Holiness, a Mark of the Church

One of the points in my Christian journey when I realised I ought to leave the Church of England was during a clergy training day in Dulwich many years ago when a speaker, thought to be an expert on mission and evangelism, said that she was fed up with churches

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Looking Forward to the Easter Vigil

Part of what Lent is about is getting ready for Easter, and that means, amongst other things, preparing for the most important act of Easter worship – the Easter Vigil, the night before Easter day. The picture here shows the Holy Father in St Peter’s holding his own candle as

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Housing Justice – Helping the Homeless

Housing Justice is the national ecumenical voice of Christian action to prevent homelessness and to tackle bad housing. As Catholics, we believe that human dignity is challenged by the lack of a decent home. Housing Justice aims to mobilise Christians united in their determination to work with and for the

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The Importance of Family Fast Day

TRADITIONALLY in this country we keep the Friday of the first full week of Lent as Family Fast day. Our dedicated team of CAFOD volunteers will be speaking at all Masses this weekend about CAFOD’s work and the ways in which the money you generously give to our Catholic aid

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Lent: How to be a Do-Gooder

A SURE SIGN of a society, or indeed a person, losing any real moral compass, or a real sense of right and wrong, is the use of the phrase ‘dogooder’ in a pejorative or negative sense. It’s always a snide and nasty expression, reflecting not only moral ignorance but of

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Catholic Teaching and the Rights of Women

MANY of the centenaries we  have been marking in recent years have been pretty grim, often centred on the terrible events of the First World War. But this last week the country commemorated a positive and ground-breaking event – the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which

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Our International Day and Catholic Teaching

LAST WEEKEND, along with Racial Justice Sunday, we also celebrated on the Saturday our second International Day, with a special Mass at 12 noon and a very lavish party afterwards in the hall (shown here). In our last newsletter we reproduced a special Biblical reflection for the Sunday produced by

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Belonging – All are Welcome

TODAY IS RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY. In our parish we marked this particularly by this Saturday’s special International Mass and Celebration (many thanks to Sandy Misquitta for organising this) and we also have a special collection for CARJ, the Catholic Association for Racial Justice, together with our regular collection of items

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Carillion and Catholic Teaching

SOME of you may remember the teaching document which our bishops published at the end of 1996, shortly before the 1997 General Election, called The Common Good. Designed to guide Catholics in the election campaign, it gave a good and accessible introduction to the branch of Catholic theology known as

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Peace Sunday and Refugees

EVERY YEAR the worldwide Catholic Church keeps New Year’s day as a Day of Prayer for peace in the world, a custom begun by Blessed Paul VI fifty years ago this month. In this country we shift the observance to a Sunday later in January. We mark it in our

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