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Sunday Reflection - 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 17:10

Today we meet the delightful sons of Zebedee, James and John. They are two of those most trusted band of Jesus' disciples. Already in Mark's gospel, we have seen Jesus reminding them of the need to have a child-like attitude, reminding them that 'whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it' (Mk 10:15). Like Peter, James and John do not always get it right and do and... Read More »

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For Good

For Good

Posted: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 15:34

Towards the end of the popular musical 'Wicked' the two heroes, Galinda and Elphaba say farewell to each other and go their separate ways. As they reminisce, they see the goodness, light and love that they have shared since they met at school. It is a song that helps us understand how friendship impacts on each of us; friends come into our lives for a reason. Friends make a real difference for good... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 09 Oct 2021 17:10

In the gospel today, Mark presents a vocation story of the rich young man. He is a good person who simply wants a share in life that Jesus wants to offer. There is a danger that we could think that, as he is simply lists his achievements, he is showing off. However, he has simply kept the commandments and tried to live a good life. He has not stolen or told lies, he has respected his parents and never... Read More »

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The Beauty of the Ordinary: it is seriously good!

The Beauty of the Ordinary: it is seriously good!

Posted: Wed, 06 Oct 2021 11:18

One of my family sent me this picture of the full moon, known as the 'Flower Moon', taken in my village at home. The beautiful bright moon was just over our local cemetery where my parents, grandparents and family are buried. Meelick Tower has been a centre of worship since the Celtic monks founded their monastery in the ninth century. There is something very sacred, and yet ordinary, to stand at my... Read More »

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Don Bosco Global Film Festival

Don Bosco Global Film Festival

Posted: Wed, 06 Oct 2021 09:46

Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival (DBGYFF) is the first worldwide festival from the Salesian Congregation to unite all our young people globally to come together on a common project where they can express their creative talents and be rewarded. This festival is our own festival, and is a precious opportunity to make the name of Don Bosco resonate in the 134 countries where we are present, especially... Read More »

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Sr Chiara Cazzuola FMA elected New Mother General of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Sr Chiara Cazzuola FMA elected New Mother General of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Posted: Tue, 05 Oct 2021 14:38

The FMA are currently having their 25th General Chapter, where Sisters Pauline Clark FMA and Gill McCambridge FMA are attending as representatives of Great Britain. They have just elected their new Mother General Sr. Chiara Cazzuola. We pray with them as they continue their work together.

(ANS - Rome) - The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) gathered in Rome to participate in the FMA's 25th... Read More »

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26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:17

Our Gospel today warns us against sectarianism and trying to make out that Christ is just 'for us'—something we have been so guilty of! The disciples seem jealous that others are bringing the light of Christ to others: they fail to fully appreciate that the Gospel is for all and not just a narrow group in society. Jesus makes it very clear that all can share in the beauty of the mission—even... Read More »

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I have never denied the Eucharist to anyone!

I have never denied the Eucharist to anyone!

Posted: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:18

At his traditional post visit press conference on his recent Alitalia flight back home from Slovakia, Pope Francis was quizzed about the Eucharist by American journalists. The election of the Catholic, Joe Biden re-ignited the debate in American politics: how can a Catholic President possibly support the Democratic party's policy of supporting abortion? It has become a hot issue, especially in the... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:45

It is interesting that the gospel this week opens with Jesus' re-enforcing what being the 'Messiah' actually means: 'The Son of Man will be handed over to those who will kill him. Three days later, however, he will rise to life' (Mk 9:31). Mark places this event after the gift of Transfiguration: Peter, James and John gained an insight into what resurrection would mean, but they were still confused... Read More »

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September 11, 2021

September 11, 2021

Posted: Fri, 10 Sep 2021 10:33

This reflection, written by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB, reflects on the events of September 11, 2001, and of Fr Mychal Judge OFM

Watch and reflect:

Those of us of a certain age, we will remember well what we were doing on 11th September (9/11 is US speak) 2001. I remember the day well as I was in Oxford to attend an interview for a teaching post. On my happy drive back to London... Read More »

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