LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING

My Dear Brothers and Sisters as our Lenten journey has drawn to a close in the wonderful celebration of the Triduum culminating in the glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is risen Alleluia. I wanted to pen a note to you all.

It was lovely to see so many of you in church at all the services over that period. Not forgetting our Live Stream family. The numbers were excellent as last year if you remember the church was empty due to “lockdown”. It was a testament to all those who worked so hard to keep us within the confines of the Covid19 regulations. As we look forward to Spring with hope for the months ahead we pray that our lives will unfold layer by layer to a new normal.

The life of the Church is always busy and no more so than here in or own parish in Sutton Coldfield. In the coming months there are many things that we have put on hold due to the pandemic.

This year particularly is a very special year as we have been directed by Pope

Francis to dedicate 2021 to St Joseph. Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. Joseph is also a father in obedience to God: with his ‘fiat’ he protects Mary and Jesus and teaches his Son to “do the will of the Father.”

As we begin a new term in our schools I ask you to keep in your prayers, St Joseph’s, the children, their families and the staff who have a very busy year ahead.

You know there are many children who have still not made their First Holy Communion, 120 in total due to Covid restrictions. We also have many other children who need to be confirmed, 60 in total. This has made me very sad. However over the coming months we hope finally to administer the long overdue Sacraments to all those children. I ask your support for the children and their families.

Thank you for attending Mass in person and online and in trusting me with your safety supported by all members of the parish. The church has always been a place of safety and refuge and non-more so than in these difficult times we have all experienced. I pray for you all each day my Brothers and Sisters that you continue to stay safe and that Holy Trinity will always be a place of solace and comfort to you all in our lives.

I very much look forward to seeing you speaking with you and enjoying all the delayed Baptisms Weddings and Family Mass Celebrations. My door is always open for each and every one of you.

God Bless you all

Father Michael


Please remember we are Live Streaming all of the Liturgies and there is still no obligation to attend if you feel vulnerable or are shielding.

Father Michael.

 


Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness.

At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
May they know your peace. Amen.

 


Fr. Michael Ho Huu Nghia, Parish Priest