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A man went on a journey, but before he left, he called for his servants and told them to take care of his things while he was gone. He gave one servant five bags of gold, another servant two bags of gold, and a third servant one bag of gold. The servant who got five bags went quickly to invest the money and earned five more bags. In the same way, the servant who had two bags invested them and earned two more. But the servant who got one bag went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. When the man returned, he asked his servants what they did with the money. The servant who was given five bags of gold brought five more bags to his master and said, ‘Master, you trusted me with five bags of gold, so I used your five bags to earn five more.’ The master answered, ‘You did well. You are a good and loyal servant. Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my joy with me.’ Then the servant who had been given two bags of gold came to the master and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of gold to care for, so I used your two bags to earn two more.’ The master answered, ‘You did well. You are a good and loyal servant. Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my joy with me.’ Then the servant who had been given one bag of gold came to the master and said, ‘Master, I knew that you were a hard man. So I was afraid and went and hid your money in the ground. Here is your bag of gold.’ The master answered, ‘You are a wicked and lazy servant! You should have put my gold in the bank. Then, when I came home, I would have received my gold back with interest.’ Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus tells this story to His disciples to show them how they must use the talents that God had given them – but this can also apply to us too, for each of us have been given gifts and talents by God. We all have be given something which we are good at – it might be a musical talent, or a gift for acting: we might be really clever, or we might be good at sport – whatever it may be, each and every one of us has been given something unique by God so that we can play our part in His creation. What we learn from this story – or parable – from Jesus is that we have to use our talent. Like first two servants who doubled the money that their master had given them, so we too have to use the talent we have been given, because then it will get better and we can use it to help ourselves – and to help other people. If we do not use our talent – if we choose, like the third servant, to bury it in the ground, then it will not do anything. It won’t get better, it won’t help us and it certainly won’t help anyone else! So we must use our talents – our ability to be kind, to play football, to do work, to play an instrument – whatever it may be – because they have been given to us by God and He will be very sad, like the master in the story, if we don’t. And think what a wonderful world we would live in if every did do what they were good at to the best of their abilities – it would truly be like living in God’s kingdom here on earth!
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The Pope brings 4,000 homeless to Mass and then invites them to lunch. Thousands of homeless filled St Peter’s basilica, with several of them leading the procession which started the ceremony. It was also the homeless who read the readings of the day. During his homily, Pope Francis issued a warning: “The sin of omission is on the rise. This is the sin of those who think that to ‘be good’ it is enough to simply not do bad things. But to do no wrong is not enough. We need courage to come out of a self-centred mentality, a mentality centred only on one’s own well-being. It is the poorest who suffer the consequences of omissions and indifference.” At the end of the Mass, the poor who were invited to eat a meal with the Pope.
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BHCC Christmas Workshop - Volunteers
Our Christmas Workshop is being held on 1st December, if you would like to volunteer for an hour, or more, between 08:30 - 14:30, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Parents with Pre-Prep (or younger) children can park for 'drop off' only in the area of the rotunda next to the chapel and Pre-Prep gardens. You are asked to keep the ‘visitors’ spaces free.
The main car parking area by the lower playground should be used by parents only for 'drop off'. Any requirement for 'long stay' parking by parents of both Pre-Prep and Prep children must use the gravel parking area along the length of both sides of the drive next to the hall towards the exit gates.
Please keep the minibus parking bay clear; this is located on the right down the parent exit drive.
Please be considerate when parking and ensure that you are not double parked or causing an obstruction.
Thank you for your assistance.
Associated Board music exams
Please note, Associated Board music exams take place on Monday 4th December.
Calling all tennis players!
Due to the success of the junior tennis programmes, England Sports Group are happy to provide adult group coaching to all parents at Barrow Hills. The groups will take place every Wednesday morning from 08:30-10:00. The lessons are pay as you go for £10 each and there is no long term financial commitment, just turn up and play! Any parent that has not attended before will receive their first lesson for FREE!
If you have any questions please contact Arran either by phone: 07841 436893 or by email: Arranreavley@outlook.com.
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