Today Father Martin celebrated whilst Father Mervyn preached and played the organ as our Organist was away. In his sermon based on today’s Gospel, Father Mervyn pointed out that we are required to love our neighbours and to love our enemies. He quoted how he had prayed at a Remembrance Sunday Service for those who died in the 2nd World War both allied and axis and got into some problems with the people present. Amongst them was a man, a Romanian by birth, who, at the age of around 18, had served with the German Army having been recruited like many of his friends at the point of a bayonet and gun. His choice was to fight for Germany or be shot on the spot. Reluctantly he had joined the German Army with many of his friends many of whom had died during the conflict. It was important to him to remember his friends and to pray for them. After that occasion and an explanation, it was never a problem. The ideal in the Gospel was a hard and difficult one but we must try to follow it. He quoted a story of a reporter who visited some nuns who ran a leper colony in a developing country. There he saw a young nun bathing the badly infected wounds of leprous patient. He couldn’t bear to look at the terrible wounds and said to the nun, ‘I wouldn’t do that for a million pounds!” She simply replied, “Neither would I.”
Yesterday’s Saturday Shop took £173.
Saturday 26th February Doors open at 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. start. 8 persons maximum per team and £3 per team member. Bring your own refreshments. Please let Father Martin know if you have a Team
Wednesday 23rd February.
Mass (according to the BCP) 7.30 p.m. followed by a meeting of The Redbridge & Havering Ordinariate Exploratory Group.