We’ve made it through another week! This weekend is Good Shepherd Sunday, where in the Gospel Jesus says to us, ‘I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out, and be sure of finding pasture’. Quite apart from how particularly attractive the idea of going ‘freely in and out’ sounds just at the moment, this is a promise that Jesus is guiding us and providing for us, and that all our safety and shelter is found in Him.
Please have a look below at this week’s newsletter, the May edition of the new Corpus Christi magazine, and Joseph Meigh’s vocations talk, reflecting on this Sunday’s Gospel.
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This weekend is Good Shepherd Sunday, so we’re thinking about how we hear the voice of the Shepherd, and discern the ways that he’s leading us to follow Him each day. Joseph Meigh was asked to record a talk for the Diocesan website, reflecting on the Sunday Gospel and on his experience of discerning a calling to priesthood – you can hear this on the website (just click here).

I’d also like to share with you a couple of videos we put together last year in the Seminary. The longer one is something we made to try to give a ‘taste’ of what Seminary life is like – which might be helpful for men discerning a vocation to the priesthood, but also for everyone in parishes to be able to see where and how their priests are formed. Look out for Deacon Thomas Lawes, showing off the gym equipment(!), who will be ordained priest this summer, please God.


The second video is a piece of choral music which I wrote for our seminary schola to sing at our patronal feast, St John’s Day, a couple of years ago – along with some beautiful aerial views of the seminary. I’m hoping it’ll provide a few minutes of meditative calm which you might be able to use to pray for us all there: because we rely every day on people back home praying for us who are in formation, for the priests who live with us at the Seminary, and those who come in from parishes to teach, and of course for new vocations to come and join us. Thank you so much for your prayers!

Many thanks to Angela Clarke for putting together May’s edition of the Corpus Christi Magazine, which is available to view on our website by clicking here! And if you missed last month’s debut edition, you can catch up on that too!

As the month of May begins, we also draw especially close to our Mother Mary – sadly, we won’t be able to see the children bringing up flowers to crown Our Lady’s statue this year… but if you have a statue or picture of Our Lady at home, perhaps you can have your own ceremony this weekend? And a parishioner from Our Lady of Lourdes shared this video of Frank Patterson singing ‘Bring Flowers of the Fairest’, so we can sing along!
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

We were also sent this video of people singing the song Hosanna in the Highest from all over the world, via Zoom! Reckon we could manage this for our next Zoom meeting? (Which, by the way, will hopefully be back next weekend – apologies for the hiatus!)

A familiar scene for us in Weston, spotted in the 2020 edition of Where's Wally?
With our prayers,
Canon Tom Gunning (Parish Priest)
and Joseph Meigh (seminarian)
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