Sunday Reflection

The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep

The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep

We all have our vocation or calling in life. A vocation is a response from within to needs outside ourselves, using our gifts, talents and education to meet the needs of others.
Today Jesus identifies himself as the “good shepherd,” a vocation of love and care. A good shepherd does everything within their power to protect the sheep. If needed, the good shepherd will even lay down their lives for the sheep they care for.
Through our Christian faith we are called to be ‘people for others’ a call to love God and to love our neighbour. Jesus, as we well know, loved us so intensely that he was willing to give up his life for us, his sheep! Jesus died so that we might live!


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The leprosy left him at once and he was cured

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Again in this gospel we find Jesus moved with pity. Jesus, the compassionate one, enters fully into the human mess of our lives. Leprosy was the most dreaded of diseases in his day. Jesus risks conflict and division for the sake of anybody who was suffering exclusion and isolation from family and community. The most painful wounds we carry can be wounds of the spirit, the wounds we do not like to acknowledge ourselves or show the outside world. These wounds can isolate us, they can create within us the sense of insignificance. So today we ask the Lord to touch us, touch the ugly bits of us, the bits we do not like to look at. Lord, if it is you will, you can make me clean.
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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