Welcome to the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord
a community of over 2000
Roman Catholics across the three Churches of St Joseph’s
in Redhill, Holy Family in Reigate and
St Teresa of the
Child Jesus in Merstham.
Willkommen! Vítejte! Bienvenido! Bienvenue! Dobrodošli! Benvenuti! üdvözöljük! Welkom! Witamy Serdecznie! Bom Dia!
24th May 2015 - Pentecost Sunday (Yr B)
Fr Chris writes.....
On this Pentecost Sunday we remember
that we not only find shelter in God’s tower, but we are
also builders of it. In our Gospel, the risen Jesus
gives the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples and
inaugurates the mission of the Church. That mission is
one in which you and I share. On Trinity Sunday (next
weekend) I celebrate twenty three years of priesthood -
I pray as I reflect on these years for the gifts of the
Spirit to be at the forefront of my faith and ministry.
What makes me joyful? “Love, joy, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control:
these make me joyful”. These are beautiful things and a
foretaste of the great joy of heaven. That to me is what
Church is really about.
Our big thanks go this weekend to our Parish Sisters – Sr Doris, Sr Helen and Sr Rita. We thank you sincerely for the depth of your love, joy, warmth and hospitality that you have shared with us in this parish. All those gifts, mentioned in my first paragraph, have been lived out and shared by you with the wider community. Your vision of church (and parish) has always been to bring out the best in others and bring hope, love and peace to those in need of any kind. You will be missed when you go; but the legacy of all that you have shared will still remain with us and you will remain in our prayers.
United with the Church throughout the world, we give thanks for the many gifts we enjoy and the many ways people build up the life of our community. May we keep our joy and hope alive, aware that change is an inevitable part of our faith and lives, but also aware that the Holy Spirit guides our hearts, our minds and wills, through the Church, as we seek to follow the Risen Christ in humility and trust.
Sunday Mass is celebrated in all three Churches. Together the Parish is committed to celebrating the Catholic faith as part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
Whether you are new to the parish or an existing church member, please explore our individual Church websites to join in our faith celebration and to find out how you can get the most out of the Parish community.