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We treasure our heritage as Catholic Christians within the Church of England. Worship at S Giles has been called "intensely joyful," "beautifully solemn" and "a visceral taste of genuine holiness."
We believe in the Christian faith as it has been handed down to us in all of its fullness: the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. We strive to be faithful to Christ in our worship & our lives.
Every Sunday we have a Sunday School programme for children, and regular confirmation classes. Our youth also have an important role serving at the altar.
Notices & Events
FYI: Mrs Sylvia Gooding has recently been sworn in as our second Churchwarden, together with Peter Bloomfield. Mrs Sue Mott has taken over as Vice-chairman of the PCC and Val Bloomfield was elected again as our treasurer.
VERY LAST CHANCE! If you would like to join our parish pilgrimage this Summer (Fri 9 Aug – Sun 11 Aug 2013) please talk to Brenda Alderson or Anne Canterbury soon.
Many thanks to all who assisted and prepared our May Devotion. It was a splendid day, and I'm sure our Lord and our Lady enjoyed it as much as we did!
HT Reading Feast of Title
We are all invited to attend the Feast of Title at Holy Trinity, Reading on Sunday 26 May at 6pm. The preacher will be the Venerable Norman Russell, and the concelebrating priests will be Fr Stuart King and Fr Desmond Banister. Refreshments to follow!
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Not the Feast of the Spirit? The Feast of Pentecost
"After saying this he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit." John 20.21
"Pentecost," Austin Farrer once wrote, "is not the feast of the Holy Spirit, it is the feast of his descent upon us." This is an important distinction. Christmas is not just the "Feast of the Son of God," like the pagans might have celebrated the simple existence of an abstract deity - but instead the Feast of his coming into the world as a man. Christ came down and was made man in the womb of Mary. And so the Holy Spirit, on Pentecost, came down and was made human in the souls of Christians. Austin Farrer sums it up perfectly:
"When Jesus was ripe for birth, he left Mary's womb, to grow up and be himself. He outgrew first her womb and then her lap, first her protection, last her person and her mind. But as the Holy Spirit grows in us, it is not he but we who grow. He does not grow up and leave us behind, we grow up into him. He becomes the spring and substance of our mind and heart. He is the never failing fountain of which Jesus spoke to the Samaritaness. We break up the stony rubbish of our life again and again, to find and release the well of living water."
10.30am Parish Mass
& Sunday School
Celebrant & Preacher: Fr David Harris
Mass Setting: Lourdes Mass - Lécote
Motet: Listen sweet dove – Grayston Ives
6.00pm Low Mass
18.00 Low Mass
10.30 Low Mass
19.30 Vespers & Benediction
11.30 Bible Study
12.30 Low Mass
10.00 Low Mass
The Most Holy Trinity
10.30 Parish Mass
& Sunday School
18.00 Low Mass
"O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams."
-- S Augustine of Hippo