Our priests and deacons join with me in introducing you to the Catholic Church in Jersey, which forms part of the Diocese of Portsmouth, led by Bishop Philip Egan.
Although we are now united in one canonical parish, we Catholics in Jersey worship in seven different churches and the chapel of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Each church has its own traditions, which have evolved in the past 150 years. In collaboration and active participation, clergy and laity work together, not only to promote the life and mission of the Catholic Church in Jersey, but also to work together both civically and ecumenically for the common good of our island.
We hope you will enjoy this virtual tour of the Catholic Church in our beautiful island and perhaps come to share in the life and worship of our church communities.
Monsignor Nicholas France
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK - SUNDAY 9 MARCH 2014
If the boilers in St Thomas’ Church are repaired by this weekend, I plan to give up being cold for Lent! But, seriously, what new things can I say about what to do in Lent?
If we are complacent, feel no need of change in our lives and lifestyle, and have no awareness of sin, then I suggest you do nothing. Let Lent pass you by.
However, perhaps you might heed these words of Blessed John Henry Newman:
“Let not the year go round and round, without a break and interruption in its circle of pleasures. Give back some of God’s gifts to God, that you may safely enjoy the rest. Fast, or abound in almsgiving, or be instant in prayer, or deny yourselves some social life, or pleasant books, or easy clothing, or take on yourself some difficult task; do one or other, or some, or all of these, unless you say that you have never sinned.”
Newman went on to remind us to bear in mind that day which will reveal all things, meaning the last judgement. The ashes of Ash Wednesday are meant to remind us of this and our mortality: “Remember you are dust and to dust you will return.”
If we take Lent seriously, God will acknowledge us more seriously as his disciples.