3rd Sunday in Advent

Christmas is near! Christ is coming! Let us put aside all the pressure and tensions within and without and say the wonderful words once again, “Come Lord Jesus, come!” This is a time of great joy, if you remember the joy you had as a little child on Christmas day you can also remember the anticipation that was in your heart.  As we grow older our joy in Christmas can diminish, usually because we get used to it. We stop looking forward to it. In fact, our joy is usually relative to the amount that we desire.  Joy comes when
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2nd Sunday of Advent (Year B)

THE GIFT OF THE GOOD NEWS In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist calls on people to get themselves ready for the coming of Jesus. If they want to hear the message Jesus brings and to follow him, some preparation will be necessary – they need to repent and be baptised in the waters of the river Jordan. We all know of people who seem to be searching for something in their lives, some direction or purpose that eludes them. Maybe a simple word from us might arouse in them an interest in why we are Catholic and what it is
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1st Sunday of Advent

1st Sunday of Advent Our Mother, the Catholic Church, in whom we have been baptised, invites us to start this new liturgical year by hearing this Gospel: “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.  It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to keep watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning;
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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of The Universe

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ , King of the Universe (Established by Pope Pius XI  in 1925) If we could survey 100 people with the question: “What is your concept of a king”? What kind of answers might we get? If you, Christians, were asked what kind of king Jesus is and what is the nature of his kingship, how would you answer? Pope Pius XI explained: “If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if
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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

If we believe that Jesus is true God and true man, we know that everything he prophesied will happen. If we are not like the five foolish virgins who did not have enough oil to enter Heaven (good works, charity toward neighbour, search for wisdom etc…) but more like the wise virgins always clean in their conscience and pure in heart, we will not be surprised when Jesus comes in his Glory. When will the end of the world come? This is what St Paul revealed: “… the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in
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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners, during this month of November let us keep in mind: November 1st, we celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints to contemplate with a “holy” jealousy the happiness of those who are now enjoying Eternal Life and the Vision of God, the canonised saints and the multitude of the unknown people who strived to live a holy life of intimate friendship with Jesus and love of their neighbour. November 2nd, when Mass and prayers are especially offered for the souls in Purgatory who are not completely purified from sin. During the month of November, the Church invites us to
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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Matthew 23:1-12: In our life we all have different teachers. We have teachers at school, sports trainers, music teachers, driving instructors, etc. They help us to learn things much faster than if we tried to learn everything by ourselves. But in today’s Gospel Jesus asks us to call no one ‘Rabbi’ (Teacher) or ‘Master’. So is Jesus asking us not to listen to our teachers anymore? “As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.  Do not
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Dear parishioners, To those of you who are parents and grandparents, you may well grasp the legitimate sadness and even anger of the king in the parable if you imagine the following situation: You have invited all your grown up children for a Christmas family gathering and ordered the best catering in town for the occasion but see that all of them declined your kind invitation for various reasons, what would  your reaction be? “Jesus began to speak to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who
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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Dear Parishioners When a man proposes to a woman with the intention of loving her until death, what does it reveal to her? She should understand that he loves her very much and is committed to love her for life, ready to face any hardships that may arise. If one of the two spouses falls into a temptation of infidelity in the course of their life, then the trials begin. There is again a choice to make. Either the faithful spouse heroically and with the grace of God strives at loving the unfaithful spouse beyond the natural feelings of anger,
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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Dear parishioners, For we members of the Catholic Parish in Riccarton, on this first Sunday of  October, we have at least two reasons for rejoicing: Fr Rick, Vicar General, will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on to many of our young people at the 10 am Mass and this is also the day we celebrate our dear Parish patron saint as a Solemnity: St Thérèse of the Child Jesus. ************* First, let us say a few words about the central message of today’s readings since the Word of God spoken and preached should help us to grow in a desire
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