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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The Transfiguration Of The Heart
This is a story about the Transfiguration of Jesus. More than that it is a story about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. An event unfolds on top of a mountain, but what is at stake is what is unfolding on the ground below. The disciples hear the voice of God asking them to Listen to the words of His Beloved Son. His word, is to become their only treasure. What must be heard is the sound of Love. Because when Moses and Elijah disappear only Jesus is left to teach us what we must know. He is the one who will guide us away from fear and into love.
But for now, seasoned beginners are called to silence. They are not to share yet what they have experienced when they were touched by God. What He has to tell them can be difficult to understand, and when understood, even more difficult to follow. This is especially true of His impending suffering, death and resurrection. They are granted this vision so that they will begin to dismantle their inner resistance to the vulnerability of God.
Which brings us to the question of our own vulnerability. Life is tough. It isn't that we do not have great moments of love and joy and laughter in our lives. But the hurt can often hit us from the inside. The demands of Love, pulling us out of our favourite chair seem endless. We seem to be continually having to face mental, emotional, physical and spiritual challenges.
When this happens we need to make a special effort to stay on top of things. Gearing up for the challenge is needed because we know that what is not faced up to falls apart. Without the energy to renew the law of 'winddown' takes over. Relationships become dull and predictable, goals remain unmet, weeds grow in the garden and sagebrush rolls through ghost towns. Even more, when we are committed to Compassion and to easing the suffering of others we have to struggle not to give up or ignore them. When we are committed to Peace and meet division and hostility we must find way to engage that doesn't make things worse. When we value honesty
and integrity and face situations of corruption, it isn't easy to walk the pathways of truth. Life is difficult when we try to bring to it all that is best in us. It takes continual blood, sweat and tears to infuse the world with Love and Mercy. Virtue is hard work!
This is why we need to ponder the Transfiguration every day. This moment of illumination which will continue to light the way before us. When we sink our hearts deep into the contemplative well, it is easier to rise without fear and listen to Him, the wind suddenly shifts direction - it is no longer in our face but at our back.
The Litmus test of course is not to try and stay on top of the mountain but to check that we are headed in the direction of Jerusalem with Him. I believe it was William Vanstone who wrote,
"Therefore, He who Thee reveals, hangs O Father on that tree
helpless, and the nails and thorns tell of what Thy Love must be.
Thou art God, no monarch thou, enthroned in easy state to reign.
Thou art God, whose arms of Love, aching, spent the world sustain." ..
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 .
SafeGuarding Training Sessions
Saturday 23rd September 2017, Child Protection Training – 10.00am – 12.30pm; English Martyrs, 64 Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2EB
Saturday 23rd September 2017, Vulnerable Adults Training – 1.30pm – 4.00pm; English Martyrs, 64 Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2EB
Saturday 18th November 2017, Refresher Training – 10.00am – 12.30pm; The Holy Trinity, Bowenhurst Road, Church Crookham, GU51 3ST
For reservations please contact Soraya Ciccarone, PA to Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator & Diocesan Financial Secretary, tel: (Direct Dial) 023 92 836511/023 92 816396/023 92 825430
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.