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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.

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1st March 2015 - 2nd Sunday of Lent (Yr B)

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Fr Chris writes.....

Today’s Gospel of ‘The Transfiguration’ is particularly moving for me. Three years ago a priest friend who I worked with for three years in Guildford - Fr Peter Humphrey - passed away. On the night before his death he concelebrated Mass in his bed with Fr Con Foley (Weybridge parish) and me and a few friends who had gathered. Being a Saturday, we celebrated the vigil of the 2nd Sunday of Lent B. The strength of prayer and courage (on the part of Fr Peter) meant that I felt ‘how wonderful it is to be here!’ It was an intense moment of prayer and of God’s glory. I wanted to keep hold of the moment, but no; the gathering was a foretaste and promise of the resurrection (as is every celebration of the Mass). As with Christ, we too are called to come down from the mountain and share in whatever God’s call holds for us. The next afternoon, after my Sunday Masses, I returned and anointed Peter again as he slipped away, breathing his last in the final prayer of the anointing. I then went straight into the Prayers for the Dead. I really felt a sense of radiance and peace, and God’s radical love; even amidst our human sadness.

“We give you thanks, O Lord, for allowing us while still on earth to be partakers even now of the things of heaven.”
                                                            Prayer after Communion.

 Let us continue to pray for our diocese
and for the appointment of a new bishop....
Heavenly Father, look with mercy on your people,
and grant us a new shepherd.
Help those who choose our bishop
to listen to the voice and guidance
of the Holy Spirit
and to act for the good of your Holy Church.
                                                        (A & B Diocesan Prayer)

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