Sunday 24th MARCH Lent 3C: Low Mass at 8am Sung Mass 10am.
Readings Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15; Psalm 102; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12; St Luke 13:1-9
Mass: Mon 7:30pm Tues: 12noon Wed 10am; Thurs: 8am, Exposition of Blessed Sacrament 12noon; Fri: 11:30am, Stations of the Cross 11am.
Intentions: Sun Those preparing for the Sacraments; Mon Society of Mary; Tues the gift of mercy; Wed keeping the commandments; Thurs those in spiritual danger; Fri The hungry & needy; Sat spiritual integrity.
Sunday 31st March Lent 4C 8am Low Mass, 10am Sung Mass.
Readings: Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 33; 2 Corinthians 5:5-17-21; St Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.
Psalm numbering is from the Vulgate edition of the Bible.
Walsingham Cell & devotion Tuesday April 9th 7:30pm: Penitential Mass
The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament has a new ward which meets regularly at St Peter's: Our Lady of the Isles We meet also at St Andrew Wilmcote, the first Tractarian parish in England.
For Holy days see the Saints of the Month page.
29th March Beat the Brexit blues: 7pm Chocolate Bingo in the Hall a fundraiser for an expedition to Costa Rica to work in charity projects. Dispensation from Lenten fast for today!! Details on the Church Notice Board.
In church there are statues with lamps burning by them representing prayers offered. Why not sponsor a lamp before one of the family portraits, i.e. a statue of a saint in church. £2 for a lamp before St Peter, Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady with Child Jesus, the Holy Family, the Transfiguration, the Good Shepherd or St Anthony of Padua (patron of young people)?
If you would like to sponsor a lamp before a favourite saint in church, please contact Fr Michael.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Baptism…………………Contact the Rector
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Confession or Reconciliation is part of the Church’s Healing Ministry:
It has always been part of the Church of England’s sacramental life. It is quite clearly laid out in the Book of Common Prayer 1662 under the Visitation of the Sick.
It is a sacrament which liberates and refreshes the penitent; calls for a degree of honesty in that the words have to be spoken and once “out there” can no longer be hidden; it elicits advice which otherwise those struggling with their acknowledged failures before the Lord might not hear, access or heed.
Confessing to one another is encouraged in the letter of St James and Jesus himself in the Gospel gives authority to his apostles to exercise the ministry of forgiveness and healing. The confidential sanctity of the sacrament avoids any misuse of a person’s troubles and perceived weaknesses. Both priest and penitent are bound by this sacramental bond and nothing of what passes between them may ever be repeated to another.
Now the sacrament is known by the more helpful title of Reconciliation. The penitent is reconciled to God by the Lord’s own act of forgiveness, pronounced by the priest; only the Lord can forgive and reconcile us to himself. Only the Lord by the power of his Cross and Resurrection can liberate us from all that wrecks our life.
Here at St Peter’s the sacrament of Reconciliation is available and offered; teaching on how to go about it is also given.
Those desiring to make use of the sacrament can do so by appointment with 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.
Monday has a "knit and natter" group meeting at 10:30 to midday and from 1:30pm the Art Group meets to paint and draw.
A prayer cell has developed under the patronage of St Catherine of Siena. The cell will meet weekly on Thursday to read the Gospel for the following Sunday in a method called Lectio Divina, a quiet and shared way of looking at what the Lord is saying to us individually through the words of the Bible.
St. Peter’s also has a Cell for members of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham. It meets for Mass and other Marian devotions. See Walsingham page. Mass of OLW Tuesday 19th March 7:30pm.
The Rosary is prayed once a fortnight in people's homes. March 26th. Details from Fr Mike.
The Mission Society of St Wilfred & St Hilda was launched at St. Peter’s Crabbs Cross Redditch by Bishop Jonathan Baker SSC, at the time bishop of Ebbsfleet. The Society’s aims and constitution can be read on its own website www.sswsh.com . Bishop Jonathan came to inaugurate the Society for the Region of the Marches-the dioceses of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester- he is now Bishop of Fulham in the diocese of London. Society is episcopally led, by the 14 Catholic bishops, and our Bishop Jonathan Goodall serves us pastorally and sacramentally.