ROSARY EVERY WEEKDAY AT THE CATHEDRAL

My invitation is for parishioners to gather at 12.00 Noon Monday to Friday in the Cathedral to say the rosary – to pray for sinners and for world peace. Let us accept Our Lady’s invitation to pray the rosary every day for peace in the world and to end the wars around the world. Should … [Read more…]

100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions

20th/21st May 2017 Dear Parishioners, As a little boy I loved the stories of Our Lady of Fatima. I loved the film that told the story so well too. I embraced the rosary. Every night before going to bed we as a family knelt in the lounge-room and prayed the rosary – “the family that … [Read more…]

BLESSING OVER ALL MOTHERS

13/14th May 2017 This weekend especially and indeed at all times we the Cathedral Parish of Sale give thanks for the gift of Mothers. We acknowledge your warmth, your sacrifices, your wise counsel, your love faith and prayers constantly guiding our direction in life. We look on your with love and gratitude for your strength … [Read more…]

130th ANNIVERSARY OF SALE DIOCESE

On Wednesday 10th May 2017, Sale Diocese Foundation Day, there will be an opportunity to gather in St Mary’s Cathedral for a Mass at 11.00am, to give thanks for 130 years of the Sale Diocese for all that has been and for the many graces that will continue to bring blessings to our diocese.

CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD

7th May 2017 Healed by his wounds As we go through life all of us whoever we are cannot avoid picking up some wounds. But carers and when I mention the word carers I think of those called to particular vocations. Mothers, Fathers, Religious Brothers and Sisters, Priests, Bishops, single people too in special ways … [Read more…]

WORLD WAR ONE CHAPLAINS

29th/30th April 2017 Chaplain Michael McKernan, when writing about Australians in Gallipoli and France observed that ‘ the battlefield is a strange place for a Christian Minister, dedicated to a message of peace’. Further adding ‘if men are to die or suffer, tradition decrees, their ministers should be with them to help in the best … [Read more…]

THE TRUE GREATNESS OF JESUS

22nd/23rd April 2017 Christy Brown, the disabled Dublin writer, died in 1981. One day he saw a picture of the English novelist, Margaret Foster and immediately fell in love with her. So charming was his letter to her they began a warm friendship. Christy was anxious to meet her, however Margaret learned he was severely … [Read more…]

THE HOPE EASTER GIVES

We can face anything, endure anything, as long as we know or believe it will not last for ever, and that something better will happen. For example, people will face a long, painful operation if they believe it will make them well again. What this underlines is the importance of hope. Hope is as necessary … [Read more…]

Holy Week is the most important week of the year

8th/9th April 2017 Holy Week is the most important week of the year (Pope Benedict – Apr 8 2009 ) It was on an occasion when thousands of pilgrims had gathered in St Peter’s Square to hear Pope Benedict’s weekly Audience and catechesis. That the pope discussed Holy Week offering the world the chance “to … [Read more…]

The Therapy of Tears: The Raising of Lazarus

One of the most surprising parts of the story of the raising of Lazarus is the part where Jesus breaks down and cries. Why should this be so? Perhaps it is the sight of a man weeping in public that surprises. In general, men are not good at showing emotions. The stoics of old were … [Read more…]