14th Century Russian icon of the parable of the wedding feast
The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding… many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew chapter 22
Don’t forget – YOUTH GROUP THIS SUNDAY 12th October, 4-6 in Pastoral Centre
Scroll down or click here to find out more, and see pictures of the last session.
Saint of the Week – St Teresa of Avila
Feast Day October 15th
Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a time of turmoil and reform. She was born before the Protestant Reformation and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent.
The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer.
As a woman, Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man’s world of her time. She was “her own woman,” entering the Carmelites despite strong opposition from her father. She is a person wrapped not so much in silence as in mystery. Beautiful, talented, outgoing, adaptable, affectionate, courageous, enthusiastic, she was totally human. Like Jesus, she was a mystery of paradoxes: wise, yet practical; intelligent, yet much in tune with her experience; a mystic, yet an energetic reformer. A holy woman, and a womanly woman, constantly struggling with worldly pressures.
In 1970, the Church gave her the title she had long held in the popular mind: Doctor of the Church. She and St. Catherine of Siena were the first women so honoured. In 2015, the Church around the world and especially within the Carmelite family will celebrate 500 years since the birth of St Teresa.
To read a fuller version of this biography, and find out more about her life and times, please click here.
Neighbourhood Groups Project Update - a report from co-ordinator Sandra Drower
September has been an exciting time with the launch of the first three pilot networks in Weeke/Harestock, Fuflood & Winnall/St Giles’ Hill/Highcliffe. A priority of the core groups of these networks is to contact parishioners in these areas to find out how they would like their network to develop – what they would like to give to their network in terms of their own talents, skills, knowledge etc. and what they might like the network to offer them. In October networks will start in Stanmore and the ‘Northern’ villages [i.e. the Worthy Down, Littleton, Crawley etc area], and will then be rolled out parish-wide. Please give some thought to how you would like your local network to develop. The invitation to share your ideas helps to ensure that our local networks reflect our broader parish community. Thank you for the ongoing support and engagement that you are giving to this project and please keep it in your prayers. Contact Sandra here or through the Pastoral Centre [01962 852804] with any ideas, comments or queries relating to the Project.
The Parish’s CWL (Catholic Women’s League) recently had the chance to visit Douai Abbey in Berkshire: Ros Whiteman has written a report on the visit for the website.
This is part of what she wrote:
Anyone visiting Douai is bound to be struck by the very peaceful and spiritual atmosphere there. So when the opportunity arose to go again, remembering a previous visit, I was glad to be able to go with a group from our CWL. Whoever arrives there, will find a personal “Welcome” notice in the Porch and a greeting either by Fr. Benjamin, who is Priest in Charge of Woolhampton, part of the Guest Master team and overall charge of the gardens, or Fr. Finbar who is Abbot Emeritus, Cathedral Prior of Canterbury and part of the Guest master team….
There are currently twenty eight monks, some of whom are priests, two juniors and a novice. The Right Rev. Geoffrey Scott has been Abbot since 1998, archivist, librarian and who also teaches Church history at Blackfriars, Oxford. Not all monks/priests are resident as they serve seven Parishes….
Read the rest of her article here, or visit the Parish Activities page.
Thanks to Ros for writing this for us.