Roman Catholic Parish of St James and St William of York Reading
LENT — A TIME OF CHANGE, OF SPIRITUAL RENEWAL
Lent is a time for all of us to review our lives and to see if we can make more room for our God. Change is never easy, we love the comfortable life. Without change, we cant grow in our relationship with God and our family. Lent is not just about “giving up” or indeed “taking up”, essentially it is about coming closer to Christ our Heavenly Father. The Gospel today is short and sweet—Jesus is sent into the desert. We too are invited into a “desert time”. Deserts are interesting places—a space to reflect, a place to be alone to allow God into our lives. God is with us in this desert. So enjoy Lent, embrace it, go for it—100% commitment.
God is with us and urging us on. How can we make best use of this Lent time? Let us pray and see what is God calling us to be. We may surprise ourselves.
ACCIDENT AT ST JAMES ON ASH WEDNESDAY
Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy Hakim, one of our altar servers, who was hit by a car while crossing Forbury Road on her way with her family to the 12.15pm Mass on Ash Wednesday. Amy has broken her leg and is in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford recovering from her leg operation. We wish Amy a speedy recovery.
This accident is a warning to all to be extra vigilant while crossing Forbury Road. Cars seem to accelerate in the one-way system—this is a dangerous crossing so please take extra care.
CALLING YOU TO VOLUNTEER - NEW BAPTISM TEAM
Today we appeal again for more volunteers to join our new Baptism Preparation Team. I am disappointed with the response so far. Please do consider helping with this. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church.
Volunteers meeting Sat 24th Feb
10.00-11.15am in the Barberi Room, St James.
YOUTUBE LINKS TO TALKS BY FR JAMES MALLON
Part 1: The Crisis of Identity www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZk6QBx0gpI
Part 2: Leadership and Vision www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiJd7a66RFo
Part 3: Forming a Leadership Team www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFgdxcAuAp8
Part 4: Key to Lasting Change www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o3D2HjiKdw
Part 5: The Role of the Holy Spirit www.youtube.com/watch?v=EndFjH8hv9c
Session 1: What does it look like to be a missionary parish community?
Session 2 A: What is needed to transform the culture of the Parish?
Session 2B: Naming the 10 building blocks www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aMY_dNpcJk
Session 3: Becoming an Inviting Church www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU_Ao2xb-8c
Session 4: Forum - So What?www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7UPoFBjj7A
LAUNCH OF ONLINE REGISTRATION
I would like to invite you to register your details online on our new parish database. Please click the button below to register:
This is a new initiative to collect the details of all our parishioners into a new database. Up to now we have only had paper registration forms. We are pleased this can be done electronically. We will archive the old database and start afresh and compile an up to date register of all our parishioners. May I ask if you would log in and fill in your details and be among the first names on our new database. Your details are confidential and for parish use only. Don’t delay - please register your details.
Fr John Writes
CAR PARKING IN THE FORBURY RETAIL PARK
Over the past few months many parishioners have received parking tickets despite displaying a permit in their car. This often leads to letters asking for £120 and £125. Having been in touch with the company there is now a new procedure in place. Anyone receiving a parking ticket should let the Parish Office or Fr John have it immediately. The company have assured us that the ticket will then be cancelled and no more letters will be received. If you leave the car to get a permit from St James please put a large note on the dashboard. The car park attendant takes a photo of the car each time he issues a ticket so is able to prove if a permit is displayed in the car. If a permit is not displayed you may have to pay the fine so please note the new arrangements.