Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 17 November

Fr Frank writes:


My dear friends,


As we approach the end of the Church’s Year our readings take on an apocalyptic feel.


The prophet Malachi reminds us that the day is coming when all the arrogant and evil will become like stubble – God will burn them up leaving neither root nor stalk. But on those who turn to Him he will shine like the Sun with healing in its rays.


In our Gospel reading we are warned not to be deceived by those who come using Jesus’s name to proclaim that “the time is near at hand”. We are warned of terrible events to come, but are told to stand firm as not a hair of our heads will be lost and that our endurance will win us our lives.


Advent is our time of preparation. It is not just ‘the run-up to Christmas’, but principally a preparation for that time when Christ will return. In order to focus our preparation there will be Services of Reconciliation in both parishes and, also, Healing Masses – dates are not settled yet, so please keep an eye our for these in subsequent editions of The Newsletter.


Please note that the email address FrintonCatholic@talktalk.com is inoperative. Please use the address; Frinton@dioceseofbrentwood.org for all communications that you wish to come direct to me.


May our loving God bless you now and always.


Frank ofs


Sunday Smile:

During Mass a little girl had to go outside because she didn’t feel very well. She returned a few minutes later and admitted, “I have been a little sick, but it doesn’t matter, there’s a box at the door marked ‘For the Sick’.”