Special Message from Fr John

A special message in these challenging times from Fr John Chadwick, Co-ordinating Pastor for the Avon Stour Pastoral Area

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We live in incredible times. What is happening around us is almost unbelievable! Yet we BELIEVE, most of all, in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, even in these days.

Is it just me or do the readings for this particular Lent seem absolutely tailor made to our current circumstances? Please do make every effort to read, and take to heart, God’s Word as set out in the readings remaining during this period of Lent. God is surely speaking to us. No need for any fancy preaching techniques to apply God’s Word when you hear phrases like these from Psalm 129; the chosen psalm for this coming 5th Sunday in Lent:

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice!
O let your ear be attentive to the voice of my pleading.

If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness: for this we revere you.

We absolutely cry out to the Lord! We revere God, absolutely, more than ever before for He has forgiven us.

Brothers and sisters, God is giving each one of us an undeniable invitation today, in these desperate times, to trust in Him anew; to trust the One who is INCAPABLE of unfaithfulness. Today is the day when we turn to God in a new way,

My soul is waiting for the Lord, I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord more than watchman for daybreak.
Let the watchman count on daybreak and Israel on the Lord.

Today, let us count on His Word above all others,

Because with the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption,
Israel indeed he will redeem from all its iniquity.

Dear friends, the clergy of this area are praying with and for YOU. The celebration of Mass continues with you at the forefront of our minds and hearts wherever we are. We particularly bring before God, with utter confidence, the sick, the suffering in mind or body, those who are dying, those who are sacrificing themselves for us in public service, most especially in the health sector. God bless you all. God will not let you down. God will not let us down! This is a promise! A promise that was made by God the Father, personally, and most visibly revealed to us in his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


  • On our website you will find helpful resources to help us to pray, and pray TOGETHER, through these testing moments



9 Replies to “Special Message from Fr John”

  1. Thanks Father John for your prayers and your special message to us all ,very comforting in this scary time. Hope you are safe and well. The whole parish is in my prayers daily.❤️🙏

  2. Thank you Father John for your letter and prayers for all of us.
    Please keep yourself well and safe so that we can all pray together
    again soon.

  3. Thank you Father John for your kind prayers and thoughts at this scary time. It is a great comfort. We are being tested greatly. Praying that you will keep well and safe that we may all be together when this challenge passes.

  4. Morning Father John thank you for keeping in. Touch with us ,and Gerry ,I don’t feel alone still feel we are The Holy Redeemer Family never alone as long as we believe in God he is always there, can I ask you to remember my sister -in-law Margaret O’Brien who Died on Thursday from this horrible virus and and her husband sons and Daughter and Family one of her Sons is Canon Kieron O’Brien Parish Priest Brighton He is in isolation with his father and Brother sorry so long ,I am in isolation in our apartments because of my age asthma you always in my prayers my thanks for all the spiritual you give us Amen god bless you and. Keep you safe

  5. Thank you Father John
    So good to hear that you are up and about well as far as you are allowed to go. I think this is what is mean by a Dystopian World!
    Thank you John for your prayers and lovely message in these frightening times. I have a husband who has an aggressive cancer so doubly worrying.
    Do take great care and we look forward to when we can all meet up again.

  6. Dear Father John! Hope you are feeling better. We have been praying for you. Keep safe and look forward to when we can all be together again to celebrate our faith and feed our souls.
    I am reading ‘Pope Francis’ Happiness in This Life’, thought this was so relevant today.
    The big Question: Is hope possible, here and now?
    The dizzying rhythm that we are subjected to seems to rob us of hope and joy. Pressures and powerlessness in the face of many situations seem to dry up our souls and make us insensitive to countless challenges. And paradoxically, when everything is speeding up to build – in theory – a better society, in the end we have no time for anything or anybody. We lose time for family, time for community, we lose time for friendship, for solidarity and for memory.
    We should ask ourselves: how is it possible to experience the joy of the Gospel today within our cities? Is Christian hope possible in this situation, here and now?
    These two questions touch our identity, the lives of our families, of our countries and our cities.
    Love this! So relevant.
    With love and gratitude to you Father for guiding us and drawing us nearer to God our Father 🙏🙏🙏 Elaine and John

    1. I miss your sermons Father John and pray you will be back again in our church saying Holy Mass very soon.

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