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Gospel Encouragement – 10th October 2021 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, What must I do to inherit eternal life? In his encyclical Veritatis Splendor John Paul ii wrote that this was the basic question for the Christian. Everything the Christian does is to answer this very question, what must I do to inherit eternal life. Indeed everything that any human being does seeks to answer the question
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Gospel Encouragement – 3rd October 2021 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, As I read this week’s readings I realised that this is an invitation to revisit the Church’s teaching about marriage, and so to those of us who are single, please bear with me…and remember that what I share here may apply to you in the future.  In that context, four different scenarios came to mind. The
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CAFOD – Family Fast Day – Friday 2nd October 2021

Climate Crisis Appeal! CAFOD’S local experts are helping people all over the world to adapt to climate change and protect our common home. This Family Fast Day, donate in the parish using a CAFOD envelope or online through the CAFOD website cafod.org.uk/climatecrisis) and help communities affected by the worst impacts of the climate crisis. You can also add your voice
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Gospel Encouragement – 12th September 2021 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, About two years ago I was fortunate enough to go to the Holy Land with my fellow seminarians. And whilst there we spent some time in Caesarea Philippi the setting for today’s Gospel. Today it is quite a beautiful and serene place with trees, and a beautiful stream. Two thousand years ago Caesarea Philippi was quite
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Newsletter – 12th September 2021

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Gospel Encouragement – 5th September 2021 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, I was struck by the phrase in this weekend’s first reading: “your God is coming to save you”.  It made me think of different situations where people have a sense of needing to be saved, and what that looks like.  We have the tragic example at the moment of people flooding Kabul airport or pushing their
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Gospel Encouragement – Solemnity of the Assumption – Sunday 15th August 2021

Dear sisters and brothers, As we celebrate today’s feast – the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – we are faced with some challenging readings.  They may not be challenging individually, but in the way in which they are grouped together for us as we reflect on the significance of the Assumption. In the Gospel we have
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Gospel Encouragement – 8th August 2021 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, I love this week’s first reading.  It’s part of the story of the great prophet, Elijah.  He’s an amazing character, but, at the same time, still so completely human.  Alongside Abraham, Moses and David he is probably one of the key characters of the Old Testament, and yet, like them all, he gets things wrong.  Today’s
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Gospel Encouragement – 1st August 2021 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, We are now in the summer holidays, and reflecting that, the Church gives us another Gospel to reflect on over these weeks; the Gospel of John, and, in particular, Jesus’ teaching there on the Eucharist. It builds up to quite a climax over the weeks, so be ready! Today sets the scene for what is to
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Gospel Encouragement – Sunday 25th July 2021 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, You are probably aware of my some of my weaknesses already, but here are a few that came to mind as I reflected on today’s readings: I can be impatient with the people that I struggle with in one way or another I can look at accusingly at those I deem to be bad drivers if
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