"Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest."
Our parish is part of the Diocese of Westminster and is situated in the heart of London.
We strive to provide a loving welcome to all who pass through our parish, but nothing can substitute for coming and sharing in our worship with us.
21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Posted 21 Aug 2016, 11:57 by G OLOFC
I think the commitment and dedication of so many that we have seen on our television screens in Rio can really help us to understand what Jesus is saying to us in today’s Gospel. He speaks about our human journey to salvation as being like trying to enter somewhere by a narrow door. Perhaps “narrow” is not a very positive word for us these days – we think of the phrase “narrow minded”, for example, which suggests an attitude which is limited and not open. Instead we like to think of ourselves as being “broad-minded” – open to different options and opinions. But in reality this “broad-mindedness” means that many people today find it very difficult to really make deep commitments in life and so waste their energy and gifts through lack of focus. There is real wisdom in being able to really focus on a clear goal in life and then giving everything to achieve it. Think again of the images from Rio – think of how an archer or marksman/woman achieves maximum concentration on the target by closing one eye totally and narrowing the vision of the other.
So it is with our spiritual lives. We need to be truly focused on Christ in our daily lives through a real commitment to prayer and by being an active member of the Church – Team Jesus, if you like! Like all of the athletes in Rio, we depend so much on the help and support of others (that is one reason why it is so important to be part of the Church), but at the end of the day it is our own personal effort which counts. So time to get focused and go for glory!
With blessings from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem and all the parish team.
- Peace in Syria and in all areas of conflict in the world today
- Teachers and pupils (and parents!) as they continue their summer holidays.
- Our housebound and sick parishioners and all who care for them.
“The world needs forgiveness; too many people are caught up in resentment and harbour hatred, because they are incapable of forgiving. They ruin their own lives and the lives of those around them rather than finding the joy of serenity and peace. Let us ask Saint Francis to intercede for us, so that we may always be humble signs of forgiveness and channels of mercy.”
Homily at Assisi, August 4th 2016
PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY
THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
To feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To clothe the naked
To shelter the homeless
To visit the sick
To visit the imprisoned
To bury the dead
THE SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
To counsel the doubtful
To instruct the ignorant
To admonish sinners
To comfort the afflicted
To forgive offences
To bear wrongs patiently
To pray for the living and the dead