KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT MARCH 4, 2018 Once there was a very sincere man who wished to live a holy life. So he went to the Rabbi for advice. The rabbi congratulated him on his desire, then asked, ‘How have you been faring so far?’ ‘Quiet well, I think,’ the man answered. When you say … [Read more…]

ASH WEDNESDAY

FEBRUARY 14, 2018 We welcome the Catholic Bishop’s of Australia’s invitation for the Catholic Community at the beginning of Lent – to enter into Days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse. Please take to heart the importance of these days in preparing the Church to respond to the recommendations of the … [Read more…]

A LONELY PLACE

Jesus was constantly surrounded by needy people. This weekend’s Gospel is a good example. You will note that after preaching in the Synagogue where he also cured a sick person, he retired to Peters house for refreshments. But, he didn’t get much peace there either. Peter’s mother-in-law was sick – he attended to her. It … [Read more…]

SANTO NINO

SANTO NINO Sunday January 28, 2018 Welcome Bishop Pat and members of the Philippine communities. In Malolos City, Bulacan, 40 Km north of Manila, enormous crowds gather at the end of January each year for a grand feast to celebrate the Santo Nino, the Holy Child, one of the most widely revered holy figures in … [Read more…]

Christmas Message 2017

Where is God? At some stage of our life we are bound to ask that question. It might come after a particularly tough time in our life: a close member of the family or a friend suddenly dies, maybe a long-time job is unexpectedly lost. It might come in a joyous manner, such as seeing … [Read more…]

WITNESSES FOR THE LIGHT

17th December, 2017 John the Baptist had a central role to play in the coming of the Saviour. His role as today’s Gospel puts it, was to be ‘a witness to speak for the light’ – Jesus. John was a courageous witness, he was a strong personality and a man of principle. His lifestyle, as … [Read more…]

THE GREATNESS OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

9th —10th December, 2017 I remember being out on my early morning walk one cold winter’s day. The sun had just come up. As I walked along I noticed also that the moon was in the sky, pale against the sun I could just see it. Through the night the moon was bright and beautiful … [Read more…]

STAYING AWAKE – KEEPING WATCH

2nd December / 3rd December, 2017 First Sunday of Advent Three times in this weekend’s Gospel ( Mk 13:33-37) Jesus encourages his followers to ‘stay awake’. We know the call to ‘stay awake’ is meant for us too. It is a very appropriate call for the beginning of the liturgical year. Habit plays a big … [Read more…]

Tell me what have you made of yourselves…

Once, at a re-union of past pupils of a well known school run by a religious order, a senior priest attending found himself surrounded by a host of pupils, most he had not seen since they left the school many years previously. They valued highly this priest’s influence on their lives. Gracious as always without … [Read more…]