Feast of Christ the King

 Millions of people have been anxiously waiting to see who was going to be elected President of the United States. Are we the kind of people who place all hope in politicians to change society and fulfil the numberless promises they make during their presidential campaign? Yet can a president, no matter who he or she is, have the power to take away our sufferings and to wash away original sin and its consequence, death? Only one man on earth has been able to do this, a man absolutely unique in the history of humanity. A man who is true God
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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Did Jesus ever reveal what the signs preceding his final coming in glory will be? Yes!  Here are just a few verses: “Take care that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. For you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. Take care that you do not be alarmed…” (Mt.24,5-6) In today’s readings, we hear the prophet Malachi proclaiming the terrible punishment of those who despise God and His commandments. Yet, for those who strive to obey the Lord with faith, hope and
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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners, there are several important things to keep in our minds and hearts during this month of November. On November 1st, we celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints which helps us 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 have strived to live a holy life of intimate friendship with Jesus, adoring the Father and serving our neighbour. On November 2nd, we offered Mass and prayers especially for all souls in Purgatory who are not
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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy…We need to constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it.” (Pope Francis)  There is a lot of hope to be found for us in today’s Readings, at least for those of us who acknowledge our sins and our offences against God and neighbour: “But thou art merciful to all, for thou canst do all things, and thou dost overlook men’s sins, that they may repent.”(Wisdom 11,23) In Psalm 144 we also read with joy that: “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow
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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2016  Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy (Excerpts) On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to “go out” as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family. Mercy finds its most noble and complete expression in the Incarnate Word. Jesus reveals the face of the Father who is rich in mercy. When we welcome and follow Jesus  by means of the Gospel and sacraments, we can, with the help of the Holy
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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, There are two joys I would like to share with you and one big request from Jesus! The first great joy is to welcome Jane Borthwick and John Caldwell into our community of Faith during this Sunday Liturgy. Jane and John are both baptised Christians who have been members of the Anglican community, and after prayer and careful study they seek full communion with the Catholic Church. In welcoming them, we give thanks to God our Father for the Anglican community that has nurtured their faith over many years. The second joy is the canonisation of Blessed Elisabeth
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Is it not true that when we pray it is often for our own interests expecting God to answer us at once? Is it not often true that we take many things for granted: a healthy body, family, house, food, job until we are hit by trials? At that moment, do we stop praying and stop loving and thanking God? We hear two stories of lepers who have a common request: to be healed of their leprosy. Yet none of them are healed immediately following their plea. Naaman (Kings 2: 5), was commanded by the prophet to go to the
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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who among us has never been tempted to blame God for our trials: physical suffering, emotional pain, unemployment etc? Then are we not tempted by the following thoughts or angry words: “What are you doing God, do you care? Interestingly enough this is what we are hearing from the prophet Habakkuk: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, Violence!  But you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice?  Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds”.(1-3) How do we think God is going to answer?
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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 What kind of person am I? Am I someone who more often thinks of the needs of others before serving my own? If we live for ourselves seeking comfort and pleasures only, perhaps would it be very prudent to carefully listen to Jesus through the Parable of the poorbeggar, Lazarus, and the rich man: “There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen; and feasted sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich
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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

What do we choose as the purpose of our life: is it to gain more money and wealth? Or to serve God in obedience and love waiting for the day He will call us to see Him face to face in eternal joy? Jesus calls us to make a clear choice… “You cannot be slave both of God and of money”. In today’s Gospel passage, we may be shocked, confused by hearing Jesus praising the dishonest steward. (Luke 16,1-13) But Jesus want us to understand that the children of the light need to be even wiser, eager to prepare for
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