Parish Notes No 37 (Published quarterly):
It is said that Time is always passing. In reality, it is the passing of the things that we see that gives us the idea of time. It leads us to draw distinctions between what is passing and what is permanent. As our lives go by we become aware that some things fade and die, while others are there for ever. The things which we see are impermanent and die away, while the things which are unseen never die. That which is seen is ever changing, while that which is unseen remains constant. Roses, for example, fade and die, but the creative power behind the rose never dies. We must look for permanence in the things that we cannot see, rather than in the things that our earthly eyes behold. God’s sphere is in the world of the unseen, the sphere of the infinite, where the life of the spirit is everlasting. Nevertheless, God has revealed Himself in our world, in the sphere of the transient, among the things that we can see. It is that revelation of Himself through His Son that has occupied our worship and our thoughts during the period of Christmas and the Epiphany. So we must look through the human happenings of Our Lord’s life to see the Divine Nature that He came to reveal. From this we shall learn the principles of love and holiness that, during His stay in this material world, Our Lord revealed to be principles of the eternal world. For the Incarnation is God’s work. It is something that can be seen; it is the place where we can meet the Lord of Lords. It is where we can see a life, and also see the revelation of eternal life. As the hymn writer H F Lyte expressed it, “Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou Who changest not, abide with me”. Let that be our prayer for 2012.
Dates for your diary
Sunday, January 22nd: We will be observing our Patronal Festival on this day, honouring King Charles the Martyr, who died rather than betray his faith. There will be a Sung Mass at 10.30, as usual
Sunday, February 5th: Candlemass, otherwise known as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple. Blessing and distribution of candles.
Monday, February 6th: The sixtieth anniversary of our beloved Queen’s Accession. We wish Her Majesty health and every happiness on this glorious day. Long may she reign!
Wednesday, 22nd February: Ash Wednesday. We must give ourselves time to consider how best to observe the solemn season of Lent. The Imposition of Ashes will take place at the first opportunity in the season.
Sung Mass each Sunday at 10.30am
January 1st Christmas I
January 8th Epiphany
January 15th Epiphany II
January 22nd Patronal Festival
January 29th Epiphany IV
February 5th Candlemass
February 12th Sexagesima
February 19th Quinquagesima
February 22nd Ash Wednesday
February 26th Quadragesima - Lent I
March 4th Lent II
March 11th Lent III
March 18th Lent IV
March 25th Passion Sunday
Please refer to the Contact Points for more details on these, and any other services:
The Parish Priest: The Most Revd. Michael Newman 01903 744354
The Churchwarden: Mr. Russell Gotham 01273 380366