LETTERS FROM LOCKDOWN

Two new videos for you today… one is Canon Tom’s homily from last Sunday, and the other a Bible study on Philippians with Stuart Ford and Joseph Meigh. Let’s continue to build up our community through prayer for each other, and being united in the heart Christ, who is present with each one of us, wherever we are.
 
CANON TOM ON FAITH
Fr Tom’s homily from last Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter. The Gospel was John 20:19-31.
 
LETTERS FROM LOCKDOWN
Joseph Meigh has been working with fellow Clifton Seminarian, Stuart Ford, on a video Bible study for St Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians, and Episode 1 is ready to watch now… ‘To live is Christ’ (Phil 1.1-21).
 
Philippians is very short – only 4 pages long – but is known as one of St Paul’s most joy-filled letters, so is a wonderful way for us to enter more deeply into the season of joy which is Eastertide. Perhaps especially it might help us find joy in our current situation of lockdown, because Paul was writing it from his prison cell – so it shows us how that deepest kind of joy wells up from our relationship with Christ which is within us, whatever our external circumstances.
 
I hope you’ll be able to join us on this journey through Philippians over the next few weeks, and if you have any questions, it would be really enriching if you could send them in to us – just reply to this email.
FREE ONLINE MAGNIFICAT
Anyone who’s come across the Magnificat monthly magazines will know that they’re great little resources which give the daily Mass prayers & readings, simplified morning & evening prayers, a daily reflection from a saint or Catholic writer, and other little essays and articles.
 
Magnificat is currently being offered for free online. There’s the text of the printed edition:
Magnificat UK edition online
Or you can use the app (Android / iOS) for free until the end of May:
Magnificat App
And there’s even a Sunday Missalette for 6 – 12 year olds!
MagnifiKid! for children
YOUTH ALPHAS
In addition to the Alpha Course meeting on Monday nights which we mentioned in a previous email, Fr Tom Dubois is running two Youth Alpha courses – one for school years 6 to 8, and another for years 9 to 11. For details of how to join in, use the form on the website.
Find out more

KEEP SMILING
Hope you’re doing plenty of reading during this time… it looks like somebody never got further than the titles.......

I also enjoyed hearing about a mis-printed sign for a parish in Yorkshire:
One person commented: ‘More T, vicar?’
 
Turns out the vicar is, in fact, called Chris – and would normally have to get up for a 6.30am dawn service on Easter Sunday morning!
With our prayers,
Canon Tom Gunning (Parish Priest)
and Joseph Meigh (seminarian)
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