05/07/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend we have 43 young people making their first communions. It is not a huge figure compared to the parishes around us, but each and every one of them is important. They are continuing a journey that started at baptism and through the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist…

04/30/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May is just around the corner. The May hymn begins with” Bring flowers of the rarest bring flowers of the fairest” As we honor Mary this month we celebrate the story of our redemption and our faith. Mary said yes and that yes let to joy and to suffering….

04/23/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My first week as Pastor here was dominated by Totus Tuus. I had no idea what was going on. I had never heard of the program. By the end of the week I was very happy with the mix of religious learning and fun that made up the program….

04/16/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Alleluia He is risen from the dead alleluia alleluia. And they recognized him in the breaking of bread. Do we recognize him in the breaking of Bread? Do we continue his work when we are told go the Mass is ended? For now we are the feet and hands…

04/09/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday Jesus is welcomed in triumph into Jerusalem and feted like a King. Pic- ture yourself in that crowd. Are you part of the cheering crowd who in a few days will be yelling for his crucifixion? Or are you one of the plotters con-…

04/02/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We listen this Sunday to the Story of Lazarus who was raised from the dead by Jesus. Jesus delayed his visit even though he knew Lazarus was sick. “Lord if you had been here my brother would not have died”. Every one of us at some stage of our…

03/26/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Blindness takes many forms. There is the physical blindness where the person cannot see. I remember on the missions in Kenya one women for whom cataracts had been a problem from her late teens. She had never seen her children or her nieces and nephews. She had only recollections…

03/19/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, At the beginning of Lent we are challenged “to repent and believe the good news”. It is a call to renewal. We try to put into action our promises made at baptism. We are called to love one another and to put that into action in our daily lives….

03/12/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend we have a priest from UNBOUND talking at all the Masses. I know it is a very busy weekend and there are lots of things going on in all our lives. We are challenged as Christians to look at all the needs of our fellow citizens. I…

03/05/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today is the first Sunday of Lent. During Lent there will be two Masses on a Friday one at 9.15am and one at 6.30 pm with a reflection on some of the Stations of the Cross. During Lent we will be trying as a parish to read Bishop Robert…