Welcome To The Parish of English Martyrs Danbury and
Holy Trinity South Woodham Ferrers
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) – 17th November 2019
Psalter Week 1
Canon Peter Connor OFS, our parish priest.
Canon Peter Writes …
The Vision Document was published by the Diocese last year as a guide to assist every parishioner in preparation for the likely changes to affect all of us in the future. The Document emphasised that an essential and primary part of that preparation is to intensify what we ought to be doing everyday, that is growing more Christ-like in our love for God and our neighbour. The following reflection, in three parts, might help us along this path of Christian maturity.
In the Book of Ecclesiastes the Holy Spirit reminds us: “There is nothing new under the sun. Take anything of which it may be said, ‘Look now, this is new’. Already, long before our time, it existed. Only no memory remains of earlier times, just as in times to come next year itself will not be remembered.” In 2004 Pope John Paul II, now Saint, addressed the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Lyons and Clermont on their Ad Limina visit to Rome with these words.
“I would like to reflect with you on the life of the diocesan Church. Since the previous ad limina visits of the Bishops of France in 1997, many Dioceses have thought seriously about the life and role of the parishes. This became necessary due to demographic development and growing urbanisation, as well as to the shortage of priests, whose scarcity will be felt even more in the years to come. In many Dioceses, this work is carried out in the context of a diocesan synod; in others, what might be called a “synodal process” has been started, in all cases seeking the broad involvement of Pastors and faithful to review the parish’s place in the life of the Church, including its future prospects. In most cases, the Bishop subsequently decided to re-organise the pastoral structure of his whole Diocese, either by creating new, fewer and better parishes, or by regrouping the existing ones into more consistent groups to serve better the needs of evangelisation.
“This pastoral reflection, far from being confined to the administrative reform and to the parish boundaries, has made possible a real process of continuing formation and catechesis with the faithful, enabling them to take on with greater awareness the riches of parish life; in other words, the three important missions of the Church: the prophetic mission, marked by the responsibility to proclaim the Good News of salvation to all, which the Lord himself entrusted to the Church; the priestly mission, which consists in sharing in the one priesthood of Christ through the celebration of the divine mysteries; and lastly, the royal mission, which is expressed in service to all in the manner of Jesus Christ.
(At Baptism as we are anointed with the Oil of Chrism, the Priest or Deacon says, ‘The God of power and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin and brought you to new life through water and the Holy Spirit. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation, so that, united with his people, you may remain forever a member of Christ who is PRIEST, PROPHET and KING.’ Words added by the contributor)
“For the faithful to become aware of the true identity of the parish, which is not merely a geographical territory or an administrative division but rather a fundamental Ecclesial Community, implies rediscovering the real identity of the Diocese. Nor is the Diocese merely an administrative district; it is first and foremost the expression of an ecclesial reality: the Diocesan Church, “a section of the People of God entrusted to a Bishop to be guided by him with the assistance of his clergy” (cf. Christus Dominus, n. 11). Consequently, the Diocese is a living entity, a human and spiritual reality, a family of communities made up of the parishes and other ecclesial initiatives in the area.
“I would like to stress the importance of this rediscovery of the Church’s true nature. She is neither an administration nor an enterprise, but is primarily the expression of a spiritual reality made up of men and women, called by God’s grace to become sons and daughters of God, who have entered into a new brotherhood through Baptism which has incorporated them into Christ.” To be continued.
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Our Parish Prayer
God Our Father, give us the grace to go about our tasks in a spirit of eagerness and charity. Grant that we may have the calmness of mind and steadiness of purpose, so that we may do your will in this short life, and obtain happiness in the world to come. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.