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...

Churches Staying Open

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Churches Remain Open for public Worship. There seems to be an effort, on the part of just a small number of local authorities, to ask for the closure of churches. They have no authority to insist on this. The Government website and the clarifications from the Bishops’ Conference, which are drawn from government and medical...

Weekly News 03/01/2021

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Second Sunday of Christmas Year B Our hope is in God, not in the sense of a generic religiosity or a fatalism cloaked in faith. We trust in God who revealed completely and definitively in Jesus Christ his desire to be with human beings, to share in our history, to guide us all to his...

News & Views January 2021

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News & Views January 2021 “Hope is one of the main guiding forces in human life, as without hope, easy becomes difficult and possible turns into impossible. But it is also very like our human nature to lose hope in challenging situations. Families and loved ones can give up easily and suffer from hopelessness if...

Weekly News 27/12/2020

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph As an example for us to follow, the Holy Family can seem a little too perfect: when we consider the more “dramatic” events of the Christmas and Easter story, it can seem so far removed from us. And yet, as today’s Gospel reminds us (especially in the...

Weekly News 20/12/2020

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Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B Here we enter a new stage of Advent: having spent so much time on the Second Coming, now we look back, to remember the details of the Lord’’s First Coming. Today we focus on the character of Mary, and hear of the angel Gabriel being sent to her, to...

Weekly News 13/12/2020

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Third Sunday of Advent Year B “Gaudete Sunday” So who is coming? This Sunday’s readings help to answer that question. John the Baptist is asked about the coming of the Messiah – is it him? He affirms his role as “a witness to speak for the light”, by pointing to the one who stands among...

Weekly News 06/12/2020

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Second Sunday of Advent Year B Throughout the first three weeks of Advent our focus is very clearly on the Second Coming of the Lord – not so much on the run up to Christmas (until the last week). If we view Advent as a preparation for Christmas these readings will make little sense –...

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