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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 […]


One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD. When the last scene of his life […]

The Value of a Smile

A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but he can be made rich […]

Jubilee of Mercy – Opportunity or Distraction?

The Jubilee of Mercy is an opportunity to remind ourselves that mercy and compassion are at the heart of the mission of Jesus in the world today.  We can be ‘missionaries of mercy’ in our everyday lives by the way we live and interact with others.  On the 3rd Sunday of Advent, 13th December, symbolic […]