Lay Dominican Group

 A small group of Lay Dominicans meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2:30pm – currently on Zoom – for about 60-75 minutes. We have a blend of prayer and of discussion as we consider what it means to bring the Word of God into our daily living. If you would like to know more about the Lay Dominicans or would like to join our Zoom meeting on Sunday 20th June when we shall be exploring our celebration of liturgy in a time of pandemic then contact Andy Doyle (andydoyle1066@sky.com or 0798 543 4185).  

Sowing the seed

We all love a good story. A story makes us think, and stimulates our imagination. Jesus often used stories – parables – as a way to get the attention of the people. He wanted his teaching not only to enter their heads, but their hearts, too.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells two little parables about seeds. Many of those listening  were farmers. They knew what it was to plant seed and to wait anxiously, watching for the rain and the sunshine, hoping that the crops would grow. It would seem like a miracle when the precious crops grew and ripened and the harvest was ready at last. Jesus’ disciples knew, too, how a tiny mustard seed could grow into a tough and straggly plant.

What does the seed in the parables represent? It could stand for Jesus’ own teaching. Starting with a few disciples, he had now gathered a crowd of followers. The kingdom of God was growing, and it would go on growing. The tiny seed that Jesus planted has sprouted until, today, his disciples are all over the world. Or, the seed could stand for our own response to Jesus’ teaching; our words and actions of love. Whenever we show our care for one another and witness to our faith, we are planting seeds of the kingdom of God, and the Lord will make them grow.

Faith and Science: the role of the Vatican Observatory.

A talk by Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ, the Director of the Vatican Observatory. This is a joint Chaplaincy / Parish event and everyone is welcome.

The talk will be on Friday 18 June at 4.00pm, on Zoom. The dial in details are available in the parish Facebook Group or by email from margaretdoyle1066@sky.com.

If you are not able to join us for the talk, a recording will be available afterwards on our YouTube channel.

Pope Francis’s vision for a synodal Church

The University Catholic Society would like to invite parishioners to join their Wednesday evening talk on16th of June at 8:00pm.

Dr Austen Ivereigh is a writer, commentator and papal biographer who recently collaborated with Pope Francis on his Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future. He is the co-founder of Catholic Voices and Fellow in Contemporary Church History at Campion Hall, Oxford. 

The talk will be on Zoom and the log in details are available in the parish Facebook Group or from margaretdoyle1066@sky.com

Feast of Corpus Christi

Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. Usually, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion would be asked to renew their commitment to service at Mass this Sunday, but this has been postponed due to the continuing Covid restrictions.

Click here to read a reflection for the Feast of Corpus Christi from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales.

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