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!
29th March 2015 - Palm Sunday (Yr B)
Medieval carved statue of Jesus riding the ass Photo: Janet Franklin
Last weekend we were
delighted to announce the appointment of our new Bishop
– Richard Moth. He will be installed as our Bishop on
28th May and joining us all for the Jubilee Celebration
on 5th July at the AMEX in Brighton.
As a parish we assure him of our heartfelt prayers at
this time as he prepares for the task ahead.
For more information on the Bishop go to the Diocesan
website. You can read the
News Release in full here.
Fr Chris writes.....
Our Parish has not stood still through this
season of Lent....
Today (Palm Sunday) we continue on our journey in a spirit of contrasts ranging from loud Hosannas to the solemn Passion Narrative where St Luke presents a Christ who is merciful and forgiving, even to his executioners. This week we celebrate the love that God has shown us in Christ. The great drama of Holy Week is an invite to us all to consider what is at the very heart of our faith. We are called to engage with mind and heart as Christ’s life is made relevant to our lives and the journeys we undertake.
We also prepare to welcome our New Adult Catholics who will be received and/or confirmed at our Easter Vigils in St Joseph’s and in Holy Family. We have a baptism at our Holy Family Easter Sunday Mass too! Our faith is a true gift and each year we are invited to appreciate that gift anew, by our participating with the universal Church in the great wonders of this season, including the renewal of our baptism promises and the blessing with the Water of Life to cleanse, heal and strengthen us. Our new paschal candles will be lit as a reminder of the light of Christ that eternally endures for our life in this world, and for life in the world to come.
Newness and continuation are a part of our journey. We pray for all embarking on new ventures and especially for our Sisters of St Dorothy who have contributed so much to the life of our parish. Each and every one of us is on a journey, and may we celebrate all that is good, change what is not so good, and move resolutely forward with faith in Christ Jesus (who by his death and resurrection has redeemed the world). He is our sure and stable foundation.
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.