October 17, 2018

Father Terry writes:     

 Old age has a bad press in the UK.  It becomes the source of endless jokes.  It spawned comedies like One Foot in the Grave. Even Dad’s Army relied too much on jokes about incompetent of older people. And don’t get me started on Father Ted. The old are frequently shown as foolish, as blundering from one mishap to another.  This mockery is so much at odds with the picture of older people in other cultures. In many other countries senior citizens are treated as truly senior citizens, who have acquired a lifetime’s experience and the wisdom of maturity.

Today’s first reading is a wonderful song of praise about wisdom. I never address myself directly to the older people in church, so I want to turn to you today and say that you are our source of wisdom. It is the traditional role of older people to help the rest of the community to judge all things wisely. To discern between the important the and trivial. To know when to hang on and wh...

October 17, 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 13th Oct                        

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 People of the Parish

                Sun 14th Oct                      

8.30 am                                 Carmela Pignataro, RIP

10 am...

October 10, 2018

   The readings this weekend are both challenging and beautiful at the same time, and it is important that we hold them together. In Genesis 2.18-24 we get one of the creation stories. The man beholds the woman and exclaims that she is bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. The point is to underscore the deep unity of the two, a unity so deep that in marriage the two become one. The language of flesh and bone expresses this beautifully:  they form one life together, they depend upon each other, they feel through each other. And this, surely, is true marriage.  Where it works, the two individuals who enter into it are irrevocably changed. In this sense what is done cannot be undone. Hence the stance of Jesus regarding marriage after divorce. Jesus sets his face against it, and this teaching, upheld by the Church, saddens many couples who know themselves to be truly loving and committed in their new marriage.

   Marriage is always a work in progress. But for those whose rela...

October 10, 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 6th Oct                          

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 Edward Dooley, anniversary

                Sun 7th Oct                         

8.30 am                                 Mary Doherty, intentions...

October 2, 2018

Here is a story about myself that I tell with shame. I was on holiday in the Netherlands a long time ago when I was young. I had very little money and I was hitchhiking. I visited the city of Haarlem to see the Frans Hals Museum. I bought a lunch from a shop and as I left realised that the assistant had given me far too much change. I wrestled with my conscience briefly. He might get into trouble at the end of the day when they were cashing up; I ought to return the money. But I had so little money myself. So I decided to keep the money and not go back into the shop. But my conscience felt bad and I could not help feeling that somehow God had a lesson for me. Anyway I enjoyed the rest of the day and went to the bus station for my return journey to Leiden where I was staying … only to find that I had lost the return ticket. It was a salutary lesson.

   The reading from the Letter of James (5.1-6) tells us of workers who were exploited and defrauded of their wages.  Their cries, we are to...

October 2, 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 29th Sept                      

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 Joan O’Sullivan, RIP

                Sun 30th Sept                     

8.30 am                                 Revd D. Anderson, intns

10 am...

October 2, 2018

Fr Terry writes:   The Letter of St James is unusual.  It mixes shrewd advice and social commentary in a way that really speaks to our times.

     In today's extract from James we find an extended meditation on the power of peacemaking and the roots of aggression.  About aggression, the letter of James is quite blunt:  it comes from our desire to have more.  And more again.  There is much here for us to ponder.  Western culture and Western economies are built upon this desire.  Since the downturn in the world economy we read that consumers have lost confidence, and they are buying less. Similarly Brexit is said to have stifled consumer-led economic growth.  Once we buy more (we are told) the economy will pick up to produce the goods that are being bought.  At the same time, we know that much of our culture is based on the creation of changing tastes and fashions:  not just clothes but interior decoration, furnishings, clothes, even gardens have to be reshaped as tastes change....

October 2, 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 22nd Sept                     

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 Nancy O’Shaughnessy, intentions

                Sun 23rd Sept                    

8.30 am                                 Atty Benjamin Dadios, RIP

10 am...

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