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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!

30th August 2015
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)

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Fr Chris writes ......

As many of you are aware, Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato Si calls on all of us to care for the world’s poorest people, for future generations and for our common home, the Earth. As part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, CAFOD is encouraging us to join with Catholics across the world in signing a global petition letter. This letter will be presented to world leaders shortly before the UN climate talks in Paris at the end of November. In October the Parish Justice and Peace Group will give us the opportunity to play our part.
One area of concern is pollution, which in our world has become a big issue, and rightly so! People want clean water, clean air and clean food. But we should be even more concerned about the most dangerous pollution of all – namely, evil. Pride, anger, lust, greed, envy … all these are dangerous pollutants.
The Pharisees were more pre-occupied with clean hands than clean hearts. Some of the scribes and Pharisees had made the law rigid with unnecessary legalism, rules and regulations that had arisen from tradition, but which had little or no value attached to them. To God it is the heart that matters. Only God can truly see what is in the heart. We are called as Christians to a change of heart, to attend to more than our external appearances - be these our looks, qualifications, achievements, wealth or status (i.e. that which is on the outside) – to what is really at the heart of our being, in our inner depths – our mind and heart - the place where our love of God and our neighbour comes to the fore!
As September is for many a time of new beginnings we pray for all those who face new starts in this coming month. May God’s love be not just visible in your outward show, but in your inner depths as together we strive to bring out the best in one another and build God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Congratulations to Fr Aaron who celebrates his seventh Ordination Anniversary this weekend.
We welcome Fr Tony Bridson who joins us at some of our Masses on supply.


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.

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