Wit, Laughter and the Popish Creed

At one of the Masses on the feast of the Transfiguration earlier this month, also the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, I quoted from a little book called God and the Atom written quickly, a few weeks after the bombing, by Monsignor Ronald Knox. ‘Ronnie’ Knox was

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Transfiguration of Our Lord

In the section of the book of Exodus that sets out the Ten Commandments and the associated laws and rules, there are instructions (in Chapter 23) about the observation of feasts and festivals. In particular, there are three great festivals which, in later centuries, required people, if they could make

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Thank you and Farewell Fr Mark

We have been saying goodbye to Fr Mark for several weeks now since the news first broke that he would be leaving St Edmund’s and moving to Our Lady of Reparation in West Croydon. But this weekend, especially this Sunday when there will be a celebration in the parish hall,

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Life In the Spirit Seminars – What Next?

The Life in the Spirit Seminars piloted chiefly by our Parish Priest, Fr Steve Wymer and Christine Parker were a huge success. The support from the parishioners was fantastic. We had in attendance over 170 zealous Christians who participated actively. It was an event that can never be easily forgotten

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The Witness of Pere Jacques Hamel

For many priests, at all sorts of levels, there is something unique and personally awesome about the experience of saying Mass. Priests sometimes reflect that being able to do this is the reason above all why they have become priests; some might think that to die at the end of

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The Message of Saint Benedict

TUESDAY this week is the feast day of St Benedict, the first saint to be declared patron saint of Europe, by Pope Blessed Paul VI, and for some years he was the only one. Some of you may not know that we have a small statue of him in a

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What was the Peace Note?

THERE have been many events to mark the centenary of the First World War – its outbreak, back in 2014, and grim land-marks such as the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme last year. These are important as they enable us to reflect on the horror of the war

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Canada and the Catholic Church

THIS WEEKEND is the 150th anniversary of the setting up of the Confederation of Canada in 1867 by the British North America Act of Parliament. The picture here shows a statue of the best known of the martyrs of Canada (1649), St Jean de Brébeuf, whose feast day we keep

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The Preferential Option for the Poor

THIS SUNDAY’S GOSPEL READING opens with the words of Jesus: ‘Do not be afraid. For everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.’ This might be a good reading for whoever

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Welcome to the Altar of Sacrifice of our Salvation

The word altar comes from the Hebrew word, ‘izbeah’ meaning ‘to slaughter’; and Greek ‘Thusaiasterion’ meaning ‘a place of sacrifice’. The altar in the church is a place where the highest sacrifice is made to the Lord. It is a sacred place of divine encounter and interaction. The altar represents

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