Weekly News 07/03/2021

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Third Sunday of Lent – Year B This week, in our journey through the Old Testament, we reach Covenant Number Three: and this is the big one – the Covenant with Moses at Sinai. The Ten Commandments are (or should be) familiar to us all: they form our side of the agreement with God –...

News & Views March 2021

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News & Views March 2021 Dear brothers and sisters, every moment of our lives is a time for believing, hoping and loving. The call to experience Lent as a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods, helps us – as communities and as individuals – to revive the faith that comes from the...

Weekly News 28/02/2021

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Second Sunday of Lent – Year B We spool forward a few centuries in the story of the Old Testament, to arrive at Abraham, “our Father in faith”. Today we hear of another Covenant (like last week) – even though the word is not used. God promises Abraham descendants like “the stars of heaven”, and...

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...

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