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Remembrance Sunday is upon us. It seems that the wounds of war and conflict are forever with fallen humanity. Greed, power seeking, nationalism, yes religious difference too seem to generate a desire to dominate and not tolerate difference. Lack of love is the cause of so much conflict. Love in the sense in which Jesus used it- a desire to serve the other-to know that one's life is not one's own, but is a gift which must be used. Jesus said He who holds onto his life will lose it; he who gives his life for the sake of the Gospel will find it. The Gospel is Jesus. He is the message and not just the messenger. As Christians we are particularly called to follow His way of living. This is a way of self-giving, not grasping. Many are celebrating the sixteenth century Reformation this year. Whilst it brought about impetus for change which was good, it also brought about the break up of Western Europe as a community which lead to nationalism, creating conflicts which could well have been avoided. The communities on both sides of that divide were unwilling to give up positions, both of which had some merit.
We remember the results of war this coming weekend. The fact that people will not listen to each other results in so much destruction of life, both of the dead and those who remain with the consequences.
We should pray with earnest intent to gain the ability to listen and truly dialogue so as to avoid what has and is happening in God's world.
Our parish is affiliated to The Society of St Wilfred and St Hilda and registered with Forward in Faith; it is also wedded to the Five Guiding Principles of the House of Bishop’s Declaration on Holy Order, trying to maintain the highest possible unity of the Church of England.
Our family Masses are due for an overhaul and hopefully a new style in the new year.
Whilst these Masses will hopefully allow the newcomer to appreciate the central role of the Mass in the Christian life, solemn Masses will also be offered on other Sundays.
These Masses will continue to be at 10am.
The 8am Mass will continue to be said.
Evening services on Sundays are also being re-considered under various guises. There is likely to be a form of “healing service” once a month.
The particular service and its time will be advertised in church and in the pages of this website.
A prayer for England:
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy on England thy Dowry and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given to the world; and he has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst accept at the foot of the Cross, O Sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the One True Shepherd. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and serve God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.
The Mission Society of St Wilfred & St Hilda was launched at St. Peter’s Crabbs Cross Redditch by Bishop Jonathan Baker. The Society’s aims and constitution can be read on its own website www.sswsh.com .
We are still fund raising to restore our church roof. One way to help is to visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk , sign in and look for St Peters Crabbs Cross-Church Roof Appeal. Thanks to all who have contributed in this and other ways. We have collected almost half the required amount.