The Nativity of St John the Baptist - Sunday 24th June 2018

Dear Friends in Christ

Only every six years does the Birthday of St John the Baptist fall on a Sunday, and when it does, it takes precedence over the normal Sunday liturgy. Apart from the Nativity, the only two births that are celebrated in the liturgical calendar are those of Our Blessed Mother and St John the Baptist. He is the bridge between the Old and New Testaments; the last of the old and first of the new Prophets. He compared himself to the Best Man at a wedding: He must increase, I must decrease. He was born so that he might point the way to Christ, and he still does this today as we hear his words every day at Mass: Behold the Lamb of God…

Next Sunday, 1st July, is the occasion of the Parish Annual Meeting and Garden Party. I extend an invitation to anyone who plays an active part in the Parish, in whatever way, to come along and celebrate the last year and so that I may thank you for all you contribute to the family of the Parish. We shall begin with a short Meeting at 6.30pm at which the annual reports can be received and the annual accounts approved. Do come along, even if only for a short time.

Last weekend our Flower Festival was a fabulous occasion of fragrance and colour. It was very inspiring to see the lives of Saints and aspects of Parish life expressed in the blooms. Thank you and well done, all those who contributed or made the arrangements that adorned the Church. It’s a shame they couldn’t last longer! 

With every blessing for this coming week!

Msgr Kevin Hale ✚ 01702 478078
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