Dear Parishioners and Friends

Covid 19 is still a preoccupation with us all and we must continue to be vigilant and take all the precautions laid down in government guidelines. If we do that, please God we shall hasten the time when we shall be able to gather again for Mass in church and meet one another face to face.

The coming week, however, offers the opportunity for us to reflect on the world beyond ourselves. Today is Peace Sunday and from 18-25 January we shall be celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The Catholic organization Pax Christi has produced materials based on the 1 January 2021 message from Pope Francis to mark the 54th annual World Day of Peace. The title is, "A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace." In it, Pope Francis highlights Catholic Social Teaching as an expression of Christian care for all people, particularly in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. He says, 'To all I offer my best wishes that the coming year will enable humanity to advance on the path of fraternity, justice and peace between individuals, communities, peoples and nations.' It is worth reading Pope Francis' message on the internet.

Let us pray: Lord, Father of our human family, you created all human beings equal in dignity: pour forth into our hearts a sisterly and brotherly spirit and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter, dialogue, justice and peace. Move us to create healthier societies and a more dignified world, a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war. May our hearts be open to all the peoples and nations of the earth. May we recognize the goodness and beauty that you have sown in each of us, and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects, and shared dreams. Amen

During Christian Unity Week the chosen theme this year is taken from St John Chpt 15: Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit. St John makes more than 25 references to Christ's abiding presence in our lives and St Paul also places great emphasis on Christ's closeness to us. We may not be able to be engaged actively with our fellow Christians this week but at least we can spend a few minutes in prayer during the octave. A suggestion: light a candle and sit in silence and ask the Lord to show us how in our own small ways, we can bring unity to his Church.

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you; look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, you who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Godric OSB

Let us pray for all those already affected by the virus, and that ways of combatting the virus will soon be found.

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