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29 March, 2020

Newsletter for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, 2020

5th Sunday of Lent 28th March 2020 Yellow Book Page 164  Although it is disputed, I have always felt convinced that Mary Magdalene is the same Mary as the sister of Martha featured in today’s Gospel. Nowadays, in the wake of the feminist movement, there is an awkward reluctance to identify these two women as […]

20 March, 2020

Newsletter for Mothering Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, 2020

MOTHERING SUNDAY (4th of Lent) 22nd March 2020 Yellow Book Page 159 “GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea”  Psalm 46 is called The Jerusalem Prayer. It is something that […]

15 March, 2020

Newsletter for the Third Sunday of Lent, 2020

3rd Sunday of Lent 15th March 2020 Yellow Book Page 157  In the Gospel this week, Jesus meets a woman at a famous Samaritan Well where they share a drink of water from the same bucket. In today’s climate that would have to be strictly forbidden! Everybody is anxious to do the right thing in […]

7 March, 2020

Newsletter for the Second Sunday of Lent, 2020

2nd Sunday of Lent 8th March 2020 Yellow Book Page 155  John Bell of the Iona Community has written a lovely hymn called: “Touching Place”. It goes to the Scottish theme “Dream Angus”. Most of his songs touch on matters of social justice and human compassion, and none more so than this:  Christ’s is the […]

29 February, 2020

Newsletter for the First Sunday of Lent, 2020

First Sunday of Lent, 23rd February 2020 Yellow Book Page 151  This week Pope Francis issued a vibrant call to Catholics around the world to give up “trolling” on social media for Lent. He said believers should observe a fast, not just of food but of online insults to get nearer to God in the run-up […]