a message from Fr John...
We are now in the season of Lent. A time when, in imitation of Christ, who went into the desert to pray and fast, we try to give up things and to do penance. The emphasis should not be on what we give up. My father used to give up smoking during Lent and didn’t we know it! Rather the emphasis should be on trying harder to be a better person: kinder, more patient, more compassionate and less judgemental. Fasting and penance is a way of disciplining our bodies for the sake of our souls, they are an ancient custom, tried and tested over centuries: they work. During Lent we are to pray especially for the following intentions: those preparing for baptism, the needy and hungry, penitents and the lapsed. We have two people preparing for baptism who will be received into the Church at the Easter Vigil; we have someone else who will be confirmed at the same event. Please keep them in your prayers. Let us pray for each other that we may keep a good Lent and so be ready to celebrate Easter with joy and peace in our hearts.
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St. Joseph's Church and Priory on Austenwood Common, Gerrard's Cross, has grown in two stages, from modest beginnings in 1913 to the large and flourishing church of today... Read more