Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

The Transfiguration of the Lord (Year A) 5/6 August 2017

Fr Frank writes:


My Dear Friends,


In today’s Gospel reading we hear of how Jesus was transfigured and appeared before the three chosen disciples in his ‘risen form’. This was to prepare them for the horrors which were to come. Flanking Jesus they saw Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets : one on each side of the Messiah, the one who had come to fulfil both the Law and the Prophets. How hard it must have been for Peter, James and John to have to come down from the mountain after such a wonderful spiritual experience.


I’m sure, like me, those of you who joined the 3,000 or so pilgrims from our diocese at Walsingham on 22nd July rejoiced in a wonderful spiritual experience (similar to that of the disciples in today’s Gospel reading). And, like those disciples, found it hard to ‘come back to earth’. I wrote to Bishop Alan to thank him for inspiring us to celebrate our Diocesan Centenary in this way and to tell him that it made me feel truly part of a diocesan family. This is due, in large measure, to our bishop’s fatherly care and leadership. Do continue to pray for him now, and particularly as we approach a time of great change in our diocese, a change which will affect every parish. This is not an easy time to be a bishop!


May God richly bless you now and always.


Frank ofs


Sunday Smile:

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, ‘Why are some of your hairs white, Mum?’ Her mother replied, ‘Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.’ The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, ‘Mummy, how come ALL of grandma’s hairs are white?’