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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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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