Reflections

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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on 21st November.  This celebration commemorates the presentation of the child Mary in the Temple in Jerusalem when she was three.  The feast was first kept in the eight century.  It symbolises the consecration of her life to the Lord.  It is the […]

A Psalm at the Time of Death

This Communion Reflection was read during the Mass for the Deceased on Sunday 3rd November 2019   Relatives and friends, it is my time to leave, my last breath does not say “goodbye”, for my love for you is truly timeless, beyond the touch of death.   I leave myself not to the undertaker, for […]

A Parents’ Blessing

When you were born our hearts were so full of happiness That there was no room in us for words When you were growing our hearts were so full of care for you That we spoke soothingly, and sometimes sharply, fearful for your safety. But always in the deepest places of our hearts we spoke […]

World Meeting Of Families 2018 Icon

World Meeting of Families (WMOF) 2018 Icon The Holy Family Icon Explained The Angels on the Outside – This icon of the Holy Family is shaped a bit like a house with a double door. On the outside of each door there is an angel. Michael on the left, Gabriel on the right. We remember […]

Lent 2018

The Meaning of Lent The English word ‘Lent’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Lencten, meaning ‘Spring’.  In other languages the word comes from the Latin, Quadragesima – a period of 40 days.  In the Christian tradition the forty days is understood to refer to a time of intense prayer and preparation; we remember the biblical […]

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – World Day of the Sick

Bernadette Soubirous was born of a very poor family in Lourdes, a small village at the foothills of the Pyrenees in the south of France.  It was on the 11th of February 1858, whilst she and her sisters went to collect brush wood for the house fire, that 14 year-old Bernadette saw the first of […]

‘I’m Free’

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free I’m following the path God laid for me I took His hand when I heard the call I turned my back and left it all.   I could not stay another day; To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way; […]

Advent Reflections

The Meaning of Advent The word ‘Advent’ is from the Latin ‘Adventus,’ meaning ‘coming.’  Advent marks the beginning of a new Church year and lasts from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord.  Advent is a period of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to the time […]

Reflection on Death

You can shed tears that they are gone or you can smile because they have lived. You can close your eyes and pray that they will come back or you can open your eyes and see all that they have left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see them or you can be full of the love that […]

The Rose Beyond The Wall

A rose once grew where all could see sheltered beside a garden wall. And, as the days passed swiftly by, It spread its branches, straight and tall…   One day, a beam of light shone through A crevice that had opened wide – The rose bent gently towards its warmth then passed beyond to the […]