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20th June Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Friends,

Today’s Gospel reading is a great reminder to all of us that the forces of nature – in this case a minor storm on the sea of Galilee – are well beyond our control. This would be nothing to those who sail the wide-open seas of the world, now with the best of sailing boats, emergency equipment and communication systems to call for help. But if a mast fails it challenges the bravest and the best. Yet  risk is what attracts adventurers. Maybe we are too cautious in life, we do not like taking risks and do not welcome them when they come. Yet the kernel of today’s Gospel seems to be that should risk arise e.g. illness, loneliness, loss of security etc. etc., then, and only then do we find out who we are and what we are made of? Jesus said, “Why are you afraid?”. This image of Jesus asleep is a signal to us that he had complete trust in the Father.

Following the government’s Step 3 easements of coronavirus restrictions on 17th May, all parishes have been issued with Step 3 guidance from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

We will now be implementing the following in accordance with the Step 3 guidelines:

  • Maximum capacity in the church is now
  • Social distancing will be 1 metre plus in our church and hall (if the hall is being used as an overflow for Mass).
  • Masks must still be worn by people as they come forward for Communion.
  • Priests and Special Ministers are now ‘permitted to announce, “The Body of Christ” for each communicant’ and the response “Amen” made by the person receiving Holy Communion.
  • These may appear to be small steps and are without question. However, we hope that stage 4 in July will give people confidence when it arrives. I suppose you could call this stage an examining of how restrained we can be.
  • I am personally delighted that they have moved on from naming variations of the virus after a country to going to the Greek alphabet in future. So, nationals of these countries will no longer have to wonder is my country going to be blamed again, when there never was evidence that their people contributed to it.
  • First Holy Communions continue today at 11am and 2pm. Please pray for the children, their parents and catechists.
  • The Confirmation Retreat is due on July 3rd. Please pray for the candidates and catechists who faced the challenge of Zoom meetings and all the families involved.
  • Warmest congratulations to Edward and Margaret Sant who give thanks this Sunday for 50 years of marriage.

    And finally: I must tell you that my “home” Golf club, at Castletown-Bearhaven, Co. Cork, last weekend won the ALL IRELAND Jimmy BRUEN SHIELD in Donegal. I wish to pay special tribute to my primary school classmate Timmy Lynch who has enthused the local youngsters of the area by teaching the proper technique from a young age. CONGRATULATIONS to all.

    God Bless You All,

    Fr John

    Readings for Next Sunday

    First Reading Wisdom: 1:13-15; 2:23-24

    Psalm 107

    Second Reading 2 Corinthians: 8:7,9,13-15

    Gospel Mark 5:21-43


    There is never a wrong time of doing GOOD, or a right time for doing WRONG.

    Mass Intentions

    Sat 19th June    6.00pm            Ella Hennessy RIP (Joan)

    Sun 20th June   8.30am            Michael & Jackie Mouat (25th Wedding Anniversary)

    10.30am          Thanksgiving: Emin Manuel (Maxi), Edward & Margaret Sant (50th Wedding Anniversary)

                            5.30pm            Kerry Horne RIP (Gerard, Annette & Family)

    Mon 21st June  7.30pm            Eileen Cooke welfare (Bryan & Peggy Frost)

    Tue 22nd June   10.00am          Ronan McGarvey RIP (John & Mary McGee)

    Wed 23rd June  10.00am          Kathleen O’Halloran RIP (Catherine Hammond)

    Thu 24th June   10.00am          May O’Neill’s Welfare (Bryan & Peggy Frost)

    Fri 25th June     10.00am          Alice & Jim Curran RIP (Mary Reynolds)

    Sat 26th June    6.00pm            Ronald Kearney RIP (anniv.) (Mary Kearney)

    Sun 27th June   8.30am            Beatrice Eavis RIP (Ray Handysides)

    10.30am          Philomena (Ira) (Josephine & family)

                            5.30pm            John Croll RIP (Anne)

    Gift Aid Update


    We recovered about £17,000 through Gift Aid in the previous year with the prospect of doing even better this year. ‘THANK YOU’ to all of you who use Gift Aid and an invitation to those who have not yet joined, to do so soon; just send me an email or ring me and I will welcome you to the scheme. Finally, a reminder that Annual Statements are now available to those who need one. Contact Tony Duhig if you have any questions.* mailto:giftaid@olqh.com ( 01276 29596

    Grandparents Pilgrimage to West Grinstead Shrine – Join Bishop Richard on 7th July from 10am for Mass, adoration, stations of the cross and more. To book please visit https://abdiocese.churchsuite.com/events/wpjpxxir.

    Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 4th September. Full day of mass, confession, adoration, picnic in the grounds or shrine restaurant. Please contact Phil McDonnell on 01276 684281.

    Red Boxes - Would red box holders kindly return the boxes to the presbytery during the next couple of weeks as convenient, Thank you.

    Finding Stillness: The Open Cloister at Worth Abbey – Retreat (online or in person) from August 24th to 26th, for more information go to http://www.worth.co.uk/retreats/online-retreats

    Collections for Weekend 12th/13th June 2021

    Offertory Collections                            £449.98

    Gift Aid Collections                                 £31

    Standing Orders (Weekly Average)       £1016

    Total                                                   £1496.98

    Please pray for all those who have died recently:

    Sigfrido Bonganay and Anna Cole

    May they rest in peace.

    Please pray for all those who are sick at this time:

    Marie Bellizzi, Maureen Bowers, Pauline Brookman, Robert Burbridge, Joe Buttaci, Vivian Charlton, Lally Clarke, Joan Cottrell, Zita Falber, Pat Farrell, Hermanthe Fernando, Leo Gibson, Kath Grant, Mary Higton, Gill Kirwin, Georgia Mackinlay, Miriam McDonnell, Helen McLachlan, Eric Miller, Maura Morris, Paul Pullen, Wilson Rabanos, Claire Raynor, Donal Reidy, Milo Reiske, Gill Shaw, Sherry Small, Ralph & Pauline Smith, Godelieve Vandersloten, Patricia Van Kuyk, Alfonsa Varghese, Lorraine Vella, Mark Wardell and all those named on the noticeboard in Our Lady’s Shrine. May they find consolation in their suffering.

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    Alton Day of Renewal Prayer Requests

    We will pray for anyone feeling isolated, anxious, depressed, or physically ill. We will help you draw close to the love of Jesus, who said “come to me all of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”. On weekdays 10.00am-4.00pm tel 07579 824523. Full details at www.altonrenewal.com/prayer_request


    Contact Information

    Call 01276 504876, or email frimley@abdiocese.org.uk

    The Church is located at 111 Portsmouth Road, Frimley, GU16 7AA.  It is on the opposite side of the A325 Portsmouth Road to Frimley Park Hospital.  When looking at Frimley Park Hospital, the Church is behind you to the left.

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