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|Bishop’s Open Letter on Assisted Dying Bill Bishop John Sherrington, Lead Bishop for Life Issues for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has written an open letter inviting Catholics to pray for the defeat of the Assisted Dying Bill to be debated in the House of Lords in October. It encourages them to write to peers at the House of Lords stating the reasons why they oppose this legislation and particularly explain from personal experience the reasons why this change in the law should be opposed. It urges discussion and communication about this important matter.|
In this Year of the Word, Trish Bonnett, Pastoral Assistant at Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew in Hitchin, describes how volunteering as an actor with Wintershall has given her an opportunity to share the gospel with people in a unique, and faith-affirming way. Wintershall is a charity that stages open-air productions about the life of Jesus.
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Is this for you OR for someone you know? St Scholastica’s Retreat – Open Day – Saturday, 25th September The Retreat offers sheltered housing to Catholics aged 60 or over in 36 self-contained flats at £562pcm – more information on the poster and from The Warden: Deacon Seán Duffy – Princes Risborough (01844) 344437.
Message from Veronica Raymond on behalf of Hertfordshire Welcomes Refugees
We at HWR have been deeply upset by the situation in Afghanistan. We are pleased that the government has committed to taking 20,000 refugees, and we hope that Hertfordshire will take its fair share of the 20,000.
We are aware that Hertfordshire is hosting Afghan refugees in temporary accommodation (currently hotels) and that many groups are collecting items to help them. This is only temporary accommodation and these families are likely to be moved out of Hertfordshire fairly quickly. We are working with the East of England Strategic Migration Partnership, Red Cross and other organisations to respond to their needs. We have already made one delivery of goods. As there are so many collections going on at the moment, we do not want to duplicate and overwhelm the hotels but we will help to coordinate.
We will be posting regular updates on our website and social media about how we are responding and how you can support us.
In the meantime, if you would like to help, please consider taking some of the following actions:
1. Write to your local councillor and your council leads to ask and encourage them to accept Afghan refugees in your area under one of the government’s resettlement programmes. You can find out who your councillor is and how to contact them here: https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-councillors
2. Make a donation to Herts Welcomes Refugees: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1016803 Please mark your donation Afghan Appeal
3. Help us to find appropriate accommodation and philanthropic landlords to resettle families in Hertfordshire. One of the key reasons that only three councils in Hertfordshire (at present only Three Rivers, Welwyn Hatfield and Dacorum) have said they would accept Afghan refugees is due to the lack of accommodation. If Hertfordshire is to resettle families, we need philanthropic landlords to come forward and offer affordable housing. Please ask your networks and faith groups. If you do know of any houses that can be rented to refugees, please contact us and we can put you in touch with the appropriate person in your local council.
4. Donate a mobile phone and SIM card. One of the priority emerging needs are good phones that are wiped clean and have SIM cards with at least £20 credit, that can be easily topped up. Many have arrived without phones which means they cannot communicate with their families and others. Please let us know if you can provide and deliver one to us.
If you are not yet a member of Herts Welcomes Refugees, you can sign up via our website: https://www.hwsf.org.uk/get-involved.html
We will continue to update you and as always appreciate your support.
Herts Welcomes Refugees North Herts
Our Lady Primary School Prayer Book
The whole school community has contributed to a prayer book created by the Chaplaincy Team. If you would like to purchase one please do so via the parish office.
£3 for one prayer book
£5 for two prayer books
This week the Comet listed 50 people who have helped to shape our community. We are proud to say that Fr Michael Lambert (no 42) made the list as did Shane Cole (no 11) from Feed Up Warm Up.
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Click on link for an information video https://youtu.be/nP_u0A3S-q0
Sunday, 25th April – World Day of Prayer for Vocations
An invitation to “Come and have breakfast”.
On this day of prayer, gather as community (or if you are a large community, in small groups) and hear the Lord say – “Come and have breakfast”
Remember the Easter story – where the apostles, having gone back to Galilee, decided to go back to what they knew – fishing. Having worked hard all night – they caught nothing and then the stranger on the shore told them, to put their nets down again – and they caught a huge number of fish…..then the recognition dawned – it is the Lord
Today we pray for all those being called to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life. May they have the courage to discern this call, listen to God’s voice, and overcome the pressures that our culture puts upon them to ignore their path in life.
We remember: The light of Christ surrounds us. The love of Christ enfolds us. The power of Christ protects us. The presence of Christ watches over us. And wherever we are, God is with us. And all is well!
1. Blessed are you, Lord our God, who has given to all of us a destiny and purpose in our lives.
2. We thank You., God of Mysterious ways, that You have a holy design for us. We rejoice that we are special to You, That our names are written in the palm of Your hand and our place in history, our purpose for existing, is known within our heart, since endless ages.
3 Blessed are You, inscrutable Lord, for those events, persons, talents and loves which helped us to discover adventure and purpose, fruitfulness and meaning in our lives.
4 We are grateful for that long line of holy people, who since ancient times inspired others by their faithfulness to their own destinies. They by their very lives, shout out to us not to compromise our destiny but to live fully within Your eternal design.
5. Blessed are You, for colleagues, teachers, parents, family and friends who called us out from the cocoon of comfort and contentment to embark upon that unique path on which You sent each of us forth.
Adapted From :Prayers of Gratitude and Praise, Edward Hayes.
Gracious and Merciful God, in your great wisdom you have called each human person to accept your call to fullness of life in Jesus Christ our Good Shepherd. Within that call, each of us finds our special path to you as we listen for your voice in our hearts and in the many experiences of our lives. Rejoicing in the new life of this Paschal season, let us be grateful for the opportunities we have to serve you and your people.
Today we pray that those you are calling to a religious vocation may respond with eager spirits and willing hands.
May our families nurture the call of God in our children. May our parishes support the call through vibrant celebrations of our faith. May our Church leadership recognize that it is your Holy Spirit who calls and shapes each vocation.
May we who are living this life, by our joy and faithfulness, be sources of encouragement to those you are calling to this way of life.
May our Church and world be blessed with an abundance of women and men who consecrate their lives to that service, so that all people may come to know the deep joy of your abundant love.
We pray through Jesus Christ, risen from the dead and always shepherding your Church, and in your Holy Spirit, who blesses us with courage, now and forever. Amen
When I was not expecting it, you called me, my God
I hear you in a moment of time, when I am doing something else.
At the corner of a dried-up field there’s an open gate:
Helping me find new pathways, leading me on.
Christ, you have opened for me the gate of glory:
I can find greater wonders in your wonderful world:
Yet untrodden paths can be dark and frightening:
Frontiers are places of conflict and confusion.
Spirit, help me to discern the way I should go:
How else can I be sure I’ve found the open door?
At times you will close the door I thought I’d found:
Be with me and support me then, when I feel most alone.
Help me learn to expect you in new and surprising places:
To look for your fruitful word in the judgement of others:
When those seem wrong to me, help me to learn;
When they seem right, keep me from pride.
(Psalm of Vocation by John Hammersley)
Christians Against Poverty
CAP is also doing some great work, now with a new Manager, Carlton Andrews. Carlton has given us the following introduction to himself and reminded us of what CAP is doing. I am sure you will join him in acknowledging Phil Jackson’s pioneering work and I look forward to this continuing with Carlton, Leigh Smith and colleagues.
Hello there! My name is Carlton Andrews and I am the new manager at Hitchin CAP Debt Centre. After several years faithful service as CAP manager, 29 years’ service to Zeo and even more to our local community Phil Jackson is taking well-earned retirement – well almost! Thankfully Phil will continue with CAP as a Debt Coach – a role I have held for the last 18 months here at Zeo Church. So we’ve effectively swapped jobs.
I have lived in the area with my wife Wendy for less than 3 years, which means that thanks to lockdown we have had little opportunity to get to know other churches, yet alone their leaders. Hopefully, that will change over the coming months.
I have been asked to tell you something about ourselves: Wendy, who is a solicitor & I have been together for 35 years. We moved from Kent where I was actively involved in a Christian foodbank, and with Samaritans – both as Trustee Chair. Since 2014 I have taken teams of volunteers to southern Brazil each Autumn to build homes in partnership with a small Brazilian charity called Maos Abertas (Open Hands) often joined by Wendy.
I would like to remind everyone that CAP is very much open for business, please visit our website capuk.org. We are currently supporting debt clients by phone and Google meet where possible. Leigh Smith is looking at running the CAP Job Club as soon it is safe to do so, and I am doing the same with the CAP Life Skills course. Please contact me if you have any questions about CAP or would like us to come and speak at a service or Church Council meeting. My contact details are email@example.com. Tel: 07305 460031. (Please use 0800 328 0006 for all debt enquiries)Continue Reading