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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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Dear Parishioners Don’t we all want to be part of the kingdom of God? But do we understand all the parables of the kingdom? As we know we often give into the temptation to judge and to understand what Jesus said by our own earthly standards and interpretations. What does this new parable teach us? (Mt 20) “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard”. Is this landowner not our Creator and
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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners,   How many of you find forgiveness easy, especially when you have been badly hurt by someone? What do you do when it happens? Do you stop talking to that person for a long time and let resentment build up inside? If so, is it a Christian attitude?   The good news is that Jesus came on earth to teach us true forgiving love. Amongst the spiritual leaders of all religions and sects, is not Christ the only one who revealed the infinite love and mercy of God with no limit to His forgiveness toward sinners?   Only
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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, Is it good to correct someone? Is it easy to correct someone who has done something wrong? What would happen to children who were never corrected by their parents for the wrong they are doing? Would it be a sign that their parents love them or would it be a sign that they do not care about them? In today’s readings, we find clear teaching which helps us to act very prudently and lovingly with the delicate matter of fraternal correction which is not the same as a simple punishment. A true son or daughter of God and
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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Dear parishioners, What a contrast between the two declarations of Jesus to Peter one after the other; last Sunday we heard Jesus giving his authority to Peter, the first pope: “I say to you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church…” (Mt.16:18). Today we hear Jesus say to him: ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’ (Mt 16:22). Evidently, Simon did not think for a minute that Jesus was going to suffer and die. Therefore, he was scandalised by Jesus
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21st Sunday in Ordinary Times

Dear Parishioner Peter is the Rock. Christ’s authority is granted to Peter, and upon this, Christ’s Church is built. We see this further developed when Jesus mentions that He will give Peter the Keys of the Kingdom, so that Peter can open and shut, so that Peter can be His Vicar after Jesus ascends into heaven. Today, though, there seems to be a spirit of rebellion in the world, and this spirit comes forth from evil. It is a spirit that says it has to be done “my way”. It is a spirit that says: “I will not submit to
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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioner We, the people living in the 21st century, communicate with one another all day long. We communicate through phone messages, Face Book, Messenger, email etc. But are we in communion with one another? Communication is not the same as communion. If we sometimes have communication problems, is it not because we have problems in being in communion? And if it is difficult to remain in communion with one another, is it not because we are not in communion with God through daily prayer and by listening to His Word? And if we are not in communion with God
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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioner Isn’t it a strange and sad experience, to meet people who say they are atheists or agnostic? Don’t we want to ask them several questions like: what was the cause of the universe? What is the purpose of human existence?   Billions of people believe in God the Creator of the universe. For us believers, we not only know that God exists but that He also invites human beings to encounter Him in many ways as Elijah experienced in such a powerful way. If we spend a lot of time at work, at the mall or before our
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