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J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 I n s i d e P o o l e S u p p o r t s P e r s e c u t e d C h r i s t i a n s P a g e 3 S m i l i n g i s I n f e c t i o u s P a g e 5 C a r i t a s P a g e 7 F a r f r o m H o m e t h i s C h r i s t m a s P 1 3

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T h e W e s t c o u n t r y r e g i o n o f H C P T ( H o s a n n a H o u s e a n d C h i l d r e n ’ s P i l g r i m a g e T r u s t ) m a r k e d t h e C h u r c h ’ s ‘ N e w Y e a r ’ , t h e b e ­ g i n n i n g o f A d v e n t , w i t h a l o v e l y c a n d l e ­ l i t c e l e b r a t i o n a t B l e s s e d S a c r a m e n t C h u r c h , E x e t e r o n S u n d a y 1 D e c e m b e r . L e a d i n g t h e c e l e b r a t i o n w a s B i s h o p M a r k O ’ T o o l e , a s t h e r e g i o n l i e s w i t h i n h i s D i o c e s e o f P l y m o u t h . T h e a f t e r n o o n b e g a n w i t h A d v e n t a c t i v i t i e s f o r t h e c h i l d r e n , i n c l u d i n g m a k i n g a s p e ­ c i a l w r e a t h t o u s e w i t h i n o u r l i t u r g y . W e t h e n e n j o y e d a s p l e n d i d t e a , w h e n B i s h o p M a r k c u t a h u g e c a k e t o m a r k t h e 5 0 t h a n ­ n i v e r s a r y o f G r o u p 4 5 ( o u r o l d e s t ‘ f a m i l y g r o u p ’ o f d i s a b l e d a n d d i s a d v a n t a g e d c h i l ­ d r e n , b a s e d i n t h e P l y m o u t h a r e a a n d f i r s t l e d b y C a n o n W a l t e r C o s t e l l o ) a n d t h e 4 0 t h a n n i v e r s a r y o f G r o u p 5 3 9 ( b a s e d a r o u n d T o r b a y , o n e o f o u r a d u l t s u m m e r g r o u p s t h a t s t a y a t t h e b e a u t i f u l H o s a n n a H o u s e , f a c i n g t h e P y r e n e e s n e a r L o u r d e s ) . T h e A d v e n t w r e a t h w a s t h e n b r o u g h t i n t o t h e C h u r c h i n p r o c e s s i o n , w i t h a c e n t r a l c a n d l e t h a t w a s l i t b y B i s h o p M a r k . L a t e r f o u r c h i l d r e n a n d a d u l t s b r o u g h t u p a c a n ­ d l e e a c h a n d t h e s e w e r e p l a c e d a r o u n d t h e w r e a t h . W e p r a y e d a s e a c h c a n d l e w a s l i t f o r h o p e , p e a c e , j o y a n d l o v e . U s i n g a g l a s s j a r t o s h o w t h e c h i l d r e n h o w a c a n ­ d l e w i l l g o o u t i f s t a r v e d o f o x y g e n , B i s h o p M a r k t h e n e x p l a i n e d o u r G o s p e l r e a d i n g w h i c h w a r n e d u s n o t t o h i d e o u r l i g h t u n d e r a t u b b u t t o r a i s e i t f o r a l l t o s e e . A l l t h i s w a s a c c o m p a n i e d b y b e a u t i f u l m u s i c a n d p r a y e r s t h a t c a p t u r e d t h e m a g i c o f t h i s s p e c i a l t i m e o f t h e C h u r c h ’ s y e a r l e a d i n g u p t o t h e c e l e b r a t i o n o f C h r i s t ’ s b i r t h . I t w a s a v e r y j o y f u l c e l e b r a t i o n a n d a l o v e l y a t m o s p h e r e , a n d a g r e a t o p p o r t u n i t y f o r m o r e p e o p l e t o k n o w a b i t o f H C P T . O u r o t h e r g r o u p s a r e b a s e d i n T o r b a y ( 1 7 9 ) , E a s t D e v o n ( 1 4 1 ) a n d S o u t h H a m s ( 5 7 9 ) a n d w e a r e p l a n n i n g t o g e t g r o u p s g o i n g i n C o r n w a l l a n d D o r s e t s o o n . I f y o u h a v e o r k n o w o f c h i l d r e n o r a d u l t s w h o w o u l d b e n e f i t f r o m a s p e c i a l w e e k i n L o u r d e s w i t h H C P T W e s t c o u n t r y r e g i o n d o p l e a s e c o n t a c t w e s t c o u n t r y @ h c p t . o r g . u k . R i c h a r d K i n g ( H C P T C h a i r W e s t c o u n t r y R e g i o n ) 2 J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t C O N T A C T S & D E T A I L S C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t i s a m o n t h l y n e w s p a p e r f o r C a t h o l i c s i n t h e P l y m o u t h , C l i f t o n a n d P o r t s m o u t h D i o c e s e s . I t i s p u b l i s h e d b y B e l l c o u r t L t d A I M S T o b u i l d c o m m u n i t y i n t h e S o u t h W e s t b y s h a r i n g s t o r i e s r e l a t i n g t o C a t h o l i c l i f e a r o u n d t h e S o u t h W e s t . T o e n c o u r a g e r e a d e r s t o g e t m o r e i n v o l v e d i n ­ o r s t a r t ­ p r o j e c t s a n d i n i t i a t i v e s i n t h e l o c a l a r e a . T o p r o v i d e t h o u g h t ­ p r o v o k i n g a r t i c l e s t o h e l p r e a d e r s d e e p e n t h e i r F a i t h . G E T I N V O L V E D W e n e e d y o u r h e l p ! A r t i c l e s : W e n e e d y o u r l o c a l a r t i c l e s ­ w e c a n o n l y i n c l u d e w h a t w e g e t . S o i f y o u h a v e a n a r t i c l e o r j u s t a p h o t o w i t h a s h o r t d e s c r i p t i o n ­ p l e a s e s e n d i t i n . I d e a s : W e n e e d y o u r i d e a s f o r t h e p a p e r a n d w e n e e d y o u r i d e a s i n t h e p a p e r . I f y o u h a v e a n y t h o u g h t s o n w h a t w e s h o u l d i n c l u d e ­ o r i f y o u a r e t h i n k i n g a b o u t s t a r t i n g a n e w i n i t i a t i v e ­ g e t i n t o u c h ­ w e ’ d l o v e t o s u p p o r t i t ! R e a d e r s : I f y o u c a n e n c o u r a g e o t h e r r e a d e r s i n y o u r p a r i s h p l e a s e d o s o . A d v e r t i s i n g : W e r e l y o n a d v e r t i s i n g ­ i f y o u k n o w o f a n y o n e t h a t w o u l d b e n e f i t f r o m p r o m o t i n g t h e i r b u s i n e s s , e v e n t o r a n y t h i n g e l s e t o p a r i s h i o n e r s t h r o u g h o u t t h e S o u t h W e s t , d o l e t u s k n o w . S U B M I T T I N G E D I T O R I A L T o s e n d i n e d i t o r i a l o r t o g e t i n t o u c h p l e a s e c o n t a c t u s a t : C S W ­ B e l l c o u r t L t d N 2 B l o i s M e a d o w B u s i n e s s C e n t r e S t e e p l e B u m p s t e a d H a v e r h i l l , S u f f o l k C B 9 7 B N c s w @ c a t h c o m . o r g 0 1 4 4 0 7 3 0 3 9 9 A D V E R T I S I N G T o a d v e r t i s e i n C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t p l e a s e c o n t a c t : J a n e t T o o k j a n e t t @ c a t h c o m . o r g 0 1 4 4 0 7 3 0 3 9 9 D A T E S C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t g o e s t o p a r i s h e s o n t h e l a s t f u l l w e e k e n d o f t h e m o n t h . I t i s p r i n t e d a r o u n d t h e m i d d l e o f t h e m o n t h ­ s o i f y o u w o u l d l i k e t o a d v e r ­ t i s e o r s e n d i n e d i t o r i a l p l e a s e d o i t a s e a r l y a s p o s s i b l e . L E G A L I N F O R M A T I O N P l e a s e n o t e t h a t o p i n i o n s e x p r e s s e d i n t h i s p a p e r a n d o n a n y l i n k e d s i t e s o r p u b l i c a t i o n s a r e n o t n e c e s s a r i l y t h o s e o f t h e P u b l i s h e r s , E d i t o r , a n y D i o c e s e o r t h e w i d e r R o m a n C a t h o l i c C h u r c h E v e r y r e a s o n a b l e e f f o r t i s m a d e t o e n s u r e t h a t d u e a c k n o w l e d g e m e n t , w h e n a p p r o p r i a t e , i s m a d e t o t h e o r i g i n a t o r o f a n y i m a g e s u b m i t t e d f o r p u b l i c a t i o n . I t i s u n d e r s t o o d t h a t t h o s e s u b m i t t i n g m a t e r i a l f o r p u b l i c a t i o n i n C S W e i t h e r h o l d t h e c o p y r i g h t o r h a v e a r r a n g e d f o r p u b l i c a t i o n w i t h t h e a p p r o p r i a t e a u t h o r i t y . E D I T O R I A L G U I D E L I N E S 1 ) T h i n k o f t h e r e a d e r s : I f y o u a r e w r i t i n g a b o u t a n e v e n t , t h i n k a b o u t t h e r e a ­ d e r s t h a t d o n ’ t k n o w a n y t h i n g a b o u t i t . O u t l i n e w h a t h a p p e ­ n e d , b u t f o c u s o n w h y p e o p l e g o , w h y i t i s i m p o r t a n t t o t h e m , o r s o m e t e a c h i n g t h a t w a s g i v e n . M a k e s u r e r e a d e r s l e a r n s o m e t h i n g f r o m y o u r a r t i c l e ­ t h e y d o n ’ t j u s t w a n t t o k n o w w h o w a s t h e r e a n d w h a t s n a c k s w e r e a v a i l a b l e ! 2 ) K e e p i t b r i e f : M a k e s u r e y o u m a k e y o u r p o i n t ­ b u t k e e p i t b r i e f a n d p u n c h y . 3 ) P i c t u r e s : S e n d p i c t u r e s a s t h e y a r e ­ e v e n i f t h e y a r e v e r y b i g t o e m a i l . D o n ’ t r e ­ d u c e t h e m i n s i z e o r p u t t h e m i n s i d e a W o r d d o c u m e n t . T h e y l o o k f i n e o n t h e s c r e e n b u t t e r r i b l e i n t h e p a p e r ! F r o m C S W A c a n d l e - l i t c e l e b r a t i o n a t B l e s s e d S a c r a m e n t C h u r c h , E x e t e r T o a l l C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t r e a d e r s … w e w i s h y o u a l l a v e r y M e r r y a n d H o l y C h r i s t m a s . W e h o p e i t i s f u l l o f t h e j o y o f C h r i s t – a n d w e h o p e i t b r i n g s y o u a d e e p e r u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f t h e g i f t w e a r e g i v e n i n t h e I n c a r n a t i o n . H o p e f u l l y , t h i s e d i t i o n o f C S W w i l l g i v e y o u p l e n t y t o t h i n k a b o u t o v e r C h r i s t m a s – a n d i t m a y a l s o g i v e y o u t h a t c h a n c e t o t a k e a b r e a k f r o m t h e m a y h e m a t C h r i s t m a s a n d t h i n k a b o u t w h a t i t i s a l l a b o u t . W e h o p e y o u h a v e a w o n d e r f u l N e w Y e a r a n d w e l o o k f o r w a r d t o m o r e e d i t i o n s o f C S W i n 2 0 2 0 !

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T h e P a r i s h o f S t . M a r y ’ s P o o l e r e c o g n i s e d t h e A i d t o t h e C h u r c h i n N e e d ‘ R e d W e d n e s d a y ’ c a m p a i g n o n N o v e m b e r 2 7 t h , h i g h l i g h t i n g t h e p l i g h t o f t h e e s t i m a t e d 2 4 5 m i l l i o n C h r i s t i a n s a r o u n d t h e w o r l d , b y h o l d i n g a s p e c i a l c a n d l e l i t s e r v i c e o f p r a y e r a n d i n t e r c e s s i o n . T h e m a i n a l t a r w a s f l o o d l i t i n r e d a n d s e v e n c o u n t r i e s w h e r e p e r s e c u t i o n i s e x ­ t r e m e w e r e c h o s e n a n d n a m e d o n t h e a l t a r s t e p s , w i t h a l a r g e r e d c a n d l e r e p r e ­ s e n t i n g e a c h c o u n t r y . A f t e r a b r i e f i n t r o d u c t i o n t o t h e s e r v i c e , t h e p l i g h t o f C h r i s t i a n s l i v i n g i n e a c h o f t h e p e r s e c u t e d c o u n t r i e s w a s d e s c r i b e d f o l ­ l o w e d b y a p r a y e r p e t i t i o n f o r t h a t c o u n t r y . T h e r e a f t e r a m e m b e r o f t h e c o n g r e g a t i o n c a m e t o t h e a l t a r t o l i g h t o n e o f t h e r e d c a n d l e s f o r t h a t c o u n t r y , s y m b o l i s i n g o u r s o l i d a r i t y a n d i n t e r c e s s o r y p r a y e r s f o r t h o s e t h a t a r e s u f f e r i n g . ‘ W h a t l i f e i s l i k e ’ a n d t h e h o r r o r s p e r s e ­ c u t e d C h r i s t i a n s e n d u r e w e r e d e s c r i b e d f o r E r i t r e a , I r a q , N i g e r i a , N o r t h K o r e a , P a k i s t a n , C e n t r a l A f r i c a n R e p u b l i c a n d C h i n a . T h i s d e e p l y m e a n i n g f u l s e r v i c e h a s n o w b e c o m e a r e g u l a r e v e n t i n t h e p a r i s h , a t ­ t e m p t i n g t o b r i n g a r e g u l a r a w a r e n e s s o f t h e c o n d i t i o n s m a n y C h r i s t i a n s e n d u r e f o r b e l i e v i n g i n J e s u s C h r i s t . I t w a s s u p p o r t e d w i t h l i t e r a t u r e a n d p r a y e r c a r d s f r o m A i d t o t h e C h u r c h i n N e e d . C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 3 A r o u n d t h e S o u t h W e s t S e n d u s y o u r n e w s c s w @ c a t h c o m . o r g P o o l e P a r i s h S u p p o r t P e r s e c u t e d C h r i s t i a n s F r S t e p h e n G e d d e s P a r i s h P r i e s t o f “ O u r L a d y S t a r o f t h e S e a ” , W e y m o u t h w e a r s h i s g o l d c r o w n t h e s a m e a s t h e L i t u r g y c h i l d r e n o n S u n d a y “ C h r i s t T h e K i n g ” . T h e c h i l d r e n f r o m t h e L i t u r g y G r o u p c a m e i n t o H o l y M a s s w e a r ­ i n g G o l d C r o w n s a s i t w a s t h e F e a s t o f C h r i s t T h e K i n g . F r S t e p h e n G e d d e s w a s p r e s e n t e d w i t h h i s o w n g o l d c r o w n . E s m e e N i c h o l l s , W e y m o u t h C h i l d r e n f r o m t h e L i t u r g y G r o u p c a m e i n t o H o l y m a s s w e a r i n g G o l d C r o w n s R e c e n t l y , B i s h o p M a r k O ’ T o o l e m a d e a p a s t o r a l v i s i t t o t h e C a t h o l i c C h a p l a i n c y a t F a l m o u t h U n i v e r s i t y . H a v i n g c e l e b r a t e d M a s s w i t h s o m e o f t h e s t u d e n t s , h e h a d a t o u r o f t h e P e n r i t h c a m p u s w i t h F r A n t h o n y O ’ G o r m a n a n d F r a n F r e e m a n , w h o d o a w o n d e r f u l j o b a s p a r t ­ t i m e C h a p l a i n s a t t h e U n i v e r s i t y . D o k e e p t h e s t u d e n t s i n y o u r p r a y e r s ! T h i s s u m m e r I w a s i n m b o s h o , t r a i n i n g t h e s t a  i n A l i g n m e n t T h e r a p y A n n E v a n s , N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 9 T h i s s u m m e r I s p e n t t w o m o n t h s i n t h e p a r i s h o f M b o s h o , t r a i n i n g t h e s t a f f o f t h e P a r i s h D i s p e n s a r y i n A l i g n m e n t T h e r a p y s o t h a t t h e y c o u l d h e l p t h e l o c a l p e o p l e w i t h t h e i r b a c k a n d s h o u l d e r p a i n s f r o m t h e i r w o r k a s s t r u g g l i n g f a r m e r s . I w a s i n v i t e d t o w o r k i n t h i s p a r t i c u l a r p l a c e b y F a t h e r C a l i s t u s M s u r i S h a y o , a y o u n g e n t h u s i a s t i c p r i e s t w h o i s s t r u g g l i n g i n t h i s i m p o v e r i s h e d a r e a t o h e l p a n d w o r k w i t h h i s p a r i s h i o n e r s . H e a n d h i s p a r t n e r p r i e s t , F a t h e r T i m o t e i , d o n o t h a v e s a l a r i e s s o t h e y h a v e t o c r e a t e f u n d s w i t h p r o j e c t s i n o r d e r t o s e r v i c e t h e 7 c h u r c h e s t h e y a r e r e s p o n s i b l e f o r . T h e 6 o u t s t a t i o n s a r e n o t e a s y t o r e a c h a n d t h e p a r i s h i o n e r s c a n o n l y g i v e p i t i f u l a m o u n t s t o h e l p w i t h t h e f u e l n e e d e d f o r t h e F a t h e r s t o g e t t o t h e m . I s t a y e d i n t h e p r i e s t ’ s h o u s e w i t h t h e F a ­ t h e r s a n d w a s m a d e m o s t w e l c o m e b y e v ­ e r y o n e t h e r e . T h e t r a i n i n g o f t h e D i s p e n ­ s a r y s t a f f w e n t r e a l l y w e l l a n d n o w t h e y a r e a b l e t o h e l p p e o p l e w h o c o m e w i t h t h e i r p a i n . A l i g n m e n t T h e r a p y i s a g e n t l e f o r m o f c h i r o p r a c t i c a n d t h e r e i s n o o t h e r s u c h t r e a t m e n t a v a i l a b l e . H o w e v e r , t h e r e a r e m a n y p e o p l e s u f f e r i n g w i t h a c u t e b a c k p a i n w h o a r e u n a b l e t o r e a c h t h e D i s p e n ­ s a r y a n d t h e y h o p e o n e d a y t o h a v e a m o ­ b i l e c l i n i c f o r t h i s s o t h a t t h e y c a n r e a c h e v e n m o r e r e m o t e v i l l a g e s . T h e r e i s a s m a l l p a r i s h k i n d e r g a r t e n i n M b o s h o b u t t h e y h a v e n o e q u i p m e n t , b o o k s o r w r i t i n g m a t e r i a l s . T h e y a r e g i v e n a m u g o f p o r r i d g e f o r l u n c h w h i c h t h e p a r i s h p r o v i d e s b u t i t i s d i f f i c u l t f o r t h e p a r i s h t o m a i n t a i n t h e s a l a r y o f t h e t e a c h e r , R o s i e . W h a t I w o u l d l i k e t o s e e i s a l i n k b e t w e e n a p a r i s h o r g r o u p h e r e t o b e a s u p p o r t t o M b o s h o t o h e l p t h e m t o g e t o n t o t h e i r f e e t a n d b e c o m e s e l f s u p p o r t i n g . F r C a l i s t u s w i l l m a k e p e o p l e m o s t w e l c o m e t o s t a y t h e r e a n d t h e n b e a b l e t o s e e t h e s i t u a t i o n a n d d i s c u s s p o s s i b i l i t i e s . A t t h e m o m e n t t h e y h a v e p i g s , c h i c k e n s , g o a t s a n d c o w s a s w e l l a s g r o w i n g c r o p s t o m a k e m o n e y b u t a l l t h e s e p r o j e c t s s t r u g g l e b e c a u s e o f l a c k o f f o o d f o r t h e a n i m a l s a n d t h e d r o u g h t o f t h e l a s t r a i n y s e a s o n . I a m v e r y h a p p y t o c o m e a n d t a l k t o g r o u p s a n d i n d i v i d u a l s a b o u t t h e s i t u a t i o n a n d w o r k o f M b o s h o a n d p u t t h e m i n d i r e c t t o u c h w i t h F r C a l i s t u s . F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n p l e a s e g e t i n t o u c h w i t h m e , A n n E v a n s , a n n e v a n s 4 0 @ b t i n t e r ­ n e t . c o m P r e p a r i n g f o r C h r i s t m a s A n y o n e w h o k e e p s A d v e n t c a r e ­ f u l l y w i l l g e t n e a r e r t o t h e t r u t h a b o u t C h r i s t m a s , a n d h a v e a h a p ­ p i e r C h r i s t m a s t h a n o n e w h o s i m p l y a t t e n d s c h u r c h o n C h r i s t ­ m a s d a y . N i n e d a y s o f p r a y e r f r o m 1 7 – 2 5 D e c e m b e r , w a i t i n g a n d m e d i t a t i n g o n t h e i n c a r n a ­ t i o n , f o c u s o u r l i v e s o n C h r i s t m a s i t s e l f . I n R u s s i a t h e r e i s a c u s t o m o f f a s t i n g a n d s i l e n c e o n C h r i s t ­ m a s E v e u n t i l t h e f i r s t s t a r a p ­ p e a r s ( t h e s t a r w h i c h s h o n e o v e r B e t h l e h e m ) . G o o d l u c k w i t h t h a t ! C h r i s t m a s c r i b i n H e a v i t r e e I f y o u a r e i n o r a r o u n d H e a v i t r e e , p l e a s e d o n ’ t f o r g e t t o t a k e a l o o k a t t h e c r i b i n t h e w i n d o w o f G . W . K e y & S h o e i n H e a v i t r e e . T h i s i s o r g a n i s e d b y C h r i s t i a n s T o g e t h e r i n H e a v i t r e e .

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4 J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t Tuesday 17~24 inclusive Return flights: Gatwick ~Tel Aviv Twin Room/Half Board Basis. Staying in Jerusalem 17~20 & Tiberias 20th pm~24th Price: £1,695 includes Flights, taxes, some entrance fees, accommodation as stated, all coach Tours in Israel. Not included is personal travel insurance, and some entrance fees. Attractions include Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Holy Sepulchre, Bethlehem, Nazareth, The Galilee, Cana, River Jordan, Jericho, Masada, Dead Sea & much more. A busy itinerary with walking each day. Contact: Fr. Tom Grufferty, 13 Halsey Close, Alverstoke, Hampshire, PO12 2PJ We are Pilgrims not Tourists This is the initiative of a group of Parishioners in Sacred Heart Parish Hook. For more information relating to the Sacred Heart Parish contact Eileen Cashman, Email eileen.cashman@pugsley.org NB The Pilgrimage is open to all with a limited number of places. £100 deposit required refundable to you until flights are booked. Payable to St. Joseph’s Parish Pilgrimage. £500 will be requested prior to a firm booking with the Airlines. Booking form available on request tomgrufferty1@gmail.com Pilgrims will need a valid Passport with a life of six months after arrival back to the UK 02392520167 M07905949198 P P I I L L G G R R I I M M A A G G E E ~ ~ H H O O L L Y Y L L A A N N D D N N OO VV EE MM BB EE RR 2 2 00 22 00 T h e G o s p e l o f L i f e O M a r y , b r i g h t d a w n o f t h e n e w w o r l d , M o t h e r o f t h e l i v i n g , t o y o u d o w e e n t r u s t t h e c a u s e o f l i f e L o o k d o w n , O M o t h e r , u p o n t h e v a s t n u m b e r s o f b a b i e s n o t a l l o w e d t o b e b o r n , o f t h e p o o r w h o s e l i v e s a r e m a d e d i f f i c u l t , o f m e n a n d w o m e n w h o a r e v i c t i m s o f b r u t a l v i o l e n c e , o f t h e e l d e r l y a n d t h e s i c k k i l l e d b y i n d i f f e r e n c e o r o u t o f m i s g u i d e d m e r c y . G r a n t t h a t a l l w h o b e l i e v e i n y o u r S o n m a y p r o c l a i m t h e G o s p e l o f l i f e w i t h h o n e s t y a n d l o v e t o t h e p e o p l e o f o u r t i m e . O b t a i n f o r t h e m t h e g r a c e t o a c c e p t t h a t G o s p e l a s a g i f t e v e r n e w , t h e j o y o f c e l e b r a t i n g i t w i t h g r a t i t u d e t h r o u g h o u t t h e i r l i v e s a n d t h e c o u r a g e t o b e a r w i t n e s s t o i t r e s o l u t e l y , i n o r d e r t o b u i l d , t o g e t h e r w i t h a l l p e o p l e o f g o o d w i l l , t h e c i v i l i z a t i o n o f t r u t h a n d l o v e , t o t h e p r a i s e a n d g l o r y o f G o d , t h e C r e a t o r a n d l o v e r o f l i f e . T a k e n f r o m P o p e J o h n P a u l I I ` s 1 9 9 5 e n c y c l i c a l , " T h e G o s p e l o f L i f e " B i s h o p D e c l a n l a u n c h e s Y e a r o f C o m m u n i o n i n C l i f t o n D i o c e s e O n F r i d a y 2 2 N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 9 , B i s h o p D e c l a n l a u n c h e d t h e Y e a r o f C o m m u ­ n i o n a t C l i f t o n C a t h e d r a l . I n a c e l e ­ b r a t i o n o f e v e n i n g p r a y e r h e p r e s e n t e d t o e a c h p a r i s h , c o m m u n i t y a n d s c h o o l i n t h e d i o c e s e t h e r e ­ s o u r c e s f o r t h e Y e a r o f C o m m u n i o n s t a r t i n g o n t h e F i r s t S u n d a y o f A d ­ v e n t . I n h i s m e s s a g e , B i s h o p D e c l a n s a i d t h a t w e s h o u l d b e i n C o m m u n i o n w i t h o n e a n o t h e r , w i t h t h e w i d e r s o ­ c i e t y a n d w i t h t h e w h o l e o f c r e a t i o n . A s w e b e g i n o u r Y e a r o f C o m m u n i o n w e w i l l f o c u s o n a S p i r i t u a l i t y o f C o m m u n i o n a n d h o w w e a r e c a l l e d a n d s a v e d , n o t a s i n d i v i d u a l s b u t a s G o d ’ s p e o p l e . W e w i l l b u i l d u p o n e x ­ i s t i n g w a y s i n w h i c h p a r i s h e s c o l l a b ­ o r a t e w i t h e a c h o t h e r a n d w i l l e n c o u r a g e t h e w o r k t h a t h a s a l r e a d y b e g u n . T h e C h u r c h o f C l i f t o n i s c a l l e d t o b e a p e o p l e w h o b e l i e v e i n C h r i s t , w h o c e l e b r a t e C h r i s t , a n d w h o l i v e t h e w a y o f C h r i s t . T h e C h u r c h i s c r e a t e d b y G o d t o l i v e , n o t f o r i t s e l f , b u t f o r o t h e r s ; t o b e a p e o p l e w h o s h a r e i n t h e m i s s i o n o f C h r i s t , t o p r o c l a i m t h e K i n g d o m a n d t o m a k e d i s c i p l e s s o t h a t t h e w o r l d w i l l b e t r a n s f o r m e d a c c o r d i n g t o G o d ’ s p l a n . O u r P a r i s h e s a n d C o m m u n i t i e s s h o u l d b e p l a c e s w h e r e C h r i s t i s c e l ­ e b r a t e d , s h a r e d , p r o c l a i m e d a n d l i v e d , w h e r e e v e r y o n e i s w e l c o m e d a n d v a l u e d , a n d a l l h a v e a s e n s e o f r e s p o n s i b i l i t y f o r t h e l i f e o f t h e c o m ­ m u n i t y a n d t h e w o r l d . W e a r e c a l l e d t o b e d i s c i p l e s w h o n o t o n l y k n o w a b o u t J e s u s b u t a l s o c o m e t o k n o w h i m i n p r a y e r . O u r l i t u r g i e s s h o u l d b e c e l e b r a t e d i n s u c h a w a y t h a t C h r i s t ’ s w o r d i s h e a r d , h i s p r e s ­ e n c e k n o w n , a n d w h i c h a r e s o c o n ­ n e c t e d t o o u r l i v e s t h a t w e j o y f u l l y t a k e u p t h e c o m m a n d ‘ G o i n p e a c e g l o r i f y i n g t h e L o r d b y y o u r l i f e ’ .

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C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 5 S m i l i n g I s I n f e c t i o u s S m i l i n g I s I n f e c t i o u s A u t h o r U n k n o w n P o e t r y C o r n e r F a c t s , F i g u r e s a n d F a k e N e w s F a k e F a c t : T h e m o s t e x p e n s i v e h o t d o g a c t u a l l y c o s t s o v e r £ 1 0 0 n o t £ 8 0 ! I n t h e e a r l y 1 9 5 0 s , S i r H u g h B e a v e r , t h e t h e n M D o f t h e G u i n n e s s B r e w e r y , w a s s h o o t i n g w i t h s o m e f r i e n d s i n C o u n t y W e x f o r d . A n a r g u m e n t b r o k e o u t a b o u t w h i c h w a s t h e f a s t e s t g a m e b i r d a n d f i n d i n g n o w a y o f d e f i n i t i v e l y a g r e e ­ i n g a n a n s w e r , S i r B e a v e r d e c i d e d t o c r e a t e a b o o k t h a t w o u l d h o l d t h e a n ­ s w e r s t o t h i s a n d a l l s u c h f u t u r e c o n v e r s a t i o n s . T h u s t h e G u i n n e s s W o r l d R e c o r d s w a s b o r n . H e r e a r e s o m e o f t h e h i g h l i g h t s o v e r t h e y e a r s : A s h r i t a F u r m a n h o l d s t h e r e c o r d f o r h o l d i n g t h e m o s t r e c o r d s ! A g e d 6 2 , h e h a s s e t o v e r 6 0 0 r e c o r d s a n d c u r r e n t l y h o l d s m o r e t h a n 2 0 0 . T h e o l d e s t k n o w n l a n d a n i m a l i s J o n a t h a n – a t o r t o i s e w h o w a s b o r n i n 1 8 3 2 b e f o r e V i c t o r i a b e c a m e q u e e n . H e i s 1 8 7 a n d l i v e s o n t h e i s l a n d o f S t H e l e n a i n t h e S o u t h A t l a n t i c . T h e t a l l e s t l i v i n g m a n i s S u l t a n K o s e n o f T u r k e y w h o m e a s u r e s 2 5 1 c m s o r 8 f t 2 . 8 i n c h e s . T h e l a r g e s t p i z z a i n t h e w o r l d h a d a s u r f a c e a r e a o f o v e r 1 2 0 0 m 2 . A n d i t w a s g l u t e n f r e e ! T h e m o s t e x p e n s i v e h o t d o g ( w h i c h i s c o m m e r c i a l l y a v a i l a b l e ) i s p r i c e d a t j u s t o v e r £ 8 0 . I n c a s e y o u s h o u l d t h i n k t h i s i s h o r r i b l y e x p e n s i v e – i t i s g a r n i s h e d w i t h f o i e g r a s , t r u f f l e s a n d c a v i a r ! B r u c e M a s t e r s o f t h e U K h o l d s t h e r e c o r d f o r v i s i t i n g t h e m o s t p u b s ! H i s t i r e ­ l e s s d e d i c a t i o n t o t h e c a u s e h a s s e e n h i m v i s i t i n g o v e r 4 6 , 0 0 0 d r i n k i n g e s t a b ­ l i s h m e n t s s i n c e 1 9 6 0 . S m i l i n g i s i n f e c t i o u s , y o u c a t c h i t l i k e t h e f l u , W h e n s o m e o n e s m i l e d a t m e t o d a y , I s t a r t e d s m i l i n g t o o . I p a s s e d a r o u n d t h e c o r n e r a n d s o m e o n e s a w m y g r i n . W h e n h e s m i l e d I r e a l i z e d I ` d p a s s e d i t o n t o h i m . I t h o u g h t a b o u t t h a t s m i l e , t h e n I r e a l i z e d i t s w o r t h . A s i n g l e s m i l e , j u s t l i k e m i n e c o u l d t r a v e l r o u n d t h e e a r t h . S o , i f y o u f e e l a s m i l e b e g i n , d o n ` t l e a v e i t u n d e t e c t e d . L e t ` s s t a r t a n e p i d e m i c q u i c k , a n d g e t t h e w o r l d i n f e c t e d !

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6 J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t B y F r J e r e m y C o r l e y S c r i p t u r e F o c u s W e a r e f a m i l i a r w i t h S t L u k e ’ s v e r s i o n o f t h e C h r i s t m a s s t o r y : M a r y g i v e s b i r t h t o J e s u s i n t h e s t a b l e , b e c a u s e t h e r e i s n o r o o m f o r t h e m i n t h e i n n . W e o f t e n g i v e l e s s a t t e n t i o n t o S t M a t t h e w ’ s v e r s i o n o f t h e n a t i v i t y . W h e r e a s L u k e f o c u s e s o n O u r L a d y , M a t t h e w f o c u s e s o n S t J o s e p h . T h e o p e n i n g o f M a t t h e w ’ s G o s p e l p r e ­ s e n t s C h r i s t ’ s g e n e a l o g y a s s o n o f A b r a ­ h a m a n d s o n o f D a v i d . I n t h i s w a y , M a t t h e w c o n n e c t s J e s u s w i t h h i s J e w ­ i s h a n c e s t o r s . B e c a u s e h e l i v e d i n a p a ­ t r i a r c h a l s o c i e t y , M a t t h e w ’ s g e n e a l o g y f o c u s e s o n t h e m a l e l i n e . H e n c e t h e f a m i l y t r e e d o e s n o t t r a c e J e s u s ’ b i o l o g ­ i c a l l i n e t h r o u g h M a r y , b u t r a t h e r h i s l e g a l a n c e s t r y e n t i t l i n g h i m t o b e c a l l e d “ s o n o f D a v i d . ” M a t t h e w ’ s m e n t i o n o f K i n g D a v i d h i g h ­ l i g h t s t h e m e s s i a n i c h o p e f o r t h e c o m ­ i n g o f G o d ’ s k i n g d o m o n e a r t h . M a n y J e w i s h c o n t e m p o r a r i e s w o u l d h a v e k n o w n t h e p r o p h e t N a t h a n ’ s p r o m i s e t h a t G o d w o u l d e s t a b l i s h a n e t e r n a l k i n g d o m f o r D a v i d ’ s d e s c e n d a n t : “ I w i l l r a i s e u p y o u r o f f s p r i n g a f t e r y o u , w h o s h a l l c o m e f o r t h f r o m y o u r b o d y , a n d I w i l l e s t a b l i s h h i s k i n g d o m ” ( 2 S a m u e l 7 : 1 2 ) . A t t h e t i m e o f J e s u s , m a n y J e w s w e r e w o n d e r i n g w h e n a n d h o w t h i s p r o p h e c y w o u l d b e f u l f i l l e d . S o m e s o u g h t t o r e ­ s t o r e G o d ’ s k i n g d o m u s i n g m i l i t a r y m e a n s , b y f i g h t i n g a g a i n s t t h e R o m a n s . O t h e r s w a i t e d p a t i e n t l y f o r G o d t o i n t e r ­ v e n e . M a t t h e w ’ s g e n e a l o g y s h o w s t h a t J e s u s h a s a l e g a l r i g h t t o b e r e c o g n i z e d a s K i n g D a v i d ’ s d e s c e n d a n t . O n P a l m S u n d a y , w h e n J e s u s r o d e i n t o J e r u s a l e m o n a p e a c e f u l a n i m a l ( a d o n ­ k e y ) r a t h e r t h a n a w a r h o r s e , t h e c r o w d s g r e e t e d h i m : “ H o s a n n a t o t h e s o n o f D a v i d . ” H o w e v e r , t h e y d i d n o t u n ­ d e r s t a n d t h a t h e w a s a l s o t h e S u f f e r i n g S e r v a n t w h o w o u l d h a v e t o d i e . D e s p i t e t h e r e j e c t i o n o f J e s u s , t h e c h a r g e p i n n e d t o h i s c r o s s w a s : “ K i n g o f t h e J e w s . ” B u t J e s u s w a s s e n t n o t o n l y f o r t h e J e w s , b u t a l s o f o r t h e G e n t i l e s . A l ­ t h o u g h J e s u s w e n t f i r s t t o t h e l o s t s h e e p o f t h e h o u s e o f I s r a e l , h e i s t h e L o r d o f a l l . H e n c e M a t t h e w ’ s G o s p e l e n d s w i t h J e s u s s e n d i n g o u t h i s d i s c i ­ p l e s t o b r i n g t h e g o s p e l t o a l l n a t i o n s . W h e n M a t t h e w ’ s g e n e a l o g y c a l l s h i m “ s o n o f A b r a h a m , ” i t e c h o e s G o d ’ s p r o m i s e t o A b r a h a m : “ I n y o u a l l t h e f a m i l i e s o f t h e e a r t h s h a l l b e b l e s s e d ” ( G e n e s i s 1 2 : 3 ) . A f t e r A b r a h a m h a s s h o w n h i s o b e d i e n c e b y b e i n g w i l l i n g t o o f f e r h i s s o n I s a a c , t h e a n g e l s a y s : “ B y y o u r o f f s p r i n g s h a l l a l l t h e n a t i o n s o f t h e e a r t h g a i n b l e s s i n g f o r t h e m s e l v e s , b e c a u s e y o u h a v e o b e y e d m y v o i c e ” ( G e n e s i s 2 2 : 1 8 ) . A f t e r t h e g e n e a l o g y , M a t t h e w ’ s a c c o u n t o f t h e v i r g i n a l c o n c e p t i o n o f C h r i s t e m ­ p h a s i z e s m e r c y a b o v e l a w . W h e n t h e t e x t s a y s t h a t M a r y w a s b e t r o t h e d t o J o s e p h , s u c h a b e t r o t h a l w a s n o t h i n g c a s u a l b u t r a t h e r a s e r i o u s c o m m i t m e n t i n a n c i e n t J e w i s h s o c i e t y . Y e t w h i l e s h e w a s b e t r o t h e d t o J o s e p h , M a r y w a s f o u n d t o b e p r e g n a n t w i t h a c h i l d n o t h i s o w n . S i n c e h e w a s a m a n o f h o n o u r w h o k e p t t h e L a w o f M o s e s , J o s e p h k n e w w h a t h e w a s m e a n t t o d o . I f M a r y h a d b e e n u n f a i t h f u l , h e s h o u l d h a v e b r o u g h t h e r t o h e r f a t h e r ’ s h o u s e a n d h a d h e r s t o n e d t o d e a t h ( D e u t e r o n ­ o m y 2 2 : 2 3 ­ 2 4 ) . B u t J o s e p h d i d n o t j u d g e b y a p p e a r ­ a n c e s a n d o b e y t h e l a w , a s o t h e r s m i g h t h a v e e x p e c t e d . I n s t e a d h e w a s o p e n t o h e a r i n g t h e s t r a n g e n e w s t h a t M a r y h a d c o n c e i v e d h e r c h i l d t h r o u g h t h e p o w e r o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t . A s a r e s u l t , h e s h o w e d m e r c y a n d t o o k M a r y t o h i s h o m e . W h e n h e g r e w u p , J e s u s d i d n o t j u d g e b y a p p e a r a n c e s , b u t i n s t e a d u n d e r s t o o d t h e L a w o f M o s e s i n a n e w w a y . A l r e a d y a s a c h i l d h e w o u l d h a v e l e a r n t H o s e a ’ s w o r d s : “ W h a t I w a n t i s m e r c y , n o t s a c r i ­ f i c e . ” L a t e r , J e s u s d i d n o t c o n d e m n t h e w o m a n t a k e n i n a d u l t e r y , b u t f o r g a v e h e r . A s a w e l l ­ t r a i n e d s c r i b e , M a t t h e w b r i n g s o u t o f h i s t r e a s u r y w h a t i s o l d a n d w h a t i s n e w . W e s e e t h e o l d i n M a t t h e w ’ s e m p h a s i s o n J e s u s ’ b e l o n g ­ i n g t o h i s o w n p e o p l e . B u t w e a l s o s e e t h e n e w i n t h e r e f u s a l t o j u d g e b y a p ­ p e a r a n c e s a n d t h e w i l l i n g n e s s t o g o b e ­ y o n d t h e d e m a n d s o f t h e L a w o f M o s e s . I n h i s d e a l i n g s w i t h O u r L a d y , S t J o s e p h a l l o w e d m e r c y t o p r e v a i l o v e r a r i g i d i n ­ t e r p r e t a t i o n o f t h e L a w . F o r u s t o d a y , w e c e l e b r a t e t h e o l d : t h e t r a d i t i o n a l f e a s t o f J e s u s ’ b i r t h 2 0 0 0 y e a r s a g o . B u t w e a l s o c e l e b r a t e t h e n e w : J e s u s ’ o f f e r o f a n e w w a y o f l i f e f o r e a c h o f u s , n o t j u d g i n g b y a p p e a r a n c e s b u t g o i n g b e y o n d o u r h u m a n l i m i t s a n d e x p e c t a t i o n s . 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C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 7 M a t t h e w 2 : 1 3 ­ 2 1 A n a n g e l o f t h e L o r d a p p e a r e d t o J o s e p h i n a d r e a m . “ G e t u p , ” h e s a i d , “ t a k e t h e c h i l d a n d h i s m o t h e r a n d e s c a p e t o E g y p t . S t a y t h e r e u n t i l I t e l l y o u , f o r H e r o d i s g o i n g t o s e a r c h f o r t h e c h i l d t o k i l l h i m . ” S o h e g o t u p , t o o k t h e c h i l d a n d h i s m o t h e r d u r i n g t h e n i g h t a n d l e f t f o r E g y p t , w h e r e h e s t a y e d u n t i l t h e d e a t h o f H e r o d . A n d s o w a s f u l f i l l e d w h a t t h e L o r d h a d s a i d t h r o u g h t h e p r o p h e t : “ O u t o f E g y p t I c a l l e d m y s o n . ” W h e n H e r o d r e a l i z e d t h a t h e h a d b e e n o u t w i t t e d b y t h e M a g i , h e w a s f u r i o u s , a n d h e g a v e o r d e r s t o k i l l a l l t h e b o y s i n B e t h ­ l e h e m a n d i t s v i c i n i t y w h o w e r e t w o y e a r s o l d a n d u n d e r , i n a c c o r d a n c e w i t h t h e t i m e h e h a d l e a r n e d f r o m t h e M a g i . T h e n w h a t w a s s a i d t h r o u g h t h e p r o p h e t J e r e m i a h w a s f u l f i l l e d : “ A v o i c e i s h e a r d i n R a m a h , w e e p i n g a n d g r e a t m o u r n i n g , R a c h e l w e e p i n g f o r h e r c h i l d r e n a n d r e f u s i n g t o b e c o m f o r t e d , b e c a u s e t h e y a r e n o m o r e . ” A f t e r H e r o d d i e d , a n a n g e l o f t h e L o r d a p ­ p e a r e d i n a d r e a m t o J o s e p h i n E g y p t a n d s a i d , “ G e t u p , t a k e t h e c h i l d a n d h i s m o t h e r a n d g o t o t h e l a n d o f I s r a e l , f o r t h o s e w h o w e r e t r y i n g t o t a k e t h e c h i l d ’ s l i f e a r e d e a d . ” S o h e g o t u p , t o o k t h e c h i l d a n d h i s m o t h e r a n d w e n t t o t h e l a n d o f I s r a e l . ” I f y o u l o o k a t C h r i s t ’ s b i r t h a n d d e a t h w i t h t o d a y ’ s e y e s , y o u c o u l d t h i n k h e w a s a l o s e r ; b o r n i n a s t a b l e a n d t h i r t y ­ t h r e e y e a r s l a t e r c r u c i f i e d b y h i s o w n p e o p l e l i k e a c o m m o n c r i m i n a l . D e s p i t e h i s l o w l y b i r t h a n d h i s h u m i l i a t i n g a n d a g o n i s i n g d e a t h , t h r o u g h t h e e v e n t s i n h i s l i f e , t h i s m a n o f v e r y h u m b l e o r i g i n s r e v o l u t i o n i s e d h o w w e s e e t h e p o o r a n d m a r g i n a l i s e d , h o w w e t h i n k o f p o w e r a n d w h o w e d e e m t o b e “ w i n n e r s ” a n d “ l o s e r s ” i n o u r w o r l d . C h r i s t ’ s j o u r n e y s – w h i l e i n t h e w o m b , d u r ­ i n g h i s l i f e a s a p r e a c h e r , t o t h e c r o s s , t o h i s h e a v e n l y F a t h e r – t e l l u s a b o u t h o w t o f a c e o u r o w n j o u r n e y s a s i n d i v i d u a l s a n d c o m m u n i t i e s t o d a y . I m a g i n e y o u r s e l f o n a j o u r n e y L e t u s j u s t t a k e a m o m e n t t h i s A d v e n t t o r e f l e c t o n h o w m a n y t i m e s w e s e e n e w s i m a g e s o f p r e g n a n t m i g r a n t w o m e n c r o s s ­ i n g d e s e r t s o r g e t t i n g o f f u n s a f e b o a t s , w i t h n o h o m e t o g o t o . C a n w e i m a g i n e o u r s e l v e s b e i n g o n t h e i r j o u r n e y o r o n J o s e p h a n d M a r y ’ s m i g r a n t j o u r n e y t o B e t h l e h e m ? T h e t o w n w a s n o t e q u i p p e d t o w e l c o m e o r a c c o m m o d a t e t h e m . I t c o u l d n o t o f f e r t h e c a r e a p r e g ­ n a n t w o m a n n e e d e d . T h e H o l y F a m i l y w a s o n e f a m i l y t o o m a n y f o r t h i s s m a l l p l a c e . C a n w e p u t o u r s e l v e s i n t h e s h o e s o f t h e s h e p h e r d s w h o w e n t t o v i s i t t h e C h r i s t c h i l d ? T h e y w e r e u n e d u c a t e d o u t c a s t s i n t h e i r s o c i e t y a n d y e t t h e a n g e l s a p p e a r e d t o t h e m , n o t t o a r i c h l a n d o w n e r , a n d s a i d , “ D o n o t b e a f r a i d . ” T h e h u m a n r e s p o n s e m i g h t b e t o h i d e a w a y i n f e a r w h e n s o m e t h i n g u n e x p e c t e d a n d u n e x p l a i n e d h a p p e n s , b u t t h e s h e p ­ h e r d s w e n t t o l o o k f o r t h e c h i l d a n d t h e n t h e y s p r e a d t h e G o o d N e w s t o e v e r y o n e a b o u t w h a t t h e y s a w . W e a r e a l l c a l l e d o n j o u r n e y s L i k e J e s u s , M a r y a n d J o s e p h , t h e S h e p h e r d s a n d t h e M a g i , w e a r e c a l l e d o n j o u r n e y s w h i c h r e q u i r e s t r e n g t h , p e r s e v e r a n c e , h u m a n i t y , w i s d o m a n d c o u r a g e . O n t h e s e j o u r n e y s , w e m e e t p e o p l e w h o w e m a y b e t e m p t e d t o p r e m a t u r e l y l a b e l o r j u d g e a s a “ w i n n e r ” o r a “ l o s e r ” i n l i f e , w i t h o u t k n o w i n g t h e i r f u l l s t o r y n o r u n d e r ­ s t a n d i n g t h e i r s i g n i f i c a n c e t o o u r l i v e s . T h e o n e p e r s o n w h o d o e s n o t a p p e a r t o g o o n a j o u r n e y i n t h e N a t i v i t y i s K i n g H e r o d . H e s t a y s i n t h e s e c u r i t y o f h i s p a l a c e a n d g i v e s o r d e r s t o k i l l a l l b o y c h i l d r e n i n B e t h l e h e m . H e t r i e s t o k e e p h o l d o f h i s k i n g d o m b y u s i n g h i s p o w e r t o s p r e a d f e a r a n d m i s t r u s t . T h e H o l y F a m i l y a g a i n d r a w s t h e “ l o s e r ” c a r d a n d b e c o m e s a r e f u g e e f a m i l y i n E g y p t . W h e n J e s u s a s a n a d u l t t e l l s u s “ t h e k i n g d o m o f G o d i s w i t h i n y o u ” , h e i s a s k i n g u s t o o p e n o u r e y e s t o a n e w w a y o f s e e i n g a w o r l d w h e r e t h e r e a r e n o p e o p l e w h o a r e c o n s i d e r e d “ l o s e r s ” . I t i s i n t h e s m a l l a n d f i l t h y p l a c e s w h e r e o u r k i n g s a r e b o r n , n o t i n p a l a c e s . T h e p o o r e s t a n d m o s t m a r g i n a l i s e d p e o p l e i n o u r s o c i e t i e s d e l i v e r t r u e m e s s a g e s o f h o p e t o u s . E x p a n d t h e h o r i z o n s o f y o u r h e a r t t h i s A d v e n t A s w e p r e p a r e o u r h e a r t s a n d m i n d s f o r C h r i s t m a s , l e t u s r e m e m b e r t h a t h o p e , l i k e t h e m i g r a n t s a n d r e f u g e e s o f o u r w o r l d , i s a l w a y s o n a j o u r n e y f o r w a r d . B y o p e n i n g o u r e y e s a n d r e a c h i n g o u t t o o t h ­ e r s , w e w i l l f i n d o u r h e a r t s c a r r i e d f o r w a r d b y a g r e a t w a v e o f l o v e a n d o u r d e s t i n a t i o n w i l l b e p e a c e . T h a t w i l l b e w h e n n o p e r s o n n o r c o u n t r y w i l l s a y “ t h e r e ’ s n o r o o m f o r y o u h e r e ” . H a v e a b l e s s e d A d v e n t j o u r n e y ! S h a r e t h e J o u r n e y a n d e x p a n d t h e h o r i z o n s o f y o u r h e a r t t h i s C h r i s t m a s A n A d v e n t m e s s a g e b y C a r d i n a l L u i s A n t o n i o G . T a g l e C l o s i n g p r a y e r : L o r d o f S a l v a t i o n , W h e n w e r e a c h o u t t o h e l p , l e t i t b e y o u r h a n d w e r e a c h w i t h . W h e n w e c o m f o r t t h e a f f l i c t e d , m a y i t b e y o u r h e a r t w e c o m f o r t w i t h . W h e n w e s e r v e t h e s t r i c k e n a n d t h e g r i e v e d , L e t i t b e y o u r b o u n t y w e s e r v e f r o m . A n d w h e n w e w o r k s i d e ­ b y ­ s i d e w i t h r e f u g e e s R e b u i l d i n g w h a t h a s b e e n l o s t L e t i t b e y o u r f o u n d a t i o n w e b u i l d o n . A f o u n d a t i o n o f j u s t i c e , a f o u n d a ­ t i o n o f h o p e . A f o u n d a t i o n o f n e w n e s s a n d l o v e S t r o n g e r t h a n t h e m i g h t i e s t c a t a c l y s m . A m e n

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8 J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t B y F r T o m G r u  e r t y B r u s h S t r o k e s I f y o u w a n t t o b e c o m e a f a m o u s a r t i s t , i t a p p e a r s t h a t t h e b e s t p l a c e t o s t a r t i s y o u r h o m e t u r f w h e r e t h e l o c a l i t y i s f a ­ m i l i a r t o t h e c r e a t o r . I n 1 4 4 2 t h i s i s w h e r e P i e r o d e l l a F r a n c e s c a b e g a n h i s v e r y f a m o u s c a r e e r i n t h e a r t w o r l d . H e w a s o r i g i n a l l y a t o w n C o u n s e l l o r w i t h l i t t l e o r n o i n t e r e s t i n p a i n t i n g . W h e n h e b e g a n t o t a k e u p t h e t o o l s o f t h e a r t i s t i c w o r l d i n t h e e a r l y R e n a i s ­ s a n c e p e r i o d , h e a n d o t h e r s q u i c k l y d i s c o v e r e d a r e a l t a l e n t . V e r y q u i c k l y h e w a s c o m m i s s i o n e d t o c r e a t e v a r i ­ o u s ’ w o r k s o f a r t b y t h e f a m o u s p e o p l e i n T u s c a n y . H i s f i r s t m a j o r w o r k i s t h e B a p t i s m o f J e s u s i n t h e J o r d a n . ( F e a s t o n 1 2 t h J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 ) . I n t h e b a c k g r o u n d i s t h e h o m e t o w n a n d t h e l o c a l l a n d s c a p e o f P i e r o . T h e c e n t r a l f i g u r e i s J e s u s . I f y o u c a n g e t a c l o s e u p o f t h e f a c e , t h e r e a r e l o v e l y f e a t u r e s b u t t h e r e i s i n t h e e n t i r e f i g u r e a g r e a t c o m b i n a t i o n o f h u m i l i t y w i t h t h e m a j e s t i c s t a n c e o f a p e r s o n o f i m p o r t a n c e . N o t i c e t h e P r a y ­ i n g h a n d s . I m m e d i a t e l y a b o v e J e s u s i s t h e H o l y S p i r i t . T h e S p i r i t i s n o t u n l i k e t h e c l o u d s i n t h e s k y . T h e S p i r i t c o u l d b e d e s c e n d i n g f r o m t h e H e a v e n s a n d f r o m t h e t r e e a t t h e s a m e t i m e . J o h n t h e B a p t i s t i s t h e n e x t i m p o r t a n t p e r s o n a n d c l e a r l y , h e h a s b e e n f a s t i n g i n t h e d e s e r t . B e h i n d t h e B a p t i s t i s a n o t h e r s l i m f i g ­ u r e t a k i n g o f f h i s s h i r t w h i l e h e b e n d s o v e r . F o r m e h e i s a m y s t e r y . I n e v e r y f a m o u s w o r k o f A r t t h e r e i s a t l e a s t o n e i t e m t h a t c a u s e s u s t o p o n d e r m o r e d e e p l y , t o d e l v e i n t o t h e m i n d o f t h e c r e a t o r . S o m e t i m e s i t i s f a r f r o m w i s e t o d o s o . T h e o t h e r m y s t e r y i s t h e o v e r g r o w n w a l n u t t r e e . T h e n I d i d s o m e r e s e a r c h o n l y t o f i n d t h i s f a m o u s t r e e r e l a t e s t o t h e c r u c i f i x i o n . H e r e i s y e t a n o t h e r a r t i s t w h o a t t h e a g e o f 2 7 k n e w h i s N e w T e s t a m e n t . N B , w i t h t h e y o u n g m a n t a k i n g o f f h i s s h i r t r e m i n d s m e t h a t t h i s p a i n t i n g c o u l d b e u s e d i n a d e e p l y s p i r i t u a l w a y f o r a l l t h o s e p r e p a r i n g f o r t h e g r e a t s a c r a m e n t o f i n i t i a t i o n . L o o k f u r t h e r i n t o t h e p a i n t i n g a n d y o u s e e d i s t a n t f i g u r e s i n t h e b a c k g r o u n d . T h e r e a r e t h r e e a n g e l s t o t h e r i g h t o f J e s u s . T h e m i d d l e o n e i s a s t o n i s h e d a t w h a t i s h a p p e n i n g . A s o f t e n h a p p e n s w i t h u s h u m a n s t h e o t h e r t w o a r e e x ­ t r e m e l y i n d i f f e r e n t . I t i s g o o d t o k n o w t h a t a n g e l s a r e l i k e u s ! I t w i l l c o m e a s a s u r p r i s e t h a t t h e s e a n g e l s a r e h o l d i n g h a n d s . T h i s m a y w e l l b e t h e a r t i s t ’ s r e f e r e n c e t o t h e m a j o r q u e s t i o n o f t h e t i m e , t h e u n i t y o f t h e E a s t e r n C h u r c h w i t h t h e W e s t e r n C h u r c h . ( T h e C o u n c i l o f F l o r e n c e i n 1 4 3 9 ) . I f s o , F r a n c e s c a i s a l s o r e f l e c t ­ i n g t h e t i m e s . T h i s w o n d e r f u l p i e c e o f a r t w a s o r i g i ­ n a l l y c o m m i s s i o n e d a s a n A l t a r p i e c e f o r t h e C h u r c h , n o w a C a t h e d r a l , i n S a n s e h o l c r o i n T u s c a n y a n d f o r t u n a t e f o r u s n o w h a n g s i n t h e N a t i o n a l G a l l e r y i n L o n d o n . I t w o u l d b e v e r y r e m i s s o f m e n o t t o h i g h l i g h t P i e r o o t h e r f a m o u s p a i n t i n g o f T h e D u k e a n d D u c h e s s o f U r b i n o w i t h w h o m h e h a d a s p e c i a l f r i e n d s h i p . T h e S a c r a m e n t o f I n i t i a t i o n i n o n e i m p o r t a n t p i e c e o f a r t

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C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 9 B y D r J a y K e t t l e ­ W i l l i a m s V i e w f r o m t h e P e w H a p p y N e w Y e a r ! I ’ v e b e e n c a u g h t i n a t i m e w a r p . A t t h e t i m e o f m e w r i t i n g t h e s e f e w w o r d s , t h e n a t i o n i s p r e p a r i n g t o g o t o t h e p o l l s . A t t h e t i m e y o u r e a d t h i s p i e c e , y o u ’ l l a l r e a d y k n o w t h e o u t ­ c o m e . W i t h m y f i n g e r s h o v e r i n g o v e r t h e k e y b o a r d , I ` m w o n d e r i n g w h e t h e r w e w i l l t a k e a s t e p t o w a r d s g r e a t e r E u r o p e a n i n t e g r a t i o n , f u r t h e r c o n ­ t r i b u t i n g t o b r i n g i n g t h e c o n g e r i e o f 2 8 m e m b e r s t a t e s e n m a s s e t o w a r d s a c o m m o n s t a n d a r d ­ T h a t ` s n o t a b a d C h r i s t i a n t h i n g t o d o ! ­ o r w h e t h e r w e ` l l b e l o o k i n g s i m p l y t o r a i s i n g s t a n d a r d s b y a f e w n o t c h e s a m o n g o u r o w n c o m p a t r i o t s ? T h a t ` s n o t a b a d C h r i s t i a n t h i n g t o d o e i t h e r ! Y e t t o d o b o t h i s o u t o f t h e q u e s t i o n . Y e s , c h a r i t y b e g i n s a t h o m e . A n d I v i e w 2 0 1 9 ` s G e n e r a l E l e c t i o n a s t h e n a t i o n d e c i d i n g w h e r e i t s h o m e l i e s . M y g r a n d p a r e n t s w e r e b r o u g h t u p t o m a k e d o . T h e y e v o l v e d i n t o m y p a r ­ e n t ` s ` n e v e r ­ n e v e r , r a d i o ­ r e n t a l ` g e n e r a t i o n n o t o w n i n g m a n y l u x u r y g o o d s o u t r i g h t , i f a n y a t a l l . H o l i d a y t r a v e l o v e r s e a s w a s l a r g e l y a d r e a m , l i k e a t r i p t o t h e m o o n . T h e t e r m ` r e ­ c y c l i n g ` w a s n ` t o n p e o p l e ` s l i p s b u t t h e y r e t u r n e d m i l k b o t t l e s , p a i d d e ­ p o s i t s o n l e m o n a d e b o t t l e s a n d s e n t f o o d s c r a p s t o p i g s w i l l . J a m j a r s w e r e p r a c t i c a l l y a c u r r e n c y . E x p e c t a ­ t i o n s w e r e n o t a s s h o r t ­ l i v e d a s n o w a d a y s : ` W o r k t o w a r d s s o m e t h i n g , s a v e u p a n d o n e d a y y o u ` l l h a v e e n o u g h t o b u y a n d e n j o y . ` T h i n g s l a s t e d . B u i l t ­ i n o b s o l e s c e n c e w a s a s u n i m a g i n a b l e a s m e e t i n g t h e m a n i n t h e m o o n . I t ’ s d i f f e r e n t t h e s e d a y s w i t h t h e e n t i t l e m e n t o f o u r ` h a v e i t n o w , s p e n d , o v e r s p e n d ’ c u l t u r e . A r e w e t y i n g o u r s e l v e s u p i n t h e s t r a n g l i n g k n o t s o f p e r c e i v e d , p e r ­ s o n a l n e e d a n d t h e e x p e c t a t i o n o f i m ­ m e d i a t e e n t i t l e m e n t ? W h e r e i s a p e r s o n ` s r e s p o n s i b i l i t y t o s e l f a n d o t h e r s ? T h e e v e r ­ g r o w i n g d e m a n d s p l a c e d b y i n d i v i d u a l s o n m i c r o o r m a c r o g r o u p s w i t h i n s o c i e t y a r e i n ­ c r e a s i n g l y i m p o s s i b l e t o f u l f i l . T h e N H S i s a p r i m e e x a m p l e . T h e N H S , t h e 5 t h l a r g e s t o r g a n i s a t i o n i n t h e e n t i r e w o r l d , e m p l o y s 1 i n e v e r y 1 9 o f t h e p o p u l a t i o n o f t h e U K , i t s e l f t h e 2 1 s t m o s t p o p u l o u s c o u n t r y . Y e t t h e N H S c a n n o t c o m p e t e w i t h d e m a n d . T h a t ` s a n i n c o n s o l a b l e m i s m a t c h , a s e e m i n g l y i n v i o l a t e i m b a l a n c e . I s o u r s o c i e t y s i c k ? I n m i n d , b o d y a n d s o u l ? I n t o d a y ` s ` g o w i t h i t c u l t u r e ` e s p o u s ­ i n g t h e c o m m o n d e n o m i n a t o r , i s i t a n y w o n d e r t h a t t h e y o u n g e r w a n d e r a i m l e s s l y a w a y f r o m w h a t e v e r p o s i ­ t i v e n o r m . W e l l , t h a t m u s t b e w h e r e w e , i n o u r C h u r c h , w i t h i t s d i s c i p l i n e y e t i n d e f i a n c e o f c l e r i c a l i s m , n e e d t o s t e p i n a s h o n e s t b r o k e r s a n d r e a c h o u t . T h a t ’ l l m a k e t h e n e w y e a r h a p p y . N o t e : O n e i n f i v e U K C a t h o l i c s i n t h e U K w a s b o r n e l s e w h e r e ; I i n e v e r y 1 2 p e o p l e i n t h e U K i s C a t h o l i c ; t h e r e a r e 6 7 . 6 m p e o p l e i n t h e U K ; s o m e 3 2 % o f t h e n a t i o n ` s C a t h o l i c s a r e r e c o r d e d a s a t t e n d i n g M a s s o n c e a w e e k . . . [ F i g ­ u r e s a p p r o x i m a t e ] .

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I n 2 0 0 4 K i l t o n ` s S t N i c h o l a s w a s s c h e d ­ u l e d t o b e c o m e a c o n t r o l l e d r u i n w i t h r o o f r e m o v e d a n d w a l l s c a p p e d . B y c h a n c e t h e w a r d e n o f S t N i c h o l a s ` n e i g h b o u r i n g p a r i s h , S t r i n g s t o n , d r e w f u t u r e p l a n s f o r S t N i c h o l a s t o m y a t t e n t i o n . A s n e i t h e r o f u s w e r e f a m i l i a r w i t h t h e p r e s e n t s t a t e o f S t N i c h o l a s ` i n t e r i o r , o u t o f c u r i o s i t y w e m a d e a v i s i t . A p p a l l e d t h a t s u c h a s u b s t a n t i a l l y s o u n d b u i l d i n g w o u l d b e l e f t a s a r u i n , a p r o j e c t w a s d e v i s e d t o u s e t h e c h u r c h i n s o m e o t h e r w a y , s u c h a s a D r o p ­ i n ­ P r a y e r / D a y t i m e R e t r e a t C e n t r e ; t h i s o p t i o n w a s d i s c u s s e d w i t h t h e l o c a l v i c a r ; s e v e r a l m e e t i n g s w i t h h i m a n d t h e R e d u n d a n t C h u r c h e s C o m m i t t e e f o l l o w e d . a s p a r i s h e s a r e a u t o n o m o u s , t h i s c o u r s e o f a c t i o n d r e w a b l a n k . H o w e v e r , t h e i d e a w o u l d b e s u p p o r t e d i f o t h e r m e a n s b e ­ c a m e a v a i l a b l e . I n d u e c o u r s e p r i v a t e f u n d i n g b e c a m e a v a i l a b l e f o r t h e p r o j e c t t o p r o c e e d . A T r u s t w a s f o r m e d i n 2 0 1 7 , h e n c e t h e f u t u r e o f S t N i c h o l a s b e c a m e e n s u r e d . B e t w e e n 2 0 0 5 ­ 2 0 1 6 S t N i c h o l a s w a s l o v ­ i n g l y r e s t o r e d : t h e 4 t u r n i n g b e l l s , d a t i n g f r o m t h e 1 4 t h , 1 8 t h a n d 1 9 t h c e n t u r y , w h i c h h a d r e m a i n e d s i l e n t f o r o v e r 5 0 y e a r s , r a n g o u t a g a i n ; a c o m p u t e r i s e d s y s t e m m e a n s t h e y r i n g t h e h o u r s f r o m 8 . 0 0 a . m . t o 8 . 0 0 p . m . a n d t h e A n g e l u s a t n o o n . B e s i d e s e s s e n t i a l r o o f a n d i n t e r i o r r e s t o r a t i o n , a l l b u t o n e o f t h e b o u n d a r y w a l l s n e e d e d r e b u i l d i n g ( a m a j o r t a s k ) . T h e c o p s e . w h e r e a c h u r c h h a l l h a d o n c e s t o o d , b e c a m e a c a r p a r k , a n d t h e g r o u n d s a n d c h u r c h y a r d b r o u g h t u n d e r c o n t r o l . T o d a t e + / ­ 8 0 0 0 v i s i t o r s h a v e v i s ­ i t e d ; a p p r o x i m a t e l y 6 0 0 / 6 5 0 a y e a r . S t N i c h o l a s w a s k e p t o p e n f o r v i s i t o r s d u r i n g i t s r e s t o r a t i o n . A n a t i o n a l l y r e c o g ­ n i s e d f o o t p a t h c r o s s e s t h e c h u r c h y a r d , p a r t o f a c i r c u l a r w a l k f r o m K i l v e , t h e c l o s e s t v i l l a g e . T h e r o u t e l e a d s a l o n g t h e c l i f f a n d o v e r f a r m l a n d a t t r a c t i n g m a n y w a l k e r s . M a n y h a v e c o m e f r o m b o t h 1 0 J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t S t N i c h o l a s T h e W a y f a r e r s C h u r c h - K i l t o n A D r o p - i n P r a y e r D a y - T i m e r e t r e a t C e n t r e C o n t i n u e d f r o m D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 9 h o m e a n d a b r o a d t o v i s i t g r a v e s ; r e c o r d s o f w h i c h b a c k t o t h e e a r l y 1 7 t h c e n t u r y . A r e g u l a r s e r v i c e f o r t h o s e t e n d i n g g r a v e s i s h e l d o n t h e s e c o n d S u n d a y o f A d v e n t . F o l ­ l o w e d b y a h i g h t e a t h i s ` G a t h e r i n g ` , n o w i n i t s t e n t h y e a r , h a s b r o u g h t f a m i l y m e m ­ b e r s t o g e t h e r , u n d e r s t a n d a b l y m a n y o f f ­ s p r i n g h a v e g r o w n u p , t h e c h i l d r e n a r e n o w c o n t r i b u t i n g t o t h i s f a m i l y s e r v i c e , r e a d i n g , p l a y i n g i n s t r u m e n t s a n d h e l p i n g t o f i n a l i s e t h e A d v e n t s c e n e s e t i n f r o n t o f t h e l a r g e o a k a l t a r t a b l e . A r e c e n t g r o u p i n c l u d e d a h a l f h o u r p e r i o d o f A d o r a t i o n i n t h e i r d a y o f r e t r e a t ; w a s t h i s t h e f i r s t a t S t N i c h o l a s s i n c e t h e r e f o r m a t i o n ? T h e p a n e l s o f t h e R e r e d o s a b o v e t h e a l t a r f e a t u r e e v e n t s f r o m t h e g o s p e l a c c o r d i n g t o t h e f i v e s t a g e s o f l i f e ; i t f o r m s t h e p r i ­ m a r y f o c u s o f a t t e n t i o n . S o m e o f t h e s t a i n e d g l a s s i n t h e c h a n c e l d a t e s f r o m t h e 1 4 t h c e n t u r y , o t h e r s l a t e r p e r i o d s , t h e t h r e e o f t h e E a s t w a l l a r e i d e n t i c a l t o t h o s e o f S t A n d r e w ` s a t S t o g u r s e y . T h e p u l p i t h a s 1 3 t h c e n t u r y t r i m m i n g a n d t h e s i x w a l l t e x t s , h a v e b e e n r e s t o r e d t o t h e i r o r i g i n a l c o l o u r i n g . C o n v e r s i o n o f t h e t o w e r n o w p r o v i d e s a p r e p a r a t i o n s p a c e f o r r e ­ c e p t i o n s w i t h a m e z z a n i n e a b o v e a c t i n g a s a s o c i a l a r e a o r a q u i e t , b r i g h t a r e a f o r p e r s o n a l r e f l e c t i o n . D i s a b l e d f a c i l i t i e s a r e r e a d i l y a v a i l a b l e . A n e v o l v i n g l i b r a r y c o m p l i m e n t s a c o n s i d ­ e r a b l e a m o u n t o f r e a d i l y a v a i l a b l e i n f o r ­ m a t i o n , m u c h o f w h i c h m a y b e t a k e n a w a y . A d i s p l a y f e a t u r i n g w e l l o v e r 6 0 c h a r i t i e s h a s b e e n e s t a b l i s h e d w h i c h s e r v e s t o h i g h l i g h t t h e i m p o r t a n t r o l e o f e a c h i n d i ­ v i d u a l i n t h e w o r l d o r d e r o f s o c i a l , e d u c a ­ t i o n a l a n d h o s p i t a l i t y s e r v i c e ; w h i c h t h e c h u r c h s e e k s t o g i v e t h r o u g h i t s m e m b e r s a n d t e a c h i n g . T h e r e i s m u c h t o b e s e e n , f o u n d a n d c o n ­ s i d e r e d w i t h i n S t N i c h o l a s ` w a l l s ; i t s p e a c e , s o o f t e n c o m m e n t e d u p o n i n t h e v i s i t o r ` s b o o k , r e a d i l y u n d e r s t o o d t h r o u g h C a t h o l i c t e a c h i n g , i s r e f l e c t e d i n t h e s a y ­ i n g ­ w h e r e t h e E u c h a r i s t h a s b e e n c e l e ­ b r a t e d t h e r e t h e P r e s e n c e r e m a i n s . L i t t l e t i m e h a s y e t b e e n g i v e n t o s e e k i n g t h e e a r l y y e a r s o f S t N i c h o l a s ` p a s t , t h a t a v a i l ­ a b i l i t y i s u n d e r s t a n d a b l y s k e t c h y ; w i t h o n l y t h e m e n t i o n o f t w o g o l d c h a l i c e s d a t i n g b a c k t o t h e m i d 1 6 t h c e n t u r y b e i n g r e ­ f e r r e d t o ; t h e i r w h e r e a b o u t s r e m a i n s u n ­ k n o w n . T h e g r o u n d s a r e a b o n u s ; s e a t i n g o f f e r s a v a r i e t y o f q u i e t s p a c e s f o r i n d i v i d u a l r e ­ f l e c t i o n o r f a m i l y p i c n i c s ; d o g s w e l c o m e . V i s i t s b y g r o u p s a r e b e i n g p r o m o t e d a s a l s o a r e t h e h o l d i n g o f s h o r t r e t r e a t s . P r o ­ v i s i o n o f o p p o r t u n i t y f o r i n d i v i d u a l / g r o u p u s e i s a c t i v e l y r e c o g n i s e d a n d p r o m o t e d a s o f g r e a t i m p o r t a n c e , f o r q u i e t r e f l e c t i o n o r a s a b r e a k i n t h e o f t e n t i r e s o m e p a c e o f e v e r y d a y l i f e . A n u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f U n i v e r s a l C h r i s t i a n i t y i s a c t i v e l y p r o m o t e d . A l l p e o p l e a r e t o b e w e l c o m e d a t t h i s D r o p ­ i n ­ P r a y e r D a y t i m e R e t r e a t C e n t r e ; t h e o p p o r t u n i t i e s , i t s " P r e s e n c e " a r e t h e r e t o b e s o u g h t , s h a r e d a n d d i s c o v e r e d . W i t h t h e f u t u r e o f S t N i c h o l a s n o w e n s u r e d t h e T r u s t e e s a r e a b l e t o o f f e r a w a r m w e l c o m e t o a l l t h o s e a b l e t o j o i n t h e m i n s h a r i n g t h e p e a c e t h i s r e s t o r e d c h u r c h n o w o f f e r s . T o c o m e , i s a j o u r n e y w e l l w o r t h m a k i n g . S t N i c h o l a s i s a f f i l i a t e d t o : T h e Q u i e t G a r ­ d e n M o v e m e n t , R e t r e a t A s s o c i a t i o n ; F r i e n d s o f F r i e n d l e s s C h u r c h e s A n c i e n t M o n u m e n t s S o c i e t y . O p e n d a i l y : 1 0 . 0 0 a . m . ( o r e a r l i e r ) u n t i l 4 . 0 0 p . m . . S u m m e r . 5 . 0 0 p . m . o r l a t e r . 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1 2 J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t N e w S y o n A b b e y 1 9 9 0 ­ 2 0 1 1 O u r S i s t e r s w e r e c o n t e m p l a t i v e , f o u n d e d b y C h a r t e r o f H e n r y V t o p r a y t h e d a i l y o f f i c e o f o u r L a d y i n p r a y i n g f o r t h e w e l l b e i n g o f t h e K i n g ’ s f a m i l y . A l s o , t o p r a y f o r t h e s o u l s o f a l l w h o h a v e g o v e r n e d E n g l a n d , a n d t h e s o u l s o f a l l t h o s e w h o h a v e d i e d . T h e i r d a y b e g a n e a r l y , r i s i n g t o d o n t h e i r g r e y h a b i t s , b l a c k v e i l s a n d u n i q u e c r o w n s w i t h t h e f i v e r e d p o i n t s s i g n i f y i n g t h e w o u n d s o f C h r i s t , t h e n g o i n g d o w n t o t h e c h a p e l a t 5 . 3 0 a m f o r p e r s o n a l m e d i t a t i o n , p r a y e r a n d r e a d i n g s o m e s a ­ c r e d w r i t i n g s . L a u d s b e g a n a t 7 a m , p r a y i n g f o r t h e i n t e n t i o n s o f t h o s e w h o h a d w r i t t e n t o M o t h e r A b b e s s a n d f o r c u r r e n t c o n ­ c e r n s . T h e s i s t e r s w e r e k e p t w e l l i n f o r m e d b y n e w s p a p e r s a n d l e t t e r s r e c e i v e d . A f t e r b r e a k f a s t , M a s s f o l l o w e d a t 9 a m t h e n T e r c e . T h e s e p r a y e r s w e r e s u n g i n L a t i n f r o m t h e S y o n B r e v i a r y , a n d h a d b e e n r e v e a l e d t o S t B r i d g e t h e r s e l f i n R o m e i n t h e 1 4 t h c e n t u r y . T h e y i n c l u d e d p s a l m s , h y m n s , r e a d i n g s a n d b e a u t i f u l a n t i p h o n s t o M a r y , a n d d i f f e r e d f r o m t h e R o m a n O f f i c e p r a y e d b y o t h e r c o m m u n i t i e s . T h e y w e r e t r a n s l a t e d t o E n g l i s h i n 1 9 7 0 s t h e n t y p e d o u t i n t o f o l d e r s . O n l y i n 2 0 1 5 w a s t h e b e a u t i f u l b o o k o f p r a y e r s w i t h i l l u s t r a t i o n s p u b ­ l i s h e d i n E n g l i s h b y S r A n n e S m y t h O . S s . S e d i t e d b y o u r A d r i a n W a r d l e i n S o u t h B r e n t , a n d i s a v a i l a b l e f o r a l l t o b u y f r o m B u c k f a s t B o o k s h o p o r A m a z o n . T h e d a i l y c h o r e s o f c o o k i n g , c l e a n i n g , a d m i n e t c i n t e r ­ s p e r s e d t h e O f f i c e s , w i t h p e r i o d s o f r e c r e a t i o n , a l s o o p p o r ­ t u n i t i e s t o s t r o l l o r c h a t . S o m e S i s t e r s d i d h a n d i c r a f t s . T h i s p a t t e r n o f ‘ o r e e t l a b o r e ‘ f o l l o w e d b y m o n a s t i c c o m m u n i ­ t i e s w a s h e a l t h y a n d a l l o w e d f o r r e a d i n g p r a y e r a n d m a n ­ u a l w o r k . L u n c h w a s e a t e n i n s i l e n c e a s a l l m e a l s w e r e , l i s t e n i n g t o r e a d i n g o f t h e R u l e o r s a c r e d w r i t i n g s . M a t i n s , O f f i c e o f R e a d i n g s w a s a t 3 . 3 0 p m , V e s p e r s a t 6 f o l ­ l o w e d b y R e c r e a t i o n , t h e n s u p p e r a t 7 p m w h e n G r e a t S i ­ l e n c e b e g a n u n t i l t h e n e x t m o r n i n g . C o m p l i n e w a s a t 8 p m . S o m e p e o p l e d i d n o t u n d e r s t a n d t h a t t h e l i f e o f t h e e n ­ c l o s e d S i s t e r s w a s s o b u s y a n d s o f r u i t f u l . T h e y l o o k e d a f t e r e a c h o t h e r a n d t h e i r a n i m a l s , w h i c h i n e a r l i e r t i m e s , i n c l u d e d g o a t s , p i g s a n d c h i c k e n s , a s w e l l a s h e l p i n g o n t h e f a r m . S i s t e r B r i d g e t k e p t s h e e p u n t i l t h e t h r e e S i s t e r s l e f t i n 2 0 1 1 . M o s t o f a l l S y o n A b b e y , j u s t o n o u r d o o r s t e p w a s a P o w e r A D a y i n t h e l i f e o f a S i s t e r a t S y o n A b b e y W i t h t h e k i n d a s s i s t a n c e o f S i s t e r A n n e S m y t h o S s S l a s t A b b e s s o f S y o n A b b e y S i s t e r s i n c h o i r i n t h e o l d c h a p e l M M o o s s t t h h u u m m b b l l e e S S a a i i n n t t M M a a r r n n w w h h o o s s e e b b u u r r n n i i n n g g c c h h a a r r i i t t y y e e m m b b r r a a s s s s e e s s a a l l l l , , b b u u t t e e s s p p e e c c i i a a l l l l y y t t h h o o s s e e w w h h o o a a r r e e s s i i c c k k , , a a ffl ffl i i c c t t e e d d o o r r i i n n n n e e e e d d , , w w e e t t u u r r n n t t o o y y o o u u f f o o r r h h e e l l p p i i n n o o u u r r p p r r e e s s e e n n t t d d i i ffi ffi c c u u l l e e s s a a n n d d w w e e i i m m p p l l o o r r e e y y o o u u t t o o o o b b t t a a i i n n f f o o r r u u s s f f r r o o m m G G o o d d h h e e a a l l t t h h o o f f s s o o u u l l a a n n d d b b o o d d y y a a n n d d i i n n p p a a r r c c u u l l a a r r t t h h e e f f a a v v o o u u r r w w e e n n o o w w a a s s k k . . . . . . . . M M a a y y w w e e , , b b y y i i m m i i t t a a n n g g y y o o u u r r c c h h a a r r i i t t y y a a n n d d h h u u m m i i l l i i t t y y , , fi fi n n d d q q u u i i e e t t a a n n d d c c o o n n t t e e n n t t m m e e n n t t a a l l l l o o u u r r d d a a y y s s a a n n d d c c h h e e e e r r f f u u l l s s u u b b m m i i s s s s i i o o n n t t o o G G o o d d ` ` s s h h o o l l y y w w i i l l l l i i n n a a l l l l t t h h e e t t r r i i a a l l s s a a n n d d d d i i ffi ffi c c u u l l e e s s o o f f l l i i f f e e . . S S a a i i n n t t M M a a r r n n p p r r a a y y f f o o r r u u s s T T h h a a t t w w e e m m a a y y b b e e m m a a d d e e w w o o r r t t h h y y o o f f t t h h e e p p r r o o m m i i s s e e s s o o f f C C h h r r i i s s t t . . 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T y p i c a l l y , s e a f a r e r s s i g n n i n e ­ m o n t h c o n ­ t r a c t s , w h i c h m e a n s m a n y m i s s o u t o n k e y f a m i l y e v e n t s , s u c h a s b i r t h s , b i r t h d a y s , s c h o o l c o n c e r t s , a n d C h r i s t m a s . A t h i r d o f t h e w o r l d ’ s s e a f a r e r s c o m e f r o m t h e P h i l i p p i n e s , w i t h m a n y o t h e r s c o m i n g f r o m I n d i a a n d E a s t e r n E u r o p e . T h e j o b o f A p o s t l e s h i p o f t h e S e a ( S t e l l a M a r i s ) p o r t c h a p l a i n A n n D o n n e l l y a n d h e r t e a m o f s h i p v i s i t o r s , w h o c o v e r P l y m o u t h a n d T e i g n m o u t h , i s t o t r y a n d b r i n g s o m e o f t h e f e s t i v e s p i r i t t o t h e s e a f a r e r s t h e y m e e t . 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C o m e t o t h i n k o f i t , m y w h o l e l i f e a n d p u r p o s e i s b u i l t o n t h e ‘ n e w s o f g r e a t j o y ’ ( a ‘ j o y t o b e s h a r e d b y t h e w h o l e p e o p l e ’ ) t h a t I ’ m h e a r i n g j u s t n o w a s a s h e p h e r d . L o v i n g L o r d , I g e t i n u n d a t e d w i t h s o m u c h s o ­ c a l l e d n e w s e v e r y d a y o n t h e t e l e v i s i o n , o n t h e i n t e r n e t , o n t h e r a d i o , i n t h e p a p e r s : y e t h o w m u c h o f t h e m e d i a m e s s a g e g e t s a c r o s s t h a t G o o d N e w s – t h a t ’ n e w s o f g r e a t j o y ’ . O h , I f o r g o t , I ’ m a s h e p h e r d i n i m a g i n a t i o n j u s t n o w . T h e r e w a s n o t e l e v i s i o n , n o i n t e r n e t , n o r a d i o , n o d a i l y p a p e r t h e n . P e r h a p s t h a t ’ s w h y t h e y w e r e m o r e a b l e t o l i s t e n . 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But disaster strikes at the airport when Monsieur Claude falls from the bag! Will he be rescued? Will he ever see his owner again? The little crab has a thrilling series of adventures along the way, but will he ever be re­united with his mum? Age 6­8 years Available online at Amazon, Book Depository And Austin Macauley Publishers ­ £10.99p P i s t a c h i o a n d C h o c o l a t e B i s c u i t s I n g r e d i e n t s 1 4 0 g p l a i n f l o u r 7 0 g u n s w e e t e n e d c o c o a 1 / 4 t s p . b a k i n g s o d a 1 / 4 t s p . s a l t 1 1 0 g u n s a l t e d b u t t e r , a t r o o m t e m p e r a t u r e 1 0 0 g c a s t e r s u g a r 2 t s p . p u r e v a n i l l a e x t r a c t 1 l a r g e e g g 7 5 g s h e l l e d u n s a l t e d p i s t a c h i o s , c h o p p e d m e t h o d 1 . C o m b i n e t h e f l o u r , c o c o a , b a k i n g s o d a a n d s a l t i n a m e d i u m b o w l . 2 . 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S l i c e d o u g h i n t o r o u n d s a n d t r a n s f e r t o p r e ­ p a r e d b a k i n g s h e e t s . B a k e u n t i l t o p s f e e l s a n d y t o t h e t o u c h , 1 1 t o 1 3 m i n ­ u t e s . C o o l o n s h e e t s 2 m i n u t e s , t h e n t r a n s f e r t o w i r e r a c k s t o c o o l c o m ­ p l e t e l y . Q U o T E S Â Â Â Â Â W h a t g o o d i s t h e w a r m t h o f s u m m e r , w i t h o u t t h e c o l d o f w i n t e r t o g i v e i t s w e e t n e s s . J o h n S t e i n b e c k S h u t t h e d o o r n o t t h a t i t l e t s i n t h e c o l d b u t t h a t i t l e t s o u t t h e c o z i n e s s . M a r k T w a i n O n e t h i n g a b o u t c o l d w e a t h e r : i t b r i n g s o u t t h e s t a t i s t i c i a n i n e v e r y o n e . P a u l T h e r o u x L a u g h t e r i s t h e s u n t h a t d r i v e s w i n t e r f r o m t h e h u m a n f a c e . 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1 6 J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t 2 - i n - 1 C r o s s w o r d b y A x e Y o u c a n u s e b o t h s e t s o f c l u e s t o s o l v e t h e p u z z l e : t h e s o l u t i o n s a r e t h e s a m e . S o , i f y o u w a n t t o t r y t h e C R Y P ­ T I C p u z z l e , f o r i n s t a n c e , b u t a r e u n s u r e , u s e t h e Q U I C K c l u e s t o h e l p y o u w o r k o u t t h e s o l u t i o n . S i m i l a r l y , i f y o u t r y t h e Q U I C K c l u e s , u s e t h e C R Y P T I C c l u e s t o h e l p y o u p r o v e t h e s o l u t i o n C R Y P T I C A c r o s s 7 J u d g e d i s h e a r t e n e d V a t i c a n s c h o l a r ( 6 ) 8 J o r d a n v a l l e y w h e r e a l o c a l c h a p f i n d s a l e a d e r a m o n g H i t t i t e s ( 6 ) 9 P a r t o f t h e c h u r c h i s i n a D u b l i n a v e n u e ( 4 ) 1 0 J a c k h a s a n a s t y t u r n a t h o m e e a r l i e r – h e ` s p u t i n c h a r g e o f t h e A r k ( 8 ) 1 1 / 1 2 C h i l e a n h a d m y w o r k i n g s : h e ` s a c o m p o s e r o f m a s s e s ( 7 , 5 ) 1 5 B i s h o p s h o r t l y i s t o r u n a g a i n s t b o y – o r n o t ( 2 , 3 ) 1 7 F l o c k ` s b u i l t ­ i n b e a r i n g s a r e l e a d i n g o n e a l o n g t h e N i l e ( 7 ) 2 0 F e m a l e ` s f i r s t o u t : i n s t e a d i s a b o u t t o s p i n o n i c e , b e i n g a g y m n a s t i c t y p e ( 8 ) 2 2 M u s l i m o n e i m p r i s o n e d P e r s i a n l e a d e r c o n t r a c t e d ( 4 ) 2 3 T o i n f u s e d i v i n e g r a c e , n a t i o n m u s t c h a n g e ( 6 ) 2 4 B i b l i c a l c a n o n p o l i c e p o p u l a r i z e d ? ( 3 , 3 ) C R Y P T I C D o w n 1 R e c e i v e a b o o s t a f t e r a h i t c h ? ( 3 , 1 , 4 ) 2 C a r r e r a s , w i t h E g y p t i a n l e a d e r s e e n i n t h e w i n g s , i s o n e t h a t w o r k e d t h e r e ( 6 ) 3 O l d H i n d u c i t y a l m o s t t u r n e d t o a g o d o f w a r ( 7 ) 4 L a n g u a g e o f t h e m a s s e s , o r t h e e l i t e ? ( 5 ) 5 J e w s a r e b e s i e g e d h e r e , w h i c h i s t h r o u g h C h r i s t ­ m a s , a d a n g e r ( 6 ) 6 B u b b l y S p a n i s h ­ A m e r i c a n s t a t e s ? ( 4 ) 1 3 G e r s h w i n p a s s e s o n E n g l i s h b i t o f t h e R e q u i e m ( 4 , 4 ) 1 4 C o m m u n i s t s a t s u m m i t , m a n y a n g r y o v e r i n t e r n a t i o n a l s u p p o r t T i b e t a n s s e e k ( 7 ) 1 6 S e r p e n t t u r n e d a l i t t l e g i r l w h i t e ( 6 ) 1 8 R e l i g i o u s c e l e b r a t i o n o r i e n t a l f o u n d p o i n t l e s s ( 6 ) 1 9 P a u l ` s e p i s t l e s , p e r h a p s , a s s e n t t o d a y ? 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( 2 , 3 ) 1 7 A n y o f t w e l v e E g y p t i a n k i n g s b e t w e e n 1 3 1 5 a n d 1 0 9 0 B C ( v a r i a n t s p e l l i n g ) ( 7 ) 2 0 N a d i a ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ : m u l t i p l e O l y m p i c c h a m p i o n , 1 9 7 6 ­ 8 0 ( 8 ) 2 2 O n e o f t h e t w o m a i n b r a n c h e s o f I s l a m ( 4 ) 2 3 C o n s e c r a t e ( 6 ) 2 4 G o d ` s i n s t r u c t i o n o n m o r a l , s o c i a l a n d s p i r i t u a l b e h a v i o u r l a i d o u t i n t h e P e n t a t e u c h ( 3 , 3 ) Q U I C K D o w n 1 R e c e i v e a b o o n ; r a i s e t h e s p i r i t s ( 3 , 1 , 4 ) 2 E l e v e n t h s o n o f J a c o b ( 6 ) 3 F o r m e r n a m e o f t h e h o l y H i n d u c i t y , V a r a n a s i , o n t h e G a n g e s ( e i t h e r s p e l l i n g ) ( 7 ) 4 ` V u l g a t e ` l a n g u a g e o f 7 ( 5 ) 5 A n c i e n t m o u n t a i n t o p f o r t r e s s w h e r e t h e R o m a n s b e s i e g e d t h e J e w s f o r a y e a r i n 7 2 ­ 7 3 A D ( 6 ) 6 S p a n i s h f i z z ( 4 ) 1 3 F i r s t w o r d s o f a m e d i e v a l 4 h y m n d e s c r i b i n g t h e L a s t J u d g m e n t ( 4 , 4 ) 1 4 C h i n e s e c o m m u n i s t s , a c o l y t e s o f t h e t h o u g h t s p u b l i s h e d i n t h e ` L i t t l e R e d B o o k ` ( 7 ) 1 6 H i g h l y p o i s o n o u s s n a k e f a m i l y w h i c h i n c l u d e s t h e c o b r a ( 6 ) 1 8 O l d e s t a n d m o s t i m p o r t a n t C h r i s t i a n f e a s t ( 6 ) 1 9 P a s s a g e s f r o m t h e B i b l e a n d o t h e r r e l i g i o u s w o r k s u s e d a s s u b j e c t s o f s e r m o n s ( 5 ) 2 1 R i v e r o f N o r m a n d y w h i c h f l o w s t h r o u g h C a e n ( 4 ) S O L U T I O N A c r o s s : 7 J e r o m e , 8 A r a b a h , 9 N a v e , 1 0 A b i n a d a b , 1 1 / 1 2 M i c h a e l H a y d n , 1 5 R t R e v , 1 7 R a m e s e s , 2 0 C o m a n e c i , 2 2 S h i a , 2 3 A n o i n t , 2 4 T h e L a w . 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