.Today’s Liturgy “The Apostles reported back to Jesus all they had seen & done. As a result fresh demanding crowds were coming to Jesus so the Apostles ‘had not time even to eat’. He even came to the attention of Herod, who lived nearby. Jesus tried to lead the Apostles to an uninhabited place near Bethsaida, where they could rest & be alone. ‘You must come away to some lonely place & rest for a while’. But when they got into the boat the crowds guessed where they were going & walked on foot around the edge of the lake. The Apostles didn’t get their much needed break. It is only in the quietness of prayer that we can be alone with God. Silence is an essential ingredient of the spiritual life. People today are afraid of silence. They seem to want the hullabaloo of perpetual noise. Just observe how obsessed people are with mobile ’phones. Jesus looked on his fellow Jews with love & compassion. Like Jeremiah he was aware the religious leaders neglected their duty & left God’s people ‘like sheep without a shepherd’. The flock became ‘scattered & destroyed’. Sadly, today we ourselves & many members of Jesus’ flock are dispersed. We allow ourselves to desert the flock & wander away from God. Our vocation is to search out & rescue ourselves & those who are wandering & lost. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, wants to bring us back to the true fold.
Apostleship of the Sea, now called Stella Maris (Star of the Sea), a title attributed to Our Blessed Lady. The organisation looks after hard working seafarers throughout the world. Most of the goods we use & consume are brought to us by sea. Chaplains & trained volunteer ship visitors make 70,000 ship visits each year in 316 ports worldwide. There are 35 ports they visit each year in the UK. Seafarers & fishermen & women do hard & demanding work. They are often away from their homes & families for months at a time. Today there is a 2nd Collection for Stella Maris & the work it does for seafarers everywhere. There are Gift Aid envelopes at the back which you are asked to use for your donation. Very grateful thanks.
19 July So-called Liberation Day You thought it was all over – well I’m afraid it isn’t. As well as the latest update from our Government, the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales have just issued their guidance. In line with the Bishops' recommendations and in view of the escalating upsurge in Covid numbers we shall, at St Peter’s, proceed with extreme caution in respect of Mass attendance. There will no longer be a restriction on the numbers allowed to attend each Mass. However, because we shall still need to keep lists of those who attend for Track & Trace purposes the on-line booking system will continue for the present. You will still only be able to book on behalf of 6 other people, but you must give their precise names (‘Friend of Gladys’, won’t do.) Please continue to maintain social distancing when moving around church & when seated in the benches. Hand-sanitising will remain & it is strongly recommended that masks be worn for the safety of us all. Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass & all will leave church through the Sacristy as at present. Centre Toilets : When required consult Steward, who will unlock & lock Centre. Please, do not use facilities which are cordoned off. Anyone using the toilets will be expected to sanitise touch points after use.
Pope Francis has issued instructions to the bishops of the world about the Liturgy of the Mass seeking to restore unity in the Church through universal adherence to the Mass promulgated by Pope St Paul VI while allowing, subject to the permission of the local bishops, some use of the Mass Liturgy of Pope St Pius V (the Latin Mass promulgated after the Council of Trent. The Apostolic Letter with the new regulations and a brief extract from Pope Francis' letter explaining why he has issued them are published on this page (click) For the whole of the explanatory letter go to the website of the Holy See (click). It is long but a profitable read.
Donations to our Parish Thank you most sincerely for your generous donations to our Parish. Without them we would be in great difficulties. If you would like to help, please write a cheque to R.C. Parish of St Peter, Bromsgrove & post it to The Presbytery, 2A Charford Road, Bromsgrove B60 3LU or pop your cash or cheque donation through the Presbytery letterbox.
Sanctuary Flowers this week to the devoted memory of Rita & George Hilson. Still sadly missed by Brian, Anne & the family. We shall always love you.
Sanctuary Lamp If you would like the lamp to burn for a particular intention. Please write down your intention, place it in an envelope with a donation of £10, & put it in the collection bucket, the 200 Club box or post it to the Presbytery. This week the lamp burns in prayer for Clare & David Booth.
Used British & Foreign Stamps There is a box at the back into which you can place used stamps. These old stamps, may be rubbish to you, but they can be sold & provide much needed medical supplies for beleaguered medical teams in Palestine.
200 Club Week 867 £100 win for Jayne Wiseman (No. 40)
Quote "The deeds you do today may be the only sermon some people hear today." St Francis of Assisi (1182-1226AD)
Sick Lord, lead all who are sick to restful waters to revive their drooping spirits. Be mindful of Pope Francis, Mgr Graham, those in hospital, our care homes & all who are housebound. Lay your healing hands on those with the Coronavirus. Be near them with your crook & your staff to give them comfort. Support those, especially the NHS Staff & front line workers, who lovingly look after them. Amen.
Deceased Lord, may all the dead, pass to newness of life. Remember those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Michael Breen(1979), Charles Overton(1983), Bernard Wilson(1983), Patrick McGinn(1984), John Graham(1992), Albert Mason(1993), Edward Turner (2004), Anthony Howard-Smith(2010), Margaret Harris (2012) & Mary Jeffries(2015). ‘Prepare a banquet’ for all who die of the Coronavirus, immigrants drowned at sea, those killed in the European floods, those who die of poverty & hunger & those die in the unrest in Cuba & South Africa. May they ‘dwell in the house of the Lord for ever & ever’. Amen.
Keep Safe & Keep In Touch If you are in contact with other Parishioners, please encourage them to keep in touch through the Parish Website www.stpetersbromsgrove.co.uk