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You Belong to Me!

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You Belong to Me!

‘In the parable of the vine, Jesus does not say: “You are the vine”, but: “I am the vine, you are the branches” (Jn 15:5). In other words: “As the branches are joined to the vine, so you belong to me!

‘But inasmuch as you belong to me, you also belong to one another.” This belonging to each other and to him is not some ideal, imaginary, symbolic relationship, but – I would almost want to say – a biological,            life-transmitting state of belonging to Jesus Christ. Such is the Church, this communion of life with Jesus Christ and for one another, a communion that is rooted in baptism and is deepened and given more and more vitality in the Eucharist. “I am the true vine”  actually means: “I am you and you are I” –   an unprecedented identification of the Lord with us, with his Church.

Jesus goes on to explain that the vinedresser reaches for his knife, cuts off the withered branches and prunes the fruit-bearing ones, so that they bring forth more fruit. God wants to take the dead heart of stone out of our breast and give us a living heart of flesh, a loving heart, a heart of gentleness and peace.               

He wants to bestow new life upon us, full of vitality.’

Excerpts from a homily by Pope Benedict XVI,         Sept 22, 2011

Planned Giving Renewal

This weekend in our parish we launch a four week ‘planned giving renewal program’. During this time we hope that each parishioner might take some time to reconsider their financial  contribution to our parish. We are known as a parish who have good levels of participation and community, however we are also currently living beyond our means. This weekend the priests will include in their preaching some spiritual  encouragement to be generous with what God has blessed us with. Over the next few weeks there will be an opportunity for you, in a concrete way, to understand our current financial position and to respond to this. Thanks in advance for your prayerful consideration of these issues.

  Fr John

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