Posted: Tue, 10 Aug 2021 14:00
It is wonderful that we can come together on this Sunday to celebrate the feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother. It always means so much to me, as I learnt a valuable lesson about Church holidays in hospital cafeteria many years ago. I had spent the morning celebrating mass in the hospital chapel and then taking communion to patients across the vast campus; on my travels I met staff who wanted... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:02
Reflecting on the Gospel for 16th Sunday of Year B, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy highlights the value of taking time to step back, rest, refresh ourselves and contemplate.
After the excitement and the 'buzz' of the apostles being on mission, this week we are presented with the aftermath of such activity: there is need for rest and recuperation. As so often happens in the ministry of Jesus, we see his care... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 08 Jul 2021 14:22
We don't often realise the level of trust Jesus placed in his disciples when he sent them out. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy reflects on the message of trust, love and confidence in the Gospel for 15th Sunday of Year (Mark 6: 7-13). Image: Bernadette Lopez via qumran2.net
In the context of rejection and apparent failure in his home community of Nazareth, our Gospel today shows Jesus sending his disciples out... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 01 Jul 2021 15:35
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB asks us to accept the freedom offered to us by Jesus, the son of God incarnated as the carpenter from Nazareth, as he reflects on the Gospel for 14th Sunday of Year B. Image: Jesus the Carpenter by Marcello Cerrato, via qumran 2.net.
On this day of US Independence, our Gospel brings Jesus back home to Nazareth. Across the pond, I hope that, pandemic protocols allowing, my... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:59
A reflection on the Gospel for the 13th Sunday of the Year by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: Julian Garcia Mejia via Qumran2.net
In our Gospel today, Jesus offers two amazing miracles: the cures of a woman and of a child. Jesus meets Jairus, a synagogue official; he faces the desperation of a parent with a dying child. On his bended knees, he begs Jesus to cure her; this loving father sees, in... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:19
Storms are part of the lived human experience. It is very rare to go through life without encountering some sort of a storm—and this storm can take various dimensions to stare us in the face. Without a doubt, 2020 and 2021 will go down in history as the years of storms for so many of us. Work, education, social life and our family dynamic have been 'infected' by a tiny virus that we now have... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:03
We have just experienced four months of liturgical highlights as we have celebrated the Lent and Easter seasons: we have journeyed from Ash Wednesday to Trinity Sunday via Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Resurrection Day and Pentecost. Our liturgical colours have gone from purple, pink, red and gold to white.
We are now back to so-called 'ordinary time' with our next season change some months... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 03 Jun 2021 13:12
I remember Fr McGovern SDB, an amazing music teacher, helping our choir to sing the Vaughan Williams classic, 'O taste and see how gracious the Lord is'. His huge choir stilled the sacred space of Bolton's Victoria Hall: 'blessed is the one that trusteth in HIM!' We need this feast of Corpus Christi to remind us just how blessed we are.
In his last meal with is disciples in the Upper Room, Jesus shares... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 27 May 2021 13:16
These past few weeks have seen a gradual easing of the real hardship that had been lockdown. As the vaccination rate increases, children are back their classrooms in school, and more businesses are re-opened, we share a sense of returning to a fuller experience of community. Experts tell us that we will probably never be able to return to the days pre-pandemic: face masks and physical distancing are... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 21 May 2021 10:17
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the unity brought to us by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. (Image by Igino Legnaghi via Qumran2.net)
I was reading my diary for Pentecost Sunday 2020; it was clear that we thought that things may well be back to normal by summer 2020. The pandemic, it seemed, was under some sort of control. I wrote back then:
One of the amazing POSITIVE effects of being in lockdown... Read More »