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Steve Herring, 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.
Please remember in your prayers Moya Blake, who has died recently, and her family and friends.
Her funeral Mass will take place on Saturday 5th December at 10am. She will be received into St Paul’s on Friday 4th December at 4.30pm.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. 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 new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation.
“Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading.
In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down from His heavenly throne—to save and shepherd His people.
Today’s readings are relatively brief. Their language and “message” are deceptively simple. But we should take note of the serious mood and penitential aspect of the Liturgy today—as the people of Israel recognize their sinfulness, their failures to keep God’s covenant, their inability to save themselves.
And in this Advent season, we should see our own lives in the experience of Israel. As we examine our consciences, can’t we, too, find that we often harden our hearts, refuse His rule, wander from His ways, withhold our love from Him?
God is faithful, Paul reminds us in today’s Epistle. He is our Father. He has hearkened to the cry of His children, coming down from heaven for Israel’s sake and for ours to redeem us from our exile from God, to restore us to His love. In Jesus, we have seen the Father. The Father has let His face shine upon us. He is the good shepherd come to guide us to the heavenly kingdom. No matter how far we have strayed, He will give us new life if we turn to Him, if we call upon His holy name, if we pledge anew never again to withdraw from Him.
As Paul says today, He has given us every spiritual gift—especially the Eucharist and penance—to strengthen us as we await Christ’s final coming.
He will keep us firm to the end—if we let Him. So, in this season of repentance, we should heed the warning—repeated three times by our Lord in today’s Gospel—to be watchful, for we know not the hour when the Lord of the house will return
PRAYER MUST BE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WHO LOVES YOU IMMENSELY.
REFLECTION: How do we go about developing this relationship with God? When you first meet someone, you don’t know anything about them. They are strangers. But, if you feel drawn to them, you will find an opportunity to talk to them, invite them for coffee, meet them for outings, share likes and dislikes, introduce them to your other friends, discuss interests and hobbies, tell them of your lives and your work, listen to what they have done, what they hope for and what worries them. You will share experiences and photos, laugh together, tell jokes and relax in silence.
New acquaintances become friends when you can do all this comfortably.
There’s nothing extraordinary in all this but we fail to deal with Jesus in the same way. So how can we go about becoming friends with Jesus? The best way is to meet him. Where? In the Gospels. Each time we open the Bible we learn a little more about him.
In the Old Testament we meet him in Prophecy. In the four Gospels we meet him in his life. In the rest of the New Testament we meet him in his mystical body, the Church and in the insights of the Apostles
So, to get to know Jesus we have to read his story, look at him as he relates to others, watch him with children, with the sick, with his mother, with his disciples and with sinners. See him perform miracles of healing, feeding and raising from the dead. See him in prayer, in times of intimacy with his Father, in times of aggravation with those who would not accept him or listen to him and in times of revelation to his disciples. We can learn about his life from his birth to his death.
By reading and looking and by being with him, in our imaginations, at these times we get to know him and learn to listen, to watch, to imitate, to desire his closeness and his friendship.
Meditation, a word which we might be a little bit in awe of, is the opportunity for this, because meditation is simply thinking about, reflecting on something and then responding. We do a lot of thinking/meditating if we are about to change career, or move house, or have a holiday. We think, we reflect, we deal with it. We all meditate!!! It’s not difficult.
In prayer, we read the scriptures, we look at Jesus, we reflect on what he is doing/saying/offering and then we respond. We deal with it in prayer by thinking about it, seeing what it reveals about this person whom we want to know and by chatting to him about it. We tell him how we feel, what we think about him at this moment, how we would like to have been there, what he could do for us, how we would like to be part of his life and how we would like to be in partnership with him. We tell him that we want to be his helper in the mission he is proclaiming and want to learn from him. We ask him to let us be with him, to heal, to strengthen, to comfort, to support.
Then we listen to him as he talks to others and to us. We listen as he reveals himself to us and tells us how much he loves us. We listen as He tells us how he gave himself for us……how he longs to be part of our life…….how he desires to be the one we love……..how he thirsts for our love that we may thirst for him.
This is prayer, for prayer is nothing more than being in his presence, listening to God, his inspirations and accepting his gifts. Prayer is waiting for God to reveal himself. Prayer is sitting on the side-line waiting for God to approach us and make himself known to us. Prayer is waiting for God to let us know what he wants of us, how he needs us and how we can be of help to him.
Prayer is not a repetition of words; it’s not necessarily at a set time; it’s not counted or organised; it’s not necessarily with others; it’s not on a certain day of the week…It’s a spontaneous relationship with the one who loves us and whom we love and want to be with. Prayer is waiting with the one who wants us to know him, love him, be with him.
In St Luke, XI11, we read two short verses about a woman who was bent over and so could not look up and see people. She was in the temple at the same time as Jesus. Jesus went to her. He looked, he saw, and he commanded. ‘Stand tall.’ She did and the first face she looked into was the face of Jesus. Unknown to herself, this woman had been waiting for Jesus to make himself known to her. She was in his presence and he approached her. She didn’t need to ask for help since he already knew what she needed. She was there and, when he approached, she responded and Jesus could do with her what he wanted; he could be her friend.
I always think that he must have had a grin on his face as he saw her astonishment. We can be so like that woman. We look down at what is around us but Jesus wants us to stand tall, look at him and love him, just as she did. He keeps asking us to look up and see him. That’s prayer!
At this point I would like to mention Liturgical Prayer/ The Mass. In our family and personal lives we have times when we gather for celebration….birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas etc. We would not use these times to open our hearts in a very personal way to anyone because that would not be appropriate. We might be lucky to catch a moment with our special, loved one as we nip into the kitchen to wash glasses, fetch more food etc. but all that gives time for is a quick, ‘Love you!’
The Mass is like this. We gather as God’s family to celebrate the anniversary of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We acknowledge our sinfulness but we don’t specify our sins. That would not be appropriate. The ‘quick nip into the kitchen’ is Communion time, the time to say, ‘Love you!’ and to hear his reply, ‘Love you too!’ Then it’s back to the liturgy, the family celebration. Personal prayer and the liturgy are both necessary and important segments of our life of prayer. One supports and strengthens the other.
SET ASIDE HALF AN HOUR.
LIGHT A CANDLE.
ASK FOR THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
SETTLE DOWN, read and reflect on LUKE 13. vv 10 – 13
Be that woman. Wait for God to approach. Listen to what he has to say. What does he suggest for you today? Look at his smile and his joy at your recognition and quietly listen for his words of love, pleasure and gladness at your awareness of him. Just sit with Jesus, keep him company. Let Jesus fill your heart and your mind. Be still and rest in his presence.
Remember: LISTEN IS AN ANAGRAM OF SILENT!
Be quiet, be silent, be attentive for that is prayer.
God will speak but our heart must be open and receptive for what he wants to tell us.
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