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Light characterises the season of Christmass with more services celebrating light than any other faith. We celebrate the Light of the world, in thanksgiving for the coming of the Word of God in the child of Bethlehem: Jesus; and in anticipation of the second coming in majesty of the risen and glorified Lord.

Christmass does not end on St Stephen's day 26th December, but continues its celebrations of Light until 2nd February, marking the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

6th January celebrates another festival of light in the following of a star by the wise men: The Epiphany or Shining Upon. The star representing the light of heaven (just as in the shepherds seeing it in the fields on the night of the birth of Christ) leads these sages to the place where the Christ child and his mother are residing. Such is the illumination of the child that the sages recognise him as King, Priest and Reconciling Sacrifice-represented by the 3 types of gifts offered. the season then witnesses the Baptism of the Lord when the light of heaven in the form of a Dove-representing the light of the Holy Spirit- descends upon Jesus as he inaugurates his incarnate ministry.

Christ is the light that shows us the way back to our first innocence, our creation in the image of God. The little child of Bethlehem, the Man of Sorrows of Good Friday and the Risen and Glorified Word of God-the Easter Christ-lead us to the likeness of the creator into which we are called to grow on our life's pilgrimage. We are told to stand up and be counted, stand up with confidence through our faith in the Risen Lord who will come in power and might at his second coming into the world made through him to complete the redemption of the faithful who have trod the pilgrim way of this life through all its trials and hardships with steadfast trust in the Lord.

Fr Michael

"Open the Book" a Bible Society initiative which introduces the young in schools to biblical characters and heroes is proving a great success in our local first school. The team form St Peter's is now presenting, with participation of the children a story once per month. Please pray that this venture will draw children and parents to church.

Every blessing

Fr. Mike

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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 have been revised with a new style , whilst keeping the essential elements of the Mass.

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 complete our refurbishments. To help, visit: www.easyfundraising.org.uk  and find St Peter's Crabbs Cross roof fund.