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Today’s Liturgy Jesus’ disciples are to look for happiness, even in the midst of poverty, privation, tears & persecution. In Luke’s version of the Beatitudes contrasts of goods & woes are presented. Jeremiah & the Psalmist present similar contrasts. Happy are those who trust in the Lord & live like a tree by the waterside, which yields fruit in due season. It’s too easy to trust in our own possessions, especially if we have plenty of them, but things are temporary. Being obsessed with them turns hearts from the Lord. Our lives can become dry scrub, parched & a wilderness. Our trust must be in the Lord’s resurrection. It is the source of real happiness. We need nothing more to become a dwelling pleasing to you.
Rejoice & be Glad by Pope Francis If I see someone sleeping outdoors, I can view them as an annoyance, a troubling sight, a problem for politicians. Or I can respond with faith & charity & see their dignity identical to my own infinitely loved by the Father. Para 98
Racial Justice Sunday 17 February Pray & work for Racial Justice. The world is steeped in violence & discrimination. It has always been so, but modern lightning communications make us more readily aware of it. We witness many problems due to racism & exploitation. The Gospel message is to acknowledge the equal dignity of every human person.
Journey in Faith Next session in the Centre Monday 18 February 7.30pm Topic: Mary, Mother of God. All welcome
Walking towards Easter through Lent - Come, Rest Awhile Introductory meeting Tues 19 Feb 7.15pm-8.45pm in the Centre. Meetngs during Lent will always be at the same time & place & take place each Tuesday beginning 5 March. Leaflets at back. Please sign the list to indicate numbers.
ACTA Chris O’Donnell will talk about Thomas Merton, the monk, writer, theologian, mystic & poet. It’s Sun 24 Feb at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Vivian Rd, Harborne B17 0DN. Start with tea at 1.30pm, talk 2pm & Q & A, discussion. All welcome, no charge.
Catechism of the Catholic Church When we pray that God’s will be done on earth, as it is in heaven we pray that we should love one another as God loves us. The great commandment, made known through Christ, summarises God’s will for us. Jesus teaches us that we do God’s will, not by speaking words, but by doing the will of his Father: our love must be alive.
Bishop’s Visitation Thank you for welcoming Bishop Robert & making his visit enjoyable. He loves coming to Bromsgrove. Thank you to those who provided tea in the Centre. A card once said that the best thing about a Visitation is seeing his rear lights disappear down the drive at the end of the day. Bp Robert was due to be with us for Confirmations on 4 June. He will no longer be here, as he takes up his new appointment in Mar. as
Finance Committee Meeting in the Sacristy on Tuesday 26 February 7.30pm
World Day of Prayer Come on Fri 1 Mar 2.30pm to the Catshill Baptist Church. Theme Come - Everything is Ready. All welcome.
Fairtrade: After Masses on the weekend 2nd/3rd March Fairtrade groceries, Easter eggs, Palestinian olive oil, fancy goods and colourful socks will be on sale in the Centre. Come and browse and enjoy Fairtrade refreshments.
National Novena to St Joseph is from 10-18 March. Please see poster at the back, if you would like to send a petition or would like a novena booklet.
Beauty in Brokenness The theme of this ecumenical workshop inviting women of every age to the Methodist Centre, Stratford Rd. on Sat 9 Mar 12.30pm-4pm. Theme this time is The Voices of Women across the Churches. To book contact Jane Lavery or Yvonne Rendell Do come along!
200 Club Sorry about last week’s hitch. Week 740 Winner: Kathleen Crawford (No.22). Week 741 Winner: Bob Cowen (No. 48) Quarterly Payers Please collect your lovely letters from the back.
Headteacher Vacancy at St George & St Teresa RC Primary School, Bentley Heath, Solihull. Start date: 1 Sep 2019. Application forms from Alison Vining, Clerk to Governors 07971 265702 or avining @solgrid.org.uk Closing date 25 Feb.
Fr Motherway Kathleen Fudge, who looked after the altar linen, suggested to Fr Motherway he should ask Sheila Hazelwood to be his housekeeper. Sheila agreed to try it for two weeks. At the time she was 21 years old. There was a clerical tradition that a housekeeper should be a least 45 years et non pulcher (and not beautiful.There was an insult if ever there was one). When this was pointed out to Fr M, he pounced, “To hell with tradition, I want my dinner”.