Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This greeting reminds us of an important truth of our faith. In Jesus, we have become God’s adopted children. We have been made in God’s image and likeness. And now that he has sent his only-begotten Son into the world, we are the Body of Christ. We might imagine […]

Pastoral Letter Third Sunday in Advent 2021

Third Sunday of Advent 12 December 2021 On Expectation My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, On this Third Sunday of Advent, the Scriptures we have just listened to together are bursting with joy and excitement. As winter begins to take hold, and calling to mind the many challenges we are dealing with in our […]

Pastoral Letter Fifth Sunday Of Lent 21 March 2021 – On The Paschal Mystery

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Today we hear Jesus say these words, ‘Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified’. Our Lord is not stumbling towards the events of Holy Week, but resolutely responding to his heavenly Father’s will. He knows that ‘unless a wheat grain falls on […]

A Pastoral Message During the Third Lockdown

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Last week, we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. ‘Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John.’ This is an historical event. It is also a moment of mystical significance. Our Lord’s true identity is revealed to us as […]

Pastoral Letter: On the Feast of the Holy Family, 2020

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In today’s Gospel scene, we hear how the Holy Family journey to Jerusalem, the hearts of Mary and Joseph filled with the joy which comes from fulfilment of the Lord’s will. The poverty of their sacrifice, ‘a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons’ is matched by the […]

Pastoral Letter First Sunday of Advent 29 November 2020 On Mission

Dear friends in Christ, ‘Christmas is cancelled!’ This abrupt headline appeared during September, causing consternation throughout the land. It became clearer, journalists were referring to the cultural trappings of a festive season. But there was also the lingering prospect that we may not be able to meet up with all our loved ones because of […]