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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Unchartered Waters means more Prayer and Greater Faith

From Friday evening public liturgies in the Catholic Church ceased. This decision was made by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in consultation with the Ordinaries of the Dioceses. The reason for this decision is to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19 pandemic and to limit

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Good and Faithful Servant

ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH was Archbishop of Southwark until his retirement last June, having passed the statutory age of 75. As you know it was announced last weekend that he died peacefully. Archbishop Michael Bowen died in the autumn, and had ceased to be our pastor many years ago; but this

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Everyone’s a Somebody

There is a book which has been in my possession and gathering dust on my bookshelf for a good many years entitled  The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith. The book may well be an enjoyable read but it has always struck me as a rather sad

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Come back to me with all your Heart

When we come to Mass on Ash Wednesday among the very first words we hear are these from the book of Joel: ‘Now, now – it is the Lord who speaks – come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning.’ The first call to the Christian community

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Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Years ago I watched one of the standout films of my childhood, The Song of Bernadette, based on the book of the same title by Franz Werfel. It is the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a poor girl and her encounter with the Blessed Virgin Mary in a grotto outside her

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THE MESSAGE OF CYRIL AND METHODIUS

IN MY RECENT TALK ABOUT CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING (available here) I mentioned that in a recent newspaper article the journalist Andrew Rawnsley had referred to some of the achievements of the United Kingdom within Europe between joining the EEC in 1973 and the end of last month. One of these

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