Welcome to our updated website for St Peter’s Church. Thanks to our webmaster, we are back on line and are pleased you have found your way to us and hope you enjoy looking through our pages.
Lent is almost upon us with its special devoted time for deeper prayer, more time spent with the Lord, perhaps in visiting church and spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, and for tracing one's discipleship over the past months and year. Part of refreshing our discipleship may be thinking of a new or revitalising of a particular apostolate. Some may wish to review their rule of prayer life and charity giving, their time and talent devoted to the building up of the parish congregation or perhaps to some outreach in the community as part of the Christian body, or indeed with others attempting to give a good foundation to life within the place each lives.
One of the foundation stones of Lenten practice, apart from prayer and almsgiving, is fasting. It is not dieting or the chance to lose weight and be a bit fitter! Although the latter may be of help to some of us. Fasting is about self-denial. It teaches us to discipline ourselves, not only in the matter of food and drink, but the exercise permeates our whole nature, if we work at it with some thoughtful application. We fast in order to give ourselves a health check-spiritual health that is. Fasting, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, helps us to control our bodies, minds and spirits to focus upon the things Jesus told us are important and life fulfilling. To love God and to love neighbour. In other words to put others before self. This can lead to losing the bad habits of selfishness, bad temper, greed and things which put us at odds with each other and growing to that maturity which the Father wants of us.
Medical conditions may prevent us from fasting from food, (we need to be sensible) but we may find others ways of self-denial which will build us up to Christian maturity.
A joyful, holy and committed Lent.
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.