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Holy Land April 2008

Thirty pilgrims arrived at Heathrow Airport at 2pm for a 5 o’clock flight that arrived at Amman at 12.15am.  The coach was waiting for us but whether it was sleepy or unemployed I dont know.  the journey to the sisters outside Amman should have been less than an hour but the stuttering coach could barely make it up the hill and half…

2nd Sunday of Lent

Last week I was in Lourdes for the 150th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette in Lourdes.  It was a fantastic celebration with nearly thirty Bishops , a 1000 Priests and the best part of a million people out on the Prairie opposite the Grotto.  Bishop of Lourdes, Jacque Perier, said the object of the Jubilee should serve to…

Our Lenten Journey begins today!

Our Lenten Journey begins Lent is a season of renewal.  The word comes from an old English word for spring, and throughout the season of Lent we are called to open ouirselves to grace, conversion and the renewal of our commitment to Christ in his Church.  In Lent we, like the prodigal son come to our senses.  We come to our moral…

For the Fourth Sunday of the Year

The readings for the day tell us of the qualities we need if we are to follow Christ in our lives today.  Christ, in his sermon on the Mount reflects Moses on Mount Sinai receiving the commandments from God.  Like any sermon, he develops the commandments to make them fit the current situation of his day.  We have to develop the commands…

John Fisher School Chapel Consecration

On January the 24th,  fifty years after it was built, Archbishop Kevin MacDonald consecrated the Chapel of the John Fisher School.  The school was opened by the Diocese in 1935 and staffed by Diocesan Priests until fifteen years ago.  Fr Fawssett, who taught in the school for fifty years, was the last Priest on the teaching staff.  He finally retired two years…

The Spider Sets Out His Web

Last Saturday everything was set fair for the parish to make a lot of money towards the cost of the refurbished benches in St John the Baptist’s. The weather was great, the children were on half term holiday and lots of toys and bottles had come in for our annual Michaelmas Fayre. We were blessed with a large crowd before 11.30 all…

Thought for the Week 28th October 2007

The story of the self righteous pharisee and the humble tax collector always makes me think of the TV chef who always has a secret ingredient to add that makes his recipe that much more special – most of the time it is something wicked, a splosh of this or a pinch of that! The gospel story tells us that God is…

There are many rooms in my father’s house

“There are many rooms in my father’s house.” There is even room for the animals.  After the feast of St Francis of Assis last week, we had a Pets Service this afternoon and the animal, mostly dogs, contributed to the singing.  There was one hamster, but he felt rather intimidated and stayed in his cage. (pictures to follow from John Adams) It…