Posts by OLV Parish

But you, Who do you say I am

But you,… who do you say I am? Three Fridays ago we started our First DVD Session on “Catholicism”. In the first session, Fr Robert Barron (now Bishop) sheds light and explains the conviction of the Catholic Faith that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah, and the revelation of God become man. He shows how Jesus fulfils the prophecies of the expected Messiah, according to the Old and New Testaments, but in a very unexpected manner. The living legacy of Christ, God and Messiah, is continually proclaimed by the Church, from the beginning, and out of that came the
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Her many sins have been forgiven…..

Her many sins have been forgiven… In the last few years, we have had children in our parish receiving their First Holy Communion on the feast of Corpus Christ. It was the same this year (ie two Sundays ago). Leading up to their Holy Communion, the children also received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, or “made their first Confession”. We prepare the children’s parents who were supposed to prepare the children. At one of the meetings, I had expressed to the parents the hope that their children’s experience of God’s forgiveness would be one that is positive:
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Young Man I tell you to get up….

(10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C) This Sunday, after all the major Feast Days post Easter, we return to the Ordinary Cycle of the Liturgical Year (ie 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time).  The way the Liturgical cycle is set out with Easter being a moving Feast Day, we often do not get a chance to celebrate the 10th Sunday in Ordinary time – which means the readings from this Sunday has not been heard for a long time!!!  The readings, especially the First and the Gospel passage, present us with two widows who have both lost their sons.   Anyone
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Feast of Corpus Christi

(Corpus CHristi, Year C) This is my body….. This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi – the feat of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. For over 2000 years, the Church celebrates and preserves at its heart, the Eucharist, and all the teachings associated with it: namely that, * under the sign of the consecrated bread and wine, Christ Jesus, risen and glorified, reveals the continuation of His Incarnation; * He is still risen and alive in our midst, to nourish believers with is body and blood; * His one and the same Sacrifice on Calvary
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The Holy Trinity

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit…. We believe in the One God in Three Persons: and we refer to this Triune God as the Holy Trinity.  Many people, and especially Muslims, accuse us of believing in three gods – which makes little sense.  No, we believe in ONE God, who was revealed us to be in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Although the word ‘Trinity” is absent from Sacred Scriptures, the Trinitarian God is alluded to us in many many biblical verses.  One of the early allusions
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Come Holy Spirit….

Pentecost 2016 The word ‘Pentecost’ comes from the Greek worn meaning “fiftieth”.  50 days after the Resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in a definitive way, igniting them into action to go to the ends of the world to preach the Good News.  It is thus the event that is regarded as the birth of the Church. Sacred Scriptures give us two imageries for the event that is Pentecost: that of fire and wind. (See also Page 3 for other symbolism) Fire speaks of growth, passion, power, growth and intensity.  It also speaks of unpredictability like the pattern of
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The Holy Spirit will remind you of all I have said to you…..

The Holy Spirit will remind you of all I have said to you…. We are coming to the close of the Liturgical Season of Easter. After the excitement and celebration of the Resurrection, the Church’s liturgy takes our glance towards Jesus’ “departure”. The Gospel passage (John 14:23-29) for this Sunday is part of what is known as the “farewell discourse of Christ”. It is a record of Our Lord preparing His disciples in advance for His absence. Naturally the Apostles are dejected and apprehensive at the idea of His departure. He gives them a reassurance: He is departing from them
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I have come to serve…

I have come to serve… It is so easy to quote a line from Sacred Scripture. I have come across many who would quote a verse here and there to justify their position or support their argument. As the saying goes, “even the devil quotes Sacred Scriptures’! The Catechism of the Catholic Church sets out the criteria for Biblical Interpretation, and the first criterion is (paragraph 112) is: “Be especially attentive “to the content and unity of the whole Scripture”. Different as the books which compose it may be, Scripture is a unity by reason of the unity of God’s
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I know them and they follow me..

(FOurth Sunday in Easter: Good Shepherd Sunday) I know them and they follow me.. This Sunday’s Gospel passage seems a bit stingy: only about 3 verses (John 10:27-30) !!! If we want to understand what it is trying to say, we practically have to read the whole of Chapter Ten, and better still, to know a bit of background from the Old Testament and life in ancient societies. In ancient societies the people often looked to gifted and righteous rulers for happiness and security. Such a beneficent king in the Greek speaking world was often given the title ‘Saviour’ (sótér).
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