God revealed

There is a very tricky area of modern thinking that we have to look at, and that is what I hear said all the time: ‘We all worship the same God.’ The implication here is that the different understandings of God are purely external, like clothing, so to speak, and that underneath, God is the same. The same God for Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims. There are two issues here. The first is respect. In our world we are increasingly mixed together with people of different cultures and religions. We have learned to respect one another, and that is an entirely good thing. None of us I hope would be hostile or aggressive towards another religion or culture. This is more than just g

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 16th September 2018

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 15th Sept 6 pm Vigil Mass Maria Sesenna, intentions Sun 16th Sept 8.30 am Bridget Cotter, RIP 10 am People of the Parish 12 noon Marie Bloom, intentions Mon 17th Sept 10 am Mary O’Malley, RIP Tue 18th Sept 10 am Roger Butler, RIP Wed 19th Sept 10 am Thomas Cotter, RIP Thurs 20th Sept 10 am Mossy King, RIP Fri 21st Sept St Matthew 10 am Mary Flaherty, int

Dignity For All

One of early the signs that Nazi Germany was evil came with its campaign to rid the country of the disable. They were deemed to be a 'drain' on resources. In addition they were considered to be of poor genetic stock, which eugenicists wanted removed. Eugenics believes that we can ‘breed’ an improved human race, rather like the breeding of cattle. And so, in the late 1930s, many of the German disabled were quietly put to death. It couldn't happen again, of course. And yet … many countries have abortion. One of the side-effects of easy abortion is a prejudice towards disability. If disability is detected in the womb, there is the suggestion that the child should be eliminated. I wonder

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 9th September 2018

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 8th Sept 6 pm Vigil Mass Pat Gleeson, RIP Sun 9th Sept 8.30 am People of the Parish 10 am Peter and Elizabeth Cullen and John Ennis, anniv 12 noon Norah Allison, anniversary Mon 10th Sept 10 am Bridget Cotter, RIP Tue 11th Sept 10 am Sylvia Barnachea and family, intentions and thanksgiving Wed 12th Sept 10 am Tom Lobo, RIP Thurs 13th Sept St John Chrysostom 10 am Thomas Cotter, intentions Fri

God and the world

There are two ways of looking at the world in the Bible. One tells us that the world is a terrible place. The other tells us that the world is a wonderful place. Both are true, and we have to understand this and keep them together. First the tradition that the world is a terrible place. This comes through quite clearly in today’s second reading, for example, where in the letter of James we hear that pure religion means ‘keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world’. That word ‘uncontaminated’ is quite strong, isn’t it? It says that the world is a place of pollution, that the world will make us spiritually ill if we allow it to do so. It’s a reference to the world created by jeal

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 2nd September 2018

Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction: Thursday 10.30 am, Saturday at 5.30 pm Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, and Mary Myles. Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £ 1016.94 Many thanks. Funeral The funeral Mass of the late Filomena Di Trolio will be here on Thursday 6th September at 10 am, followed by burial at St Pancras Cemetery. May she rest in peace. Large Hall refurbishment Fr Terry writes: We have had some delays. I had hoped for an opening date of Sunday 2nd Sept, but we have now adjusted this to Sunday 9t

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