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Re-opening of St Mary of the Angels church ‘We’ve saved the Church,’ was the jubilant reaction of Parish Priest, Barry Scannell sm, at the blessing and re-opening of St Mary of the Angels on Wednesday evening in Holy Week. He said that one of the saddest aspects of the church being closed was not being […]

Wednesday 17 May

Acts 15:1-6; Psalm 122; John 15:1-8 Abide in my love What a useful extract from Acts for us to reflect on today! We see Paul and Barnabas travelling to join other disciples in Jerusalem to discuss matters of common concern. In 2015 Pope Francis gave us an example by calling representatives – both clergy and […]

Monday 8 May

Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 42; John 10:11-18 Compassion and concern In today's reading Peter has to learn to accept a variety of people different from himself. Likewise our church has many voices: those who wish the church to stay the same and those who wish for change. Pope Francis' compassion and concern for the poor and […]

Wednesday 9 November

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; Ps 46; 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17; John 2:13-22 The Temple of God The Archbasilica of St John Lateran in Rome is a beautiful temple of God, the Pope’s church, with an almost unbroken line of Popes remembered inside. And its dedication in 1735 is celebrated today. […]

Mary’s Life in Stained Glass (3)

The Visit of the Magi While Mary and Joseph were still in Bethlehem, the three men variously described as ‘wise, ‘kings’ or ‘the Magi’ found their way under a star to the stable and knelt before the baby Jesus and worshipped Him. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The whole event is described […]

Saturday 22 October

Ephesians 4:7-16, Ps.122, Luke 13:1-9 Gifts and journeys One of Paul’s favourite metaphors for a church community is the human body, every part working in harmony with the rest. He also refers to the different gifts given us: they are varied but all have the same commitment to service. I’d like to extend that list […]

Monday 17 October

St Ignatius of Antioch Ephesians 2:1-10, Ps.100, Luke 12:13-21 Where is our wealth? Ignatius of Antioch was an early apostolic father, a bishop who’d been a student of St John. He wrote about the true presence in the Eucharist and is credited with establishing the word Catholic as the name for the church. A martyr, […]

Saturday 1 October

St Therese of the Child Jesus Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17, Ps.119A, Luke 10:17-24 The darkness serves the light One of the early church fathers described the human condition as being part angel and part animal. With that in mind we can see our own struggle in today’s gospel, the bright spark of God within us, […]

Wednesday 20 April

Acts 12:24-13:5; Ps 67; John 12:44-50 Free to say ‘yes’ The early communities of disciples were constantly changing and growing. Our own faith communities today are also dynamic and that can be challenging. Change – in terms of personnel and ways of doing things – can be difficult. The Holy Spirit, as with the church […]

Tuesday 10 November

St Leo the Great Ps 34; Wisdom 2:23-3:9; Luke 17:7-10 Self sacrifice The servant who had finished a hard day’s labour, rather than rest, was ordered to prepare a meal for the master. It seems unfair on the servant who no doubt is hungry. But the faithful servant does what the master requests. Are there […]