Jesus asked his disciples “Who do you say I am?” In response to the answer given by Peter, whose worshipful faith comes as a gift from above and not from any mere logic or ingenuity, Jesus to entrusted him with the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Who would have believed that Jesus, who knew in advance that Peter would deny him on three different occasions, would have picked him for such an important role. But we now know, retrospectively, that God can achieve anything. We can see the love and mercy of God at work.
So what can we learn from this? Sometimes in life we do not understand why things happen the way they do. But God sees all and is in control of all situations. Every event, although mysterious at the time, serves a spiritual purpose for our growth and for that of the Church as a whole. Today we may not understand why certain things are happening in our lives. Events may appear mysterious or even disastrous. But if we look back in a few days, or in a few years’ time, we are able to see how we have grown spiritually or have gained from that experience. Although our Heavenly Father was mysterious in His way on that particular occasion, with hindsight His divine will is made known to us.
This week let us take time to reflect on past situations, or events of our life, and reflect on the mysterious ways of the Lord that have led to where we are today. I am sure all of us can find something to mull and chew over. Gradually we will be able to see how He has enabled us to grow in the fruits of the Holy Spirit. And when our eyes are opened to the mysterious ways of the Lord let us thank Him for all He has done for us.
God also asks each and every one of us, to take on certain tasks or actions, like he told Peter in the Gospel. He asks us to go and spread the Good News. Not by words alone but by our actions. We can be disciples of the Good News by our example to our neighbours and certainly to our family. He also gently invites us to go and carry out some task to further his kingdom. This could be in the fabric of our own church, or in our community.
Let us not question our capabilities (or lack of it) to fulfil the task. God will provide…..
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Dates for your diary:
First Friday Devotions - 5th Sept 9am – 12 noon in Sacred Heart, Fareham
First Saturday Devotions - 6th Sept 9.30am – 1pm in St Mary’s, Gosport
Fr Peter's prayer group Thursday 4th Sept 7.30pm St Paul’s, Paulsgrove
FILIPINO MASS - Saturday 6th September at 11am
in St John the Evangelist Church, South Place,
Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9AS
This Mass will be celebrated by Fr Claro Conde.
Saturday 6th September: A Farewell Party for Fr John Humphreys, Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Fareham & Gosport, will follow the 6pm Vigil Mass
– Everyone is welcome. …
there is also a ‘bring and share’ party on Sunday 14th September after the 10am Mass – this is mainly for the people of Lee & Stubbington to say farewell.
Both events are in Stubbington.
The 'Catholicism' Course continues in Stubbington & Lee during September, October & November. Each of the DVD sessions ‘stand alone’ so you can come along to one or all the sessions (and do not have to have been to any of the previous sessions). The Course is led by Fr Robert Barron (author, speaker and theologian, founder of the global media ministry: Word on Fire www.WordOnFire.org which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.)
"‘Catholicism’ could well become one of the most significant efforts ever to advance what Pope John Paul II called ‘The New Evangelization.’ "
George Weigel, Biographer of Pope John Paul II
“The Communion of Saints” - Thurs 11th Sept at 7.30 in Stubbington ( repeated Wed 17th Sept at 1pm in Lee)
Southampton Celebrate Weekend 2014
Celebrate is a family conference for Christians of all ages. Our vision is to offer a faith-filled and fun event which combines good Christian teaching, inspirational speakers and celebration of the liturgy, where young and old alike join together in a vibrant atmosphere to celebrate the love of God. Saturday 27th September 2014 9 am - 9 pm
to Sunday 28th September 2014 9 am - 5.30 pm
The Southampton team are looking forward to welcoming you once again. If you haven’t been before, why not give it a try? The theme is ‘Jesus, the hope of all the world’. Contact & Details: Lynda and Peter Szymanski
Phone: 02380 292058 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We ask for your prayers and support for Fr Paul Leonard from Leigh Park who’s undertaking the gruelling 12 mile ‘Tough Mudder’ obstacle course on behalf of CAFOD this autumn & training hard for it at the moment. Good luck Father Paul! www.justgiving.com/Paul-Leonard11
YOUR CATHOLIC LEGACY
The charities involved in this scheme save and change lives every single day. Whether helping people who are homeless, seafarers, prisoners, children with disabilities and low income families here in the UK or providing practical survival solutions and sharing God’s love with communities around the world. Find out more via 020 7095 5367 or yourcatholiclegacy.org.uk
Fr John Cooke is planning to lead a 12-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land [Travelling Sun 14th- Thurs 25th Feb 2016]
Information regarding this awesome experience can be obtained from: St Margaret Mary’s Church, Middle Rd. Park Gate, SO31 7GH (01489 572797 or email: email@example.com)
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(see address below).
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Framework for Collaboration - Formation for Mission Team
This Diocesan Team, led by Fr. David O Sullivan, is responsible for advising, training and developing catechetical resources in the Diocese.
Why is this important? We are all concerned with the transmission of our faith to the next generation, as parents, grandparents and as church members. Good catechesis does really help this process.
We have parish catechists. There are many wonderful and committed parish catechists all over the Diocese. However, they are not usually experts in catechesis and rely on published programs. In addition, there are rarely resources within the parish for monitoring of and training in the delivery of programs. The Formation for Mission Team will be able to fill this gap.
The Formation for Mission Team needs the input of parish catechists. We need 5 parish volunteers to form each of the following central teams: children’s liturgy, baptism preparation, first communion preparation, confirmation preparation, RCIA, Courses & events (30 volunteers in total). We need people who can use their experience at parish level to help and encourage others to develop excellent catechetical programs at all levels.
Time Commitment? About 6 Saturday meetings a year, with a few hours individual work in between. Some may choose to offer more time.