Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

The Epiphany of the Lord 5 January

Fr Frank writes:


My dear friends,


The account of the journey of the magi provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our own faith journey.


As the magi were guided by a star, we too have received guidance along the way. We can usefully use this day to recall with gratitude the ‘stars’ we have followed – all those people who have helped us along the way. Perhaps we have had experiences that changed us an opened us up to a deeper understanding of the Faith. We might even be able to say that there was a time in our lives when, like the magi, we found Jesus. Yet, is it not also true that this discovery is never complete? There is always more we can learn about Jesus. We find him again and again each day. We discover him anew in the Mass, in our daily prayer, in one another and in reading Holy Scripture.


Let this day, then, be one of thanksgiving as we are led, once more, to a new finding of Jesus.


On a personal note, Anne and I would like to thank you all for your greetings, kind words, encouragement and many gifts received at Christmas. Thank you too for the generous Christmas Offering. You are truly generous people and we are fortunate to be able to live amongst you and serve you.


With every blessing for 2020.


Frank ofs



Sunday Smile: True memories of Nativity plays:

Michael was excited to be the innkeeper in the school play. When Mary and Joseph knocked on the door and asked if he had a room, he said very loudly, ‘Yes. Would you like one with a sea view?’

A primary school head tells of his first-year pupils who were playing the Wise men. The first said, ‘I bring gold’, the second said, ‘I bring myrrh’ and the third announced, ‘Frank sent this!’

A mother relates: I was telling my daughter about the gifts brought by the Wise men. My young daughter was unimpressed and said ‘They should have brought nappies.’