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We all know the story of how God sent Moses to rescue the Israelites held captive in Egypt. These Israelites travelling through the wilderness with Moses became a troublesome lot, forgetting what God had done for them, worshipping a statue of a bull they had made out of precious metal and, finally, provoking God into exclaiming,
I am fed up with these people! They don’t listen to me; their hearts are all over the place; they have forgotten everything I have told them. I’m done with them … Never shall they enter my rest!
Never shall they enter my rest …. These shocking words are left hanging there in psalm 94(95) describing a God at the end of his tether with people who, in their stubbornness of heart, have repeatedly failed to listen to Him, people who have repeatedly worshipped false gods; people who have been quick to fall away from the faith. Their stubbornness has provoked the psalmist to berate them for their hardness of heart: “Oh that today you would listen to his voice and harden not your heart!” Emerging from these centuries, littered with wise prophets only half listened to and often completely rejected, came a voice which was immediately recognisable as being truly authoritative and powerful: “Here is a teaching which is new, and with authority behind it!” they said of Jesus after he had brought about a miraculous cure of a man right in front of their very eyes. The voices and words of the prophets were the guiding lights of their day. With Jesus we have a voice which has resonated down through the ages as no other voice has resonated because it has total authority. We can listen to him and be guided by him as we can be guided by no other person in the whole of creation. Out of the threats of an angry God that ‘his people shall never enter their rest’ comes an authoritative Son who bridges the gap, heals the wounds of sin and division and guarantees that we shall, in the end, enter our rest.
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In the Mass, the Preparation of the Gifts invites us to present our own lives as a spiritual offering together with the gifts we bring to the altar. At every Mass, may we experience the Preparation of the Gifts as an invitation to offer our lives completely to the Lord, in order to receive from him the grace to live ever more fully our vocation to grow in holiness and to serve the coming of his Kingdom.
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Roke Lane and parking - Take Care
Please, please can we remind parents to drive carefully along Roke Lane and the surrounding areas. There are other families walking to and from local schools at drop off and pick up. We also like to remind you not to double park in the school car park. Thank you.
Pre-Prep children in the car park
Please can Pre-Prep parents ensure that they accompany their child around the edge of the lower playground, cross over in front of the arch and then walk inside the barrier around the edge of the Chapel. Thank you.
Reminder to download your Engage App
Double First has developed and released a mobile app for the Parent Portal. It enables quick and secure access to vital information and we hope it has all the information you require on your mobile device. Please note that it is a pared down version of the portal but more functionality will be added in coming months.
The app is available to download from the Google Play Store and Apple Store. Once downloaded on your device open the app and input the school code 6BypJfdaY1 on the welcome screen. Enter your account with the same User name (your email address) and Password that you use for the Parent Portal. Once the app is installed then please ensure that in device settings notifications are turned on for the Engage App.
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