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REFLECTION BY DEACON PAUL  -  Jesus, we are going down, do you Care?

Tempestuous times can unnerve our faith in God’s love, perhaps more so as we emerge and reflect on what we have been through. In our First Reading we meet Job, whose family and fortune God allowed Satan to snatch from him. As Job’s three friends try to make sense of it all, so do we in our worldly frustrations down the pub or over a cuppa. It is ultimately a fruitless exercise. Today’s readings help us to re-centre our thoughts. We cannot debate in this way with God and hope to find answers. With Job we are invited to instead reflect on and accept our limited capacity to understand the answer to life, the universe and everything. Were we there at creation when God set the seas in their place? Job got it. He remained in awe at God’s unfathomable power and steadfast in his faith in God’s love for him. Like the disciples in the Gospel, we often focus on the storm swirling outside our boat and not on our serene saviour in our midst; the Word who hovered over the seas of creation, here with authority to calm their fiercest waves and yet voluntarily humbled to share in our humanity and in our suffering. Let us then not seek answers but, as we receive Jesus today, let us pray for more faith to be centred in the power of the cross and the sacrifice offered for us in the mass. Jesus cares more than we can fathom. All shall be well.


The Don Bosco Camp will be going ahead this summer for boys of secondary school age at St. Cassian’s, Kintbury.

There will be more details in the Diocesan eNews next week, but to find out more now or reserve a place, please email: dbcamps@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk 


We are hoping to form a Church Cleaning Team.  Are you able to help? When we have an idea as to number of volunteers, we will discuss how we can organise a rota. Please contact David May.


Parish Book of Prayer Intentions
Please take time to pray for the intentions set out in our Parish Book of Prayer Intentions. If you have any prayer requests, please add them to the using a sanitised pen and they will be offered up during the intercessions in the mass as well as in the intercessory group.
Parish Intercessory Group
Please join us at 7:30—8:30 on the first Tuesday of the month to pray for the intentions on our heart or , if you are unable to join us in person, but have the gift of intercessory prayer, please let Deacon Paul or Rebecca know so we can update you and you can join us in spirit during the meetings.
Prayer tree
Please help us decorate our Prayer Tree in the Narthex. Each leaf and blossom represents a prayer for someone, friend, family member or intention.


Please consider joining our Parish Facebook group at ‘Our Lady Help of Christians RC Church Farnborough’. 

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Salesian College B-Attitudes


Photo of  James, Shyan and Pranav of Salesian College B-Attitudes presenting cheque for £582.55 to Tracey, Operations Manager of the Vine Centre in Aldershot.

The money was raised in a joint campaign by the B-Attitudes group and the SVP Conference of Our Lady, Help of Christians at Farnborough. The Vine Centre provides all kinds of material, practical and emotional support to vulnerable people such as the homeless.