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Our Lady of Lourdes – Tuesday 11th February

In Lourdes, France, in 1844 a baby girl named Bernadette Soubirous was born.  Bernadette’s family was very poor, and Bernadette was responsible for looking after and caring for her brothers and sisters. Bernadette was a good natured girl with dark eyes and a round face.  The only education Bernadette received was the Catholic teachings which […]

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 […]

Reflection on the Feast of the Epiphany

“If we want to find Jesus, we have to overcome our fear of taking risks, our self-satisfaction and our indolent refusal to ask anything more of life. We need to take risks simply to meet a Child. Those risks are immensely worth the effort, since in finding that Child, in discovering his tenderness and love, […]

Advent Wreath

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The Advent Wreath is a symbol of life and light.  The wreath is a circle with neither a beginning nor end, just like God’s love for us.  The four candles on the wreath represent the four Sundays in Advent.  We light one candle on the Advent wreath every week as we prepare for Christmas.  By […]

Happy New Year!!!

The New Church Year begins on the First Sunday of Advent. As we will be in Year A in the three-year cycle of Sunday readings, for the next year we will be hearing mainly from the Gospel of St. Matthew.  John’s gospel will feature very strongly in Lent with the stories of the Woman at […]

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 […]