19th September 2021
‘Anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’
25th Sunday of the Year
First Reading Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Psalm PSALMS 53: 3-6. 8 r.6
Second Reading JAMES 3:16, 4:3
Gospel MARK 9:30-37
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A message from Fr Anthony
My dear brothers and sisters, peace be with you.
In the Name and with the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, I greet you: “Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.” This mandate of Jesus is meant for each and every one of us.
Let me start by introducing myself. I am Father Anthony Chike Nnamah, MSP. I am a Priest of the Missionary Society Of St. Paul. The Missionary Society of St. Paul of Nigeria, a Society of Apostolic Life of Diocesan Right in the Roman Catholic Church, guided by the Spirit, is present in ten African countries, in four European countries, in two countries of the Caribbean Islands, in Canada, and in the United States of America, spreading the good news of God’s salvation through parish ministry, social justice, hospital chaplaincies, schools, and spiritual formation. I was born in Nigeria, from a family of Six. Four of us still alive. I was ordained a Priest for the missions on the 23rd of June 1990 in Abuja-Nigeria.
My childhood dream was to become a medical doctor. The vocation to the priesthood was one of the greatest struggles in my life. I resisted and doubted it until the last day. There were loads of thorns and stones on the road to the Priesthood.
I worked briefly in Nigeria for nine months after my ordination and was then posted to the French speaking Cameroon. From Cameroon I was sent to Liberia and later to Germany. I came to the United Kingdom in Jan-uary of 2016. I worked briefly in London before my official posting to Ruabon-Wrexham. And now, today, I am here in Rhyl, Denbighshire.
I am here to learn from you and also share my mission experiences with you. I am a simple man by nature. No complications. I like to say and do things with prudence. I am always ready to accept corrections and mis-takes. I am here to serve.
I thank Fr. Charles Ramsay for the marvellous work done in the Parish for the past 20 years. Father Charles is a simple, kind-hearted holy man. It is almost impossible to wear his shoes. I will do my best to continue in his footsteps. I know it will not be easy but I will try to sustain the continuity. I crave your indulgence to ask for one thing: If I happen to step on your Toes, please, tell me immediately.
As your Parish Priest now, we have the opportunity and a platform to alleviate the effects of the COVID19 Pandemic.
It is only as one Family, the Church, that we may begin to work out the possible forms of pastoral and societal reengineering and fulfilment of the mandate of Jesus: “Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations.” May God bless you all in Jesus name,
as promised in last week’s bulletin.
And a final message from Fr Charles:
FAREWELL When everything is changing around you, it’s sort of dizzying, and also can be sad or fearful. For myself, as a priest leaving a parish after 20 years, it’s at times overwhelming. You’re in what spirituality calls the threshold. You’re not where you’ve been but you’re not yet where you’re going. Deeper than these feelings is the possibility of being renewed (if you’re open enough to go with the feelings). You can find yourself letting go of some things, emptying yourself and making space for newness — a great biblical theme.
Practically for me, leaving St Mary’s, has meant also a number of us working to empty the parish house and outside shed and church of unnecessary clutter (mea culpa, mea culpa !!) but also setting things up for Fr Anthony Nnamah, the computer, lists of various items etc. It’s meant realising how many books I’ve gathered and getting them ready to travel and lots more !! A big thank you to all of you who have been helping with all this. I’m very grateful. A big thank you from me, too, for the huge amount of prayers and good wishes and gifts from you all in the parish. This is very humbling and very moving for me.
One special day was last Thursday in Christ the Word Catholic School, where the staff and children prepared an amazing send-off, with a film full of farewell messages and songs, plus a variety of gifts, collages and huge farewell cards beautifully decorated by the children. I went round the lower school classes to say goodbye to the children – an experience that will remain in my memory always. Many of them recalled jokes and stories I’ve told over the years. I reminded them of the power of story telling, encouraged them to ;earn the art (keep practising, use your memory etc) And that the Great Story of all stories is the bible message about the life of Jesus and the centuries preparing for his coming.
I would love it if Fr Anthony MSP, a missionary priest, would experience the same marvellous community life and spirit that I’ve been so lucky to have myself and which will be carried in my heart always. I’m sure he will. Many blessings to you all and your families.
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Lockdown and Mass
Latest Changes with regard to the latest government guidelines:
Welsh Govt guidelines allow us to celebrate Mass as usual. This is due to the large size of our church and the good discipline of our volunteers and you, the parishioners. The situation will be regularly reviewed during this lockdown period and details will be available on this website.
Meanwhile all places of worship will also be open for weddings or funerals, where people can attend at the invitation of the organiser. The number who will be able to attend a ceremony indoors will be limited by the capacity of the venue where it is being held, once physical distancing measures have been taken into account.
To ensure that the maximum number that can attend is observed, attendance must be by invitation only. Numbers are constrained by the need to put physical distancing measures in place.
Post-funeral wakes or gatherings are not allowed. You can go to a cemetery to visit a family member’s grave but you should ensure that you follow physical distancing practices when doing so.
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The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home, starting each year on 1st September and finishing on the feast of St. Francis, 4th October.
In this month, the Holy Father reflects on the situation of the Church, its vocation and its identity, and calls us to renew it “by discerning God’s will in our daily life,” and “embarking on a transformation guided by the Holy Spirit.”
The Denbighshire TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING Council has given us the permission and certificate for the erection of a new Presbytery and link extension to existing Church, formation of additional parking, erection of boundary walls, landscaping and associated works....
Christ the Word Catholic School is asking practising Catholics to apply to be School Governors. Interested people should contact Father Anthony
The Saturday evening Mass for Sunday continues every Saturday. If you are working or travelling on Sunday, you can attend the Saturday evening Mass at 5.00pm.
We shall start our normal Sunday Liturgy at the end of the month. When we receive the Holy Communion, we shall go back to our seats.
We shall celebrate the Parish feast on the 15th of August—Our Lady of Assumption at the 10.00 a.m. Mass. Further information will be given later
There will be no Morning Mass on Tuesday, 13th July, as Father Anthony has a meeting with the Bishop in Wrexham.
Father Anthony is not available on Mondays