Monthly Archives December 2018

Blessed Are You Among Women…

4th Sunday of Advent   The fourth week of Advent always feature Mary the Mother of Our Lord, and this Sunday’s Gospel gives us the scene of the ‘Visitation’.  When Mary visited Elizabeth who was pregnant, John the Baptist leapt in the womb of Elizabeth.  The incident parallels that of Rebekah in Genesis 25.  Rebekah’s experience signalled the pre-eminence of Jacob over his older brother Esau (Gen 25:22-23).  Now, this signals the pre-eminence of Jesus over his cousin John.  When John grew up he tells us he is not worthy to remove the sandal strap of Jesus.   The intention
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Our True Joy

3rd Sunday of Advent   The liturgical theme of the Third Sunday of Advent is JOY. The first and second readings invite us to rejoice and exult with all our hearts because God is present in our midst. We should be joyous because the Lord Jesus is coming to bring us salvation. This invitation of encountering Jesus is for everyone and should be answered daily, as in His first Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium (The joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis writes: “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at
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Earthquake Strengthening Work Completed!

(Updated 13th December) The work to strengthen the Church is completed!  Because of the solution that was arrived at, the major part of the work is mostly ‘hidden’.  The most obvious things you will see in the Church are actually not related to the Strengthening but more to do with the opportunity we took to do other work, including updating the windows of the Stations of the cross.  If you enter the sacristy, you will also find a smaller room, which is almost useless as a sacristy, because we had to meet new requirements to have two extra Emergency Exits.
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