Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:30
Please join us in praying a new novena in the nine days leading up to the feast of our founder, St John Bosco.
'Camino with Don Bosco' is a new series of daily reflections, prayers and activities for the period from Friday 22 - Saturday 30 January, created for 2021 by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. The novena can be downloaded from the resources area of our website (link below).
Please pray with us!
Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:57
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the message of hope and unity for all of us in the poem for the inauguration of the new President of the USA, composed and performed by Amanda Gorman, the USA's first Youth Poet Laureate. The image is from Club Experience Blog (Boys and Girls Clubs of America); this site has a wealth of valuable resources for youth development.
Whatever your politics, I hope you... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:33
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Gospel for Sunday of the Word of God, 3rd Sunday of Year B: Mark 1: 14-20. Image: bernadette Lopez via Qumran2.net.
Last week, we saw how the evangelist John dealt with the call of Andrew and Peter. On this Sunday of the Word we are introduced to Mark's Gospel and his version of the call of these early followers. I like to see the evangelist Mark as a person... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 07 Jan 2021 14:57
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the meaning of Jesus' baptism, in this Sunday's Gospel: Mark 1: 7 - 11. Image: John Nava - Baptism of Christ, Tapestry at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, USA.
Today we celebrate the feast of Baptism of Jesus, which might seem strange. I remember an old Bishop getting up to preach on this feast when I was at school: "We don't know why Jesus was... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2021 12:14
As we celebrate the great feast of the Epiphany, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at our festive traditions, and what the visit of the three kings tells us about sharing our own gifts, and taking Jesus and his truth with us through the world today. Image: adapted from an image by Alejandra Jimenez on Pixabay
Today, we remember Matthew's reflections on bringing the Gospel message to a broader world through... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 02 Jan 2021 08:06
In his reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Christmas, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the part the incarnation plays in our everyday lives and our relationships. Gospel: John 1: 1-18
Today, once again, we are reminded of those exciting words in the deep poetry of the evangelist, John. The Prologue, that we last heard on Christmas Day morning, reflects the opening chapter of the book of Genesis.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 31 Dec 2020 08:02
On 1 January, we celebrate the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB offers a reflection on how she can help us towards a closer encounter with her son in a new year. Image: Icon of Mary, Mother of God, Carmel Baltimore
May I take this opportunity to wish you all every blessing and peace for this new year of 2021. This past year has brought us so many difficulties and problems, and... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 26 Dec 2020 08:06
On Sunday 27 December, as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at it message for our own family relationships, which have faced tremendous challenges in recent months. Image: Unknown Georgian artist, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
As we continue our celebration of this Christmas season in our strange times, we are given a time today to celebrate the gift... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 24 Dec 2020 07:00
Reflecting on the Mass of Christmas Day, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB highlights the message of hope brought by the birth of Jesus to all of us, even in the darkest of times. (Image: Ivan Grohar, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
I wish you, your family and your loved ones, a very happy and holy Christmas. Today our pilgrimage through Advent is over and we have entered the season of Christmas-though... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 16 Dec 2020 15:56
On the last Sunday of Advent, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB encourages us to be inspired by the faith and trust of Mary and of Joseph, in what will be a very different Christmas season. (Image: Fra Angelico, Annunciation, via Wikimedia Commons Creative Commons)
Well here we are, ready to light the fourth candle. Only last year, this day would have been that opportunity to complete that needed last minute... Read More »