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Message from the Parish Priest

My Dear People,

June is that glorious month when we enjoy the long days and sunshine and the lounging in the garden or the park with the children or just sitting and enjoying the sight of others doing so. The great love God has for his creation is surely seen in the glorious June. When I was on the South Coast I used to go to the famous race meeting at Goodwood and never won a penny but enjoyed every minute of it with the toffs and the punters all equal when it came to the gee-gees!

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi has just passed last Sunday and I would guess that most of us over a certain hill must be celebrating the umpteenth anniversary of our Reception of our First Holy Communion when we were Seven. It was traditional to have the First Communions as near to Corpus Christi as we could and then we would be able to take part in the Blessed Sacrament Procession around the grounds of the parish church - English Martyrs it was for me. Such memories are very blessed for me and my teachers gave me a most mature understanding of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament which has never left me. Four altars were set up outside in the grounds of the Cenacle Convent on Alec Road and we servers used to go and help the nuns to serve the Procession there on the Sunday afternoon and would get high tea as a reward - loads of home made cake and pop.

This Sunday our children will be receiving their First Holy Communion at the 11 am Mass.

Pray for these children whose pictures you see at the back of Church. Many of them do not have a religious home where they are advanced in their faith by the Christian way of life so one only hopes that the grace of making these sacraments will one day bring them closer to the Lord for they belong to him and are so precious in his sight. It is surely better to have made your First Communion than not at all.

Friday (11th) is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and again June is the month which always sees this feast of the Divine Heart of the Christ on Fire with love for mankind. St Margaret Mary who received this vision in France in the 17th Century described in great detail to her chaplain just what our Lord wanted to communicate. The love of God had grown cold with the Jansenism heresy and this devotion in the church spread like wild fire and encouraged people to resume going to Holy Communion at least once a month instead of the customary once a year !

The Nine First Fridays were revealed by the Sacred Heart. His promise was that if you attended Mass on the first Friday of every month for 9 months with confession and Holy Communion you would have the grace of final repentance and get to heaven. Even now many priests take Communion to the sick on the First Friday of each month. The promise still stands and I suspect that the sacred Image of Our Lord in his Sacred Heart is still one of the most popular pictures of Christ in the whole world. Many of you have one in your homes because I have seen them. Honour the Sacred Heart for it is the heart of God. Be not like Simon in the Gospel of this Sunday - outward in our welcome but cold within.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you, through all, in all and despite all. Amen.

Father Tom Connolly

CORNER STONES DAY CENTRE 104 B DENMARK RD. They nourish 120 poor people per day and stand in need of your kindness. These are the things they need Tinned meats and fish, jams and marmalade, bics ,T bags and coffee, cheeses, marge, tinned soups, toilet rolls, sugar, tinned veg and good quality dry-cleaned cloths and bedding . Please phone and arrange for these items to be delivered on 232 8888 and speak to Sister Lucy

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