Mass Times * News * Fr Cyril Chiaha Writes
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During this time, our churches remain closed, but Mass is celebrated in private by Fr Cyril
Sunday 24th May: 7th Sunday of Easter
Tuesday 26th May: St Phillip Neri, Priest
Wednesday 27th May: St Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop
Thursday 28th May: Easter Feria
Friday 29th May: Easter Feria
Saturday 30th May: Easter Feria
Sunday 31st May: Pentecost Sunday
The readings for Mass can be found every day on the ‘Universalis’ website.
Some churches in our diocese stream Mass online, you may be able to watch one of these during this time.
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- Please consider using the telephone. While we must all support each other in these times, we must also try and do our part in lessening the spread of this disease.
Please pray for Mr. Michael Stacey whose funeral service was on Thursday 21st May. Please pray also for Mrs. Sheila Murton whose funeral service was on Friday 22nd May. Sheila’s family have placed the floral tributes from her funeral at Our Lady’s grotto in St Richard’s church grounds. May their souls rest in peace. Amen.
The month of May is dedicated to Mary our Blessed Mother. Praying the Rosary is one of the ways to ask for our Lady’s intercession and it would be wonderful to offer our Rosary during this month for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prayer that Jesus prayed in today’s gospel brings to light God’s sovereign purpose and our place in it. As recorded in the reading “Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you”. With those words He prayed that the ordained hour of the cross, the hour that was set for our salvation, comes to fruition.
By praying to His Father, Jesus not only teaches us about the importance of prayer and the relationship between the Father and Himself, but also discloses a pattern of relationship, one that reveals the amazing truth that God is not distant in our trials of life, that He is in solidarity with His own.
Jesus knows that our protection is found in prayer and not by avoiding or escaping the trials of life. While each of us cannot know God’s sovereign plan in advance as Jesus knew, yet Jesus’ experience reveals the understanding that God is sovereign over every human trial and suffering; all that is required of each individual is to trust God, submitting to Him in prayer and obedience, even as we face the trials of life.
This is not always easy, as the trial and suffering in life are not easily perceived as the place to find glory. Often, it is seen as punishments and humiliation; a sign of weakness.
As exemplified in Jesus, the cross or trials of life is where God’s glory are supremely displayed, offering each individual an opportunity to find God to be true to what He says, to experience God’s sustaining grace and purposeful design, reshaping the human person more into His image.
It is my hope that each of us remain steadfast in the face of trials and persecution that may come our way, just as Jesus did not give up even when he was on the cross; as our purpose on earth is to glorify God. True life is all about knowing God and that relationship comes through knowing Jesus.
Have a blessed week!