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!
8th December 2013 - 2nd Sunday of Advent (YrA)
Fr Chris writes ......
The prophets have a high and wide vision, a vision of how things could be. They do not abandon hope where they see war and suffering, pain and despair. In their reckoning, hope should never be lost. Peace, unity, harmony are out there to be found and it is achievable. This is not some Utopian fairy-tale or Disneyesque image, but something that is coming. They correspond to the deepest longings of the heart, and point to God’s ultimate goal for us. Their visions fill our hearts and our souls. They offer us hope when we are close to despair, and courage when we are tempted to give up on life. Such visions help to fuel our deepest aspirations, and give us the energy to go on when we face obstacles or painful setbacks.
The prophets lived in the real world, but were able to rise above despondency and dismay. They saw a way out through repentance and a true turning to God. The wolf living with the lamb, the panther and the kid, the calf and the lion cub feeding together, and so on, with no hurt, no harm. Why? Because they share in that one goal and one vision.
Let us then, on this second Sunday of Advent, hold on to that vision of a peaceable Kingdom, in which violence, jealousy and hatred are overcome – all people at one in loving unity, caring for God’s creation and especially for each other. This must not be an escapist dream (like climbing into a space rocket to view things from outside the world). No we need to start in the here and now, in our setting, facing the challenges that beset us. We can make this vision a reality in tangible and living ways: forgiving a neighbour, making a lonely person smile, showing compassion to someone who is suffering, working for peace and justice among nations, humbly putting others before our own selfish needs. We need to get involved and make our first reading from Isaiah not a fantasy but a reality.
RECONCILIATION TIMES THIS
Sun 8th Dec 1500 Holy Hour with Reconciliation at Holy
Fri 13th Dec after 1000 Mass Holy Family
Fri 13th Dec after 1900 Mass St Joseph’s
Sat 14th Dec 0900-0945 St Joseph’s
Sun 15th Dec 1500 Holy Hour with Reconciliation at Holy
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, in communion with the Bishop Kieran Conry.
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.