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!
26th July 2015
17th Sunday in Ordinary
Time (Yr B)
Fr Chris writes ........
We commemorate today our annual ‘Day
for Life’ and give thanks for the dignity and worth that
each of us as individuals share in from the moment of
conception through to that time when we are called to
complete our journey here on earth and begin our
preparation for the fullness of eternal life. In
this life it is not those who have enjoyed an easy life
and succeeded that make the great heroes; it is those
who have fought the good fight, facing their many
struggles and conflicts with their hearts and minds set
humbly on God and the ways of Christ.
Those from our parish (and beyond) who are preparing for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will no doubt witness that sometimes the weak can be so strong; and the strong so weak when it comes to the way of faith. It is in our need, in our vulnerability that we truly recognise God; not in our being sanctimonious or outwardly strong. We pray for all our pilgrims, Fr Aaron, Deacon Tim, our nurses, helpers, able pilgrims and those with physical or emotional needs. In Lourdes, labels mean nothing. Everyone goes as one body to be fed and nourished by the one God who is made present in the sacramental gifts, and through the mutual sharing, unity and witness of all.
This, too, is a model for Parish and Diocese as we seek to love and serve with ‘Christ at the centre’. For all of us, we are grateful that Christ feeds us and nourishes us through the Eucharist. Christ fed the hungry and did so with great generosity. Let us pray that the generosity of Jesus will result in an enlarging of our hearts. May it lead us not to want more; but be grateful for all that we have, with a desire to be generous to those who are not as fortunate as ourselves.
Assisted Suicide Bill
On 11th September the House of Commons will
debate and vote on a Private Member's Bill to legalise
assisted suicide. This will put the most
vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact
your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website
www.catholicnews.org.uk/ assisted suicide or send a
letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the
backs of our churches.
click here to view the Statement, together with
Questions & Answers, from
Archbishop Peter Smith.
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.