The Day of the Poor

JUST OVER A YEAR AGO the Holy Father established a special worldwide day for Catholics to reflect on the needs of the poor of the world, to be each year on the penultimate Sunday of the liturgical year before Advent; so today we celebrate the second Day of the Poor,

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Remember and Listen to Benedict XV

‘That for which the whole world has long sighed, which Christianity has implored with such fervent prayer, and for which We too, interpreter of the common sorrow, have never ceased to pray with the heart of the father intent on the good of all – that has come in a

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It’s the Theology…

LAST MONDAY was the feast in the Church’s calendar of St John Paul II. Although it is now thirteen years since he died he was pope for such a large period of the lives of many of us that it’s easy to feel as if his teaching is still contemporary

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Adoremus

It has been over a month since Sister Pat, Alicja Krivicky and I (Ruth McConkey) returned from the Adoremus conference in Liverpool. In the words of the Catholic Bishops’ Congress, Adoremus was: ‘A unique opportunity for the Church to gather and reflect on the centrality of the Eucharist and particularly

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Saint Óscar Romero Pray For Us

THIS SUNDAY in Rome Pope Francis is canonising two great Catholics of the last century: Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Óscar Romero. You can’t do justice to both men in a single front page so today I will concentrate on the archbishop. The canonisation today is an event of phenomenal

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Praying the Rosary in October with the Holy Father

THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, at least since the 16th century, has been associated particularly with the recitation of the Rosary, and indeed today is sometimes called Rosary Sunday. Traditionally the Church encourages us to make a particular effort this month to make use of this traditional form of devotion. In

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Be Prepared for the “Unlikely Pilgrimage”

I’ve begun reading a rather engaging book called The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Some of you may know of it and perhaps even read it. If you haven’t done so I feel fairly confident in recommending it to you. Very briefly, it is about Harold, a sixty plus year

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What is Catholic Social Teaching?

IN THE PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Tuesday, following Home Mission Sunday last weekend, there was some reflection on the need for Evangelisation and Mission in the life of this parish. Being a missionary, being someone who wants to share the truths of the Christian religion with other people, is

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Being Missionaries in Beckenham

TODAY IS HOME MISSION SUNDAY, when we pray for God’s blessing on efforts to re-evangelise this country and ask you to support the work of the Home Mission Office of the Bishops’ Conference. For details of what the money is used for go to  the Home Mission Sunday website. Each

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