News for week of the 16th August

News for week of the 16th August

Busy busy busy…

There’s a lot going on at St. Anselm at the moment, but in the middle of that busyness we must not lose sight of why we are here.

When a new Priest arrives in a parish there are often a great number of changes. Simple things – like new ways of praying or following the mass – to more complex things – like a new sound system or live streaming cameras. There are lots of meetings and ideas, hopefully there are lots of new people putting their head around the door to see what all the fuss is about… but in the midst of all this business and excitement we must not forget why we are here.

This Sunday’s celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds us that in all things we must try to be like Mary. She is the perfect model of how we should live our lives in dedication to and following Jesus.

In the midst of a busy life when God calls on us we must respond ‘be it unto me according to thy Word’.

In the coming weeks and months there will be many opportunities to respond to the call of God in our lives. I will stand up front and ask you to explore that call and to try to identify what it is we have been called to do here in Hayes – in a very practical way. But, the only way we can hear that call – the only way we can discern what it is that God wants us to do is if we listen to Him in prayer.

So this week, I ask you to do this for me. Find some space and time to offer yourself in prayer before God our Father. To listen and to be calm, to prepare yourself to hear His Voice and His Word.

With all my love & prayer,

Fr. Matthew