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!
27th July 2014
17th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Yr A)
Parable of the Hidden Treasure - Rembrant - Budapest Museum of Fine Arts
Fr Chris writes.....
What at you looking for?
Who has lost their keys, mobile phone, wallet or an important piece of paper in this past week? We invest a lot of energy and frustration when this happens.
Who has invested energy in seeking God, his Kingdom and the rights and dignity of every human life He has brought into being?To have faith is not to have all the answers. It doesn’t mean all the work is done for us. The opposite would be nearer the truth. Faith commits us to a life of searching, discovering and yearning. When we do this with sincerity of heart, we discern God’s will (and not our flawed interpretation of it). When we do this we recognise that our search brings lasting happiness and hope.
Every one of us, young and old alike, can play our part in the promotion of life. Our every thought, word or action can promote or extinguish life – we all have a valuable contribution to make.
Pope Francis tells us that being a protector of life is about “protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world... It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.” The pope speaks of “protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.” He emphasises the importance of the family: “Husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents.” And he speaks of caring for society by “building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it.”
Wishing our visitors and holiday makers a happy visit to our Parish this weekend and with prayers for those who are away in Lourdes, on holiday, or visiting family and friends at this time – we keep you in our thoughts and prayers (as you read this on the website)!
Let us seek to be builders of
a better world,
looking for what we truly need,
searching together, sharing our treasure,
protecting the great gift of life.
CLOSURE DATES OF PARISH
St Joseph’s Office will be closed from Monday
28th July - Friday 1st August to sort office admin and
systems. The Holy Family office will be closed until the
4th September, please contact St Joseph’s parish office
on 01737 761017 for all emergencies or to leave a
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.