The Roman Catholic Parish of

Our Lady Queen of Apostles (Cheddar)

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year B
21st January 2018

"Lord, make me know your ways."

Mass Times and Confession
Saturday Mass 6.00pm, Wells (For the people)
Sunday Short Mass 9.00am, Cheddar
followed by a word from Fr Philip
Mass 11.00am, Wells
Adoration and Morning Prayer, ½ hr before Mass on weekdays
Monday No Mass
Tuesday Adoration & Rosary 11.00am, Cheddar
Wednesday St Francis De Sales, Patron of Journalists
No Mass
Thursday Feast of the Conversion of St Paul
Mass 10.00am, Cheddar
(Friends of our Suffering Souls)
Friday St Timothy & St Titus, Bishops
Mass 10.00am, Cheddar
Next Saturday Mass 10.00am, Cheddar

Next Sunday
Masses

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday: Mass 6.00pm, Wells
Sunday: Mass 9.00am, Cheddar
Mass 11.00am, Wells (For the people)
Confession: Cheddar: Saturday after Mass
Wells: Saturday 5-5.30pm

The Conversion of Paul

For some, Conversion is something only our Protestant and Evangelical neighbours talk about. For others it belongs firmly and solely in Lent. This week, however, the Church celebrates the conversion of the Apostle Paul to Christianity. He went from being a persecutor to being the Teacher of the Gentiles. This feast day highlights for us what conversion is. The word comes from a Latin verb ‘convertire’ meaning 'to turn around'. This does not mean revolving or spinning. In simple terms it means turning our lives from pointing towards what is bad or evil and making them point towards what is good and of God. For St Paul, there was a very big turn to make indeed. Even today there are those Catholics who have had a similar ‘Damascus Road’ experience of dramatic change. For most of us, it is not just something for Lent but for every day. We learnt it as children in our parents’ instruction not to play on the road or on thin ice. When we were told not to go off with strangers, we were turning our backs on danger and evil towards what is good. At the end of every day, our night time/bed time prayers are often a review of the day just past, looking at what went well and is to be repeated and at what went badly and is to be avoided. We resolve in this examination of conscience to turn our lives afresh towards the Lord, daily conversion.

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