Category Archives: newsletter

Back to normal

So here we are – back to our “normal” format for our 3 Churches newsletter. Another sign that things are getting back to normal. There’s that word again – “normal”. Will anything ever be normal? What was normal anyway? And in any case do we want to go back to where we were before? Friends, these are all questions raised by the extraordinary times we have been living through these last few years. But our newsletter has endured – hooray!

The word ‘communication’ comes from the Latin for ‘one with’. It’s related to ‘communion’ and ‘community’. Through good communication we help create good community, leading hopefully to good communion with each other.

So good communication is important in the Church, and this came out strongly in our recent Synod consultation. There are many ways we can all help improve our communications. For example, if you submit something for this newsletter, remember to specify if it is for one of our churches or for all of them – it can be confusing otherwise. Don’t write too much, as people’s attention span isn’t very long – and Luke the editor might give you the chop!

As we go along we’ll be looking at different aspects of communication to build up the community of faith.

Fr Matthew

New Archbishop to visit us

Archbishop-elect Mark O’Toole will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for the 3 Churches at St Brigid’s on Friday 22 July at 6.30pm (his choice of date and time).

As his ministry in our diocese only begins on 20 June, when he is installed as Archbishop in the Cathedral, this means that we will be one of his first pastoral visits.

Confirmation will be for those currently in Year 8 or above, and next week we will publish details of how to enrol and the programme of preparation. So, watch this space…

Fr Matthew

First Holy Communion

On the next two Saturdays our children will be receiving their first Holy Communion at 10 o’clock Mass at St Brigid’s, having celebrated their first Reconciliation recently at Christ the King. We join with them in celebrating this very special occasion and pray for them and their families for their faith journey from this point on.

 Fr Matthew