"Come to me and I will give you rest...
...a peace this world cannot give is my gift to you"
F: Funeral; L: Liturgy; SV: Vigil Mass; PC: Prayer of the Church SC Stations of the Cross; P Passion of the Lord; ES Evening Service
Sat 6pm Vigil Mass, Sun 9.30 and 11.00am
Mass or Liturgy 9.30am (occasional change of time - see above)
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
and at call
Dear Parishioners and Visitors
Welcome to our Parish website - our home on the internet!
You will find here information and the latest news about our warm and welcoming Catholic Faith Community.
The Parish includes the area of Esher and Claygate
If you live in Esher/Claygate and need any further information regarding what is happening in the Parish of the Holy Name please check the Newsletter which is published on the Website each week, or contact the Parish Office.
Following the 'excitement' of Easter and the celebrations marking the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord which coincided with school holidays, it is now back to 'normality'. Life goes on in the parish and the month of May will be busy with weddings, baptisms, first holy communions and confirmations. Please remember in your prayers all those preparing for the reception of the sacraments at this time.
One person who has been very busy is Pope Francis. The itinerary which the Bishop of Rome has is extraordinary - so many Liturgical celebrations, visits, meetings. Particularly in the early days of his Papacy his schedule has been very 'full'. In one of his Easter sermons he talked about " the women who went to the tomb to perform an act of compassion, of affection, of love. They had followed Jesus, listened to him, felt themselves to be understood in their dignity, and they had accompanied him to the end, on Calvary, and at the moment he was taken down from the cross.
We can imagine how they felt as they made their way to His tomb: carrying a certain sadness - sorrow because Jesus had left them and was dead - his story was over. Now they would go back to their previous lives. At this point, however, something completely unexpected happens, something new, which upsets their hearts and their plans and which will upset their whole lives. They see the stone rolled away from the tomb. They draw near and they do not find the Lord's body. It is a reality that leaves them perplexed, doubtful, full of questions: 'What is happening? What does this all mean? (Lk 24:4)
Isn't that also what happens to us when something truly new occurs in our everyday lives? We stop, don't understand, don't know how to handle it. New things often frighten us, even the newness that God brings us, the newness that God asks of us. We are like the Apostles in the Gospel: we often prefer to hold on to our sureties, to stop at the tomb, to stop at just thinking about the departed one who, in the end, lives only in our memory like great persons of the past. We're afraid of God's surprises. Dear brothers and sisters, in our lives we are afraid of God's surprises! He always surprises us! That is how the Lord is.! Brothers and sisters, let's not close ourselves to the newness that God wants to bring to our lives! Often we are tired, disheartened, sad. We feel the weight of our sins and think we're not going to make it. Let's not get locked up in ourselves. Let's not lose our confidence. Let us never give up. There are NO situations that God cannot change".
Pope Francis has embraced the newness that God has brought him, that God has asked of him. Like him, may we also listen for the 'message' God may be trying to impart to us and live our lives - joyful in the knowledge that the Lord is truly Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!
With prayers for God’s Blessings and His peace for you and your loved ones during this Easter Season.
BAPTISM PREPARATION - Wednesday 22nd Mayl
For any parents wishing to baptise their children in the coming months, we ask you to attend a baptism class. The next classes will take place on Wednesday 22nd May at 8pm in the Parish Rooms (upstairs). Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to attend.
WHO ARE WE AS A CHURCH?
WHAT ARE WE CALLED TO DO?
JOIN AN "ENGAGE!" GROUP TO DISCUSS!
Are these questions you sometimes ask yourself? All parishes in our Diocese have recently formed small home groups to discuss just this. It is hoped these groups will meet each autumn for a 6-week period until 2015 when our Diocese celebrates its 50 year anniversary.
The initial gatherings for 2012 have been very positive, interesting and formed great discussions as each member of the small group comes from a different background and have different stories and experiences to share. This is a time for renewal and an opportunity to help you understand Catholicism or the modern Church.
Our groups will resume again next Autumn and take place in homes hosted by parishioners around around Claygate and Esher at different times of the day and week. PLEASE BE PART OF ESHER PARISH AND SIGN UP TO BE PART OF A GROUP next time round or even start a new one of your own.
To find out about a group near you on a day that suits you please contact the Parish Office.
Our Parish Supports the APF, the official support organisation for the overseas mission of the Catholic Church which supports every mission diocese in the world. Many of our Parishioners hold a "Red Box" in their homes where they collect loose change. These boxes are collected and counted every six months by a team of people from the Parish. To take a Red Box please contact the Parish Office. To find out more about the Mission www.missio.org.uk or www.millhillmissonaries.com