Fr Chris writes:
Thank you to all who celebrated our climax to the Easter Celebrations – “Pentecost”. Numbers were low, but we celebrated well! With the lovely sunshine in this past week, I have been reminiscing on my eleven years of ministering & living in Bexhill, where the sea front was the same distance from me as the Royal Holloway University is now! There was nothing I enjoyed more than a lovely walk by the seafront, sometimes stopping at “Di Paolo’s” for a beautiful Gluten Free handmade gelato (ice cream).
Many years back, I was walking along a sandy part of Bexhill Seafront with two priest friends. We were in discussion (inspired by the vast greatness of the Sea). We were talking about the mystery, awe and wonder of God. If the truth be known, we were also exploring ideas for our Sunday homily – Trinity Sunday was fast approaching! As it was a hot day (and we were enjoying our ice-creams) our conversation wasn’t getting very far. We caught sight of a small boy. Like me (at his age) he had dug a huge hole in the sand with his spade and kept running down to the water’s edge to fill his plastic red bucket with water and then take it back to empty it into the hole. We stopped and watched in amusement, our cool ice creams in hand. He spotted us and recognised me! One of my friends smiled and asked what he was doing. His Mum smiled too as her son seriously told us that he was emptying the ocean into his hole!
As we walked on, we tried to continue to prepare our minds for the Sunday Homily, keen to inspire our congregations (I was very conscientious in those days)! One of my friends hit the nail on the head, “You know that we were amused at what that child was trying to do; isn’t that just what we were doing in our discussion about God? It is just as impossible for us to fully understand the mystery of God as it is for the child to put the water of the sea into that hole. Our minds are like tiny thimbles, whereas the reality of God is greater than the mighty ocean.” “So profound”, I thought, “the mystery of God is so full of meaning that we will never finish our task, as we continue to grow in knowledge, wonder and awe!”
Dear friends, parishioners, First Communion families, Baptism families, Newly Confirmed – let us never be lazy or superficial in our efforts to understand the mystery and greatness of God. May we continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit and let us continue to journey forward boldly and in love. Happy Trinity Sunday!
May we say to God …
“To you glory and praise for evermore …”
CHILDREN’S LITURGY UPDATE
Sun 4th June Please note, our Holy Trinity Children’s Liturgy will take place THIS SUNDAY during the 9:15 am Mass at St. John Rochester Church due to the half term holidays.
THANKSGIVING – ROYAL HOLLOWAY
Sun 4th June 6pm Fr. John Dickson has decided, after eleven happy years, to retire from his post as Catholic Chaplain at RHUL.
Everyone is very welcome to join and give thanks at the Royal Holloway Chapel as we celebrate with his Retirement Mass.
We keep Fr John in our prayers and wish him well in his many continued endeavours.
Tue 6th June, 7pm Our Alpha group meets every Tuesday evening for some lively discussion about faith. It’s never too late to join, even if you just want to see what it is all about.
Sat 10th June, 9am to 4pm We welcome everyone to join our retreat on Saturday 10th June. Food and drinks provided. For more info contact parishofegham.alpha
The gift of the Body and Blood of Christ is indeed a great gift to the Church. Jesus is our true and eternal Priest, who instituted the pattern of an everlasting sacrifice and was the first to offer himself as the saving Victim., commanding us to make this offering as his memorial. As we eat his flesh that was sacrificed for us, we are made strong (in His love), and as we drink his Blood that was poured out for us, we are washed clean. (CF Preface 1 of the Most Holy Eucharist). May our celebration next weekend be worthy of Christ’s great gift to the Church.
Fri 9th June Wintershall CIO seeks a Qualified Teacher to join their Education Programme. The ideal candidate will provide creative Gospel story experiences to children and teachers, share Wintershall’s belief in the importance of understanding the Christian story, and contribute to program development. Apply by June 9th
ORDINATION OF EDDIE HOPKINS
Sat 10th June Fr Chris will be attending the Ordination of Eddie Hopkins and as such there will not be a morning Mass – There will be, however, an extended Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the morning – a great chance to pray for Eddie and all those being ordained as Transitory Deacons on that day, and to give thanks for the gift of Christ’s Body and Blood.
“Many of you will remember Eddie, a seminarian, who joined our parish on a pastoral placement. He will be ordained Deacon (prior to his Priesthood ordination) next Saturday (10th June) in the morning. I am delighted for him, and glad I can be there for the wonderful occasion. I also knew him as a friendly and devoted parishioner in the previous parish I served. Please keep him in prayer throughout this coming week and beyond! I know that he will be a great gift to the diocese.” Fr Chris.
Sun 11th June 2:30pm at St John’s Church Egham. Tea and Cake served afterwards in the Easter Centre, Manor Farm Lane, TW20 9HR
ST JOHN OF ROCHESTER
Thur 22nd June 7pm Evening Mass. Patronal Feast of St John Fisher, Bishop, and St Thomas More, Martyrs.
Fri 14th July 7pm Mass with Bishop Richard to give thanks for the faith and life of the Catholic Community in the Egham Hythe area.
THE LIFE OF CHRIST
Tues 27th June – Sat 1st July 10am to 3:30pm
Experience the captivating and educational passion play, “The Life of Christ”. This open-air production, featuring hundreds of actors, brings the story of Jesus to life. Perfect for schools, families, faith groups, and theatre enthusiasts, this event unfolds over three acts. Tickets and info: https://www.wintershall.org.uk/life-christ-6
“31 on May 31st”
“Thank you to all who joined me at Mass or Coffee on Wednesday as I celebrated 31 years of priesthood – I appreciate that many were away or had other commitments but thank you for your kind prayers and wishes too.” Fr Chris
RUNNYMEDE MUSLIM SOCIETY
… have asked us to convey their apologies for filling up the car park at their highly successful fund-raising event. They thank those from our parish who “looked in” and many parishioners enjoyed the Samosas, Pakoras and Biryani as well as the many activities and stalls, inside and outside the Jurgen’s Centre.
Everyone should be able to afford the essentials
As a Parish, we are supporting our local foodbank, and here is the list of items (food and other essentials) needed for the month of June:
Meat Soup – Instant Mash – Instant Noodles
Rice – Long Life Milk – Coffee – Shower Gel
Shampoo – Conditioner – Bars Of Soap
Please leave your donations in the boxes at the back of our churches. Thank you for your continued generosity.
Please note: We are looking for some new catechists for Baptism Preparation, if you feel you may be able to assist, please have a word with Fr Chris. We have sessions 3 times a year.
BACK TO SCHOOL
We wish a happy return to school in the lead up to the Summer Holidays. We keep our schools and colleges in prayer, and all involved in them.
Volunteer as a Chaplain in the Surrey and Sussex Police multi-faith chaplaincy team. No experience needed, training and uniform provided. Support officers and staff for 2-4 hours/week, including a weekly visit to a police workplace. For more info contact Frances Novillo at 07783 804665 or frances.novillo
So many people are struggling in our locality and parish (as well as globally). It is important to keep our mental health in check. Thank you for the continued support to the Runnymede Food Bank, with items being left each week at the back of our churches. For the past month we have run an insert in the parish newsletter about “Consolation And Bereavement Support”. In addition, our Pastoral Care coordinator looks after the huge umbrella of needs and each week her contact details are in the newsletter, including visits and Holy Communion. Much informal pastoral care and support takes place after our weekday Masses in St. Joseph’s chapel. Some join ecumenical initiatives, diocesan initiatives and other organisations to help with outreach. Never allow things to bottle up and if you are seeking help with confidential difficulties there are many you can speak to – including a priest! Our Parish has a dedicated “Safeguarding Rep” – Pat Simpson, who will soon have a dedicated email address. Diocesan Safeguarding Support is via 01293 651148 or safeguarding or via www.abdiocese.org.uk/safeguarding/home
There are also a number of National Helplines that are available for anyone in need.
Citizen Advice is a charity that provides free, impartial and confidential advice to people in the UK. They have a network of over 3,500 advisers who can help with a wide range of issues, including debt, housing, benefits, employment, and family law. www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Samaritans UK is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free. www.samaritans.org
Mind provides support and advice to people with mental health problems, and campaigns to improve mental health services. info 0300 123 3393 www.mind.org.uk/helplines
Childline is a free, confidential helpline for children and young people under 19 in the UK. Call them on 0800 1111, or use their online chat service. www.childline.org Childline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) can be contacted on help
AGE UK is the largest charity in the UK dedicated to helping older people. For info: www.ageuk.org.uk or 0800 169 656
National Domestic Abuse Helpline, which is run by Refuge is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 0808 2000 247 For more help and info: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Survivors Trust’s mission is to ensure that all survivors of sexual violence have access to the support they need to recover and rebuild their lives. 0808 801 0181 or www.thesurvivorstrust.org
There are many other National Helplines as well as Parish, Diocesan and Catholic Church of England and Wales support agencies
Please reach out to us if you need assistance.
FEAST DAYS & SAINTS DAYS
3rd June Saint Charles Lwanga &
3rd / 4th June Trinity Sunday
Mon 5th Saint Boniface
10th / 11th Corpus Christi
17th / 18th June Day for Life
1st / 2nd July Peter’s Pence
8th / 9th July Sea Sunday
22nd / 23rd July Diocesan Missionary Endeavour
WE PRAY FOR THE SICK
and for all carers of the sick, including their relatives and friends. We pray for those in our parish and beyond who carry their sickness privately; and for those who have asked for our prayers:
Bernard Dickman, Fr Ray Blake, Isolina Wright,
Fr Stephen Hardaker, Ray Davis,
Maria Walsh, Bella Pozella,
Geoffrey and Josephine Gibson,
Florence Goonetillake, Bernard Horton,
Chris, Louise & Helen Michael,
James Clubley, Whinghnoi Chan,
Alan Diver, Joan Davies, Kevin Livesey,
Ana Alves, Prue Jurado and Husband,
Heather Price, Brian Fernandes,
John Gordon, Laurie Hatcher
REST IN PEACE
We pray for all who have died recently and for all those who mourn the death of a loved one.
Mary Swartfigure is known to many in the parish community, and we pray for the repose of her soul, and for her family and friends at this sad time. Her funeral service will be on Tuesday 6th June, 11:30am at the Assumption of our Lady Church. May she rest in peace.
We commend to the Lord, all our departed relatives and friends.
MASSES & LITURGIES
|Sat 3rd||9:15am||(AOL)||Exposition & Benediction|
|10:00am||(AOL)||Alpha in the Parish|
|6:00pm||(AOL)||Audrey McKeigue R.I.P.|
|Sun 4th||9:15am||(SJR)||Mrs Lyn Gray R.I.P.|
|11:00am||(AOL)||People of the Parish|
|Mon 5th||8:30am||(SJB)||School Mass
Alessandro P – exams
|Tue 6th||11:30am||(AOL)||Funeral Service –
Mary Swartfigure RIP
|Wed 7th||No Parish Mass|
|Thu 8th||9:30am||(SJC)||Alessandro P – exams|
|Fri 9th||9:30am||(SJC)||Len & Moira Burton R.I.P.|
|Sat 10th||Please Note: There is no 10am Parish Mass
Fr Chris at Ordination of Eddie Hopkins
|5:00pm||(AOL)||Exposition followed by
|6:00pm||(AOL)||Colin King R.I.P.|
|Sun 11th||9:15am||(SJR)||Alessandro P – thanksgiving|
|11:00am||(AOL)||People of the Parish|
AOL – Assumption of Our Lady
SJC – St Joseph’s Chapel (to the side of AOL)
SJR – St John of Rochester
SJB – St John’s Beaumont
SCS – St Cuthbert’s School
June 2023 – Parish of St Cuthbert – Children’s Newsletter.pdf
4th June 2023 – Holy Trinity Sunday – Parish of St Cuthbert Newsletter.pdf