Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family
It is not by chance that Amoris Laetitia (AL), “The Joy of Love”, the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “on Love in the Family”, was signed on 19 March, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph....
Projects in and around the Parish.
You may have noticed some of the projects being undertaken in and around both of our Churches – The new organ in Bourne, car park resurfacing in Bourne and the tree trimming in Deeping which have been completed. So I wish to say a big thank you to all of you for your financial support, which is invaluable. May God richly bless you.
However, there are still other major projects to be carried out; especially the public address systems in both Churches (for which we have received a quote of £15,268.52 ) The Strawberry Fayre proceeds will go toward this, but we need to raise the rest, there will be further appeals in this regard, please continue to help and please support the Parish Barbeque!
The Parish Barbecue will take place on July 3rd from 1pm in the Presbytery garden in Bourne. Please make a space in your diary. Tickets :- £7.50 adults,
£20 Family ticket (2adults 2 children over 10), Children under 10 free) Proceeds will also go towards the cost of the new public address systems for both churches.
Tickets for sale after all Masses, if there is no one selling tickets and you wish to buy one, please ask a responsible parishioner.
Carers’ Sitter Service – Registered Charity No. 1040408.
Treasurer required on voluntary basis.
For details contact The Administrator – Wake House, Bourne.
Telephone no. 01778 420257
Saints Peter and Paul
The choosing of Peter teaches us a lesson. The Church’s foundation-stone and its first leader is not all-wise, all-knowing, good, heroic, and beautiful. He is a very ordinary man who makes about as many mistakes as we would in his place, and kicks himself for them just as thoroughly afterwards. If St Peter had been a hero, we could easily have despaired of ever becoming like him. If St Peter had been great, and noble, and good, we could have told ourselves that the Church is for the saints, despaired, sat down, and not bothered.
But the Church is not just for saints: it is for confused, impetuous, cowardly people like us – or St Peter. The rock crumbles, the ropes are frayed, the wood is rotten – but, although that improbable building, the Church, is made of such inferior materials, it grows (on the whole) faster than it collapses, and it is grace that holds it together.
Paul is not some cold and remote intellectual – just read the Epistles, and see if that stands up. Paul is always reminding people of his weakness – look, I know what I ought to do, and I keep on doing the opposite – look, I have this thorn in my flesh and God absolutely refuses to take it away. Paul is not all mind – he does have his troubles too.
But yes, Paul does have a mind, and that raises problems in an age that doesn’t, that uses “clever” as a term of abuse. Remember, though, that we are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength. Perhaps we cannot love St Paul very much nowadays; but let us at least pray for the grace to love God with our minds, as he did.
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