Monthly Archives: August 2014

Jump Update


With only 18 days to go to ‘J-day’ I’m pleased to report that, so far, £684.00 has been pledged from our parish to the Menevia Jubilee Appeal. Of that, £340.00 has already been collected! Well done to you all, but let’s keep going – if you know anyone who would be able to donate, please ask them and let them know that their donation can be gift aided. I’m told that other parishes in the diocese are doing just as well too!

Sorry Pope Benedict

Benedict XVI

Some years ago in 2006 when Pope Benedict gave a lecture on Faith and Reason at Regensburg, his words were quoted out of context and twisted. As such, many in the world attacked him when, in truth, he was trying to enter into an academic dialogue to help Christians and Muslims understand each other, and to learn together something of the nature of God. This interesting article offers a reflection on those words in the light of modern events, and how perhaps the world should have listened more.

St Bernard of Clairvaux

Today is the feast day of St Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church.


“Love is the only one of the soul’s motions, senses and affections by which the creature in his inadequate fashion may respond to his Creator and pay him back in kind. When God loves, he wishes only to be loved in return; assuredly he loves for no other purpose than to be loved.”

St Bernard; Sermon 83, 4-6, ‘on the Song of Songs’.

What is love?


When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.  So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too.  That’s love. Rebecca – age 8

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.  You know that your name is safe in their mouth. Billy – age 4

Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs. Chrissy – age 6

Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired. Terri – age 4

Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. Bobby – age 7

You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it.  But if you mean it, you should say it a lot.  People forget. Jessica – age 8

He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. – John, the Evangelist -1 Jn 4:8

Munificentissimus Deus




November 1, 1950

This document infallibly defined, for now and forever, the dogma that “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.


Mary, having been conceived immaculately, was spared the pain of original sin and never succumbed to actual sin. As such, she never received the wages of sin, that is, the corruption of the body at death. No, being so perfect, more perfect than any other human person, she entered heaven in full bodily glory. Today is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Friday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it’s a Holy Day of Obligation: A day when Catholics are asked to show their commitment to the faith by coming to Mass. Mass times in the parish can be found here. It’s also a day when feasting is to be encouraged and so the normal practise of abstaining from meat need not be observed.


The SPUC National Conference takes place from 5th – 7th September, 2014 at
Swanwick, Derbyshire. Bishop Philip Egan, Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, has this to say:

“This is a golden opportunity to receive updates regarding new
legislation, research and other news on life and family issues.
It is also a great opportunity to recharge our batteries for
the year ahead and socialise with other enthusiastic

For more information see their website.