Letter form the Vicar and Notices

From the Vicar…

My dearest sisters and brothers,
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Mary expresses her joy and blessedness in what God has done for her. We hear God’s
new deal for the poor and oppressed, his special concern for the poor. It tells us that
we must embrace all humanity; the social doctrine of the Church should begin at:
He has brought down the powerful.
We hear that God himself takes up the cause of the poor. We are to be on their side;
we are to struggle against exploitation and oppression. This calls for an end to
dictatorship, or of money being a master.
At the other end of Jesus’ earthly life, we think of Mary looking at her son as he suffers
on the cross. She must have felt that all the hopes and dreams, the promise God had
made to her, had gone wrong.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly.
Had this happened in Jesus’ earthly reign? Think of the hope Mary had, and think of
how she must have felt as she watched her son persecuted, suffering at the hands of
power, and killed. The promises of God must have felt hollow. We think of Mary
watching her son suffer.
Yet, we remember the events of Easter morning. Imagine Mary on seeing her son
then. The promises of God would have seemed not only possible, but real and
present. Through the darkness comes the light. The resurrection is the hope that
through darkness, light will come. That however difficult and painful the night is, the
dawn always comes.
The resurrection is the fulfilment of God’s promises to us all, it is the promise of hope
and life through darkness. We see Mary’s hope come to fruition, the words of God’s
promise to her fulfilled, for her, for us, for everyone.
Peace be with you all,

Father Chris

Parish Notices

> Choral Music with Oriana: today 1:10 pm at The Piano. Details on poster.
> Spring Choral Festival: today 3:00 pm at S. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.
> Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
> Women’s Fellowship: Tuesday 10:30 am in the parish lounge. Jane Evans will speak
about the Anglican Care Trust Board. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
> Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
> Vestry meets on Thursday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
> Vicarage Building Fund: soup and baking available next Sunday. Enjoy the tasty
offerings and help the Vicarage Building Fund with your generous donations.
> Vicarage Fundraising August update: flyer available at the back of the church.
> Centre for Ethics and Spirituality Christ’s College: the role of photography in
public perceptions of private suffering. Thomas C Brauer, Vicar of Sumner–Redcliffs,
questions whether such photography helps grow compassion, or creates compassion
fatigue. Does photography of violence educate and inform, or perpetuate conflict and
pain? 30 August, 7:30 pm, in the Chapman Room. Details on poster.
> Double knitting or 4 ply wool, any colour, needed to make hats etc for distribution
through Walsh House. Please place in box at the back of the church.
> Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
> Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
> Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts
of groceries and other household items, particularly during the winter months.
Suggested items: baked beans, spaghetti, tinned soup, tinned fruit, cereal,
toilet paper, toothpaste and soap.