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Strengthening Timaru’s Sacred Heart Basilica

Sacred Heart Basilica Timaru strengthening project

Wednesday 29 August

Beheading of John the Baptist Jeremiah 1:17:19; Psalm 71; Mark 6:17-29 Dangerous to speak out? A powerful King, a jealous Queen, and a dutiful daughter. Today’s gospel is the stuff of intrigue. John the Baptist spoke out against the attitudes and choices of the powerful. He spoke out against what was wrong. What is “wrong” […]

Thursday 9 November

the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; Psalm 46; I Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17; John 2:13-22 A world-wide community This Church, the Basilica of John Lateran, is the Pope’s Cathedral. It may remind us of the many magnificent churches throughout the world, and also the less grand. It is in the church building […]

Sea Sunday – 9 July 2017

What if you awoke on a dark morning in a little bedroom and you had no light to get dressed by, or to find your way to the bathroom?

Thursday 19 May

James 5:1-6, Ps 49, Mark 9:41-50 Little ones Little ones refer to those excluded in Jesus’ time. Women, the poor, outcasts and children. His concern for them is obvious. The consequences for those who keep the little ones away sound dire. Today many feel unwelcome in our churches. Less than 12% of people who identify […]

Monday 2 May

Sixth Week of Easter Acts 16:11-15, Ps 149, John 15:26-16:4 ‘Come and stay’ Lydia is a woman for our time. A businesswoman and head of her household, she heard the Word of God and responded generously. She persuaded Paul to accept her hospitality, making her home the first worshipping community in the region. Lydia was […]

Prayerful Churches: Berlin to Remember

For a practicing Catholic, Berlin was a disappointment. The old churches have been turned into museums, and the nearest parish church was too far away to walk from our hotel. We were told that only 2% of Germans attend church. From the Hop-On-Hop-off bus we had seen a ruined church tower, and on our last day […]

Prayerful Churches of Choice

On a previous trip to Europe to see our daughter we visited Lucerne. Seeking stained glass windows, we visited three churches in the city. The first was the Cathedral of St Leodegar, which was baroque, over stated in its riches, and Christ wasn’t immediately obvious.     The second was the very beautiful but pristine […]

Prayerful Churches in Passing

For some two months touring in Europe recently, churches  became either havens of rest, buildings to inspire, surprises, or buildings to forget. We had very little free time, but did get to Mass in both St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral and the Chapel at St Saviour’s Monastery in Dublin, in St Stephen’s Cathedral in Budapest, and attended […]