Dear Brothers & Sisters, Christ my hope is Risen!! This is the summary of our Faith. Last Thursday at the beginning of the Triduum I paraphrased the Gospel of Luke and I said I had longed to celebrate Passover with the parish this year. After last year’s celebration this year’s had a stronger significance. Maundy […]

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4th April 2021 – Easter Sunday

Dear Brothers & Sisters, Christ is Risen!! This is the proclamation that the Church all over the world (while our Orthodox brothers and sisters will celebrate Easter on 2nd May). One of the most important features of this celebration is light. In 2012, when Pope Benedict celebrated his last Easter vigil publicly, he said: On […]

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21st March 2021 – 5th Sunday of Lent

Dear Brothers & Sisters, 20th March 2020 marked the closure of our Churches for public worship. We could not access our buildings till 4th July and during that time we had to rediscover our relationship with God at home. 23rd March 2020 our nation went into lockdown and this year we will have a Day […]

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14th March 2021 – 4th Sunday of Lent

Dear Brothers & Sisters, While having a missionary experience in Toronto in the year 2000, I spent the Christmas holidays in Quebec. Among the main cities I visited was Montreal, a beautiful and modern city with an European flavour to it. The most impressive sight I went to see was the Shrine of St Joseph […]

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7th March 2021 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Dear Brothers & Sisters, Friday 5th March 2021 will be remembered as a historical moment. Pope Francis became the first Pope to visit Iraq in an apostolic journey. He goes in a spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness. Saturday morning he went on to the site of Ur, where he has participated in an inter religious […]

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28th February 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Dear Brothers & Sisters, A common feature to Catholic Churches is having images of the Via Crucis (or Stations of the Cross) around the building. These images represent a devotion which recalls with prayerful affection the last stage of the journey that Jesus walked in his earthly life. This last stage of the journey is […]

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21st February 2021 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Dear Brothers & Sisters, Tomorrow we will celebrate the feast of the Chair of Peter. Anyone who has been to St Peter’s basilica will have been attracted by the architectonical construction at the end of the basilica, under the famous alabaster window of the Dove, as a representation of the Holy Spirit. This magnificent sculpture […]

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Dear Brothers & Sisters, As we come to Mass today, we hear about leprosy. Leprosy or Hansen disease is caused by a germ, or bacteria. It causes an infection that affects the skin, destroys nerves and can also cause problems in the eyes and nose. If treated appropriately it is curable. For centuries leprosy has […]

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Dear Brothers & Sisters, Born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan, she was kidnapped at the age of 7, sold into slavery and given the name Bakhita, which means fortunate. She was resold several times. In those years, flogging and maltreatment were part of her daily life. She experienced the moral and […]

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Dear Brothers & Sisters, On 21st January the Pope declared Sr Mary Joseph of Jesus (Elizabeth Prout) a Venerable, a step closer to sainthood. She was born in 1820 in Shrewsbury and died in 1864 in Sutton. She is the Foundress of The Institute of the Holy Family, later known as the Sisters of the […]

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