FR MARTIN PLUNKETT WRITES….

Sunday 29th May 2022

+7th Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners,

Veni Creator Spiritus

As we now approach the conclusion of our Eastertide celebrations we find ourselves preparing to receive once again the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. We pray with all the Church ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’, Come Creator Spirit. This week we have celebrated Our Lord’s Ascension into heaven where he has taken our humanity before us and gone to prepare a place for us. Now we wait and pray for the Holy Spirit, whom we will remember especially at the feast of Pentecost. It is through the holy Spirit that we can now come into a relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is given to us in all the sacraments. The Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us from our Baptism: when we become a temple of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. Through the Spirit we can say in faith “Jesus is Lord.” Through the Holy Spirit we come to know ourselves as beloved children, adopted by the Father, through all that Jesus has accomplished for us. When we come together at Holy Mass, it is by the Holy Spirit that we gather as the Risen Body of Christ in the Church. Here especially, the Holy Spirit draws us into a holy communion with God, to receive his grace and mercy, and to be fed with the Bread of Life, Jesus our Saviour and Redeemer. So at this time when we join our nation in celebrating the long reign of our Queen Elizabeth, we can also see that her monarchy is a sign of the benevolent reign of God over all his creation. We pray for blessings on our Queen and for ourselves as we are renewed by God’s Holy Spirit at this time. Veni Creator Spiritus.

God bless you

        Fr Martin

SUNDAY 22ND MAY 2022

+SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Dear Parishioners, 

The words of Jesus in the Gospel this Sunday were spoken to his Apostles at the Last Supper on the night before His crucifixion. Jesus explained that true disciples express their love for Him through keeping his commandments. This is like a relationship between a parent and a child. If a child says to their mother or father “I love you,” and then intentionally disobeys them, those words lose their meaning. Love is more than just a word, it is an action. The greatest love-in-action that we see in God is the death and resurrection of Jesus; here we see the real and practical extent of God’s love for us and his real power to liberate us from sin, evil and death. In return, by intentionally living out the teachings of Jesus in our lives, we express our love for Him and witness to that love in the world. How do we know what Jesus taught? The Church is the means by which God’s commandments are preserved, understood, and communicated to us. This is because the Church is not an institution of human origin. It is, rather, a God-instituted and God-guided community. The Church’s leadership, founded upon the Apostles, is guided by the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus promised here. The Holy Spirit will never lead the Church astray. Thus, we can trust the Church and its leadership to teach the truth. We express our love for the Lord through living out the teachings of the Church in our lives. Living this way, as Jesus expressed, will lead to peace. And the peace that Jesus gives is “not as the world gives,” which is a fleeting, circumstantial peace. Rather, Jesus offers true peace that transcends all circumstances. This week let us think about in what areas of our life we need to grow in obedience to God. How can we better express our love for Jesus through doing His will?

                                                                                                                                                                            God bless you,

                                                                                                                                                  Fr Martin

SUNDAY 15TH MAY 2022

+FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Dear Parishioners, 


This Sunday’s Gospel reading records some the last words of Jesus to his disciples before his crucifixion. Jesus spoke these words to his disciples at the Last Supper, after Judas had departed. All the words of Jesus are important but we can allow these words to have a special emphasis because they act as a last will and testament given by Jesus to his Church. The message is simple: “love one another, as I have loved you.” Living out that message is the challenge. Love is at the heart of the Christian message because ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:8). So what is love? To love, according to St. Thomas Aquinas, means to will the good of another. In other words, love is selfless. It involves actively seeking the best for another person without seeking anything in return. This is what Jesus is calling us to when he says, “love one another.” We are to take care of one another’s needs, pray for one another, and seek the best for one another, which ultimately is found in faith in God. However, it is also by loving others that we discover our true selves and our purpose and mission in life and so by giving ourselves away we paradoxically also find ourselves. Jesus tells us to love one another as he has loved us. Jesus loves us most fully from the Cross where he gives everything for his Father and for us. If we can be open to loving like this then we are beginning to discover the meaning of life and the true path to happiness, in this world and in the next. It is by our love for one another that others will know that we are Jesus’ disciples. Thus, our radical, selfless love for one another is the best way to witness the love of God to the world.

God bless you,

Fr Martin