Dear Friends, In today’s secular society to be a person of faith is regarded as rather like having a hobby or a pastime: something private and personal. But it is clear from today’s Gospel reading that to be a disciple of Christ is much more than a hobby or something to be taken lightly. Our faith cannot be just one aspect of our lives; it is something that underpins every … [Read more...] about Newsletter 26 06 2022
Dear Friends, In today’s first reading the long list of places of origin show the diversity of those who heard the Gospel message in their own languages. Luke is telling us that the whole world is represented and receives the message. The sound of the great wind, the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, brings the people together to hear the proclamation of the apostles. The … [Read more...] about Newsletter 05 06 2022
Dear Friends, Today is the final Sunday in Eastertide. We hear the end of the Book of the Apocalypse with its promise that the Lord will protect and save all those who trust in him. It is that promise that enables Stephen to face his persecutors and undergo martyrdom with such calm dignity. In the Gospel we hear the prayer of Jesus for his disciples. He prays for unity among … [Read more...] about Newsletter 29 05 2022
Dear Friends, In today’s Gospel we hear more of the last conversation Jesus has with his disciples before his arrest and death. He promises to send the Holy Spirit who will teach them everything including the purpose of his death and resurrection. Today we continue the diocesan programme ‘Faithful Stewards of God’s Gifts’. Last Sunday we reflected on our parish community … [Read more...] about Newsletter 22.05.2022
Dear Friends, The situation in the country and in our parishes has changed dramatically since last weekend. Our bishops have given us clear directives which we will follow. There will be no public services including Sunday and weekday Mass in our churches until further notice. Priests will celebrate Mass privately. I will say Mass daily at 10am in the Sacred Heart church … [Read more...] about Newsletter 22.03.20.