Serving together

We regularly hear appeals such as the recent Survive-MIVA one. And in our 3 Churches we always respond very well! We don’t hear appeals for our own churches very often – but next week we will. We’re calling it “Serving Together”.

So what’s it about? First it’s to thank all those among us who do so much to promote the work of Jesus through his Church in our 3 communities. After an appeal written by parishioners, you will then be invited to get involved yourself, especially if you have not done so before. On a sheet with lists of ways of serving, you’ll be able to select areas or ministries that you think you are gifted for or attracted to. And it’s a very long list, as you will see!

Last week I quoted from Cardinal Newman about finding our role or mission in life. Let me remind you of some of what he said:

“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission… I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons… I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place…”

Indeed, we are all called to serve the Lord and his people in our own way. What a lovely image – that we are links in a chain that we call the Church, and an even bigger one that we call the family of the human race.

So please bring this into your prayers during this week. Ask the Lord to show you what gifts he has given you, and how best you could use them. Let’s polish up the chain to which we all belong – it’s all the work of the Lord!

Fr Matthew

The mission of my life

Cardinal John Henry Newman was beatified in 2010 by Pope Benedict during his visit to Britain. His feast is this Tuesday. Among his voluminous writings this passage seems to speak to many people. I make no apologies for printing it again here. It is packed with wisdom, so read it slowly, pausing wherever you find you can relate to what he says …

“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.”

Blessed John Henry Newman 1801 – 1890

This is me

On 12th October we are showing “The Greatest Showman” at St Brigid’s (see inside). In the film Keala Settle, as a bearded lady, leads the ensemble of so-called circus “freaks” in the multi-award winning song “This is Me”. Here are the lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to this uplifting song.

I am not a stranger to the dark,
“Hide away”, they say “cause we don’t want your broken parts”. I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
“Run away”, they say, “no one will love you as you are”.
But I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us for we are glorious
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised I am who I’m meant to be, this is me Look out ‘cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen, I make no apologies, this is me

Another round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away ‘cause today, I won’t let the shame sink in.
We are bursting through the barricades and reaching for the sun. Yea, that’s what we’ve become.
I won’t let them break me down to dust,
I know that there’s a place for us for we are glorious
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down…

And I know that I deserve your love,
‘cause there’s nothing I’m not worthy of
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down…

Search “This is Me Lyric Video” on Youtube

Mrs Sue Miles and Fr Matthew