Sunday Reflection

Sunday reflection 17-09-2017

Today we are told that God forgives us over and over again. However, He also tells us that if we are to be his followers, we must act on the same basis with other people. Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer we commit ourselves to this: “Forgive us our sins JUST AS we forgive those who sin against us.” It is indeed a courageous prayer to make. Do we really mean what we say? How often do we even think about it when we pray it? Forgiveness is only complete when there is reconciliation between the two parties. It is difficult fully to forgive when the other party remains totally unrepentant. Our task is to work on bringing about a healing of the wound of division. Only then is the forgiveness complete

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Am I my brother’s keeper?

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As we read today, the answer is yes. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, with a self-emptying, sacrificial love that Jesus demonstrated on the cross for all of our sins. Can we say we have charity in our hearts for our fellow men and women, especially, or can we be jealous and self-involved to truly open our hearts to the kind of self-sacrificial love that Jesus showed, from which we benefit so much? Is it time for us all to look into our hearts and answer the question ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’

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memory cafeDo you know someone with memory loss? The Heart of Tamworth in partnership with Home Instead are running a Memory Café in St John’s Community Rooms on every Tuesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm. There is no need to book, just pop in.

bereavement support

With the support of Cruse and St Giles Hospice, as well as the generosity of a large number of volunteer parishioners (& others), we are providing a bereavement support service at Sacred Heart every Friday, 10 – 12am.

If you know of anyone who is grieving, please take them a leaflet from the porch and invite them to join us.

It is open to parishioners and non-parishioners alike.


Journey in Faith and Catechesis


The Parish of St John the Baptist (and Sacred Heart) Tamworth offers the opportunity for those who are enquiring about the Catholic faith to join other enquirers on a series of evenings called Journey in Faith.

The format of the evenings generally includes a topical presentation and an opportunity for some discussion. The Catholic Church provides for those inquiring about becoming a Catholic, in a special way and this is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

Every year we run the journey in faith to help people who are not Catholics to learn more about the faith, to experience it and discern whether they want to play a fuller part in the life of the Church. Do you want to be part of this or do you know someone else who might want to be. This will get under way in late September. If you want to know more then please speak to Frances, Kath or one of the clergy or email the office