Roman Catholic Parish of St James and St William of York Reading
THE FAITH OF THE CANAANITE WOMAN
In today’s Gospel we hear the story of the Canaanite woman who approaches Jesus. Initially Jesus does not welcome her, however, she persists in her request. She is absolutely single-minded. Jesus appears as if he doesn't want to listen. She persists as she recognises something unique and special in Jesus. She is not put off as she knows Jesus is the one to save and heal her daughter. We have to admire this great mother who holds out for her sick child and makes her case for healing to Jesus. Jesus recognises the goodness of this woman “O woman great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish”. Jesus cured her child and praised her faith. This woman like the woman of Samaria is un-named but is one of the great women of faith in the Gospel.
We can learn much from this great woman regarding courage, determination and faith. Sometimes we hold onto hurt and upset and simply cant let it go.
When have you found that persistence was needed to gain what you sought ? What did that experience teach you ? These days to welcome a stranger is a challenge. We are more comfortable with people we know. What difference has it made when you were able to offer a smiling welcoming face to a stranger ?
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
Fr John Writes
PLANNING A WEDDING IN CHURCH HERE OR ABROAD ?
NEW LINE MARKING IN ST JAMES CHURCH CAR PARK
In order to have wheel chair access to the ramp leading to the Lady Chapel door we have removed the parking space and put down new yellow hatchings to denote no parking. We have added an extra parking space along the wall to Forbury Gardens and another in front of the information board out side the church. The parking spaces outside the presbytery door have also been altered. I trust this new arrangement is acceptable to all and provides us with new clear disabled access.
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.