Sr Mercy is very encouraged by your generosity and help.
The Living Your Faith camps take place annually and cater for the young people of Clifton Diocese.
They are held over two weeks during August: the first week for 7-11 year olds (Years 3 to 6) and the second week for 12-16 year olds (Years 7 to 11). All young people are welcome to attend.
They urge the whole Catholic Community to take up Pope Francis’ call to welcome, protect,promote and help to integrate everyone who has made their home here, with particular concern at present for our European brothers and sisters.
The full Statement can be seen here
A man stopped at a wayside petrol station to fill up. He asked the attendant what the people were like in the next village. In reply the attendant asked him what the people were like in the last village he was in. They were very kind, polite and helpful he said. Well the attendant told him that he would find the people in the next village to be the very same.
A little later another man also stopped for petrol and asked the very same question. How did you find the people in the last village to be like? Asked the attendant. They were surly, rude and unhelpful the man replied. Well then you will find the people in the next village to be the very same said the attendant.
There is a very important truth here.
We are aware that if you want something it is very important to send the right person to ask. If you want to initiate some project or some changes it is very important to send the right person to introduce it.
If I approach a person with respect and kindness I will almost always be received with respect and kindness.
If I approach a person in a truculent, demanding, disrespectful, abrupt way I will almost always be received in a like manner.
We often call this ‘having an attitude.’
In the Seminary we were required to do an examination of conscience for 15 minutes each day.
Examination of conscience from time to time can, over the years, be educational and throw some light on the source of marital, family, neighbourhood and personal problems.
One of the great benefits of frequent examination of conscience (that is self examination as to ones faults, motives and prejudices etc.) is that gradually one begins to understand one’s limitations, prejudices, blind spots, refusal to accept ones proper share of blame etc. One grows in self knowledge and self understanding. Such knowledge can be painful and hard to swallow.
I might find that I carry my problems around with me wherever I go and that can be a heavy burden.
Jesus has said; “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
To do this I must recognise and accept that I do carry a burden around with me. And that is where frequent examination of conscience comes in.
It s recognising truth about myself and my actions and accepting it.
It is also called humility.
You will all remember how, at some time or other, when you were able to help someone, the great feeling of fulfilment and accomplishment that you experienced.
The reason is that you are created in the image and likeness of God and it is in your nature, it is deeply imbedded in you, to act like your Creator. God is love. Love is giving, being of service to the beloved. You are made to be like God – to be of service to others, to love, and that is why being able to help another person gives you such satisfaction and fulfilment.
On the other hand I pass by on the other side when I see someone in need of help and I spend the rest of the day feeling not quite right and thinking of excuses to justify my action. Again, the reason is because I have gone against the God given inclination to help, to serve.
True happiness in life, true fulfilment, true contentment, comes from willing giving, willing service to others.
“Jesus summoned them and said to them, You know that those who are recognised as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
“You call me teacher and master and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
In the Old Testament prophesies regarding the coming Redeemer he was described as ‘the suffering servant.’
Jesus of Nazareth was the suffering servant. This does not mean that he was not also joyful and happy. Much of his joy and happiness must have resulted from helping others, from being of service to others.
Human beings spend a lot of time seeking happiness. They travel to far places seeking fulfilment. They spend a lot of money seeking meaning, understanding and contentment. Never realising that all this seeking is available to them right where they are and among the people they know and meet every day.
It is so simple, so available, that we completely overlook it.
The St. Patrick’s Church Hall Committee is looking for an organised and enthusiastic person to manage our Church Hall bookings. This is a voluntary position and requires someone with proven IT, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills together with the ability to work as part of the Hall committee team.