Saturday Briefing from our Facebook page

The church is open this morning for Confessions from 1040 until 1230 and again for the Vigil Mass for Palm Sunday at 6pm. Places at Masses must be pre-booked. Please make sure you wear a mask at all times in the church and you will be asked for your name

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Friday Briefing

In today’s gospel reading (John 10:31-42) the confrontation between Jesus and his opponents leads for the second time to an attempt to kill him – ‘they fetched stones to stone him…’ – this has happened a short time earlier as well (you would have heard that gospel yesterday [John 8:

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St Oscar Romero

Today the Church honours St Oscar Romero, martyred on this day in 1980 – forgive shameless plug. We have already circulated details of a special Mass being celebrated by the archbishop in our cathedral on Saturday, where there is a shrine to St Oscar. God bless and take care, Fr

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A Time for Healing

This is a depiction of our first reading today from Numbers chapter 21. Jesus applies this image to himself in John and in today’s gospel (John 8) talks of himself as being lifted up. At this stage in Lent we see the Lord crucified as a source of healing, like

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Susannah and the elders

We always begin the fifth week of Lent, as we enter its most intense period, with the story of Susannah and the elders from Daniel chapter 13. This is part of the Old Testament which you won’t find in Protestant Bibles as it’s only in the Greek text of Daniel

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Passiontide

Today’s gospel from John chapter 12 recounts how, after Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem before his Passion and the raising of Lazarus from the dead, a turning point in the gospel narrative is reached when some Greeks come to the disciple Philip – who has a Greek name and comes from

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St Joseph’s Day

In December Pope Francis wrote a letter, ‘Patris Corde’, marking the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX proclaiming St Joseph to be Patron of the Universal Church (http://www.vatican.va/…/papa-francesco-lettera-ap…). This declaration, in December 1870, was made a couple of months after most of the city of Rome had been seized by

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Online Giving – Coronavirus

Whilst our church is closed the Coronavirus is affecting us materially as well as spiritually. Bills keep coming. A good many parishioners already give via standing order or electronically. This is a real lifeline for the church. If you can pay online, it not only assists with the admin but

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St Patrick’s Day

Today, St Patrick’s day, is one of the few days here when we can lift our Lenten austerity for a day. His witness for evangelisation, and the ways in which he bridged the gaps between these islands, are an important example for us. Please pray particularly for the people of

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