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VIEW MASS ONLINE with Fr Nigel: Sixth Sunday of Easter, 17 May 2020

Fr Nigel’s Homily: Jesus says to us “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” How does one explain love? When I was a lot younger, it probably meant the tingling feelings that I had whenever I saw her. Sometimes, yes, even the paralysis that, believe it or not, silenced me when she was around. And let’s not forget ...

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VIEW MASS ONLINE with Fr Nigel: Fifth Sunday of Easter, 10 May 2020

Fr Nigel’s Homily: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled’ – I had this Gospel reading for my Mother’s funeral and, as this is the Mother’s day weekend, I would like to remember her, as many of us remember our mothers who have passed away. When my mother passed away there was a deep sadness within me, a sadness that ...

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VIEW MASS ONLINE with Fr Nigel: Fourth Sunday of Easter, 3 May 2020

Deacon Peter McDade’s Homily: Vocation? Do I Have One? Today is traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday but it is also the 57th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. When anyone mentions “vocations”, we as traditional Catholics tend to think of priestly vocations, religious brothers and sisters, monks etc. And they certainly are vocations and we need more of them. ...

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VIEW MASS ONLINE with Fr Nigel: Third Sunday of Easter, 26 April 2020

Fr Nigel’s Homily: It seems like ages since we have been in lockdown.  Some us are getting used it. Some of us want it to be over quickly. I sense that there is a feeling of uneasiness.  This underlying discomfort makes us really uncertain of what to do next. It’s getting harder and harder to have patience.  Some glimmers of ...

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VIEW MASS ONLINE with Fr Nigel: Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday, 19 April 2020

Fr Nigel’s Homily: This Sunday is last day of the Octave of Easter.  I hope you have been celebrating this great event in the life of the Church. With COVID-19 still likely to dominate the news headlines for some time, we need now more than ever to look at our faith as we try to tread the murky waters of ...

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VIEW MASS ONLINE with Fr Nigel: Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020

Fr Nigel’s Homily: Happy Easter to you all!  Today, of course, is the most important day in our Church year. It is the celebration of Jesus’ rising from the dead. It is the beginning of a whole new perception of life and we, as Christians, look upon life through the one who conquered pain, suffering and even death itself. The ...

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VIEW ONLINE with Fr Nigel: Good Friday Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, 10 April 2020

Fr Nigel’s Homily: Good Friday, the darkest chapter of our Christian Story. A time in which we remember the isolation, loneliness, extreme pain and suffering that Jesus endured. And somehow there is a connection with all who suffer and are unfairly treated. We all have our own Good Friday experiences. What Jesus experienced on Good Friday gives meaning and purpose ...

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Servanthood in Strange Times

by Sarah Matthews On first reflection Holy Thursday this year provides yet another opportunity for COVID-19 cognitive dissonance. Across the scriptures on Holy Thursday, Jesus provides his disciples and their descendants for over 2,000 years, two opportunities for communion with him.  Through receiving him in the Eucharist and the demonstration of tender care through the washing of feet, we are ...

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