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Readings for weekend 27th/28th November 2021

Access the readings for this weekend here.

First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16; I will make a virtuous Branch grow for David.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 24; To you,  O Lord, I lift up my soul.

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; May the Lord confirm your hearts in holiness when Christ comes.

Gospel: Luke 21:25-28. 34-36; Your liberation is near at hand.

From The Presbytery Window

Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.

Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom.

We come to the First Sunday of Advent with a head, and heart, full of quite particular concerns. Jeremiah helps us by pointing us toward a day of fulfilment, a day which is imminent. Because of one life, Judah will be safe, Jerusalem will dwell secure. The days Jeremiah foresees are replete with hope and promise. The message here is, ‘Hope’; hope because of the One who is coming. The days Jesus sees coming are full of dismay, fear and dread. Who is this terrifying Son of Man whose day ‘will assault everyone’, causing people to die of fright? Contemplating these words, we discover they are not a threat but an exhortation, an exhortation to, ‘Be ready’. The Gospel bids us lift our heads and ‘stay awake’, just as Psalm 24 bids us lift our souls. Friendship with the Lord is not always easy to cultivate in our busy lives. But ahead of us is the God of kindness, offering us friendship. Children are better at approaching the coming days with a belief anything might happen; children relish our Advent waiting, not just the presents at Christmas. They keep a kind of Advent vigilance, waiting for Emmanuel, for the life which is possible, for all that can be, for Jesus to come back, for the kingdom of heaven, not just then, but now. Fr Jimmy

Honouring Sunday – The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have issued a statement emphasising the importance of Sunday as The Day of the Lord and the celebration of Mass gathered as the Body of Christ on that day. It also speaks of the difficulty some will have in fulfilling the Sunday Obligation at this time.  It invites us to reflect on the practice of Sunday Worship. It is reproduced below and is available on our parish website.

Praying with the Pope in November

As part of the Pope’s global network of prayer (www.praywiththepope.net), we pray with the Holy Father, from our hearts and united in the heart of Christ, to grow as missionary disciples.  You can join this network by praying these monthly intentions with the pope, and by making a daily offering prayer.

November Papal Intentions

ADVENT

The Walk with Me daily meditation books, a Journey of Prayer for Advent, priced £1 and free Children’s Advent and Christmas Calendars, which continue  for the Christmas Season, are available in the Porch.

Caritas Westminster Advent Giving Calendars are available, free, in the Porch. Please take one, use it while shopping during Advent and return the items to our Foodbank box. Many thanks.

CAFOD Advent Reflections offer an opportunity to pause, pray and take action in preparation  for Christmas. Visit www.cafod.org.uk to access the Interactive Online Advent Calendar .

There are free Advent Children’s Liturgy resources parents and children will find helpful at home. Further examples of CAFOD’s work can be found in their World Gift Catalogue, available free in the Porch, or visit; www.worldgifts.cafod.org.uk

For a Synodal Church:  Communion, Participation, Mission.

Pope Francis has invited all of us, the People of God, inside and outside the Church, to enter on a journey together, to walk side by side; to listen to one another with a conviction every voice is valued and needs to be heard. Where is this Synod on Synodality leading?  What might be accomplished?  You may wish to read Pope Francis’ homily for the Opening of the Synodal Pathway in Rome on October 10th; https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2021/documents/20211010-omelia-sinodo-vescovi.html

As God’s children, when we walk together, the Spirit gives us the words to encourage one another and the hands to extend ourselves into the world. We, the faith community of St. Hugh of Lincoln Parish, are asked to join in a process beginning with listening to one another in our daily lives, listening to the Holy Spirit. A digest of our words, our concerns, will be communicated to the diocese of Westminster, to the bishops of England and Wales, to be heard by the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2023.

The Hertfordshire Area Synodal Listening Event

This event with Bishop Paul McAleenan takes place on Monday 29thNovember from 7.00 – 9.00pm, at Garston Parish, Crown Rose, Garston, Watford, WD25 0NE. All are welcome.

St Hugh’s parish Listening Events

A series of listening events is scheduled for December as we respond to this invitation to journey together. These will consist of three gatherings which will form small listening groups, meeting in the St. Hilda Room. You are invited to attend any or all of the three.

The listening will begin with questions:

What has been your experience of “journeying together” during these past eighteen months of the pandemic? 

How has this brought joy? When has it brought pain or sadness? 

What do you value about how the Church community journeys together and shows love to the world? 

In what ways does the Church community fail to journey together and show love?

Our three Parish Synodal Listening Events will be held in the Saint Hilda Room

Tuesday 7th December

10am- 12noon

Sunday 12th December

after the 9.30 Mass followed by coffee/tea

Tuesday 14th December  

7.30-9pm 

Read more here.

SYNOD PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT    
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. 
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; 
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. 
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. 
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path 
nor partiality influence our actions. 
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together 
to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. 
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, 
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. 
Amen

COP26 – UN Climate Summit

Read more about Climate Change campaigning in the Catholic Church here.

Listen to His Holiness on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day reflection, which focused on the environment and climate change as time approaches for the start of the COP26 UN Climate Summit.

Parish Finances

See below for monthly totals for 2021/2022. These include standing orders, envelopes, and the loose collection. Thank you for your continued generosity.

  • April 2021 £6,320.91
  • May 2021 £6824.33
  • June 2021 £7819.23
  • July 2021 £6751.20
  • Aug 2021 £6556.16
  • Sept 2021 £6701.31
  • Oct 2021 £7289.05

Parishioners part of our Planned Giving Scheme are invited to collect their new box of envelopes from the back of the Church. Thank you for your offerings.

A contactless card machine is available in the Church porch, or you might wish to donate online at www.parish.rcdow.org.uk/letchworth

For information about or to set up a Standing Order, please contact the parish office at letchworth@rcdow.org.uk

Assisted Dying Bill progresses to Committee Stage

The Assisted Dying Bill was presented to the House of Lords on 22nd October. Over 60 peers spoke against its enactment. The Bill has now passed to the Committee Stage. In his statement Bishop John Sherrington stated “Given that it is not supported by the Government, it will likely run out of time and not become law. We will continue to scrutinise and challenge this legislation in the months ahead. The Catholic Church is clear that we can never assist in taking the life of another, even if they request it. All life is sacred from conception until natural death, and we reiterate our call for investment in high quality palliative care. Our call is one for assistance in living and not assistance in committing suicide.”

Full text of his letter is available here on the Diocesan website, or alternatively explore the resources available on the CBCEW “Opposing the Assisted Dying Bill 2021″.

The latest edition of the Westminster Record concentrates on Life Issues. As the Assisted Dying Bill progresses, a podcast with Bishop John Sherrington and Dr Sian Davies, Palliative Care Specialist is available through this link.

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Our Catholic Schools

St Thomas More RC Primary School, Highfield, Letchworth, Herts. SG63QB Tel: 01462 620670 www.strcjmi.herts.sch.uk

The John Henry Newman RC Secondary School, Hitchin Road, Stevenage. SG14AE Tel: 01438 314643 www.jhn.herts.sch.uk

Parish Safeguarding

Rebecca Clarke Tel: 01462 646636  

Email: letchworthsg@safeguardrcdow.org.uk

RC Chaplaincy at Lister Hospital

Lister Hospital RC Team: Tel: 01438285138 (24/7)  For urgent need: 01438 314333  

Via text message: 07884 187463 

Email: chaplaincy.enhtr@nhs.net

Please note: Catholic patients can only be visited by the Catholic Chaplain, or a priest, if they, or a relative, contact the Chaplaincy or nursing staff.

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