Sunday Reflection

Repent and believe the Good News

Repent and believe the Good News

The disciples were chosen and called personally by Jesus. But God also calls each one of us. God not only calls us to follow Jesus, but also calls us into the fields and careers of our lives. Everyone is called to a vocation, a station in life, teacher, insurance salesman, car mechanic, politician, etc. We also have callings within family structures -- mother, father, aunt, uncle, child, etc. We serve God in these family callings as well. God’s call is always into an uncertain future. When we enter into our callings we have no idea how it will all end up. We choose our careers and jobs hoping that we can use the gifts and talents God has given us, but there are no guarantees.

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Repent and believe the Good News

Saturday, 20 January 2018 Written by

The disciples were chosen and called personally by Jesus. But God also calls each one of us. God not only calls us to follow Jesus, but also calls us into the fields and careers of our lives. Everyone is called to a vocation, a station in life, teacher, insurance salesman, car mechanic, politician, etc. We also have callings within family structures -- mother, father, aunt, uncle, child, etc. We serve God in these family callings as well. God’s call is always into an uncertain future. When we enter into our callings we have no idea how it will all end up. We choose our careers and jobs hoping that we can use the gifts and talents God has given us, but there are no guarantees.

Following our own vocation is a response from within to the needs outside ourselves. A vocation meets the human needs of the world with a motivation from within. We care for our children and grandchildren not just because they are sick or insecure, but because we love them. This love will move us to help them throughout their lives.
God calls each of us to love God and love our neighbour. This is the first Christian calling; we then find the best way for each of us, with our own particular set of gifts, talents and even weaknesses, to live out that call with love.
God calls us to be ‘people for others’ we are all brothers and sisters. We are Gods feet and hands on earth and He needs our help in serving and loving each other.

Sunday reflection 07-01-2018

Saturday, 06 January 2018 Written by

The story of the wise men or magi is a story of the journey that is guided by a light. It’s a story of good beating the bad.
The light of the star started them on the journey and guided them to the end. Our faith is a journey that starts at Baptism. The light of the candle is passed on with the promise of God’s love that will guide us through life. Faith grows through the ordinary events of life, what can seem ordinary happenings can hold for us extraordinary grace. The light of faith is bright in the good and bad times of life.
Each of us has our own personal star guiding us – the star of prayer, love, friendship, support…the star has a different name at different times. Be grateful for your star and be grateful that you have been a star for others

Christ’s Light

Friday, 15 December 2017 Written by

Jesus describes himself as the light coming into the world. We are called to share that light that gives full meaning to our lives. Through your generosity of time and money we are able to provide Christmas Hampers to bring cheer in to people’s lives, Christmas Day Dinner for those who otherwise would be spending Christmas day alone and shelter on a Sunday evening for the homeless.

Pope Francis links care for the poor and the light of Jesus: “Love for the poor has been the sign, the light that draws people to give glory to the Father.” We pray that we can continue to be God’s light to others.

Sunday reflection 10-12-2017

Saturday, 09 December 2017 Written by

John the Baptist’s message applies just as much today as it did in the original Advent. God’s love for His people is never-ending, and He sent Jesus Christ as a testament to it.
Something wonderful is coming, and unlike the Israelites in John’s day, we already know that it is the salvation of Jesus Christ. They journeyed for miles and miles to find repentance and salvation through the baptism of John, and spread the good news of those days to their friends and family. That is what we should remember this Advent, and prepare ourselves with no less enthusiasm and joy for Jesus and the salvation which He brings.

Sunday reflection 03-12-2017

Saturday, 02 December 2017 Written by

For most of us, Advent gives the feeling of joyous anticipation, with the sure knowledge that something wonderful awaits. The Gospel today says ‘Stay awake!’ As we begin the season of Advent let us stay awake and take the opportunity to deepen and grow in our faith — do something good for others with your time or finance. Notice God in the events of the next few weeks, pray each day, make time to be awakened to the world around us, to the places where God lives, to the poor, the hungry, the needy and the vulnerable.
Lord, send me, use me, create me in your work in the world.

Today we see the unrepentant thief, the repentant and Jesus. One wanted to go back, the other to go forward, but Jesus offers new life. Messages of mercy to the end, mercy for people nobody wanted, the sinner, the tax collector the prostitute, to us. Jesus’ messages to the end is mercy. Two arms of the cross, still reaching out in forgiveness, in an eternal promise. Referring to this gospel, Pope Francis says, “God’s grace is always greater than the prayer which sought it. The Lord always grants more than what he has been asked. You ask him to remember you, and he brings you into his Kingdom!” (November 2013). Father, forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Sunday reflection 19-11-2017

Sunday, 19 November 2017 Written by

God has given each of us a wide variety of gifts, it is not acceptable merely to put the gifts on a shelf and ignore them. He expects us to use those gifts for his service. The gifts we receive include skills, abilities, family connections, social positions, education, experiences, and more.
The point of today’s parable is that we are to use whatever we have been given for God’s purposes, visiting the sick and imprisoned, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, and feeding the hungry (25:31-46). This weekend ‘World Day of the Poor’ Pope Francis asks all of us, whatever our means, to unite in love and in acts of service to one another. Those who are found faithful to God will hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Sunday Reflection 12-11-2017

Sunday, 12 November 2017 Written by

“If we had known they were coming, we should have been ready for them.” How often have we said this? The foolish and the wise are often compared. The foolish in today’s parable are those who thought they knew exactly when the groom would arrive, so, unlike the wise, they took just enough oil for the wait, and then discovered it was not really enough. They were left out not because they were wicked but because they were caught unprepared by the groom's arrival. The challenge to be wise is always linked to a certain humility and flexibility.
'Keep awake': this is the invitation we meet so often in the Gospels; not to be afraid of the Lord's coming in our life, but to be awake so that we can welcome him when he arrives.

Love in Action

Sunday, 05 November 2017 Written by

The Christian identity is servant, disciple, humble follower. Greatness is seen in love, in being willing to serve the needs of others, as Jesus did. One example of this was at the last supper, when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Jesus came to lighten our religious loads and focus on loving and serving others.
Telling us that we are all students, Jesus reminds us that Christian life is never completed. Let us pray for the humility we need to know that we are always learning, always a child of God who is invited to turn to our loving father in our need.

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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.

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Journey in Faith and Catechesis

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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