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St Teresa of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church, Lexden
St John the Baptist Church, Shrub End

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Lexden, colchester, ESSEx


St Teresa's Church



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Pope Francis is reaching out to us in this particular year, the Year of Mercy, in a very special way as the Lord reached out to people and brought them his forgiveness, love, mercy, peace, healing and encouragement.


We celebrate in our parish the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) on Saturday mornings from 11am-12noon. A leaflet on Examination of Conscience will be available in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in preparation for Confession. If you wish to receive the Sacrament outside of this time please call the Presbytery number (01206 576898).


If you have been away from the Sacraments for some time, now is a great opportunity to return to the practice of the Faith by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation and of course by joining us for our Sunday Mass.


Fr Tom Lavin

(Parish Priest)


If you would like to contact Fr Tom directly please email or call (01206) 576898

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Reflections taken, with permission, from Intercom Magazine


Sunday, 23rd October 2016


Luke 19:9-14

1. There can be an element of defensiveness in our relationships with others. We are reluctant to let another see us as we see ourselves. Occasionally, we meet someone with whom we can be totally open and know we will be accepted. With whom have you had that kind of a relationship? What was it like for you to have that freedom?

2. Likewise with God, when we come to prayer pretending to be better than we are, we are hiding from God. What difference does it make when you pray to God, acknowledging your faults and limitations? Have you ever found that when you are humble in this way in prayer, God lifts you up?

3. The parable is also a cautionary tale against judging others negatively on the basis of externals. Perhaps God, who looks into the heart, sees another picture. When have you discovered there was more to another person than the negative picture you got from first impressions?

John Byrne osa




Hard bargaining is inimical to robust loving. Effective bargaining is built on perceived strengths. Enriching love thrives on trustful acceptance. A bargaining heart misses out on the fulfilment of generosity. Self-righteousness blocks out the balm of enriching friendship.

The Pharisee in this Sunday’s Gospel sets out his stall very well. His fidelity to the accepted norms is above reproach. His report card merits ten out of ten at least. He is a cut above the rest. He can bargain with the Lord from strength. What he wants in prayer is affirmation in self-righteousness, approval from his peers and first place in the pecking order.

The man at the back of the temple has no bargaining chips. He believes in a different God. His heart is just open to healing mercy; to a tender welcome; to new beginnings; to ongoing, enriching love; true friendships, human and divine.

The two men may be in the temple at the same time, but have very different agendas.


Fr Tom Clancy

Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork



In 1973, I decided to enter the convent. The last thing I wanted to do before I left my wonderful job was to go out to dinner with the boss. So there we sat having dinner together and he said to me, ‘I am puzzled that you want to enter a convent’. I said, ‘why’s that?’, he said, ‘because nuns are usually humble!’. You can imagine my shocked expression. I have been working on that point since that night.

I have made a discovery though over those 43 years. God really does exalt the humble. In very small ways I have realised that it is the very thing we do not want to do that God is waiting for us to do and in that very thing is our healing. He is waiting there in the middle of that issue with his healing oils. I have noticed humble people succeeding and I have rejoiced that I noticed. It’s a start.

To call a spade a spade: we exclude people from our lives. We are so subtle and clever. Nobody knows except me and God. I would rather drown or be burnt alive than invite someone who would make me feel uncomfortable and I avoid going where they are. But there are ways of getting around it. In the same way we are so clever to exclude, we can be creative to include. Think! You might be the only person who can help that person. They are, after all, flesh and blood like us. Are we really going to spend our God-given energy on avoidance? There are so many other wonderful things to do with it. But we have to get over this mountain. What is stopping us? – a little word called pride. I challenge you. This week – you know your weakness and I know mine. Let us focus on how we can climb that mountain so that we can get on with our lives in freedom, love and mercy.

Sr Carmen Lee SSpS

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