This Sunday

25th February 2024
2nd Sunday in Lent, Year B
The Retiring Collection – CAFOD Lent Fast

The Saturday Vigil
6.00pm – St Thomas More Kidlington

9.30am – St Hugh of Lincoln, Woodstock
11am – St Thomas More, Kidlington – zoomed

Live Interactive Holy Mass Sunday at 11am (come by 10.50 only 97 logins available so come early).
To join in click here, or or enter zoom id 450 188 0791  password  if asked   769512 

Parish YouTube channel click here – Our Sunday Mass at 11am is Live streamed on YouTube and you can join interactively on Zoom.

Readings & Prayers 

Children’s Activity for this Week 

A ‘little thought’ for this Sunday ~ Fr Prem

Vow! what are these readings we are given by the inspired care of the church throughout the generations. Absolutely horrendous and we must change the readings for toady, possibly with some thing else that may be much more real, relevant and up lifting rather than so insane and impossible, not what is real and true to our human life.

Reading the 1st reading, like it is to me as I have the masses this weekend for children preparing for the sacrament of confirmation and the children and the parents are to read it, might find it difficult and challenging, asking who is this God who is asking Abraham, even as a test, to sacrifice his only son? what is this God?

Reading the Gospel, we might think how could this be real and true, it is more like that it is imagined, illusioned or at best a magic a trick of the eye, God works for the entertainment and upliftment of like the sad and frightened disciples of what they would soon hear about his suffering and death, and so for us too to keep us on our faith journey, fooled and entertained one may say.

We might want to dismiss the readings, replacing with some more ‘apt’ relevant and meaningful to life we would say. I would like to know what would you have chosen, what would an atheist would have chosen to replace these readings. Would it not be interesting.

As one says Sundays in Lent and for that matter all the days in Lent, the settings for the prayer of the church as well as for the daily masses, which is the rich inspired inheritance of the church as one may say gives a ‘high octane life and living’ not simply a high octane spirituality. Someone honourable ones said to me ‘who cares of spirituality’, of course!

I would say read all the readings, 1st, 2nd, the psalm and the Gospel. Be attentive to all the prayers for this Sunday. It is a personal journey though like it was just Peter, John and James that made it. Tell me if you are not on the mountain top. Oh, forgot to say, as I would try hard to get there myself, expecting what it would be like to be there.

Some Hymn choices for Sunday, for your own prayer and reflection –

792 – God send a rainbow click here only the tune
657 – The Light of Christ click here
354 –   If God is for us ( Communion reflection – gentle) click here
711 –  We behold the splendour ( Communion reflection – gentle) click here
529 –   O Lord my God. click here
247 – I the lord of sea and sky click here

– Children’s Liturgy Activity and Work Description –

– Our Children activity on Sunday, shared!  –

– Creative Activity by Parishioners shared with us –

Our Sunday Parish Mass on interactive Zoom streaming

Sharing the joy of this Sunday with allLet us be inspired and be an inspiration to the others!

Readers (Lectors) click here (and scroll right down) to
have a look at the Readings for Next Few Sundays –  download below or
have a look online for your practice and preparation. 

Please be aware that you will be reading from the missalette left in church, not this print or format. Let me know in time please if you need the format that is given above, or you may come with your own print. I will be more than happy to print it for you. 

Last Sunday: 18th February 2024
1st Sunday in Lent, Year B
The Retiring Collection – Supporting Parish Debt Recovery

Readings & Prayers for the Mass  

Children’s Activity for this Week 

Theme for last Sunday ~ Fr Prem

“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

It was in December 1955 that Rosa Parks, an African American woman, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. Her fight against racial injustice began early in her life. “Back then,” she said in an interview, “we didn’t have any civil rights. It was just a matter of survival, of existing from one day to the next.” As a child she had seen the Ku Klux Klan riding by, and she had been afraid that her house would be burnt down. She decided that it was important for her to get involved and to challenge the authorities that introduced racial segregation. Her actions resulted initially in the Montgomery bus boycott and eventually in a legal ruling that segregation on public transport was unconstitutional. Her determination not to be seen as a second-class citizen brought about massive change in society. It was not without personal cost, though, as she was arrested and lost her job. In an interview in 1992 she said, “I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn’t hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became.”

As you would have heard in the media, Pope Francis and our religious leaders seems to call for a ceasefire and an end to war in Gaza. But its too little, too late. Scores of people are dead and will continue to die as they now tell the world. All those lost lives a waste of a life than a sacrifice, now then. They and the world make a subtle, but a fundamental mistake. That is to call it a ‘war’. But it is not. The scores that are killed are not at war, they are not carrying guns and weapons. No one is providing weapons to them to fight their enemy; we are not arming them either, are we. To call it a ‘war’ itself is a blatant sin, is it not? Instead, the truth is, it is a helpless people – children and women simply clinging to survive, pleading for life and we are simply satisfied with their run for life!

The temptation of Jesus we heard in the Gospel’s is no longer a dessert experience as it was for Jesus. Nor is it a spiritual struggle in our personal life as it was for Jesus. But for us and the church today it is a real-life experience, before our eyes. Where do we stand, give in or give up. It must be then a greater blessing to be in a jail.

Some Hymn choices for Sunday, for your own prayer and reflection –

331 – He who would valiant be click here
264 – Forty days and forty nights click here
558 – O the word of my lord click here
565 – Out of darkness click here
792 – God send a rainbow after the rain.
528 – O lord, be not mindful click here
805 – Its me in need of prayer click here

Children’s Liturgy Activity and Work Description

Our Children activity on Sunday, shared! 

Creative Activity by Parishioners shared with us

Sharing the joy of this Sunday with all – our interactive zoom mass, one of its kind in the world!!