.
Through the guidcance of your Holy Spirit, may we continue to receive the grace to grow continuously in partnership and understanding.