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Next Sunday, the fourth in Lent, is known as Laetare Sunday. Laetare means Rejoice. In England it has been called Mothering Sunday (NOT Mother's Day). It is a time for a gentle relaxation of the Lenten fast and a day when families meet at their "mother" church, i.e. where they were baptised and first learned the Faith. It can be an occasion to revisit the meaning of our baptism and what it means to belong to the family of the Church. An isolated Christian is in danger of becoming a "dead" Christian. Cut off from the community which meets to fulfil the command of Jesus, "Do this in memory of me", that is to celebrate the Mass, we cut ourselves off from being a chosen race and royal priesthood-called by God to be holy and special to Him. We can lose the will and indeed ability to pray and become closer to the Lord in Scripture and Sacrament.
Why not revisit your "mother " church this Sunday coming, or perhaps on Easter Day to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and your own calling to life in all its fulness.
I wish and pray for you reader a fruitful and freedom filled Lent.
"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.
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.