Parish Life

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DIAMOND MASS CELEBRATIONS FOR FATHER DAVID O’REGAN

On Friday 25th September 2019, we were delighted to welcome Bishop Patrick Lynch, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark to our Mass of Thanksgiving for Father David’s Diamond Anniversary of Ordination. Bishop Pat is a great friend of Father David from their time together in South London.
Our different cultural communities participated in Father David’s by singing part of the Mass. The Keralan and Polish Communities sang in their own language, while the Filipino Community sang the well known hymn ‘Here I Am, Lord’ at the Offertory, fitting for Father David who has offered his life for the service of the Church of The Lord.
The Polish Community sang the traditional “Sto Lat” (May you live a hundred years). It was a fitting end to this wonderful Mass of thanksgiving for a great priest.

FLAME 2019 – ‘#SIGNIFICANCE’:  

Zuzana Mesarova writes: On the 2nd of March 2019, Sonia and I joined Bristol youth group in our Clifton Diocese and went to the biggest Catholic youth event in England and
Wales, in the SSE Arena in Wembley, London. There were more than 8,000 people there, as well as multiple speakers, which included Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Robert Madu, Emma Borquaye, Guvna B, Tim Hughes, Archbishop Eamon Martin, and Jean Vanier. All of these people each spoke from their experience about different topics, which linked back to the reoccurring theme of Significance.

Significance is defined as “worthy of attention,” “with meaning” or something “important.” According to Flame ‘in terms of Scripture, it is a word which resonates deeply with God’s words from heaven at the Baptism of Jesus, and the Transfiguration, “You are my Beloved.” Many of the speakers spoke about the issue of growing up in such an environment surrounded by social media, of how easily we can compare our lives to others, which may impact us deeply, as we may gain a growing distant perspective of who we really are, as we can sometimes forget our significance in God’s eyes.

One of the speakers who I significantly remember is Robert Madu, who shared his experience and especially spoke this through this certain topic. Robert is from Dallas, Texas and for 10 years he has travelled the globe, preaching the Gospel and encourages the spread of love of Jesus

Christ. He came to the UK to talk to us young people about the influence of comparison – his speech was powerful and passionate. Although his speech was very humorous, it stuck with me for different reasons, about the messages he spread to us. He finished by saying “In the race of life we should stay in our lane and focus our eyes on Jesus”.

The music was very uplifting – singer Tim Hughes sang about our love of Jesus and rap artist Guvna B, his lyrics about his struggle and stress throughout life, as well as how we become stronger with Jesus.

He also had a speech with Emma Borquaye, the founder of ‘Girl Got Faith’, which is a wonderful girls’ guide to a faith fulfilled life. They spoke about the difficulties they faced growing up, especially how comparison on social media can make us feel insignificant. However, their faith helped both of them to discover their true potential and how to lead a fulfilling life. The Flame choir sang ‘Amazing Grace’, but it was not long before 8,000 more voices sang along – it was beautiful.

A great inspiration to us, was when the Congress started with the message from Pope
Francis encouraging the Youth of the Church to ‘dream great things’ inspired by Jesus’ example. Another highlight was the speech of Jean Vanier – he is a Canadian philosopher, writer and the founder of two major international community- based organizations, ‘L’Arche’ in 1964 and ‘Faith and Light’ in 1971. In his speech, Jean gave so much power and meaning, as he explained that as we accept our weaknesses and grow in love, our true value is revealed. Although he was in hospital, Jean was determined to present a speech to everyone at Flame, therefore, his speech was filmed, and we watched on the screen. Even though he didn’t present it live on stage, it was equally moving and captivating.

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience – I’m looking forward to going again!


 

Strawberry Tea – Sunday, 6th August 2017.

Luckily, it was a pleasantly warm afternoon, so everyone was able to enjoy a bowl or two of delicious strawberries and cream whilst sitting out in the Parish garden. There was a constant buzz of conversation rising from the groups of parishioners gathered around each table. We were also very pleased when Fr. Jean-Patrice and Fr. Jose came along to join us.

Many thanks to Kath Brown for her help on the day and for providing some very pleasant background music.

Thanks to the generosity of all those who joined us on the day, a total of £110 was raised for Parish funds.

MBH