Notes from Fr. Claro

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
16th June

Sunday, 16th of June, we will be celebrating the Day for Life, along with the dioceses of Scotland and Ireland. This year’s theme is “The Lord is my Shepherd – Compassion and Hope at the End of Life”, which allows us to reflect on end-of-life care in the midst of national debates on assisted suicide. In preparation for the Day for Life, we have been praying the Novena for Life with the two other episcopal conferences, in the days leading up to the Feast of the Visitation. The Secretariat of the CBCEW has prepared a wide range of resources to mark the Day for Life, which can be found on the Day for Life website. This includes bidding prayers and other prayers, which could be used at Mass on the day. The Day for Life has also received a special blessing from the Holy Father, which can be found via this link. There is also a second collection this weekend to support this work.

Given the general election, we all need to reflect on the value of life from conception to natural death and on care for the vulnerable, and to make this central when making a choice on whom to vote for.
BISHOP PHILIP EGAN

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16th June 4pm Baptism of Adeya Maeve & Alonzo Joaquin

18th – 21st June PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

23rd June 4pm Sunday St Edmund Campion Pilgrimage Mass at Lyford Grange, near Wantage OX12

24th June 11am Mass NATIVITY OF St. John the Baptist, Blessed Hugh of Faringdon

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Those who want to have confessions or home visit, please email Fr. Claro at cconde@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Take note that we have an office email, office.buck@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk for inquiries about baptism, first holy communion, confirmation, marriage and other parish matters.

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Refugee Week 17 – 23 June

There are two events for refugee week where we look to make our communities more welcoming to those arriving in our country. 13th June at 6pm with Caritas Plymouth. On Tuesday 18th June from 12:30-1pm to hear from one of our parishes. Everyone is welcome. More information can be found on the website https://caritasportsmouth.org.uk

NOTE: Asylum Seekers are back at Brackendale, Ferndale Street, Faringdon, SN7 7AJ

Pope Francis prayer intention for June is for Migrants: Let us pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys fraught with danger and violence, may find welcome and new living opportunities in their host countries.

Dear brothers and sisters, this month I would like us to pray for people fleeing their own countries. The feeling of uprootedness or not knowing where they belong often accompanies the trauma experienced by people who are forced to flee their homeland because of war or poverty. What is more, in some destination countries, migrants are viewed as threats, with fear. Then the spectre of walls appears – walls on the earth separating families, and walls in hearts. Christians cannot share this vision. Whoever welcomes a migrant welcomes Christ. We must promote a social and political culture that protects the rights and dignity of migrants, a culture that promotes the possibility that they can achieve their full potential and integrates them. A migrant needs to be accompanied, promoted, and integrated. [Image: Massimo Sestini / Polaris / Article: The Pope Video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kr6QfCqvbg

BOOKS TO READ THIS SUMMER:

On This Holy Island: A Modern Pilgrimage Across Britain by Oliver Smith, Bloomsbury Continuum, 2024. Acclaimed travel write Oliver Smith sets out to radically reframe our idea of ‘pilgrimage’ in Britain by tracing sacred travel made across time, from murmurs of ritual journeys to the depths of Ice Age to new pilgrimages of the 21st century. I am particularly interested in The Ridgeway which crosses the Oxfordshire County.

The Catholic Church: A History by William Cook, Audible
How did the Catholic Church become one of the most influential institutions in the world – a force capable of moving armies, inspiring saints, and shaping the lives of a billion members?

Your journey begins in the early years of the church, when Jesus’s disciples developed the first communities of faith. You’ll get a chance to delve into crucial ancient church documents and gain an intriguing glimpse into the lives of these early believers. From there, you’ll trace the development and spread of this nascent religion throughout the world, covering crucial developments including the conversion of the Roman Empire to Catholicism, the schism between the Roman faith and the Greek Orthodox Church, and the Reformation.

As you delve into this fascinating saga, you’ll quickly see that the Catholic Church actually takes many forms. You’ll trace the many variations of worship and belief that evolved as Christianity spread all over the Mediterranean, and you’ll witness how Catholic practice and faith have been transformed by the cultures and peoples it has touched. Professor Cook brings an unparalleled intellectual rigor to his presentation, balanced by a deep appreciation of the church’s legacy and impact. Join him on this epic journey through Catholic history, and experience how this small gathering of faithful became one of the most powerful forces on the world stage – the “one holy catholic and apostolic Church.”

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