Fourth Sunday in Easter (Year B)

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday I wanted share you some excerpts from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible. We see it expressed in
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Third Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Three Stages in the Catholic Life   “He then opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45)   All too often we skim over this verse. We don’t stop to take a look at it.  Yet, it is an amazing verse.  The Lord saw that it was of the utmost importance that the disciples understand Christ in the light of the scriptures, “Ignorance of scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (St. Jerome). So the Lord Himself will open their minds, He does not simply explain the scriptures but He opens their minds to them. Just before this He encountered them,
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Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday (Year B)

The Disciples are cowering in an upper room.  Fear has beset their hearts. Why?  Perhaps, three reasons: the indifference of the world, the Jewish authorities are looking for them and finally they don’t understand and they doubt the message that the women who saw the empty tomb told them. The world’s indifference:  The days right after the crucifixion must have been eerie. The greatest event in history had just taken place.  The disciples must have remembered all the prophecies, they might not have known how it was going to happen but they had to have known that something was going
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Easter Sunday of The Resurrection of The Lord (Year B)

The Tomb is empty! The soldiers denied having seen the angel, nevertheless the Tomb was empty. The Scribes and the Pharisees wanted to cover this up, but still, the Tomb was empty. The disciples were cowering in the upper room, and yet the Tomb was empty. The holy women woke early to take care of his body, and yet the Tomb was empty. Two disciples ran to see if were true and they found that the Tomb was empty. Thomas will doubt that it was even possible, and still the Tomb was empty. The Mother of Christ held vigil all
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Palm Sunday of The Passion of The Lord

Dear Parishioners I asked someone yesterday what I should preach this Sunday and he said. “They called Him King and four days later they shouted ‘Crucify Him’, at least that is the typical homily.” That got me thinking. Why?  Why did they change so quickly?  It seemed that they were following the crowd, they were stuck in a “group think”. Like a gaggle of geese, they followed. Sin tends to breaks down the mind’s capacity to stand on its own. But what allowed the martyrs to stand on their own even before persecution?  It was God’s Grace surely.  It seems
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5th Sunday of Lent (Year B)

Dear Parishioners True Glory implies a death.  True Glory implies a death and we often will water it down, relativise this death.  “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”  It obviously doesn’t always imply a bodily death but it always implies a death to self. My mind turns to the saints, and so many are great models of this. For example, Gianna Beretta was born in Milan in 1922. She diligently dedicated herself to her studies, in 1949 she  graduated in medicine and surgery and
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Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Dear Parishioners, Bishop Paul Martin’s ordination took place on 3rd of March.  It was a powerful moment, an incredible witness of hope for our Diocese. I thought that it would be a welcoming gesture to introduce him to you in today’s bulletin. On Sunday, Bishop Martin presided at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral for the first time. In his first homily as Bishop of Christchurch he told the congregation that we may use words to express our faith, but what is important in life is what we do: “If we are to be Christian, actions must be consistent with our words”, he
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Third Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Dear Parishioners The First Sunday of Lent, Jesus went into the desert and thereby shows us that we must face our temptations. The Second Sunday of Lent, Jesus is Transfigured and thereby shows us that God is hidden just behind the veil, so we must hope. This Sunday we have the Purification of the Temple.  Jesus takes a whip to all the money changers, saying “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” Reference? Do we have a sense that the Church and the Eucharist are Sacred?  Sometimes we might in the depths of our
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Second Sunday of Lent (Year B)

Dear Parishioners How can our school make another leap forward?  How can we do all that we can for the children of our parish?  I don’t know.  But I do have some of the necessary elements. First, I am sure that the school cannot do it on its own.  I am also sure that the parish cannot do it either.  The school and the parish are intimately bound because we have the same goal, we are both working tirelessly for the good of our children. The school provides a Catholic education and the parish is a source of spiritual food. 
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First Sunday in Lent – Year B

Lent… it is the proverbial desert. There are 40 days in Lent. The Spirit drives us into this desert. Jesus spent 40 days there. The Spirit drove Jesus into the desert.  The Devil, the Adversary, Satan, was there. Jesus was tempted, yet He did not fall. With God’s grace neither will we fall. Why does God want this experience in the desert? Was it so that the He might be strengthened? Perhaps it was to show us how to be strengthened. Grit keeps us focused on the end. Thus, Hope leads us to win the race. And perseverance strengthens us.
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