16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners, Martha and Mary are sisters that are said to represent the “active” life and the “contemplative” life, respectively. That is a very well received interpretation of this text and of course, it has its merits. However, it is perhaps slightly inadequate when it is used to compare these two “vocations” in the Church. To “contemplate” the Lord is objectively the final goal of everyone’s existence, although without excluding the love of neighbor in any way. Furthermore, even if the final goal of my life is predominantly a contemplative one, it does not mean that a saint’s very active
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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, In today’s gospel we see Jesus showing how we can truly love our neighbor.  Which neighbor?  The one who we desire to “pass by” because we fear that we too will become ‘unclean’ by touching him.  The one who we see as unworthy of our time and energy because the suffering they are going through, well, “they deserve it”.     If love of neighbor and love of God are two sides of the same coin then we could say on one side there is no need for us to show mercy or pity!  God does not need
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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, In today’s gospel we see Jesus showing how we can truly love our neighbor.  Which neighbor?  The one who we desire to “pass by” because we fear that we too will become ‘unclean’ by touching him.  The one who we see as unworthy of our time and energy because the suffering they are going through, well, “they deserve it”.     If love of neighbor and love of God are two sides of the same coin then we could say on one side there is no need for us to show mercy or pity!  God does not need
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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, “The Harvest is rich but the labourers are few.”  These words were true during the time of Christ and are true today.  I dream that our parish will become a missionary parish.  A parish where every member realises that he or she has a personal relationship with God. Where we are not afraid to share it. That we go out like lambs among the wolves. A parish where we do not hesitate to support one another and a parish where each member actively seeks to bring Christ’s peace to our neighbour’s house.  Where we realise that our life
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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, Here we are: all set to start again the so-called ‘Ordinary Time’. It is a new season that opens up with the beginning of winter. We’ve got a lot on our minds, thinking about all of the different changes being proposed throughout the diocese and as we continue praying to the Holy Spirit, we are afforded a beautiful Sunday Gospel that speaks to us in many ways. We have just celebrated Pentecost and in the wake of this great feast, celebrating the very birth of the Church, we have been led by the liturgy of the Church to
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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, Today, the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). In this great feast, we remind ourselves of this great gift that Christ gives us: His Body and Blood, present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the presence of God among men. Jesus makes Himself present each time the Holy Mass is celebrated.  The first reading from the book of Genesis prefigures the Institution of the Eucharist through the person of Melchizedek who offered bread and wine to bless Abram. The psalm confirms the ministerial priesthood that Christ instituted as we
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The Most Holy Trinity (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, Last weekend we had a major announcement.  Many of you have had a chance to express how you feel.  I was reminded of a famous quote: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”  It really feels like those words ring true.  Some of you have expressed your strong support, some of you have expressed your strong discontent. Many of you have expressed that you would like the vision modified in one
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Pentecost Sunday (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Pentecost is here, and there are some changes coming up, details of which you will hear about today. When these things take place it is important to look at it from on high, so that we don’t lose focus. Recently I have often had a rather simple (almost too simple) thought running through my mind.  That is “in order to change we have to change”.  Change is scary, but with change comes hope.  I hope that our Parish (and all the parishes) will become a beacon of light and love for Christchurch and it seems like our Bishop
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The Ascension of The Lord (Year C)

Dear parishioners It is essential to see the importance of the Ascension of Christ in our Lives. All too often we don’t know the Word of God well enough to understand it right away. Nevertheless, if we don’t begin to look at these great Mysteries of Faith, the Faith will die. Prepares the Way: By ascending into heaven, Jesus prepared the way.  Where the head is, the body will follow. According to His own saying (Jn. 14:2): “I go to prepare a place for you,” and the words of Micah (2:13), “He shall go up that shall open the way
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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Today’s gospel brings us back to Jesus’ discourse at the Last Supper, before He was going to offer Himself in sacrifice to the Father. The passages we hear today are Jesus’ response to Judas (not Iscariot) who asks him: “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” I would like to point out three points to understand Jesus’ response. “For God so loved the world that He gave us His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16) – Because of God’s
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