Parish of Our Lady and St. Brendan
6th Sunday of Ordinary Time. February 16th 2020
First Reading: This short reading from one of the wisdom writings of the Old Testament lets us know what an awesome reality human freedom is. We are at liberty to choose fire or water, life or death. God respects our freedom to choose, and he permits us to experience the consequences of our choices.
Second Reading: St Paul’s teaching, the teaching of our faith, is not ‘a philosophy of our age’; it dose not pander to fashion or fad, but places truth before us and invites us to choose in accordance with the truth. It is God’s Holy Spirit who shows us the truth and empowers us to live by it.
Gospel: ‘You have heard …… but I say this to you.‘ This contrast, or antithesis, runs like a refrain through the Sermon on the Mount. Moses gave the law from Mount Sinai; in his Sermon on the Mount, it is Jesus, the new and definitive Moses who explains the law in all its depth.
The boxes of envelopes for 2020 will be available for householders to collect in the Pastoral Centre from this week, Monday to Friday. The remaining boxes will later be delivered to households in the Parish.
The modern style of the stained glass windows are a striking feature of our Church. Unfortunately, over the years they have deteriorated. The glass has buckled in many places, partly due to the difference in air pressure inside and outside. Some panels are subject to leaking when there is driving rain. A programme of repair began this week, removing a few panels which will be taken away for repair and restoration. These will be re-fitted in 5–6 weeks time. This process is slow and may continue for 2 years or so, allowing for the restoration while not impacting hugely on Masses and other ceremonies.
As part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Our Lady & St Brendan’s Church this year, the parish hopes to hold an exhibition and produce a publication relating to the history of the Church over the past 50 years. We would be delighted to receive photographs and memorabilia. All items submitted will be returned to the owner as soon as they are scanned/copied.
is available during weekend Masses for families with young children. Mass can be viewed on TV screen.
to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Our Lady & St Brendan’s Church. The Pastoral Parish Council has arranged a Mission to take place from October 18th to October 23rd 2020. Further details at a later date.