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Parable of the talents

‘Now a long time after, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.”   ‘His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”
Matt 25:19-21
St Peter's Parish Church


We are a Roman Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. The patron of our church is St Peter. The church is situated on the B4091, the main road south out of Bromsgrove town centre (click here for a link to a map).

The parish priest is Monsignor Graham Wilkinson

St Peter's Church

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The parish school is St Peter's First School, situated close to the Church. It was established in around 1860 in part of the building which is now the Parish Centre. The school is now associated with other local Catholic schools in Redditch as part of the Our Lady of Lourdes Multi-Academy Company (MAC). Click here for a link to the school website

The headteacher is Mrs Catherine Clubley.

Thinking of becoming a Catholic?

Whether you are a non Christian or a non Catholic, if you wish to learn about the Catholic Faith you are most welcome to attend our sessions "Journey in  Faith". 


If there are any who wish to enquire into the Catholic faith this year, new sessions will start in late September and will be held in the parish centre on Mondays at 7.30 - 9 p.m. If you wish to attend or have a positive interest in becoming a Catholic please contact Fr Graham or John Lally. For more information see also the page on this website How do I become a Catholic?


What's New

Children's Liturgy Rotas for September-April 2014-2015. See Rotas in the menu.




Pope Francis
POPE FRANCIS

Homily on the Kingdom of God (extracts)
14th November 2014
(Reported in Osservatore Romano)

The very fact that Jesus spoke so much about the Kingdom of God made even the Pharisees “curious”. Such that, as read in the day’s Reading from the Gospel of Luke (17: 20-25), they ask him: “when is kingdom of God coming?”. To this question, “Jesus responds quickly and clearly: the kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Lo, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you’”.

Indeed, Francis pointed out, “when Jesus explained in the parables what the Kingdom of God was like, he used calm, peaceful words” and also used imagery to show “that the Kingdom of God was hidden”. Thus, Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to “a merchant who looked here and there for fine pearls” or “another who searched for a treasure hidden in a field”. Or he said that it is “like a net that gathers everyone or like a tiny mustard seed, which would later become a large tree”. Similarly, he also said, “the Kingdom of God is like wheat: it is sown and you don’t know how it grows” because “God grants the growth”.

Therefore, this is how Jesus explained the Kingdom of God: “always in silence, but also in struggle”. And he made it better understood that “the Kingdom of God will grow like wheat, not surrounded by things of beauty but in the midst of weeds”. But the kingdom is there, it doesn’t attract attention, it is silent, quiet”.

In other words, the Pope said, “the Kingdom of God is not a spectacle”. So often, “the spectacle is a caricature of the Kingdom of God”. Indeed, we must never “forget that it was one of the three temptations”: in the desert, Jesus is told: “go to the pinnacle of the temple and throw yourself down, and everyone will believe. Make a spectacle”. However, “the Kingdom of God is silent, it grows within; the Holy Spirit makes it grow with our willingness, in our soil, which we must prepare”. But it “grows slowly, silently”.

The Gospel of Luke recounts that Jesus renews his discourse, asking “Do you want to see the Kingdom of God?”. And he explains: “they will say to you, ‘Lo, there!’ or ‘Lo, here!’ Do not go, do not follow them”. Because “the Kingdom of God will come like a flash of lightning, in an instant”. Yes, Francis added, “it will manifest itself in an instant, it is within”. However,
he remarked, “I think about how many Christians prefer a spectacle to the silence of the Kingdom of God”.

But, Jesus says in the Gospel of Luke: “the day that noise will be made, as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of man be in his day, the day that noise will be made”.

As opposed to a spectacle, the Pontiff recalled, there is “the perseverance of so many Christians carrying the family forward: men, women who care for their children, take care of grandparents, who have only half a Euro in their pocket by month’s end, but they pray”. And the Kingdom of God “is there, hidden, in that holiness of daily life, that everyday holiness”. Because “the Kingdom of God is not far from us, it’s close”.

There is also suffering in the Kingdom God, “the cross: the everyday cross of life, the cross of work, of the family”, the cross of carrying on, “this little everyday cross, rejection”. Thus, “the Kingdom of God is humble, like a seed: humble; but it becomes big by the power of the Holy Spirit”. And we have to “let it grow within us, without boasting. May the Spirit come, change our soul and lead us forth in silence, in peace, in quiet, in closeness to God, to others, in adoration of God, without pageantry”.

 
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