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Frank McCabe (Moorends Parish), Veronica Whittington, Sheila Lynch,Yvonne Sewell, John Hardy, Ellen Newbitt, George Cooper,Tina George, Lisa Thompson, Elsie Murphy, Sioned Harper, Eugene Fox, Benjamin Bates, Alice Whitehouse, Deacon Derek & Suzanne Wynne & Ryan Chilvers.
Sadly Mgr Peter Moran, a retired priest of the Diocese living in Kirk Sandall, died on Tuesday 9th November at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
He was ordained a priest on 16th July 1958. He was first Episcopal Vicar for Finance and Development following the formation of the Diocese of Hallam and prior to his retirement was the parish priest at Retford and Wath.
Please remember Father Peter and his family in your prayers.
Please remember also in your prayers Bryan Cooney of Glasgow – Esther Cooney’s brother in law – who died earlier this week. The funeral Mass is being held on Wednesday.
And finally, Tony Brookes of Moorends Parish and known to many for his contribution to the Deanery Forum and involvement with the Doncaster Catenian Association died on Tuesday of this week.
Please pray for the repose of Tony's soul and remember his grieving wife and daughter in your prayers.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.
This new system.is now installed and we at the test stage which we anticipate will take a couple of weeks whilst we get used to the system and fine tune it.
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All parishioners are warmly encouraged to spiritually join in with these celebrations.
The Church year ends today with a vision of the end of time. The scene in the Gospel is stark and resounds with Old Testament echoes.
The Son of Man is enthroned over all nations and peoples of every language . The nations have been gathered to see His glory and receive His judgment. The King is the divine shepherd Ezekiel foresees in today’s First Reading, judging as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.
Each of us will be judged upon our performance of the simple works of mercy we hear in the Gospel today.
These works, as Jesus explains today, are reflections or measures of our love for Him, our faithfulness to His commandment that we love God with all our might and our neighbour as ourselves.
Our faith is dead, lifeless, unless it is expressed in works of love. And we cannot say we truly love God, whom we cannot see, if we don’t love our neighbour, whom we can.
The Lord is our shepherd, as we sing in today’s Psalm. And we are to follow His lead, to imitate His example.
He healed our sickness, freed us from the prison of sin and death, welcomed us who were once strangers to His covenant. He clothed us in Baptism, and feeds us with the food and drink of His own body and blood.
At “the end,” He will come again to hand over His kingdom to His Father, as Paul says in today’s Epistle.
Let us strive to follow Him in right paths, that this kingdom might be our inheritance, that we might enter into the eternal rest promised for the people of God.
PRAYER HAS TO BE ADULT.
REFLECTION: What does this mean? What is meant when we say that prayer should be adult? What is adult prayer? A simple example should clarify this.
If we love someone, a husband or wife, child or parent or a special friend, do we set aside certain times of each day to say certain words to them? Do we repeat those words 10 times or 50 times or more? Do we count the words which we say? Do we measure our love and affection by the number of times we speak to them each day or by the number of times we repeat the same phrase?
Do we have to adopt a certain position or posture to say these words or be in a certain place? Do we have to be with others when we say them? Do we need to set aside one day each week to say them?
If you’re thinking that this is silly, that’s good because no one with any sense would treat another person like this. We would not consider treating friends like this so why should we treat God/Jesus like this? If you find that your prayer life has not changed all that much from when you were little, then, like me, you need to have a look at your prayer life and change it because we are no longer children but adults with adult needs, adult hopes and adult expectations and God hopes and expects us to approach him as grown up, thinking, loving adults.
A real, adult relationship is built on knowing a person, their likes and dislikes, their interests and their way of life. Children become friends very easily. Small children will return from their very first day at school saying that they have a best friend. That is lovely and to be rejoiced in but, as we know, best friends today are not necessarily best friends tomorrow. As we grow older, we are more discerning. We meet and like people but we take our time. We find ways of meeting them, sharing with them gradually confiding in them and trusting them. This is normal. So, let us apply this to our spiritual life.
We meet God, in fact we met God early in life. We were introduced by parents, teachers, priests or pastors. God was someone very special. Someone we should talk to. Someone we should ask things of. Someone who would answer and fulfil our desires and wants. To children He seemed to be something similar to Father Christmas. He had gifts for us. He could give us what we wanted. We were taught that he could give health to the sick among us or stop someone from dying, if we asked often enough. He could look after Mummy and Daddy and other members of the family. In the eyes of many he was simply a miracle worker but a miracle worker who needed us to tell him what we wanted him to do for us. As a result, prayer became a time of asking, perhaps with a word or two of thanks but precious little else.
However, as we have grown older, have we changed our attitude to him. Do we still think of him only as the provider, the miracle worker, the healer? He is these things but so much more.
God created us. He created us because he loves us. He created me individually, differently, uniquely. He made me because he loved me, wanted my friendship, my love, my companionship and my worship. He wanted my friendship at this time in history, at this time in this country, at this time in this community. Our birth, our life’s pattern, our growing up has been as he wanted it because he wanted us to be as he planned. He wants us to be the person he envisaged from all eternity. He planned us from all eternity. He knew exactly, from all eternity who we would be, who we would know, where we would live, what we would do, be and become. He knew us and desired our friendship, our close friendship with him.
This is what he asks of us, only this, to become his friend, his close companion, his nearest and dearest.
He wants us to stay by his side, loving him, supporting him and his interests and being in constant contact with him. He wants us to treat him as we do our friends. We keep in touch, we think of them, we talk to them. We send gifts and we remember their special memories. We share our lives with them and we have no secrets.
If we treat God like our special friend then our prayer life will become truly adult, worthwhile and valuable.
EXERCISE: SET ASIDE HALF AN HOUR
LIGHT A CANDLE
ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO ENLIGHTEN YOU
READ: St John Chapter 3 vv 1-21 and think about this passage and the relationship between Jesus and Nicodemus. Make it your own by putting yourself into the shoes of Nicodemus and learning with him. He was getting to know Jesus as a friend. He was asking questions/advice/support in his faith. By asking he was revealing his needs, his hopes and his desire to be closer to Jesus. He was learning to know Jesus. He was deepening his knowledge of Jesus. He was praying. Try and pray with Nicodemus. Especially, ask Jesus for the grace to know him as one adult to another; a person seeking to know another so as to become friends.
Sit with Jesus. Keep him company. Think of him as needing your closeness, which he does. Let him speak with you and learn to listen as did Nicodemus.
Next week we shall speak of how
PRAYER MUST BE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WHO LOVES YOU IMMENSELY.
The running costs of the parish have increased during the lockdown period with the extra expenditure on hand sanitising gel, cleaning materials, etc.
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