Apr 142019
 
Entering Holy Week

Our pathway to intimacy with God With today’s celebration of Palm Sunday, we enter a week that we call Holy Week. While every week is holy, in this Holy Week we face death. While some will simply look back two thousand years and recall the historic events of Jesus’ suffering and death, we Christians today [more…]

 14/04/2019  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Apr 072019
 
We are Loved, even in our Imperfection...

A few years ago, I was asked to prepare a year 13 group to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I began by asking how many considered themselves to be sinners. A couple of hands went up including my own. I then asked again, explaining that my question was a serious one adding that all my [more…]

 07/04/2019  Categories: Editorial, News Tagged with:
Mar 312019
 
Accept the Loving Embrace of the Father

While the given gospel this weekend is the parable of the Prodigal Son, parishes in which catechumens are preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter will use the account of Jesus giving sight to the man born blind. In both gospel accounts Jesus is giving new vision. This is clearly evident when a man [more…]

 31/03/2019  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Mar 172019
 
In the Transfiguration…we taste heaven

The Mount of the Transfiguration is not too far from the Sea of Galilee. From every direction it rises distinctively from the plain landscape as a solitary hill. In a similar way, the account of the Transfiguration of Jesus rises up as if from nowhere in the Gospels. All of a sudden Jesus is speaking [more…]

 17/03/2019  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Mar 032019
 
And so our journey begins...

Lent 2019 – Food For Faith Pope Francis begins his message for Lent 2019 emphasising that Lent is a JOYFUL season. Let’s remember too that the word Lent comes from the old English “spring-time”. While Lent does coincide with the season of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s different for us here in New Zealand [more…]

 03/03/2019  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Feb 242019
 
Adventure of the Heart

Forgiving is not a feeling… As one who loves physical adventure, I gratefully believe God has blessed me with a multitude of very precious experiences. Clear evidence convinces me that only my mother’s constant prayers have saved my life on several of my many “physical misadventures”, especially during missionary journeys and pastoral work that have [more…]

 24/02/2019  Categories: Editorial, News Tagged with:
Feb 032019
 
Humble Jesus seeks our response  of faith and friendship

St Luke beautifully describes the person and life of Jesus, often through dramatic contrasts. These contrasts make Jesus even more accessible to us. They prove Jesus is committed to forming a very close and intimate relationship with us, sustainable in our prayer and daily lives, however lowly we feel. In his nativity story read on [more…]

 03/02/2019  Categories: Editorial Tagged with: ,
Dec 232018
 
God So Loved You

While commercialism can act like a smoke-screen, distracting from the real meaning of Christmas, it is important that we push through to take hold of the true wonder of Jesus’ birth. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have [more…]

 23/12/2018  Categories: Editorial Tagged with: ,
Dec 092018
 
"Yes, Lord!"

This weekend at Mass we will be distributing the Parish’s first publication of ‘Yes, Lord!’ Phil & I took the photo on the front cover ten years ago when we visited Assisi. We were newly engaged, and we had bought our first item for our new home; a little statue of St Francis. The evening [more…]

 09/12/2018  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Dec 022018
 
It's Advent - Happy New Year

Today is the first Sunday in Advent and the first Sunday of the Church’s Year.  Today we begin our journey towards Easter night, which is the most important, greatest and holiest night of the year.  Our first stop along this road will be the twelve days of Christmas (Christmas day to Epiphany), when we rejoice [more…]

 02/12/2018  Categories: Editorial, News Tagged with: ,