Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Seeking to be perfect in all areas of life, at our work place, in our relationships, as spouses, in sport, is quite natural. Yet, some people do not seek perfection. It seems that in our day and age, we are more and more seeking popularity, money, and pleasure as ends in themselves. But what does our Creator and heavenly Father call us to become? The command of God revealed to Moses is to be understood for every human being: “Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy” (Lev.19,1-2). Thus, it would be foolishness on our part to ignore
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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

If we reflect on the relationship we had with our parents when we were a child, we may well remember how being obedient was not always easy. The resistance to obedience is universally experienced by every human being. Where did it originate from? We only know it by Divine Revelation. After the Original Sins of pride and disobedience of Adam and Eve, a fundamental disorder plagued human nature and man became doomed to die. God in His fatherly love gave Moses the Ten Commandments to help us reorder our life so that we could live in communion with Him and
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

In a gloomy world, where bad news hits us on a daily basis, let us turn to Jesus Christ with faith and hope, in prayer, and by listening to his words as we start up our day with the daily Readings. Jesus is the true Light of the world shining in the darkness of sin. Whoever welcomes Jesus and recognises his luminous wisdom that enlightens the meaning of our short life on earth, becomes wiser and happier than others. It is a matter of experience! Saint John Paul II told young people in Toronto in 2002: “The “spirit of the
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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Dear parishioners, Welcome to our visitors and to those who are new parishioners. We want all of you who come here from various countries and cultures to feel at ease and willing to share your gifts and talents for the service of God and to the parish. Please, do not hesitate to introduce yourselves to any of the brothers serving you. In today’s Readings we may find enlightenment and responses to some of our possible questions such as: What do we need to do on earth to be able to see God face to face after our body dies? What
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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners, Welcome back to those of you who have been able to go away on holiday. As we know, it is not always easy to get back into our daily routine, at work especially. Yet, holidays mean time to recuperate some energy and a good spirit. Let us imitate St Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary who lived a simple life of prayer and work in Nazareth. No matter the little things or the big things we are able to accomplish during this New Year 2017; what matters is, do we seek to please God by setting time aside
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The Nativity of The Lord (Christmas)

Christmas Message Above all joys, big or little that human beings may experience during their short life on earth, there is one joy far superior to all those earthly joys: God became man, assumed the body of a man, his divinity, hidden in it, for 33 years! What an amazing mystery! God loved us so much that He could not let us be eternally separated from Him by the Original Sin of pride, disobedience, which caused human beings to become mortal! He wanted to assume a human body in order to dwell among us and to reveal His Father’s Eternal
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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Dear parishioners As you know too well from experience, Advent and especially the few days preceding Christmas seem to be lived by many of us as a time of racing to meet deadlines, a time of crazy shopping, buying things that have perhaps not much to do with the only Christmas Present we received from God; Jesus, our Saviour. It is very wise for parents to gather their children around the crib at home and reflect on the meaning of Christmas with them using questions such as: How did the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Joseph prepare themselves for their
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Third Sunday in Advent

As we can all see when we go shopping at Riccarton Mall and elsewhere, there are a lot of people (including ourselves) getting ready for Christmas. Our shopping list may be huge but our bank account limited! We may even torment ourselves about knowing what to buy and for whom; shops strive to seduce the consumers with glittering decorations of all kind. Christmas trees are up but we may wonder how many people really know its original meaning – that Jesus is the true tree of life. Perhaps we should wonder a bit when we see Christmas parties happening in
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2nd Sunday in Advent (Year A)

One way of being well prepared to participate in our Sunday celebration especially during Advent, is to gather the family together, perhaps on Saturday evening after dinner, and read the Sunday’s Readings. Of course, we can do it alone or with friends or join the Lectio Divina group at our parish. When we pray to the Holy Spirit before reading Holy Scripture, He will illuminate our minds and hearts and give us the understanding of the divine message. For instance, after reading from Isaiah 11,1-10, we may rejoice in hearing that Jesus, the One prophesied by Isaiah, will “not judge
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First Sunday in Advent (Year A)

If we knew that today is the day that we die, how would we spend our final day on earth before appearing before Christ? The readings in the early Sundays of Advent always remind us of the “end of the world”. Therefore instead of being frightened, we should seize the opportunity to turn from sin and become holy before it is too late. “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes. For in those days before the flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right
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