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An Appeal for Help

The Sisters of the Child Jesus, based in Kasama, Zambia, are a local order founded almost a hundred years ago. The Sisters run a day-care centre for 103 destitute children, a project started by volunteers from Jersey, U.K., who could not keep it going. They supported it by a large garden, worked by the children […]

Marist Mission in Bahia

The Mission of the Society of Mary in Bahia, Brazil, began in 1987. This happened after much research in order to find a diocese that was located in a poor area of the country where we could offer support, not only in parish ministry, but also to the diocese as a whole. The idea was […]

8 February: Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking

St Josephine Bakhita was born in Darfur, Sudan, in 1869. She was nine when she was kidnapped and sold as a slave, so traumatised by the experience that she could no longer remember her name. Her captors named her ‘bakhita’, which means ‘fortunate’. In 1882, she became the property of the Italian consul, whose family […]

Monday 11 November

St Martin of Tours [M] Wisdom 1:1-7; Psalm 139; Luke 17:1-6 Scandal in the community What should we do when we are faced with scandal in our Church community? It is a very pertinent question. Painful to admit, yet we must: members of our Church, in whom we placed great trust, have betrayed that trust. […]

Friday 16 August

Joshua 24:1-13; Psalm 136; Matthew 19:3-12 His love is everlasting Joshua reminded the people of God’s goodness and provision by reviewing all the great things God had done for them in the past. Families share stories of whanau (family) and whakapapa (genealogy). Communities and society remember heroes and events of significance. We build our identity, […]

Friday 26 July

Sts Joachim and Anne,parents of Mary Ecclesiasticus 44:1, 10-15; Psalm 132; Matthew 13:16-17 Links between the generations Many of our schools celebrate the feast of Joachim and Anne as ‘Grandparents’ Day’. It is quite wonderful to see the many ways this day has grown in popularity within our schools. Likewise our Masses of Anointing – […]

Sunday 7 July

FOURTEENTH WEEK ORDINARY TIME Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Our gifts Wherever and whenever he ministered, Jesus built up the community and was unique in calling forth the gifts of all people in that community. Perhaps that is why he easily moved on to the next town or place he was […]

Monday 20 May

Acts 14:5- 18; Psalm 115; John 14:21-26 Active love The ten commandments are our Maker's instructions for a happy, healthy community. But Jesus' commands ask us to go further. Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, visit the sick. These are positive acts, not merely don't do this or that. They are demonstrations of […]

Tuesday 14 May

St. Matthias, Apostle Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Psalm 113; John 15:9-17 A living church In today's reading from Acts, we receive a lesson in keeping our beloved Church vibrant. Judas had gone. The believers prayed in community and then voted. So, we should keep our family church expanding, using all the skills and talents of those […]

Wednesday 1 May

Acts 5:17-26; Psalm 34; John 3:16-21 Our presence We are to be the Lord's disciples, whatever our situation. We must live and work honestly, with integrity. Farmers, carers, teachers, shop assistants, IT workers, priests, religious, homemakers – everyone. We try to see Jesus in each person we meet, and hope that by our actions they […]