Happiness is what everyone seeks. But people have different ideas of what happiness is. For the Jews material well-being was considered a sign of God’s blessing: happiness consisted in a long life and abundant possessions. The teaching of Jesus was different because it spoke of a deeper kind of happiness that transcended material wealth. It said that the poor rather than the rich would be closer to the kingdom of heaven, the persecuted would be closer to the heart of God. Jesus himself was the living embodiment of this teaching.
Today is Racial Justice Day.
Looking ahead, during Lent Fr James is going to lead a series of Lenten Reflections, which will include showing DVDs. These will be held on Saturday mornings in the parish hall at the Sacred Heart following the 9.30am Mass.
No meeting Monday 18th for Senior Citizens Group (NW).
A Eucharistic Service will be held at St Helen’s on Monday 18th February at 7pm: everyone is welcome.
Also concerning St Helen’s – their 60th Anniversary. To mark this anniversary there will be a celebratory Mass followed by a buffet meal on Friday 3rd May at 6pm. This is a great opportunity for the whole parish to get together and meet some old friends. Full details of the essential advance booking will follow shortly but in the meantime please put this date in your diary.
Bible Group meets on Friday 22nd in the committee room at 2.30pm.