Sunday Mass Livestream at 9.45am on 17th January will be from St Kentigern’s, Blackpool
(there will be no livestream from holy trinity and St george this weekend)
You can watch the st kentigern’s Livestream in the usual way from our parish website by going to:
Click Here for Livestream on YouTube
Fr Hugh’s Homily for Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
We were on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and strolling through Nativity Square in Bethlehem and we came across a large group of people who were holding a demonstration in a very pleasant and well-ordered way. It was Pax Christi (the UK Christian Peace Association) and Pat Gaffney, the last chair, was in the centre of the group. They were there praying for peace in the Holy Land. Of all the things you might associate Bethlehem with throughout its history, peace is really not one of them, except for the angels declaration at Jesus’ birth. Every group has fought over it and to be honest though not as bad as the battles within the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the various Christian religious groups are not known for their peaceful living together. But looking around Bethlehem that day, sitting outside the cafes, Muslim and Christian women and men, some of the women veiled some not, were sitting together enjoying a drink of some sort and more importantly a chat. So in Bethlehem you have a town, surrounded by walls to keep people in, erected by people who might hate you, walls that are born of violence, but within the town you find certain little oases of peace. People of different religious faiths living together. Not without problems, but able to talk….