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!
28th September 2014
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A)
Bust of St Vincent
de Paul, Basilica St Sernin, Toulouse - Photo: Janet Franklin
Fr Chris writes.....
...This weekend the children will be welcomed and
invited to be participants of the First Reconciliation
Programme. We remind all parents and carers of the need
for their support both in (1) enabling their children to
attend the sessions; and (2) joining the community at
the celebration of Parish Mass each week. Fr Francis
will be welcoming the children at St Joseph’s and I
shall be in Holy Family and St Teresa’s.
...I would like, on behalf of Fr Aaron and myself, to take this opportunity to thank Fr Francis for spending his holiday with us here in the Parish. He has been a wonderful support with celebrating the sacraments and helping out in one or two emergency situations when no other priest has been available. He has been a great house guest and we will miss his cheery presence. We hope to see you again, maybe next year!
In our Gospel today we are called to
be honest and sincere. We must not allow people to
become victims of broken promises. Change and growth is
a part of our call. Many great saints were initially
people who said “No” to God, and then, later, they
changed their minds and said “Yes”. How many can you
think of? A person is not judged by a single act or
stage in their life, but by their whole life journey.
This is good news!
We have free will and all of us, at times, make wrong choices. Our “Yes” would mean nothing unless we had the freedom to say “No”. It is so easy in our lives to come to Church and say “Yes” to God with our words, and yet go out and say “No” by our deeds. Our belief is to be transformed into living action. Words are no substitute for deeds. Let us therefore examine ourselves. Let us turn our promises into fulfilment, and our words into deeds.
I look forward to celebrating the Patronal Feast Day Mass at St Teresa’s, on Wednesday evening (see Mass Diary), and I hope that parishioners from all our three churches, and of all ages, will come and celebrate the great saint.
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.