The Catholic Church of Our Lady of Walsingham
with St Cuthbert Mayne,
Old Mill Road,
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH & PERSONAL PARISH
OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM with St CUTHBERT MAYNE.(Torbay)
Part of The Personal Ordinariate of OurLady of Walsingham under the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman.
Parish Priest Fr David Lashbrooke 01803 391703 firstname.lastname@example.org
My dear brothers and sisters,
It has been sometime since I have written a letter for our website and I could cite a very busy year with the renovation of the old hall into a presbytery with the subsequent moving and the long process of making a study and a new parish office. I could even claim that, for our small community, the taking down and rebuilding of the organ has been somewhat time consuming and yet this would not be wholly true. I have held back from writing, because like many, I am distressed by the dis-order in The Church with the multiple revelations of abuse of the vulnerable which is the darkest side of a general abuse of power exercised by some of our brothers and sisters given authority in The Church and made worse by subsequent cover-ups of these tragic actions which does nothing less than disfigure the Body of Christ. This distress has been compounded by those who are hostile to the Church making capital for our institutional failings and seeking , as in Australia, to attack the sacramental life of the Church most poignantly evidenced by the call to break the seal of the confessional.
All Catholics need to acknowledge the sinfulness that has led to this state of affairs and seek restorative justice to help those who have been grossly injured by the actions of others especially within The Church. As a Church we cannot proclaim Christ, love and truth and live lives which contradict our proclamation nor can we allow our detractors to use our sinful natures, especially those who have so tragically given in to unnatural desires and the pursuit of power, as a reason seek a societal abandonment, throughout the nations, of the God who made us and loves us.
At the heart of this crisis is an often imperceptible move of the faithful to faithlessness that, in part, has been brought about by a lack of diligence to our prayers and learning. The history of humanity make us all painfully aware that faithlessness, our rejection of our need for a relationship with God, allows evil to pervade our lives with the resultant, as now, tragic consequences especially to the most vulnerable as well as to ourselves.
I have been helped to see a way forward by a prayer that has been long forgotten by many, and indeed is new to me as it highlights our need, as frail human beings, to call for help. At Our Lady of Walsingham we now pray it at the end of every mass as it confronts the real the tragedy of what has distressed so many Catholics which is evil and it is this which seeks todestroy the very essence of our lives.
May God bless you and those we serve and may Our Lady of Walsingham, Holy Michael and all the saints intercede for us all.
Fr David Lashbrooke
Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle.
Be thou our defence against the wickedness
and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God, thrust down to hell Satan, and all wicked spirits,
who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.