a message from Fr John...
Dear Parishioners, the word ‘Pentecost’ means fiftieth; fifty days since the Resurrection of Christ, who promised his followers the gift of the Holy Spirit. We, as a Church, have been waiting all this time for a renewed out pouring of the Spirit upon us. However, what does this mean in fact? Well, the Spirit is God’s power and love. When we are given this Spirit at baptism we are given a force and dynamism in our lives that can help us grow strong in our faith and love. The secret is to recognise the gift that we have been given. Many people don’t. So, like a discarded Christmas present, it lies hidden and wasted. However, for those who do recognise the gift it offers us the secret of life. The spirit-filled Christian lives life to the full; they are rarely bored, and will always have things to do. The Spirit makes our lives exciting, because anything is possible to the person who believes. We are called to greatness not mediocrity; to lead a life that is fully alive, not just to exist. Pray for a renewal of the gift of the Spirit this Pentecost, you will notice the difference, eventually.
Listen to Charles Whitehead's recent Pentecost talks on "The Coming of the Holy Spirit" and "The Spirit in Our Lives".
What is the Year of Faith? What is meant by the New Evangelisation? Find out more from the Year of Faith & New Evangelisation talks by Charles Whitehead. Listen to Talk 1 or Talk 2.
Find out how to obtain a Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith.
See the Diocesan Programme of Events for this year of prayer, catechesis, liturgy and witness.