By praying in adoration, Pope Francis explains “We allow Jesus to heal and change us... to transform us by His love, to kindle light amid our darkness, to grant us strength in weakness, and courage amid trials.” Worshipping God, he said, frees us from slavery to the idols of today, which must not be worshipped, such as “the god of money, the god of consumerism, the god of pleasure, the god of success, the god of self.” The pope said, “worship means bending low before the Most High, and discovering in His presence that life’s greatness consists not in having, but in loving.”
The Governors at St. Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls, in Carshalton, are looking to expand and add to their pool of Examination Invigilators to work on an ad-hoc basis, as required by the school. Examination Invigilators invigilate public examinations at the school, with the majority of hours worked undertaken mid-May-June 2020. Further details and application forms are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the HR Officer on 020 8642 2025. Alternatively, they can be downloaded from the school website: http://www.stphils.org.uk/join-us/vacancies.
The first session of this year’s programme, for those who have enrolled, is on Tuesday 28th January at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
We welcome Orla Mary Cole into God’s family this week. We pray for her, her family and godparents.
Pope Francis prayed that at the start of the new year, we might “discover anew that faith demands worship”. Adoration, he said. “means putting the Lord at the centre, not ourselves”. He explains that worship means “making space for God’s plan”, realizing that we belong with God, and “being able to speak to him freely and intimately”. Worship, the Pope said, means discovering that, “in order to pray, it is enough to say ‘My Lord and my God’ and to allow ourselves to be pervaded by His tender love”.
The Pope said that “worship is an act of love that changes our lives”. Although we have some idea of what it means to pray, he said “the church must go even further with the prayer of adoration, we have to grow in adoration. It is a wisdom that we must learn each day”.