Posts by Fr Neil Chatfield

Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught

Sunday 15 May 2022

In love, Christ enters the cruelty of human suffering at the hands of his captors and the abandonment of our alienation. Can we allow Love to reach through our deep moments of suffering and make some sense of our pain?

Listen to the Shepherd’s voice

Sunday 8 May 2022

Listening in stillness allows space for God, by the prompting of the Spirit, to speak to us in the particular situation of our lives and lead us into the fulfilling of our vocation. This listening in prayer is to hear the Good Shepherd’s voice as he calls us to follow him from death into eternal life.

Lovest thou Me?

Sunday 1 May 2022

We are not all apostles. But we are followers of Christ, and our words of declared love for Christ must be demonstrated by tears of conversion and the love of our neighbour, or else it is merely empty rhetoric.

With robes washed white

Sunday 24 April 2022

Christ directly addresses the disciples’ fear. They need no longer hide in an attempt to cover their fear, shame and alienation from God, a result of the Fall. They are to be reclothed with a dignity that belongs only to those who are the children of God.

The Last Supper (detail), Willem Jacob Herreyns (1743–1827), c. 1795; Church of Saint Clement, Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium

Christ, High Priest of the New Covenant

Thursday 14 April 2022

The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper is the celebration of the dawn of our salvation that will lead us into the promise of the Easter joy. We gather together to hear and participate in the story of our salvation and with renewed vision, encounter Christ the living God who will embrace death to open the gates of heaven.

Ukrainian family via cbcew.org.uk

Practical help for the people of Ukraine

Monday 11 April 2022

During the offertory on Maundy Thursday there will be the opportunity to bring food and gifts for refugees from and within Ukraine.