All Saints Parish Newsletter
13th July 2012
From The Curate:
Mark 6: 14-29 (Sunday’s Gospel) is inserted between the sending out and the return of the twelve from their mission. Our Gospel this Sunday is the story of the death of John the Baptist in Herod’s court. Besides inspiring Christian art and music for many centuries, this episode is unique in Mark because Jesus is neither the main character nor the main subject of the story. We know that John’s death foreshadows the death of Jesus in many ways: Herod, like Pilate with Jesus wishes to protect John but ends up killing him; the ones responsible for engineering the death, Herodias in John’s case the Jerusalem religious leaders in Jesus’, do not themselves have the power to accomplish their goal and must exert external pressure on the governing official to do it for them. In John’s case however, the almost whimsical nature of the events lead to his gruesome beheading and portrays a level of evil that is chilling in its pervasiveness. This episode, right in the centre of the disciples’ most positive activity to date shadows their success with a foretaste of failure. In a less gruesome way, we share a little in the experience that at the heart of our most positive activity, there is often that which undermines and frustrates the Good News. As Christians, we rely on a discipline of prayer to sustain us, not for our own glory, but to enable us to continue in the face of difficulty always to strive to witness to the Gospel and truth we find in our Lord Jesus; the worship of God, and not of human failing.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday or soon,
Please pray for Callum O’Connor (recovering from Surgery 12/7/12), Farishna, Sam, Javier Samblas, Mary Barnet, Stephen Collingwood, Sian Evans, Jackie Ferriter, Joshua Levy, Tony Lock, Audrey Patterson, Marion Pidgeon, Cecila Shore, Michael Sullivan, Nicki Steventon, Rachel Clayton, Heather Walker, Graham Hawkes, Richard Tann, Brian Sparkes, Ron Cayless, Sr. Jean Margaret, Lise Cribbin, John Rogers, Mason Jacobsen, Dolores King, Barbara Laws, John Welch, Peter Vickers, Ondina Brash, Russell Aitken (Missing), Babe Zoe & Parents.
With thanksgiving, Isabelle Stoughton, Neil Hartman
The Recently Departed: John Gadney, Oby Amobi. Priska Fleckenstein, Alberto Francioni, Gillian Hush, Sandra Allan, Kenneth Adams, Samuel Hutchings , Julian Maslinski, Ken Wah Yew, Olive Buttler. At the anniversary of their death: Mary Gaskell, Mina Robertson, Richard Young, Gladys Gibbs, George Smith, Kathleen Rodger, Doris Thrift, Kathleen Wait, William Hewels, Isabel Bruxner, Kathleen Gardner, Mark Williams, Muriel Latter, Lucy Heales.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary –
High Mass- Wednesday 15th August 6:30pm
Preacher: The Reverend Dr. James Hawkey, Minor Canon & Sacrist, Westminster Abbey
Missa Brevis in G – Mozart, Ave Maria – Mendelssohn
Low Masses 8:00am & 1:10pm
ANGLICAN CATHOLIC FUTURE
A series of evenings celebrating our Catholic inheritance in the Church of England .
Wednesday October 17th Our Lady The Revd Cally Hammond Dean of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge 7pm Solemn Mass St Matthew’s, Westminster ALL WELCOME for further details please call 020 7222 3704
Exploring Priestly Ministry – a day for men and women to explore their future. St Albans Cathedral 6 October 2012. To register, or for more information, email Fr. Bernard Minton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Timetable: 10:30am Registration in the Lady Chapel, St Albans Abbey. 11:00am Keynote address by The Dean, Fr. Jeffrey John. 12:30pm High Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Hertford (Preacher: Fr. Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark) 1:30pm Lunch, 2:30pm Panel Discussion, 4:00pm Evensong and Benediction.