June – Month of the Sacred Heart – 2

Corpus Christi, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Eucharistic Miracles Continuing the theme of the month, we have something not only for families with children but which can be adapted for all adults – single, married, living alone or with others so that our parish is truly united in our love for the Sacred Heart […]

Corpus Christi – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

This Sunday the Church celebrates the significant feast of Corpus Christi in England and Wales. We celebrate the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Saviour. The great mystery of the Eucharist which is the source and summit of the Christian life is the focus of this […]

Pastoral Notes 3rd June, 2018

THE BODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST The Feast of ‘Corpus Christi’ is celebrated publicly in many places. In the town of Orvieto in the heart of Italy there is a wonderful medieval pageant, with people dressed as Knights in armour, riding in procession, with various Guilds of the Middle Ages shown carrying their banners and […]

Pastoral Notes 14th June 2015

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The town of Orvieto north of Rome, in the Middle Ages, a major town in the then Papal States, still holds a very grand ‘Corpus Christi’ procession every year, issuing from a most beautiful medieval Gothic Cathedral. (Basic Bible stories are sculpted on the facade of the Cathedral and major artists have […]

Pastoral Notes May 10th, 2015

Jumbled dates ? We have a series of feast-days coming up, which still may seem a little awkward for some. ‘Ascension Thursday’ is now celebrated on the (next) Sunday. This obscures the original nine days of prayer (novena), the Church, with Our Lady, in prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit. (There is nothing […]

Pastoral Notes May 3rd 2015

LOCAL MARTYRS & CORPUS CHRISTI Monday 4th May is the feast of the English and Welsh Martyrs of the 16th/17th centuries, who trained abroad as priests or made their homes available for the celebration of the Eucharist. The famous Triangular Lodge at Rushton just outside Kettering, constructed by Sir Thomas Tresham, is full of symbols […]