News for 18th June

News for 18th June

Free Will

1 Corinthians 6:12 says

 “All things are lawful for me”, but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me”, but I will not be enslaved by anything.” 

God has given us free will which makes us decide the path we want to tread but it is always important to take a step back and reflect on every decision, plan and action whether it is helpful. 

The fact that we have money and can buy whatever food we want does not mean every food is good for us. We can express ourselves anyway we prefer but we must do it by taking cognisance of the outcome. 

Indeed, our ability to control ourselves is very key in this journey of ours and discerning what the spirit wants us to do is key in our Christian life. 

Free will is for us to be able to control our actions not allowing ourselves to be enslaved by things that are not helpful. 

Sheep have shepherds but it does not mean they cannot take decisions, they will need a shepherd who is able to see what is ahead of them and direct them to the right path where they can feel protected, nourished and fulfil their purpose.

We all find ourselves in situations where we find it difficult to discern the will of God in our lives. 

That is why it is important to allow God to be our shepherd, so that we will not be enslaved by unhelpful things and become like sheep without a shepherd. Let God’s will be done.

Fr. Josiah


Other News

Our new Sunday School is up and running and is an hour after mass every other Sunday. Our next Sunday school is next week (25th June) at 11:30am-12:30pm. Please invite and encourage your children to come.

We have moved the first 59 Club meeting to the 13th July.

Please sign up for Parish Giving (which is a wonderful way to support St. Anselm and helps us claim more money from the government) Go to or call the Parish Giving Team directly on 0333 002 1271 quoting our parish number, which is: 230 623 503.

Live Streaming of Daily Prayer & Mass. Our internet connection has stabilised after several weeks of disruption and so we are pleased to be able offer live streaming of the daily offices and mass again – thank you for your patience as we deal with the gremlins affecting this!