Bishop Stephen Wright has released a Pastoral Letter for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8 October 2023:

“Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

In our Second Reading today St. Paul writes:
Keep doing all the things that you learnt from me and have been taught by me and have heard or seen that I do. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4: 9)

His words to the Church in Philippi ring true through the ages to our Church in Hexham and Newcastle. St. Paul was confident his way was the Lord’s way. We may fall short of St. Paul’s confidence, but the mark of any Christian is that their way is the Lord’s way. St Paul advises us to pray for our needs with thanksgiving, filling our minds with all that is true, noble, good and pure. We should be full of all that we love and honour, what is virtuous and worthy of praise. Then the gift of the Lord’s peace will be with us. Our First Reading and the Gospel give us stark imagery of what happens when our way is not the Lord’s way. The Lord’s vineyard, His Church, no longer produces good fruit. The peace of God is not present.” [continued]

Read the letter in full below

Pastoral Letter and Video