January 22, 2019

Father Terry writes:     

In our opening prayer today, we ask of God:  ‘Hear the pleading of your people, and bestow your peace on our times’.  To which I would think we would all heartily say:  Amen.  Only 25 years ago we were hoping for a new era of peace.  Apartheid had been overcome.  The Berlin Wall had been torn down.  Northern Ireland was making more and more progress.  It seemed that we could spend money on vanquishing hunger and disease rather than building weapons.  Alas, at the start of 2019 this seems a distant dream.  The world seems a fragile place once more.

We ought to take heart from the first reading (Isa. 62.1-5).  What you need to know is that at the time those words were written, Jerusalem was either in ruins or still being slowly and painfully rebuilt.  In 587 BC the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had captured Jerusalem after a long siege.  Jerusalem was plundered and Solomon's Temple was destroyed. Most of...

January 22, 2019

Second Sunday (Year C ) 20th January 2019

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 19th Jan                       

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 May Brennan, intns            

                Sun 20th Jan                      

8.30 am                                 People of the parish...

January 12, 2019

Father Terry writes:     

 I remember once seeing in the newspaper a photograph of Korean children doing physical exercises in the snow.  They were shirtless, despite the freezing cold.  The caption said that their parents paid for them to do this course in order to give them mental and physical stamina. In suburban London we would worry at such dangerous exposure to the winter cold.  But it is thought-provoking.  As children grow up they will have to overcome obstacles and rise to challenges, and parents sometimes worry about how their children will cope with life.  Initiation ceremonies around the world often hint at this need for courage in our daily living.  You find it in our baptism ceremony, when the priest anoints the child on the chest and says, ‘We anoint you  in the name of Christ our Saviour.  May he strengthen you with his power, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.’ 

    

Those words remind us that...

January 12, 2019

Baptism of the Lord (Year C ) 13th January 2019

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 12th Jan                       

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 People of the parish           

                Sun 13th Dec                      

8.30 am                                 Brother Michael Brennan, intns...

January 8, 2019

Father Terry writes:     

A friend in America recently sent me a kind of questionnaire about family life, not so much questions as observations.  One of them went as follows:

Your car contains the cartons of at least four drive-thru restaurants but you haven't sat down for a meal as a family all week.

Well when I read that I made a mental note to clear the cartons and crisp packets out of my car.  But it also set me thinking.  The point, as you can see, was to say that we are under pressure.  I am so aware of how much under pressure families are.  You have obligations to work.  You have commitments to do things for your children's school.  The Church, of course, wants to see you at Mass, at least.  You may want to keep in shape by going to the gym.  You may be taking classes somewhere to improve your job prospects.  Not only are you under pressure, but you spend more and more time in your car, not least because your children need to be, taken from A to B to C - I've noticed...

January 8, 2019

Holy Family (Year C ) 30th December 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 29th Dec                       

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 John O’Callaghan, anniv

                Sun 30th Dec                      

8.30 am                                 People of the parish...

January 8, 2019

Father Terry writes:     

     In the final trimester of a woman's pregnancy, the life quickens within her.  The baby kicks and makes its presence felt in many ways.  Some mothers will tell you that near the time of birth, their baby seems to respond to external sounds.  So it makes perfect sense to read in the gospel today that the infant John within Elizabeth responds to the sound of Mary’s voice.  Mary’s greeting must have contained an exultancy that reached even the child carried in Elizabeth’s womb.

     The gospel today is all about the quickening of life.  Elizabeth's child leaps in her womb.  Mary carries within her the life that will be the light of the world.  What about us?  I think we can say that at this time of year the life quickens within us as well.  Using the sacrament of reconciliation, we seek to make our souls worthy of the Saviour.  In the decorating our homes for Christmas, we make them shine with the joy of the sea...

January 8, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 23rd December 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 22nd Dec                      

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 Veronica Filippin, anniversary

                Sun 23rd Dec                     

8.30 am                                 People of the Parish...

January 8, 2019

Father Terry writes:     

We read in the gospel today that a feeling of expectancy had grown among the people (Luke 3.15).  It was a time when they were wondering whether the Messiah might have already come, whether he was hidden in their midst and was about to make himself known.  And people were already beginning to reform their lives, in the expectation that at any moment the Christ might be revealed right next to them.

What power is hidden in that simple phrase about a feeling of expectancy.  They believed that God could and would do great things.  Where there is great faith there can be great works.  There is a challenge to us in this.  As Advent progresses and Christmas draws near, we are reminded of the importance of believing that God is about in our world. We need to expect that we can see the hand of God at work among us.  We need to have hearts and minds open to God.  God can do great works without our faith.  But if we have faith then we can see more of wh...