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‘The last shall be first …’

This Sunday’s scripture bears testimony to the universal outreach of the Lord. Our God is one who desires to gather all people, from far and wide – north, south, east and west – and from lands that have never heard of the Lord. God also wishes to reach those who are...

A few words from Archbishop Dermot

So what do we do? Like a garden, our communities of faith need constant attention. We are called to listen to each other, and also listen to God. How might we do this? As next steps on the way, you might consider the following: We need functioning structures—parish...

There is more to life than wealth and riches

Today’s readings are about material things and our attitude towards them. Are they at the centre of our lives? The texts also suggest that what we are is more important than what we have. Qoheleth, ‘the Preacher’, who wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes 300 years before...

A few words from Father Joe…………………

Last week when I was writing these few words I hadn’t realised that it was a weekend of special prayers for Grandparents and the elderly. Pope Francis, who is getting on in years himself, has many kind and thoughtful things to say to, and about, the senior members of...

Jesus our Guest

This Sunday’s readings lead us to ponder the gift of hospitality; the giving and receiving we experience. May we learn to welcome our Lord who wishes to dwell with us. In the First Reading, Abraham gives us the example of Bedouin hospitality. In welcoming three...

A few words from Father Joe…………………..

I have a Pope Francis mug on my shelf. It is a souvenir of his visit here in 2018, and very predictably his smiling face is looking out. I don’t use it for tea or coffee, but from time to time take a drink of water from it, but mostly is just sits there on the shelf,...

‘And who is my neighbour?‘

Today’s readings celebrate the nearness of the Lord to us. Created through God and for God, we are drawn ever closer by peace and reconciliation. Not only that. We are also called to become like the Lord in our service to all. The First Reading commands us to love,...

A few words from Fr Joe…………………

Many single people eat alone most of the time, maybe with the radio playing in the background; familiar voices and music softens the isolation. As someone who is single, and lives alone I can speak both to the value and pain of sitting without company at the table,...

The Kingdom of God is very near you!

We are called and sent to bring the deep peace of the kingdom of God into the world. The prophet Isaiah (First Reading) proclaims a joyful time of peace that flows like a river from the healing, comforting love of God, which is compared to the intimate, tender bond...

A few words from Fr Joe……………….

I’m sure we have all spent some time during the week wishing the weather was better, praying for some sunshine, asking God to banish the dark clouds, heavy rain and bring us some of the blue skies and gentle breezes that we need so much. The weather of course is one...