Weekly News 21/02/2021

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First Sunday of Lent – Year B We begin our Lenten journey at the decisive moment of the flood, when God establishes his first Covenant with man, in the person of Noah. Noah was saved from the waters, while we (as Saint Peter points out) are saved by the waters of Baptism. This is the...

Pastoral Letter 14/02/2021

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Pastoral Letter for the First Sunday of Lent from Bishop John My dear brothers and sisters, I certainly had hoped that this letter would not need to be written and that by Lent 2021 we would have returned to free access to our churches which could fill to capacity and have no need for special...

Weekly News 14/02/2021

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B Thankfully, we do not encounter leprosy in our culture. It can therefore be difficult to enter into the real depth of today’s readings. We have to understand that leprosy meant exclusion, rejection and the end of “normal” life. For your leprosy to be cured would be like...

Weekly News 07/02/2021

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B Thankfully, we do not encounter leprosy in our culture. It can therefore be difficult to enter into the real depth of today’s readings. We have to understand that leprosy meant exclusion, rejection and the end of “normal” life. For your leprosy to be cured would be like...

Weekly News 31/01/2021

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B Where does authority come from? Why is one man regarded as a prophet, and another as a lunatic, and a third as a hypocrite? Jesus startles the crowds with a ‘new teaching’ today, but what amazes them so much is not the message but the authority behind...

News and Views February 2021

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News & Views February 2021 On February 11th, 1858, Bernadette Soubirous, her sister Toinette, and a friend of theirs, Jeanne, went looking for wood on the meadows that led towards “the place where the canal rejoins the River Gave”.  This was an area where driftwood sometimes washed up and they could get firewood. Toinette and...

Weekly News 24/01/2021

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B Where does Jesus begin his ministry? Where John the Baptist left off – preaching a message of repentance, of change, to welcome the new Kingdom of God. There is a simplicity about this message, which is not compromised by anything – today’s Gospel has these simple words...

Weekly News 17/01/2021

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B What does it mean to be a follower of the Lord Jesus? Surely to listen and hear his voice, and to go where he leads us. Today, as we enter the ordinary season of the year, we begin our story of Jesus’ life and ministry with the...

Pastoral Letter 17/01/2021

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Pastoral Letter from Bishop John Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the first place, I would like to wish you all a Hope-filled, happier and healthier New Year; one in which we may rise to the challenges and opportunities of our response to the pandemic, renewing those Gospel values which will make us more...

Weekly News 10/01/2021

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The Baptism of the Lord It may seem strange, but this is a Christmas Feast. Not if we think of Christmas only in terms of the Baby in Bethlehem, but if we have followed the ideas of the Feasts of Holy Family and especially Epiphany, and have seen the Season in terms of the growing...

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