Sunday, 14 June 2015

First Communion 7th June 2015 feast of corpus christi

The church of Our ladies and St Joseph witnessed the first communion of the boys and girls from the parish. It indeed proved a happy occasion and very well attended.
Some pictures were taken to record the event but not one selfie amongst them....
Father David in the sermon asked how many of the congregation had taken a selfie and a fair number admitted to that. He went on to explain that the purpose of a selfie is to confirm your presence in someone who inspires you such as a celebrity. Father David went on to say that Jesus in a way is God's selfie.A reflection of God and a celebration of God in human form.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The trinity - three gods in one

Can you explain the Trinity?

Q: "What about the doctrine of the Trinity, the Holy Trinity?"

: You and I live in a three-dimensional world. All physical objects have a certain height, width, and depth. One person can look like someone else, or behave like someone else, or even sound like someone else. But a person cannot actually be the same as another person. They are distinct individuals.

God, however, lives without the limitations of a three-dimensional universe. He is spirit. And he is infinitely more complex than we are.

That is why Jesus the Son can be different from the Father. And, yet the same.

The Bible clearly speaks of: God the Son, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit. But emphasizes that there is only ONE God.

If we were to use math, it would not be, 1+1+1=3. It would be 1x1x1=1. God is a triune God.

Thus the term: "Tri" meaning three, and "Unity" meaning one, Tri+Unity = Trinity. It is a way of acknowledging what the Bible reveals to us about God, that God is yet three "Persons" who have the same essence of deity. Some have tried to give human illustrations for the Trinity, such as H2O being water, ice and steam (all different forms, but all are H2O). Another illustration is an egg having a shell, egg yolk and egg white, but this egg illustration shows that there would be "parts" to God, which isn't the case.

God the Son (Jesus) is fully, completely God. God the Father is fully, completely God. And God the Holy Spirit is fully, completely God. Yet there is only one God. In our world, with our limited human experience, it's tough to understand the Trinity. But from the beginning we see God this way in Scripture. Notice the plural pronouns "us" and "our" in Genesis 1:26 -- Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

Though not a complete list, here is some other Scripture that shows God is one, in Trinity:

"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!" (Deut. 6:4)

"I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God." (Isa. 45:5)

There is no God but one. (1Cor. 8:4)

And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased." (Matt. 3:16-17)

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." (Matt. 28:19)

Jesus said: "I and the Father are one." (John 10:30)

"He who has seen Me has seen the Father." (John 14:9)

"He who beholds Me beholds the One who sent Me." (John 12:45)

If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Rom. 8:9)

"Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." (Matt. 1:20)

And the angel answered and said to her [Mary], "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)

[Jesus speaking to His disciples] "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you." ... "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him." (John 14:16-17, 23)

Andre  Rublev – Icon of the Trinity
looking at the picture in detail we see
the  three faces of the figures are identical...
how might this help us to understand the  nature of the Trinity?

The  figures can be enclosed in a circle
What  might this tell us about the life of the Trinity?

Friday, 17 April 2015

Easter and the crucified savour remembered

Easter means Eternal life

As Christmas is celebrating Jesus' birth, Easter is celebrating Jesus' victory over death and mankind's hope for eternal life.

The highlights behind the Easter story include Jesus' execution, His burial and, most importantly, His rising from death.

The account of Jesus' rising from death was recorded in the most authoritative historical records, the Gospel books: Three days after His death, a few women first found His tomb empty. Then Jesus appeared in front of these women and His disciples, talking and eating with them. Out of doubts still, one disciple did not believe Jesus was alive again until he actually touched Jesus' fatal wounds.  In the following forty days, the people witnessed the living Jesus who had amazingly returned from death having endured such a terrible death. He then ascended to Heaven and left us a legacy of good over evil.

Before His death, Jesus had promised eternal life to those who followed Him. If the story ended at His death, Jesus would have been no more than a religious figure with a finite life span. But the fact the Jesus rose from death demonstrated He has the power over death, and only through Him can people have hope for eternal life.  Jesus said,  "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Easter is often demoted to just a time of giving eggs and those being mainly chocolate.
However on the Christian map Easter is just as important as Christmas. Christmas marks the birth of Christ whilst Easter marks both the death of Christ and also the rebirth or resurrection.
Easter is the day when we celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Jesus is the Son of God and heroically gave His life to die for our sins. On the third day after He died -- the day we now celebrate as Easter Sunday -- His friends went to His grave, and found that He had risen from the dead. They saw an angel who told them, "Don't be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here! He has been raised from the dead, just as He said it would happen."

Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday; now He offers to you the gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sins.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sunday 15/03/2015 baptism of Daniel Smith

 Sunday marked the baptism of Daniel Smith son of Simon and Gosia Smith
Gosia is from Poland.

Also 40 years a priest for Father Vincent dating back to 1975.
Father was a bit upset by Irelands performance in the six nations rugby league competition...However we did offer to sing flower of Scotland or the Welsh anthem to make things better but he declined that ... :)

here are some more pictures to record the event

The christening

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Children's liturgy 8/03/2015 Jesus was angry in the temple

Sunday the children discussed the bible story of when Jesus entered the temple At the sight of merchants and market sellers in the sacred temple Jesus became very angry and overturned the tables causing chaos.
The event was likened to allowing a modern being able to sell their goods such as bread eggs milk and meat etc within the actual church. The children were asked if they would agree to seeing a supermarket being allowed within the church for convenience but they all objected to that.

In addition they were asked if items such as X box or play stations or indeed the WII should be made available in church along with television but the didn't feel it was appropriate to allow such objects. Church is for praying and singing as a community.

It was put to the children that perhaps the mass should be televised and then they could easily watch it from home. However it was agreed that the purpose of church and being a Christian was to share the experience of worship and join together United at least once a week.

Though Christ's reaction and anger was quite shocking and disturbing it was agreed by the children that Christ was right to evict the traders and market people from the temple.
The children then coloured in the variousmarket stalls and animals for the display board as shown below.