A Divine Coincidence?

Last weekend we had our Divine Mercy Feast Day, the culmination of the Easter Octave.  Normally, this would have been followed with a parish meal in the hall, with often some 200 people gathering together!  The graces given by our Lord on this day are certainly something to celebrate together and we hope that next […]

An Extraordinary Grace

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY April 11th, 2021 After many years of investigation, Saint Pope John-Paul II canonised Sr. Faustina and instigated this day as  “a day of graces for sinners ”,  re-stating Jesus promise of “complete forgiveness of sins AND any punishment due”.  “ This is equal to the grace we receive in baptism.  It offers […]

He Saw and He Believed

Just over a year ago the first stay-at-home instruction came into force and a lot has changed in our lives since then. Many have experienced the loneliness and frustration of isolation, the fear of illness and we’ve seen on our screens the selfless dedication of front line workers putting their lives at risk to save […]

Symbolism in the Palm Sunday Event

Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), Cappella Scrovegni a Padova, Life of Christ, Entry into Jerusalem Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.  The event is mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels and reveals how […]

Censuses in the Scriptures

                      Census at Bethlehem -Brueghel the Younger The word ‘census’ comes from the Latin, censure, ‘to estimate’. Census-taking had been a regular part of the ancient world from as early as 3800BC.  The first official census as we would recognise it was in 1841, but the principle of trying to record data on a region […]

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 […]