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New Life - New Beginnings

Easter is about new life. The Resurrection is not about Jesus rising from the dead to continue his previous existence and Mission. The Resurrection is about Jesus, the same Jesus of Nazareth, beginning a new life. This new life is continuous with his previous existence and history, but it is also distinctly different. He has accomplished all that he set out to do, he has fulfilled his father’s will. His new role in eternity is to sit at the right hand of the Father and intercede for all of us.

I would like to thank everyone for their patience over the past nine months as we have lived alongside the construction and building works that are transforming our parish church and facilities.

This transition and change is our opportunity to create a Resurrection in the parish. We can either see it as an enhancement of what we previously enjoyed and continue as normal with some improvements OR we can see it as the beginning of a new life, a new future for the parish. A future full of promise and hope – RESURRECTION.

The Bishop has declared 2018 to be a Year of Mission for the Clifton Diocese. Pope Paul VI said:
“The Church exists for those who are not yet members”. I hope the physical transformation of the parish will become a spiritual transformation that will lead to a renewed sense of Mission.

I would like to form a new Mission Group in the parish who will explore ways of reaching out to the wider community and take the message of the gospel to people in our locality in a manner that is easy to understand. Your ideas are welcome. The group will meet for the first time on Sunday 20th May at 11.15 am in the Shore Gallery. It will meet each month. An Enrolment Form will be available on the table at the back of the Church.

Once again, thank you for your prayerful support for our parish redevelopment project and for your generous financial donations and pledges.

We have an amazing future ahead of us as a parish community. Like the first Easter Sunday we will be encountering the unexpected which is, like The Resurrection, both challenging and exciting. I look forward to being parish priest for many years to come in these exciting times.

I thank each and every one of the parishioners for their support of our community.

God bless you all.

Father Gregory Grant

Evening Prayer