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!
9th March 2014
1st Sunday in Lent (Yr A)
'Temptations of Christ', 12th Century mosaic in St Mark's Basilica, Venice
Fr Chris writes ......
We’ve heard the message of Lent so many times that we dread the Lenten homily or lecture that will make us feel more guilty than we already are. As the preacher stands self-righteously in the pulpit droning on about:
Lenten observance - Turning away from sin - Those less fortunate than ourselves - Doing without - Spending more time in prayer - Focusing more on God and neighbour than ourselves.
Lent is NOT a season for receiving a spiritual ticking off, at least not in a negative sense. It is however a time for change, for metanoia, inner conversion, not because of the nagging or preaching of others, but by a real and genuine inner-desire for conversion and renewal. No one should be spending time looking at the lives of others and criticising; all of us, rather, should be seeking personal change, personal growth and personal renewal, not in guilt or shame, but in a spirit of liberation and love. The message of Lent is GOOD NEWS.
Unlike Jesus who was in the wilderness, we have each other, our Christian brothers and sisters to journey with us; to pray for us, to help us, especially in our weakness.
Let us not feel “got at” this Lent. Let us feel rather an inner warmth and glow as we come to a deeper and renewed appreciation of our gift of faith given to us at our Baptism making us pass from death to life. Let us also feel that inner glow as we consider Christ’s salvific acts, his love and his example.
The message of Lent is not “OLD NEWS” but “NEWS THAT SPEAKS TO US TODAY”.
in your gentle mercy guide our efforts
at renewing our lives this Lent,
for we know that, left to ourselves,
we cannot do your will.
THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU
St Joseph’s Church every Friday during Lent:
Confessions at 6.30pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
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.