Sunday, 7 August 2011

Catholic Worker Farm

As I made my home after evening prayer at St Thomas' tonight I met Scott Albrecht. Scott and his family live, work, worship and I guess lead the Catholic Worker Farm (click the link to see their own website) just off the Old Uxbridge road in West Hyde.

The Catholic Worker Farm are working to support and accommodate destitute women (whom they call 'Guests'). These are vulnerable homeless women and children, unentitled to benefits or work permits, are literally "street homeless". Together they try, with the guests, to live each day by the love and values of Jesus Christ.

 From their own website: '...The Catholic Worker movement began simply enough on May 1, 1933, when a journalist named Dorothy Day and a philosopher named Peter Maurin teamed up to publish and distribute a newspaper called The Catholic Worker. This radical paper promoted the biblical promise of justice and mercy. Grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person, their movement was committed to non-violence, voluntary poverty, and the Works of Mercy as a way of life. It wasn't long before Dorothy and Peter were putting their beliefs into action, opening a house of hospitality where the homeless, the hungry, and the forsaken would always be welcome. Over many decades the movement has protested injustice, war, and violence of all forms. Today there are some 185 Catholic Worker communities throughout the world. `The aim of the Catholic Worker movement is to live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ. Our sources are the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures as handed down in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, with our inspiration coming from the lives of the saints, men and women outstanding in holiness, living witnesses to Your (God's) unchanging love...'

At the heart of what they do at Lynsters Farm lie very traditional Catholic works of mercy which all Christians could subscribe to.

I hope that in the weeks, months and years that lie ahead we can find ways of working, worshipping with, praying for and supporting this work of divine mercy on our doorstep.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

New prayer resource

I recently rediscovered something that we promoted elsewhere in previous years.

For those of you who work at a desk (however often) the ReJesus website (which is a brilliant site anyway!) produced a fantactic resource that you can print on stiffened paper or card and have some quiet prayerful time in the middle of your working day.

It's easy to print and make and easy to use. To down load it just click the image below...

Monday, 1 August 2011

Meeting Simon...

As many of you know, I wanted to meet as many of you as possible as soon as I could after arriving in the parish. The Wardens therefore very kindly organised some meetings in people's homes over the first few weeks of me being your new Priest in Charge.

These have proved a great success so far, and I have had the opportunity to meet many of you already and for you to begin to get to know me too.

There may be some of you who haven't signed up yet or who know others who haven't done so. I would like to try to encourage as many of you to try to get to one of these as possible. They are informal, a chance for me to tell you a bit more about me and the chance for us to talk together and get to know one another.

Upcoming groups are being held on the following dates:

3/8/11 at 10.30am at John and Jane Cameron's house

10/8/11 at 7.30pm at a venue to be clarified - watch this space!

If you would like to know more about where these groups are being held andsome more general information, please do contact the Parish Wardens.

I have really appreciated the 8 groups that I have been to so far, and enjoyed spending time with the people attending. This wont be the only opportunity to meet in a more informal way like this, but it is a good opportunity. Don't miss out!