A WARM WELCOME FROM FR MICHAEL TURNER, PARISH PRIEST.
Welcome to the website of St Peter’s Parish, Marlow. We are here to help people along their journey through this life towards the love of God. Our Grade 2 listed Church, designed by Pugin and opened in 1846, reminds us of God’s presence and call and must be one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in our diocese of Northampton. It is open all day for anyone to come in
for a quiet prayer and reflection. Come and add to the years of prayer that have been going on in this place. I hope you can find the information you are looking for in these pages.
May God bless you and all who are dear to you and grant you his peace.
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FAITH IN FOCUS: OFF OUR OWN BAT?
The Pentecost story is a remarkable one. The apostles had virtually gone into hiding for the seven weeks that followed Jesus’ death on Calvary. Today we meet them huddled in a room together.
We have heard elsewhere how terrified they were that they even kept the doors locked. They were afraid that the authorities would come looking for them and that they too would be executed. To say they were demoralised would be putting it mildly.
Suddenly the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they are changed men. Out they go into the open and begin to preach about the marvels of God in all sorts of languages, yet, in a reversal of what happened when confusion reigned at Babel, everyone could understand what was being said.
In a world that prizes self-reliance the gift of the Spirit comes as an antidote. It teaches us that we are far too frail by ourselves to tackle the ills of our time, to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to establish God’s kingdom on earth. We can’t even pray off our own bat; we need the Spirit to speak through our mumbling to God. Yet with God’s spirit we are capable of sharing in the wonders that God wants for this world.
The Spirit does lots of things. It is the Spirit who consoles, supports, comforts, inspires, forgives, gives strength and wisdom, and leads us to know the truth. An ancient hymn speaks about the Spirit as “bending the stubborn heart and will, melting the frozen and warming the chill, washing the stains of guilt away”.
The greater the saint, the more reliant they are on God’s Spirit. For to recognise our need for the Spirit is not weakness but simple common sense. It is God who acts in our world and in our lives, using the Spirit to guide and direct us. The Spirit was given to us at our baptism and we can either allow him to lie dormant, preferring to rely on our own resources, or we can summon the power of God to shape and inform our thoughts, words and deeds.
The Spirit certainly changes things, as the apostles would
tell you. He invites us on God’s adventure. But, first, we
have to let him in through our locked door
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
SUNDAY 22nd May 9.00 am People of the Parish
TRINITY SUNDAY Yr C 11.00 am Donald Burton RIP
MONDAY 23rd May 10.00 am Ann Hoye (Anniv ) Rosary before 10.00 a.m.Mass)
11.30 am REQUIEM Mary Keating
TUESDAY 24th May 9.00 am Richard Carroll int
WEDNESDAY 25th May 9.15 a.m. Annie McLaughlin RIP
St Bede the Venerable Mass in School
THURSDAY 26th May 10.00 am Geraldine Thomas RIP
St Philip Neri 12.30 FUNERAL SERVICE Carole Hobbs
FRIDAY 27th May 10.00 a.m. Suzanne Wood RIP
ST AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
(Rosary before 10.00 a.m. Mass – Day of abstinence)
SATURDAY 28th May 10.00 .a.m Sheila & Tony Verallo RIP
SUNDAY 29th May 9.00 am Maureen Thomas RIP
MOST HOLY BODY & 11.00 am People of the Parish
BLOOD OF CHRIST 5.30 pm
Sat. 10.30 – 11.00a.m. & 6.00 – 6.30p.m.
(Enter New Church via old church)