Saturday, 6 June 2020

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Detail of the Blessed Trinity from our festal cope

"Behold, I am with you always, 
even to the consummation of the world"

Dear Friends,

As we celebrate Trinity Sunday, we are still physically apart from one another and from the House of God. The Mystery that at the heart of God there is a relationship - a union, a community - is a reminder to us of the importance that being together has for us as Christians. Our present circumstances force us to focus on the spiritual and mystical union we have with God and with one another. It is not just a physical circumstance of us "gathering" on a Sunday but something far deeper than that. 

The English Dominican, Fr Lawrence Lew, says in one of his sermons:

The revelation of God as Triune, therefore, is not a mathematical conundrum, nor a logical puzzle, but it is a mystery even as the relationship of love between two human beings can be ‘mysterious’. In speaking of God, we are attempting to speak of the depth of infinite love and the eternity of being that exceeds our limited human capacities but which, precisely because of this unfathomable richness, elicits in us wonder, and praise, and holy desire, and prayer. So, St Catherine of Siena prayed: “You, O eternal Trinity, are a deep Sea, into which the deeper I enter the more I find, and the more I find the more I seek; the soul cannot be satiated in Your abyss, for she continually hungers after You, the eternal Trinity… Clothe me, clothe me with You, O! Eternal Truth!”


Your Mass intentions will still be offered as requested and you may continue to send them in: 
including this week for...
For the people of the parish
Paco Cambra, RIP
Margaret Talbot, LD
Thanksgiving for prayers answered
The Holy Souls

Your Prayers are asked for all the sick, including: Rita Sarbrick, Rosena Stacey, Vivienne Lee, Tom Miller, Paul Casey, Linda Melling, Tilly Gee, Kathleen Ward, Clare Butler, Maureen MacDonald, Louie Baines, Maureen O'Brien, Margaret McNiff, Elle Miller, Mark Duncan, Hild Gibbons, Bill Sutton, Barbara Fow, Mary Ann Monaghan, Bernard Lawson, Mick Marshall, Carol Parkinson, Margaret Cheston, Eric Neilson, Alan Cottam, Seámus McLoughlin.

We pray for those who are housebound and for those who love  and care for them. 
O Mary conceived without sin - Pray for us who have recourse to thee.


If you would like to pray through the Mass online or via TV here are some links below. Some people find it a way of preparing in some fitting way to make a Spiritual Communion in these times when the actual Mass is not available:

If you have access to Facebook, the beautiful little church of Corpus Christi on Maiden Lane in London has Mass each day. 

Also on Facebook, the Canons at St Walburge's in Preston stream many Masses and Devotions:

If you have Sky TV or you can also access EWTN at:
With many other programmes that you might find useful.

The Oratorians at Cardiff:
The Fathers of the Fraternity of St Peter also stream their Masses and devotions from Warrington St Mary's at: 

You can even join in Mass live from Westminster Cathedral:


Please do continue to keep in touch via our Parish Facebook page and my blog. I continue to be in touch with parishioners via phone calls and emails, as well as the occasional doorstep conversations and fortuitous meetings while out walking - and even on my morning run!

May I ask that, if you are able, please continue to put aside your weekly offering each Sunday and bring it with you when things return to some normality. If you would like a Standing Order form, please contact me. 

God keep you,

Fr Simon.

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