November 26, 2018

A reminder to everyone that our St Mary's Christmas Fair will be this coming Saturday 1st December from 12-3pm in the parish halls. Come along and enjoy:

Home Bakes, Fiddle Music, Christmas Carols, Refreshments, Tombola, Knits, Books, Jewellery

Kid's activities including: Santa's Grotto, Fortnite Dance-off, Face-painting and Christmas Craft

Come along, support the parish and get in a festive mood!

November 21, 2018

Father Terry writes:     

I’ve lost track of the disaster movies that I have seen advertised. Every few years seems to bring a new film, showing civilisation threatened by nuclear holocaust, or relentless snow, or earthquake, or some other terrible cataclysmic event.  Why, I wonder, are these films so popular?  I think it is because they allow our fears to come out, in a way that we can acknowledge without despair.  For example, disaster films these days often have some fearsome weather event at the centre of the story.  This is not surprising, given our anxieties today about climate change.  Films such as these help us deal with our fears by bringing them to the surface and portraying them in a safe context, in which there is human triumph over adversity.

The readings at Mass today tell us that these fears are also the kind of fears that have been felt by generations in ages past.  Always, as the end of the Church’s year approaches, we read from the ki...

November 21, 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

               

Sat 17th Nov                       

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 For those in our November Book of Remembrance

                Sun 18th Nov                     

8.30 am                                 Arthur Laycock, RIP

10 am...

November 14, 2018

Father Terry writes:     

With today’s gospel (Mark 12.38-44) we may omit the first paragraph, and you can see why. This paragraph makes clergy embarrassed, with its description of self-important religious functionaries wearing special robes. Well, it can apply to priests – but it applies to lawyers also, because the scribes were lawyers and judges who adjudicated. In fact, these words of Jesus could even apply to administrators, because the scribes had great influence in how the community governed itself. There is a reminder here that our institutions exist for all of us. The bigger an organisation, the harder it is to keep an atmosphere of service. Clergy need to recall that the church does not exist for them, just as lawyers need to remember this about the legal system. Similarly, the civil service is not there the common good and not for the sake of the administrators. Schools are intended for the pupils. We need to remember regularly the washing of the feet that we r...

November 14, 2018

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 11th November 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 10th Nov                       

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 Teresa McGovern, anniversary

                Sun 11th Nov                     

8.30 am                                 People of the Parish...

November 7, 2018

Father Terry writes:     

I sometimes wonder how disabled people feel about biblical references to such handicaps.  Blindness is often used in scripture as an image for those who refuse to believe.  Similarly, those who will not listen to the message of God are said to be deaf.  Campaigners for the disabled have made us rightly aware of how our attitudes towards the disabled can make them feel worthless.  So today we might feel uncomfortable sometimes about the way scripture uses disability.  And yet, we need to move beyond notions of political correctness to grasp the deeper meaning of scripture.

Often, in the Bible, the message is that those who are inwardly closed off cannot see God's will or hear God's message.  These people can 'see' and 'hear' in the normal way, but are impervious to God.  By contrast, the disabled, despite their difficulties, often prove to be the most open to Christ.  It is the blind beggar Bartimaeus who becomes a follower of J...

November 7, 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 27th Oct                        

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 Agnes Muheirwe, intentions

                Sun 28th Oct                      

8.30 am                                 People of the Parish

10 am...

November 7, 2018

Father Terry writes:     

When James and John approached Jesus trying to wheedle promotion out of him, they were simply acting out the kind of fantasy that all of us indulge in from time to time.  How wonderful it would be, we think, to have  the top job!  Imagine all that power and prestige.  Imagine, however, of how Jesus must have felt at that moment.  I wonder if he had his head in his hands and was tempted to despair.  These were men who had walked alongside him, who had heard him teach about God’s love for us all.  They had listened as Jesus made his call for repentance and inspired his listeners to be like yeast, salt, light, making the world a better place out of humble love for others.  Yet after they still thought of the kingdom as a chance to grab power and wealth and to lord it over others (Mk 10.35-45). 

The reply that Jesus makes is sobering.  In effect, he tells them that they will drink a cup of suffering and pass thr...

November 7, 2018

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 21st October 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 20th Oct                        

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 Martin Murray, 3rd anniversary

                Sun 21st Oct                       

8.30 am                                 People of the Parish...

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