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Weekly Newsletter 29th to 6th November 2020

The Sunday Link 29th November 2020

The Benefice will be live-streaming the forthcoming services

at St. John’s, Mortimer via Zoom

Sunday 22ndNovember at 10 am

The Feast of Christ the King

Sunday 29thNovember at 6 pm

The Advent Procession

Sunday 20thDecember at 4 pm

The Carol Service – Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thursday 24thDecember at 5 pm


Thursday 24thDecember at 11.30 pm

Midnight Mass

Friday 25th December at 10 am

Christmas Day


Martyrs of 64 A.D

'A madman burns Christians like human torches'. We remember the martyrs of 64 A.D.

Inside the west doors of Westminster Abbey is the Grave of the Unknown Soldier. Many countries have a memorial to an unknown soldier, which represents  all those who died in war. On civic feast days members of the Royal Family and visiting heads of state lay wreaths and flowers knowing that in honouring that one soldier they honour all. A nation’s official remembering - in stone, statue, ceremony or speech - guards against a sort of national amnesia whereby we forget the sacrifices and lessons of the past.

The Church’s calendar is also a continual public remembering of people and theology. Today, the 30th June, we remember the Christian men, women and children who were cruelly tortured and executed in Rome in 64 A.D. by  a deranged emperor named Nero - and all for their supposed disloyalty and treachery. Vivid  contemporary descriptions of those persecutions have survived from such as the Roman historian Tacitus, who relates that some Christians were sewn into the skins of animals to be attacked and consumed by beasts and others slathered with wax, tied to posts, and then burned alive as human torches to illuminate Nero’s garden parties. Others were crucified. Nero's persecution was not some spontaneous outburst of evil, but a calculated, considered and refined attempt to get Christians and their teachings out of the way. 

Today we commemorate these early Christians in the same way in which they would have commemorated Christ's death, which is by prayer and sacrifice. Here in June 2020 we are separated from 64 A.D. by many centuries, but we are united with those people by our common faith and we remember them because it is good to remember them, their prayer, their sacrifice and their witness to the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray. Anonymous first martyrs of 64 A.D. Rome your sufferings are still felt today in the same Church of Christ to which you belonged through baptism. Through your example and prayers help the baptised of today to be as courageous as you in witnessing to the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Prayer Thought: Anyone Who Welcomes You Welcomes Me. Christ looks at us from the eyes of the men, women and children with whom we live, work and rest. For Christians there can be no ‘foreigners’. By welcoming each other we welcome Christ and welcome the Father who sent him.
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The Third Sunday after Trinity
13th in Ordinary Time
28th June 2020 at 10.00 am - online at ZOOM
Mortimer Online Mission

Evangelization is a buzz word which can sometimes sound like something we do to people who are not Christians. Whereas the best way to share the teaching and life of Jesus  - his message and who he is - with those around us is through reaching out as authentic witnesses of his love and being good stewards of our lives, our church and our world.

Perhaps we sometimes give the impression that Jesus is the one we ‘evangelize’ about instead of thinking about Jesus as being the first evangelizer; the first one to share the good news. The NT message is clear that Jesus Christ was the first and supreme evangelizer. It was Jesus Christ who proclaimed the Kingdom of God, as the urgent and definitive intervention of God in history, and defined this proclamation, this  Gospel, this Good News. Indeed, Jesus devoted his entire earthly life to this Gospel, to this Good News, for all humankind. But, as he made known the joy of belonging to the Kingdom of God, he also made known its demands, its magna carta, the mysteries which it embraces, the life of fraternal charity required of those who wish to enter it and share in its future fulfilment.

Today, we need to evangelize by the way we live our faith in the supermarket, at the beach, at a wedding, and at a friend’s party. Today there is the same urgent need to proclaim the Good News, the Gospel, and to help others experience good news in our world.  Don’t get me wrong, lots of ‘good news’ is happening all over the world, but we need to pray and seek to make known the way of Jesus and the joy of knowing him and living his way.

The NT message is that God can do great things in and through us when we truly work together and commit ourselves together to a life of prayerful relationship with God and with one another and with the whole creation. We can glimpse what this looks like though the lives and witnesses of Mary, John the Evangelizer, John the Baptiser, and many others. This Sunday let us entrust ourselves to work together to carry the Gospel ever deeper into the hearts and lives of the people and communities around us. And let us today entrust our missionary mandate to our Heavenly Father and commit ourselves anew to the sharing of his Good News and pray that we may become more faithful good stewards of all the gifts and goods that have been entrusted to us. God bless, Paul



Peace can be found by trusting in God no matter what. It is the opposite of distress.
‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 4:6-7
We bring our requests to God and leave them at his altar and He, in turn, gives us His peace. God bless