This Week's Message

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Getting to know you, getting to know all about you – Deacon Jeremy

“By gum”, as they say back home in Yorkshire. “It’s been a long life love, all over the place we’ve been. Snow and ice, desert and sand, jungle and creepy crawlies, and yet you’ve always been there. We’ve migrated more times than a swallow! Then to top it all we end up with a pandemic; nowt to do except be with thee and thee with me. Me under your feet all day and me feeling trapped, confined and about as much use as a wet flannel!”

“If you don’t mind love, I want to say summat to thee. I’ve noticed things I have never noticed before especially about who you really are. You’ve let me come to you and given me rest. On many occasions you’ve shouldered my yoke. In these last few months I’ve learnt more about life, especially our life. Your gentleness and humbleness has been inspirational in helping me to get through this particular part of our life together. Most importantly my spirit is now more at rest than it has ever been. The good Lord has sure held our hands along this long and winding road. After this, eternity will be bliss. Thanks love.”

God And Technology

God And TechnologyI am delighted to welcome you to our new parish website. Please do have a look around.

The website is the fruit of the work of the parish Technology Review Group and they have produced a short overview which you might find helpful. It can be downloaded from the new site by going to the Contacts and Documents page and scrolling down to the Useful Parish Documents section. We have used a well-respected church website platform “Faithlife” as its base which should ensure that it continues to look fresh and work well on tablets and mobile devices. We will keep the old site running and current into the new year to make sure that those already familiar with it can access information over the Christmas period.

On behalf of the parish, I would like to express our particular thanks to Ian Honeysett and Cathy Sanderson for their excellent work on the existing site which has supported the parish mission for many years, and to the Technology Review Group (TRG) for their preparation of the new site.

There are other features which the site offers which we hope to roll out in the future. In the meanwhile comments about the new site and suggestions for its ongoing development can be sent to the TRG through Alan (

As long ago as 2003, St John Paul II recognised that “The growth of the Internet… provides an unprecedented opportunity for expanding the Church’s missionary outreach, since it has become a primary source of information and communication for so many of our contemporaries, especially the young.” Please join with me in praying that our new website will both draw others to a deeper faith in Christ and call forth a greater commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel in our lives.

With my best wishes and prayers for you all,

Fr Jonathan


This message comes from this week's Bible Alive. It speaks to us all:

“How seriously do you take the call to evangelize? Do you think that evangelization is primarily the work of priests or religious? Does the idea of sharing your faith make you embarrassed or awkward? Well, the truth is that most of us feel a little embarrassed or awkward about sharing our faith. If it is any consolation, many priests and bishops probably do as well.

Why is this? Well, one reason, which can appear to be a very sensible one, is that we don’t want to impose ourselves or our beliefs on others. We comfort ourselves with the thought that others are better equipped and more able, evangelism is a kind of Christian specialism - rather like a brain surgeon is a specialist in their area of medicine and a criminal lawyer is a specialist in their area of law.

The problem with all of the above is that it is simply misguided and wrong. We are all called to evangelize. And sooner or later, whether we like it or not – and most of us don’t like it – we need to share with others the hope we have in Christ. The thing is, it’s not that difficult and people do actually want to hear it! We are the ones who wrongly conclude that people aren’t interested – but they are. If you have a joy about you, a sense of peace, a presence or an attraction, because of the way you live, think, speak and act, then you have already prepared the ground. 

We can be rather like a football team who do all the hard work to get into a goal-scoring position only to fail to score the goal when the opportunity presents itself.”

Prayer: Lord, you have commissioned me to spread the good news to the four corners of the earth. Make me a joyful, enthusiastic and confident witness.