Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Fr Hugh’s Homily for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

So we have a baptism tomorrow (today) of a very young man, which is a great celebration for the family.  But if we looked at him before the service and then after, would we see any change?  I would guess probably not.  He will eat, cry, sleep, in just the same way as before.  So what are we doing?  Why do we bother.  An easy answer is to say that we are welcoming him into the Church, which is absolutely correct, and so it is always a great celebration for the Church too. But what does that mean in his life?  When we pour water over him, what effect will it have?  It’s not even enough to give him a good bath…..

Complete Homily for 31st Sunday

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

Fr Hugh’s Homily for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We need just to think of the courage it takes for the tax-collector to go into the Temple.  The Temple, as we have said before, was the holiest place on earth for the Jews.  It was where God was seen to reside among his people.   The place where the ark of the covenant had come to rest.  To the shock of many faiths at the time, there was no statue inside.  Just the presence of God.  But to approach God in his earthly home, you had to be worthy to do so.  What everyone, as we can see from the Pharisee’s words today, what everyone knew was that the tax-collector wasn’t anywhere near worthy by their standards.  It would not only be the Pharisee who would be giving him a wide birth and pointing him out.  He was a shameful figure.  And yet here he was before God…..

Complete Homily for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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October is a month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary 

Deacon George’s Homily for 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Gospel tells us how a widow’s perseverance wins the day.  According to the tradition of Israel, a judge was expected to be impartial, except for three groups of people – the widow, the orphan and the stranger.  This was because these groups of people lived in the absence of family love and support.  They were vulnerable people living in a society where influence and money talked.  A judge was expected to be partial to them and champion their cause to ensure their rights.  Their religious law stated: “if you ill-treat them in any way and they make an appeal to me for help, I shall certainly hear their appeal, my anger will be roused and I shall put you to the sword. (Exodus 20:22-23)…..

Complete Homily for 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Daily Prayers 29th Sunday

 

Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Fr Hugh’s Homily for 28th Sunday

We are reflecting on creation in this Mass, but at the same time it is a week when we pray for prisoners and their lives.  How can we put these together?  Perhaps the most famous line from Pope Francis’ letter ‘Laudato Si’ is calling us to listen to ‘the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.’  He makes it very clear that poverty and the land, our earth, are closely related.  What greater cry could there be than that from inside the prisons across the world.  What is one of the greatest causes of people being in those prisons, whether in Texas or Indonesia, or in our own? …

Complete Homily for 28th Sunday

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Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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HARVEST FAST DAY IS FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER

Deacon George’s Homily for 27th Sunday

If we say, “It can’t be done”, then it won’t be done.  But, if we say, “it must be done” then, it most likely will be done.  If God asks us to do something then, it must be done.  And if we are doing it for God then we are not doing it alone.  Because, we are doing it with God and with all his power.  And what is this power?  It is the Holy Spirit that lives within us, a gift that God gave us, at our baptism and re-affirmed, at our confirmation.  It is the Spirit of power and love.  And with it comes, the gift of boldness.  Paul’s boldness of Spirit is rooted, in faith in God and is not silenced, by suffering.  Paul’s life and ministry was one of fearlessness, in the face of opposition.  And now, as a prisoner himself, he asks Timothy, to also bear the hardships, which fidelity to the Gospel will bring in its wake….

Complete Homily for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings for 27th Sunday

Daily Prayers 27th Sunday

 

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Fr Hugh’s Homily for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The system under which the rich man and the steward were working was not unlike the Mafia in The Godfather.  The rich man in the gospel is Don Corleone, whose organisation covers large areas of New York and beyond.  Certain areas are run for him by local gangsters (our steward), let’s call him Vince.  They run the books and collect the protection money.  So one day Don Corleone’s consigliere (Robert Duval -Tom Hagen in the film) gets to hear that Vince is creaming money off the top.  Vince realises that his number is up and to help him when he is on the run, he lets a load of the businesses and restaurants he is taking protection money from off their payments.  Don Corleone gets to hear of it, and far from being upset realises that this Vince is a guy he could use, as his son Michael will use him later.  Vince is smart and in the words of the gospel, astute….

Complete Homily for 25th Sunday

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Daily Prayers 25th Sunday

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Fr Hugh’s Homily for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

So you are standing in the middle of, say, the British Science Museum with your nephew and niece who are about seven who you are taking out on a trip.  Then suddenly you realise that your niece has disappeared. She was there a minute ago but somehow has vanished.  So you say to you nephew, “Just stay there while I look for her.”  This is desperation as you have no faith in him doing so but off you go thinking of what you are going to say to your sister if you only come back with one of them, which of course you cannot do.  But you have to go and look.  What else can you do? ….

Complete Homily for 24th Sunday

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Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Deacon George’s Homily for 23rd Sunday

“If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple.”  At my first reading of these words, it appeared to me, that in order to be a disciple, I have to hate my relatives, and hate myself.  To hate is a strong word from Luke, whereas Matthew (10:13) uses the word “prefers”, meaning: do I prefer my family and myself rather than prefer Jesus.  But reading deeper into Luke it means: that if any of my relatives or my own evil inclinations, come between me and Christ, preventing me from following Christ, then I must oppose them, and do what is right.  For a true disciple, Jesus must come first…..

Complete Homily for 23rd Sunday

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Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Fr Hugh’s Homily for 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Two old ladies, they were in their 90s, were living in a care home in Alston.  One was very fed up.  She had lived most of her life in Africa, in Lusaka, and her son had brought her to Alston.  She lived on brandy and crosswords.  The other had been a house-keeper to an elderly Anglican priest for many years and they had both become Catholics but he had since died.  So someone asked me if I could ask the old house-keeper to cheer up the lost soul from Africa.  I went in and said, ‘Mabel, Hilda is very fed up, I wonder if you could visit her, she is not getting much out of life.’  Mabel’s reply was: ‘’Well, she doesn’t put much in, Father.’  There was no visit…..

Complete Homily for 21st Sunday

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Daily Prayers 21st Sunday

Daily Prayers 22nd Sunday