Sermon for 7th Sunday in Ordinary time

How do you like today’s gospel reading? Jesus’ call here is so demanding that it goes beyond what’s doable, doesn’t it? What do we do with such bits of the Bible that on the one hand can be really moving and captivating but on the other hand go well beyond what’s achievable? Well, quite often we just skip them effectively; we read them or listen to them, nod our heads and then move on. In fact, we are getting rather good at selective reading of the Bible. We simply skip those bits that challenge our attitudes and habits, and happily adopt those bits that fit into our thinking. Sadly, in such a way we disarm the word of God and reduce the Scriptures to an ancient treatise, mostly irrelevant to our times. If the word of God doesn’t challenge us, what’s the point of listening to it? Let’s take today’s gospel reading seriously. I totally agree that on the face of...
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Pastoral Letter for Day of Prayer for Peace

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, The coming of Christ brings us hope, and the Church exists to proclaim that hope to the world. There is hope because God does not abandon us to live with our imperfections and our failings - God is with us. Deep in the heart of every individual is a desire, a longing, a hope for peace. But it is our human failings of greed and selfishness, of pride and arrogance that lead to friction and fallouts, in our families, in our communities, and in our places of work. And when it comes to the international level and the relationship between states, those negative effects of our human weakness and our failings are multiplied leading to violence and to war, to death and to destruction. Pope Francis tells us that every war is a form of fratricide, because in war we are killing our brothers and sisters, since we all belong to the one human family. Despite the conflicts in...
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Aid to the Church in Need

HRH The Prince of Wales' has recorded a 3-minute message about persecuted Christians. At this time of Christmas, it is especially important that we remember those suffering for their faith. The video is available to view on the Aid to the Church in Need website....
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Cashless Donations

As more and more people use cashless forms of payment, we have decided to offer such capability in our church. Its purpose is to make more convenient making donations to our parish without searching frantically for a cash machine nearby or your pockets or wallets for spare change. Please note that Cashless Donations can only be made BEFORE or AFTER Sunday Mass. We don’t offer it during offertory collection. How to make donations: The terminal is manned by appointed personnel (operator). Please note they are volunteers. Tell the operator the amount you wish to donate to the parish. The operator will set the amount and show you the screen to double-check the amount is right. Having confirmed the amount, you will be asked to touch the terminal with your contactless cards or device (smartphone, smartwatch etc.) or to put your card into the terminal and type in your PIN. The operator will offer you the option to receive a receipt by text...
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