Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Pentecost Sunday 9 June 2019

Fr Frank writes:

My Dear Friends,

In our readings today we are reminded of the power with which the Apostles were filled on that first Pentecost day. They were emboldened and made eloquent in proclaiming the Gospel. As a result many more came to believe. We are also reminded that we, in our turn, need to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit so that we may be emboldened and made eloquent and that, through us, the Gospel may reach ever more people.

Today we pray for ourselves, for our parish for Pope Francis and Bishop Alan and for all our Church.

Come Holy Spirit of God, come, re-new the face of the earth.

Send forth your light and your truth. Guide us with your powerful love.

Holy Spirit make us one. Alleluia.

Do keep in your prayers three young people from the Harwich & Dovercourt Parish, Ava, Tilly and James, who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at Mass next week (Trinity Sunday).

My thanks this week go to Najat and Marieanne (Frinton) and Teresa and Adam (Dovercourt) who will be reading at Mass this weekend in Arabic, Swedish, Gaelic and Polish. Our Church is indeed a Church of many languages reaching out throughout the world.

May the Risen, Ascended and Glorified Christ bless you now and always.

Frank ofs

Sunday Smile: The rector told the congregation that he would shortly be leaving to move to another parish. However he assured them that the bishop had promised to send a good man to take over. After the service he noticed a woman crying and said, “Don’t get upset, the bishop has promised to send a good man to take over.”

“He told us that the last time,” replied the woman in tears.