Pastoral Notes 2nd September, 2018

As our parish schools are about to open for a new school-year, it seems fitting to remember Pope St Gregory (d. 604 AD) who sent missionaries to Britain in 597 (St Augustine of Canterbury) and so helped to build up the Church in these parts. There were already thriving Christian (and missionary) communities in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and the North of England. The story goes that St Gregory saw English slaves (‘Angles’) in Rome, and renamed them ‘Angels’, vowing to send missionaries to England. It is the nature of missionaries to look beyond the known boundaries of the Church. We have welcomed two missionaries this summer, making ‘Appeals’ for their work. The Christian community flourishes by looking beyond itself. We might pray for that missionary spirit to be strengthened and grow in faith and charity and like Pope Gregory, see God’s goodness working around us constantly.