Parish Priest - Father Anton Column
During the past week I had the privilege of joining my religious family of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Betharram for a day of prayer, news and discussion. Part of my life will always be attached to my brothers in Christ both in order to witness to the life of Christ and also for the mutual support that we give one another in our lives working for the church universal and for you as your local priest(s). Family is important in whatever shape or form it takes. It is part of the way we are appreciated and valued. The gospel this week also reminds us of how we are valued in the eyes of God our creator; every hair on our heads is accounted for. As we support one another in life, let us appreciate how we are valued by our creator. We are part of God’s family!
Locally we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Ministry of Deacon Neil Adlington of Holy Trinity Parish. Deacon Neil has often come to our aid here at Clayton especially at times when your priest has been away or has been under the weather. Please keep him in your prayers and ask the Lord to bless him with many years of ministry to his people.
Please note that Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation when the church asks us to make a special effort to go to Mass and celebrate two of the greatest leaders of our faith, Saints Peter and Paul. As well as the usual school Mass there is the evening Mass at 7.15 p.m. at Clayton. Also on Wednesday there is the Vigil Mass over at Ashley.
Your prayers please for the repose of the soul of Sue Burke who died this week in hospital. Her illness and death have been sudden and we ask you to remember her and her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace!
God keep you close to him in this life and ready for the life to come!
Father Anton s.c.j.