Seventh Sunday of Easter

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Fr Hugh’s Homily for 7th Sunday of Easter

“May they all be one.  Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you.”  So this is Jesus’ prayer for us just before he dies.  He is talking about being ‘one,’ about unity, and what he clearly sees as our greatest need is to refind, rediscover, the communion, the integrity, in the original sense of the word, that we have lost.  What breaks, ruptures, does he see as needing healing?  On one level, the break between ourselves and God, and on the other, the divisions among ourselves.  If we think about it, the Bible has been underlining these problems from the start, with the images and message of Adam and Eve’s challenge to God and the resulting state of ‘original sin,’ as we call it.  Then the Tower of Babel and the falling out among peoples and the division into many distinct languages.  Communication, the glue of community, has broken down……

Complete Homily for 7th Sunday of Easter

Daily Prayers Easter 7

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Fr Hugh’s Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter

If you ever wanted to sum up the life of the Church, the readings today do it for us.  In the second reading we have our goal.  This is heaven, the City of God, as it is described.  Over the centuries people have tried to describe it and this description is as good as any that human language can come up with.  A place built out of the most precious things we can imagine, filled with the light of God.  The gospel takes us back to the Last Supper where Jesus is telling us what he has put in place for us on our journey to the heavenly city.  In a wonderful way he says, ‘the Father and I will come and make our home with you.’  That is something we should reflect on all the time.  Every time we come to Holy Communion we should think of ourselves sitting down to share a meal with the Father and the Son.  Think of the closeness and intimacy that Jesus is showing us.  That is how he wants our relationship with God to be.  Not one of fear but of friends together at a table…..

Complete Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter

Readings for 6th Sunday of Easter

Daily Prayers Easter 6

Fifth Sunday of Easter

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The month of May is dedicated to Our Lady and Mary’s Meals invite you to pray for their work. They are now feeding more than two million children in some of the world’s poorest communities with a daily school meal.  During May, we ask you to pray for the children who eat Mary’s Meals.   Click on the link below for prayers:

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Deacon George’s Homily for 5th Sunday of Easter

In the Old Testament, God’s being, nature and presence was revealed by physical phenomena, this visible phenomena was known as the Glory of God.     One of the earliest and finest examples, was the cloud of presence that went with the Israelites as they escaped from Egypt, the same cloud that rested on Mount Sinai when Moses received the Ten Commandments.  In the Book of Exodus, we are told that no man can see God’s face, and live.     However, some vision of him was granted.  This permitted vision of God was also called the Glory of God….

Homily for 5th Sunday of Easter

readings for 5th Sunday of Easter

Daily Prayers Easter 5

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Prayer for Vocations Sunday

 

Loving Father,
you call us by name.
As we journey through life
help us to be confident in our own unique identity
and to find opportunities to
develop our own gifts and passions.

We pray that the Holy Spirit
will pour on us wisdom and guidance
to help us realise and follow our dreams,
discerning your plan for our lives.

Bless your Church
by raising up dedicated and generous people
from our families and friends
who will serve as Priests, Deacons,
Sisters and Brothers.

May we support one another in response to God’s call.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Bishop’s Letter for Christ the Good Shepherd

Readings for 4th Sunday Easter

Daily Prayers Easter 4

 

Third Sunday of Easter

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Fr Hugh’s Homily for 3rd Sunday of Easter

If you have ever been in the position where you have done something seriously wrong, perhaps hurt someone close to you, or just done something shameful that you know everyone else knows about you, it is very hard to handle.  Even the support of your family and best friends can be a problem rather than the help they want it to be.  And what often happens is that you retreat into a place that feels physically and mentally safe.  Perhaps go back to a place or a task where you feel OK and where people will not bother you.  Basically, hide.  Sometimes you are ready eventually to apologise but you do not know how or it is no longer possible…..

Complete Homily for 3rd Sunday of Easter

Readings for 3rd Sunday of Easter

Daily Prayers Easter 3

Second Sunday of Easter

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Deacon George’s Homily for Second Sunday of Easter

Mary Magdala saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb” she said, “and we don’t know where they have put him.”  Then shortly afterwards, she met the risen Christ … and then she came running to Simon Peter.     This was the first hint, that the Apostles had received … of the resurrection.  Peter and John were convinced that the body had not been physically taken away, because the linen cloths were left lying on the ground.     They were now beginning to believe … but the other Apostles were doubtful.     The two disciples on the road to Emmaus were not sure of the women’s story either … until Jesus broke the bread.     The ten apostles were only convinced, when Jesus appeared to them in the closed room.     However, the Apostle Thomas refused to believe the testimony of the other Apostles “Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.”…..

Complete Homily for 2nd Sunday of Easter

Daily Prayers Easter 2

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