Come Holy Spirit!

This Sunday when we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost it seems appropriate to hear the story of what has been described as the birth of Catholic Charismatic renewal. Patti Gallagher Mansfield has never forgotten a retreat she made while at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1967.

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The Week of ‘Laudato Si’

THIS WEEK we have celebrated Ascension Day and this weekend, as we prepare for Pentecost next Sunday, the Church keeps a novena to the Holy Spirit and today keeps World Communications Day. Ordinarily this would be marked by a second collection to support the Catholic Church’s media operation in this

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Prayer, Relationship and the Treasure Within

There has been quite a lot of mention about prayer and fasting this past week. How was your experience on Pope Francis’ day of prayer, fasting and good works? Recently I have been dipping into a wonderful book by John Trenchard C.Ss.R entitled Personal Prayer: Living in Love with God

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The Pope and the end of the War

‘It is the spirit of evil which wars against the spirit of God and which would banish from the earth the kingdom of Christ and deify material force, in order to drive out of the lives of peoples and still more to abolish from international relations, every essential distinction between

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Mary in May

Colonel Tom We all need to hear of events and stories which raise our spirits and encourage us especially during this rather bleak period. At the top of the list must surely be Captain Tom Moore who was promoted to honorary colonel last week, after raising £29 million for NHS

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Everything they owned was held in common

Most Catholics here are now only able to participate in Mass remotely through livestreaming or other filming (and perhaps occasionally by means of radio) – and the numbers of people doing this during the week seem to be much higher than those of ordinary weekday Mass-goers. If this applies to

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Courage

I’m writing the front page of the parish newsletter on the anniversary of the bombing of our cathedral, St Georges, in 1941. If our churches weren’t now closed and Mass could have been celebrated as usual, we would have been taking a second collection this Sunday for the maintenance of

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Christ is Risen!

For many of us time at the moment seems to be moving slowly. The special act of worship and blessing led by the Holy Father on 27 March, only a fortnight ago, seems ages ago to me now. It was a very powerful moment, watching him walking with some difficulty

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Doors Closed, Hearts Open

It has been two weeks since we announced that the church was to close. In a sense this is an incorrect statement. What happened in fact was the closure of the church building. We as the people of faith in Jesus Christ are the Church and we are not closed

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Look down in mercy upon England thy Dowry

SOME OF YOU may be old enough to remember a satirical book about English history published originally in 1930 (but reprinted for many years) – 1066 And All That, by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman. This is what the book has to say about Richard II, King of

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