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 […]

Miss Me But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free?   Miss me a little – but not too long And not with your head bowed low Remember the love that we once […]

‘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; […]

Liturgical Year in the Roman Rite

The Church year begins each year with Advent, the season of awaiting Christ’s coming, and ends with the final Saturday of Ordinary Time. Within the standard calendar year, the Church year starts in early December (or sometimes the end of November) and goes through the following November. The Church year consists of six liturgical seasons: […]

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 […]

Prayer by Blessed John Henry Newman

May the Lord support us all the day long ’til the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is done. Then in his mercy may He grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last.  Amen.