James J. Tissot, 'The Second Miraculous Draft of Fish' (1884-96)

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Sunday's Gospel involves five great images. The first is the enthusiasm of St Peter, jumping almost naked into the water; an image of joy and energy in the service of the Lord. The second is the great draft of fishes; symbol of all those who would be drawn into the faith by the witness of the Apostles. The third is the meal at which they recognise Jesus; symbol of the great Eucharistic meal of our faith, which sustains us and unites us. The fourth is the call of Peter ('Do you love me?); a reminder that love is a constant decision, not a once-off declaration, and that love will be tested. And the last is the prophecy of Peter's martyrdom ('somebody else will put a belt around you and lead you where you would rather not go'); a reminder of the cost of witness. Faith and service of the Lord are rewarding and joyful but they are also challenging and 'cost not less than everything'.

RECENTLY DECEASED Please remember in your prayers all our beloved departed, especially

Kresna Seewoo (Funeral: Thursday, 28th, 2.30 pm) Eileen Wicks Mary Frances Barwell (Funeral: 9th May)

and those whose anniversaries occur at this time. We continue to remember in our prayers all those who are sick and those who care for them.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

As Friday 6th is the First Friday of the Monday, we will have the Stations of the Cross after morning Mass. MASS OF ENROLMENT This Saturday, 30th April, the 10 am Mass is the Mass of Enrolment for our First Communion Candidates. This is an important moment in the life of the whole parish; our young sisters and brothers are preparing to join us at the table of the Lord. Please keep the candidates in your prayers. BAPTISM COURSE The next Baptism Course will be held in the Bethany Room on Thursday, 12th May, at 7.30 pm. If you wish to have a child baptised in the coming months, please contact janeyclegg@gmail.com. Baptisms are celebrated on the first Sunday of every month. BEREAVEMENT LISTENING SERVICE The next meetings are on Friday, 29th April (1.30-3.00pm) in Hartley Hall and Monday, 11th April (6.30-8.00pm) in the Bethany Room. MILL HILL GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME The GNS is urgently looking for a driver for its bus; if you, or anyone you know, would be interested, please contact the Presbytery as soon as possible. DAY WITH MARY The next Day takes place on Saturday, 14th May, at Most Precious Blood and St Edmund, N9, beginning at 10am. ST MICHAELS, FINCHLEY: HEAD OF PHYSICS Application pack available on the school website: closing date, 3rd May at noon. ST SCHOLASTICA'S RETREAT, PRINCES RISOROUGH The Trustees are seeking a Warden and Clerk; further information on the website stscholasticas.co.uk. Closing date for applications; 9th May. SPRING FAIR IN AID OF UKRAINE St Michael's Church is hosting a Fair on Saturday, 30th April, from 11am - 4pm. It will be in aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine Humanitarian Support. There will also be refreshments and live entertainment. MASS FOR MIGRANTS For the feast of St Joseph the Worker, Bishop Michael Campbell OSA will celebrate Mass in Westminster Cathedral: it will begin with a procession of banners at 2pm GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY Next Sunday, 8th May, is Good Shepherd Sunday when, traditionally, the retiring collection is for the Priest Training Fund. Envelopes will be available in the Narthex from this weekend and you can also contribute online at rcdow.org.uk or scan the QR code on our digital noticeboard. It is, of course, also a day on which to pray especially for vocations to the priesthood and religious life - which will really come when we each acknowledge the unique vocation that God has set before us. The Tetramorph AND FINALLY... Sunday's first reading mentions the 'Four Animals'; the Man, the Lion, the Ox and the Eagle, most usually associated with the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - in that order. Originally seen as one creature with four heads, it is now most often shown as four separate creatures. The term used is 'Tetramorph' - who knows, you might win 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' with this information!

With every blessing for this Easter Season,

Rev Eugene Curran CM


Easter; Week 3 Sunday Readings; Year C Weekday Readings; Easter Week 3 Psalter; Week 3

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