Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 18 August 2019

Fr Frank writes:


My dear friends,


In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “I have come to bring fire on earth, and how I wish it were blazing already.” Further, he says, “Do you suppose I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, rather division.”


There is no neutral position when it comes to Jesus Christ, our Lord. You either love him or you hate him, accept him or reject him. There will always be a division when it comes to the issue of Jesus Christ and his teachings.


Today’s Gospel reading urges us not to be afraid by the division caused by the word of God, but rather to be firm in faith filled with all the confidence that God gives us.


On Thursday 22nd we celebrate the Feast of The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is an important Feast particularly in Harwich & Dovercourt parish where it is our church’s Feast of Title. If you are able to, please come along to Mass on Thursday to give thanks for our church and parish. Parishioners from Frinton & Walton are also warmly invited to come along to Mass on that day – it’s a lovely drive, and if you haven’t been to Our Lady Queen of Heaven for some time you will be pleasantly surprised and delighted by all the work that has been done to renovate, repair and redecorate in the past few years. It is a truly beautiful House of God.


May God richly bless you today and always.


Frank ofs


Sunday Smile:


Some years ago a bishop of St David’s on holiday in a Welsh village was asked to conduct the Sunday worship as the rector was ill. Commented the rector’s warden: “A worser preacher would have done, but we couldn’t find one.”