February 23 to March 1
'The sinner, and those sinned against, are caught up in an unbreakable circle of pain. Jesus broke that circle...'
Cardinal C Murphy-O'Connor (Westminster): Sun:10:45am M St Sebastian and St Pancras Parish (Kingsbury Green). Mon: Priests retreats At Your Word, Lord (London Colney). The: Interviews and Engagements. Wed: Interviews and Engagements. Thur. 3pin Enthronement of His Grace, Archbishop Rowan Williams (Canterbury Cathedral). Fri 28th Feb The 4Th Mar MIgs in Rome Archbishop V Nichols (Birmingham): Sun: Parish Visitation, Perry Barr. The:10:30tun Deans' Mtg. Maryvale. Wed: Osentian Day, Oscon College. Fri:9:30ant Archbishop's Council Mtg Archbishop P Kelly (Liverpool): Stut3pm M of Thanksgiving for the Brothem of Charity, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. Liverpool. Mon: Bishops' Day of Recollection, Leeds, Tue:7pm Meets with Young People, Sandymount House of Prayer, Crosby. Wed:12 noon M Nugent Care Society. Liverpool. 6:30pm Liturgy Committee Mtg, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. Thin 27th Feb The 4th Mar: Visits to Congregations, Rome Archbishop M Bowen (Southwark): Tue:7:30pm C Pollards Hill, Wed:arn Council of Priests Mtg. pm: College of Consultors //ora Bishops' Mtg. Trair.3pm Installation of Archbishop of Crinterbuty. 7pm: Dinner at University of Kent. Fri:10:10am Mug with Archbishop of Canterbury, Old Palace. Canterbury Bishop K Conry (Arundel & Brighton):Sum Pretsthes at Oxford University Mass. Mon:eve Meets with North East Surrey Parishes. Wed:11am Chapter Mass in Arundel Castle. Fri:9am Appointments at St Joseph's Hall, Storrington. Sat:10:30am Addresses Justice and Peace Mug, Hove Bishop P Pargeter (Wham auxil):Sun: V St Thomas More, Coventry. Mon:7:30pm Loonies Committee Mtg, Cathedral. Tue:7:30pin C Priory School, Cathedral. Wed:2pm V Drawly Primary School, Birmingham. 7:30pm C Oratory, Birmingham, Thur:10:30am Pastoral Forum nag, Coleshill. Fri:9:30arn Archbishop's Council Mtg Bishop T McMahon (Brentwood): Sun:3pm M for Catholic Handicapped Fellowship, Cathedral. The: Mtgs I Interviews, Cathedral House. 2pm: St John's SchoolChigwell. Thur: loam Chairs mtg of Bishops' Patrimony Committee, Westminster Bishop D Lang (Clifton): Sun:V St Bonaventure's, Bishopston, Bristol. Mon: I. I am Attends Department for Evangelisation Working Party Mtg, Eccleston Square, London. Tue:111:30am Celebi ales Memorial Mass for Fr Michael McNulty, St John's, Bath. Wed:7:30pm V Tbe &axed Heart, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. Sat: V St Vincent De Paul, Southmeat Bristol BishOp 3 Rawsthorne (Hallam): Mon:10:30am Bishops' mug. Leeds. Tue:9am Carmelite Monastery, Kirk Edge. 1 ham: Day of Recollection, Burghwallis. Weil:7pm CTSY Standing Committee. Thur.7:30pm C English Martyrs, Mexborough. Sat: Young People and Assembly. Myddleton Grunge
Bishop A Griffiths (I lexham & Newcastle): Mon: Mtg with the Bishops hi Leeds. 'rue Fri: Visits Valladolid College in Spain.
Bishop PO'Donoghue (Lancaster): Sun Sat: Pastoral Visitation of Kirkham Deanery: St Joseph, A nsdell; Holy Family, Freekletom St Mary, Great Eceleston; St Peter, Lytham; Star of the Sea, St Anticson-Sea; St Alban's, St Annes-on-Sea: St Joseph, Wesharn; St Anne. Westby: (resident at St John the Evangelist, The Willows, Bibby Road. Kirkham PR4 28E Tel:01772 683664 Bishop D Konstant (Leeds): Sun:1 lam Diaconate Ordination, Cathedral. Mon:11am Mtg of Northern Bishops, Bishop's House. Wed:7:30pm Cardinal Daly, St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield. Fri: 10:30am Bishop's Council, Hinsley Hall. Sat:I:30pm 11.1CM, AGM, Field House. Bradfoni Bishop A Roche ( coadjutor, Leeds): Sun:1 I am V Christ the King, Leeds. Mon: II ant Mtg of Northern Bishops, Bishop's House. llue:9am Assembly and Blessing of new Classroos, St John Fisher High School. Dewsbury. 11:30am RE Group, Wed:9am Assembly, St Wilfrid's High School, Featherstone, 10:30am Clergy Surgery, Stoneleigh Court, Thur5:45am Assembly, Yorkshire Martyrs Collegiate, Bnidfonl, 10:30am Assembly, Notre Dame College, Leeds. 7pm: M and nag. Bradford Area Pastoral Council. St Mary's, Bradford. Fri:9:30am Assembly. Mt St Mary's. Leeds, 10:30am Bishops' Council, Hi nsley I tall. 1:30pm Leeds Association of Catholic Head Teachers, TASC.
Bishop V Malone (L'pool until): Sun: V St Joan of Are. Bootle. Mon: Bishops' Day of Recollection, Leeds, 7:30pm C Sacred Heart, Hindsford. The:7:30pm C Holy Family, Platt Bridge. Thur:12 noon Bishops' Conference Erluention Dept Mig, London, Fri:12 noon Joint Dialogue Clomp, London; Conference of Church Universities and Colleges, St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, London to Saturday I st March
Ilbhop I Crowley (Middlesbrough): Sun: Attends CWL National Committee, Swanwick. Mon:am/pm Northern Bishops Mtg, Leeds. 'flue: loam V Sacred Heart School, Redcar. Wed Attends European Bishops / Afnean Bishops Mtg. Lisbon Bishop K McDonald (Northampton):
Sun:Noon Mass for Golden Jubilee of Fr Wilbur Boswell. Long Crendon. The: Visit to Oscon College. Wed:am Mtg of Diocesan Prison Chaplains, Bishop's House. 7pm: Youth Council, Bishop'S House. lliur 10am V St David's Middle School. Kingsthorpe. Fri: Vocations Week-end. Turvey Abbey Bishop M McMahon (Nottingham): Thur:12 noon Dept of Catholic Education Mtg, Eceleston Square. London. Fri:pm Blaekfriars, Oxford. Sat: Ipm Catholic Nith Exploration Training Day. Diocesan Center, Mackworth
Bishop C Hollis (Portsmouth): Sun: V Parish of the Sacred Heart, Waterloovilie. Tee: I ham Churches Together in Hiunpshire and Island Executive Mtg. Bishop's House, Portsmouth. Wed:6pm Attends Lecture at St Mary's, Strawberry Hill. Thur I I:30am Mtg Portsmouth University Chaplaincy, Fri; Mtg at Bishop's House, Plymouth. Sat: Association of Interchurch Families John Coventry Memorial Lecture, I ondon
Bishop T Brain (Salford): 'rue:2pm Mtg of Diocesan Trustees. Thur, I0:30am 4pm Mission Review Group. Wardley Hall. 7pm: Hospital Chaplains, Wardley. Fri:7:45am Lord Mayor's Breakfast, Manchester ''own Hall. Private appointments, Wardley Hall Bishop B Noble (Shrewsbury): Sun:ant V St Alban's, Liseard, 3prn: M for Deaf, Nazareth House, Birkenhead. Mon: Bishops Mtg, Leeds
Bishop C Henderson (S'svark Auxil): Sun:I2 noon M C St Thomas More, Dulwich, Mon:5:30pin Attends Newton Inter-Faith Group, lianersea.Tue:7:30pm Attends St Francis Xavier 6th Form College. Wed:1 I:15am Attends Council of Priests mtg. Southwark 4:30pm Attends Diocesan Bishops' Mug, Archbishop's House, SEL Thur:7:30prn M C St Anthony of Padua, Anerley. Fri:9arn Participates in vocations Week, Bonus Pastor Sec.Sehool, Downham, Sat:2:15pm Attends "John Coventry Lecture", Heythrop College
Bishop Hine (S'warkAuxil): Sun: I lam M and presentation of Ilene Merenti in Giffingham parish. Mon/Tue: No official engagements. Wed: I I :30am Attends Council of Priests' Mtg. Amigo Hall. London. 2:30pm Attends College ol Consultors Mtg. Archbishop's House, Southwark. 4:30pm Southwark Bishops' Mtg. Thur3pm Attends Enthronement of Archbishop of Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral. Fri: No official engagements. Sat: Attends Marriage & Family Life Co. ordinators Mtg. London Colney Bishop A Hopes (W'minster Auxil): Mon: Interviews and Engagenamts, Archbishop's House. Tue:am interviews and Engagements, Archbishop's House. pm: V to the parish of Laxton Place. Wed Thar: Inter views and Engagements, Archbishop's House. Frham Archbishop's Council Mtg. pm: Interviews and Engagements. 8pite C South Ruislip Bishop B Lungley (W'rninstcr Auxil): Sun: 12 norm M St Bridget's, Isleworth. Mon:7pin Mtg with Deans at Camden Town. Fri:10am Archbishop's Council mtg. 7pin: C Our Ludy of Hal, Camden Bishop G Stack ( Wininster area): Mon: Clergy Retreat, London Colney. The: Clergy Reheat, London Colney. 2pat Mtg of WOES staff, Vaughan House, Wed:7:30pm C St Aidan's, East Acton. llaur.12 noon Bishops' Conference Education Dept. mtg. En: 10tun Archbishop's Council nag. 7pm: C St John's, Islington Bishop H Tripp (S'wark Auxil.) : Wed: Atterxts Diocesan Mtgs. Thur2pm Blesses Library at St Joseph's Primary School in Wandsworth. Sat:11:30am Attends AGM of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Si Vincent's, Carlisle Place, Westminster Bishop T Burns (Forces): Mon: RAF Stafford. Tue: RAF Stafford. Wed • Sat: French Chaplains' Conference.
ArrithishopPSmith (Cardiff): Tue:1 lam CARES Mtg in Archbishop's House, Cardiff. 2:30pm Catholic Children's Society (Wales) Management Committee Mt in Bishop Brown House, Cardiff. Thur.3pin Invitation to the Enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev, Dr. Rowan Williams in Canterbury Cathedral. Fd:Ilam Presentation nag for Bahi'i Council for Wales in Archbishop's House, Cardiff. Sat:3poi Ordination of Deacon John Cole to the Priesthood in St Illytyd's church. Dowlais. Bishop M Jabale(Menevia):10:30am Canonical Visit to the Parish of Cardigan. Tue:7pin Canonical Visit to Our lady of Margam Parish, Port Talbot Bishop E Regan (Wrexham.): Mon: Illam Education Service mtg. The: RC/Anglican Study Day, Loreto, WedilOam Diocesan Schools Committee, Buckley. Thor: Department mtg. Eccleston Square. Ixindon. Eri: 1 lam St David's Day Mass. St Richard Gwyn School, Flint, 4:30pm Launch of Fair Trade Campaign, NEWL Wrexham, 7pm: Jane Mawer's Book Launch, Cathedral Hall Key: M-Mass. C-Confirmation. V-Visitation, 0-Ordination, Mtg-Meeting. SchSchool. ES-Ecumenical Service.
We regret we C1111110( guarantee the inclusion of bishops' engagements received later than midday on the Monday prior to publication. imagine the astonished silence as the paralytic was placed at the feet of Jesus. To the casual observer, it would have appeared that the first and most immediate need of the paralytic was the restoration of his useless limbs. Jesus reached beyond the most immediate symptom of this man's broken life. He spoke to his heart. " My child. your sins are forgiven." We are tempted to spend.a great deal of time manicuring the outward appearance of our lives. We know the frailty that lies within, the frailty that is hidden from the eyes of the world. This Jesus addressed in the paralytic as he forgave his sins. True healing. be it physical or spiritual, begins at the heart orwhat we are. Jesus was not willing to be the cosmetic plaster covering the suffering of the paralytic. His healing began with words of understanding and forgiveness,
words that went to the heart.
Human pride is at its worst when it can find nothing but fault in the goodness of others. This we see in the reaction of the scribes who attended Jesus in the house. "How can this man talk like that? He is blaspheming. Who can forgive sins but God?" Jesus answered their challenge with a further challenge. "Which of these is easier: to say your sins are forgiven, or to say get up. pick
up your stretcher and walk?"
At first sight it would seem easier to speak words of forgiveness than to raise a broken body from its stretcher. We owselves speak words of forgiveness all the time. The words come easily. The reality takes longer. Our sinful humanity finds it difficult to heal the wounds of the past. Despite our words of forgiveness, we cannot, without God's help. free ourselves from past hurt. The sinner, and those sinned against, are caught up in an unbreakable circle of pain. Jesus broke that circle when he said to the paralytic, and to all sinners, your sins are forgiven. These were not empty words. They healed the heart of the paralytic is such a way that he was able to break free from the past. He stood up, took hold of his life, and walked into the future with confidence.
We live in a. time of great uncertainty. Mistrust and hurt divide Many nations, Clouding the future with threatened violence. It is for us to bring that world into the presence of Christ.
He alone can speak the words of forgiveness that heal the heart. Only then will the nations speak to each other in words of forgiveness rather than violence. Only then will we walk towards the future with the inner confi dence of peace.