Church Earthquake Strengthening Work Begins….

The Church Building is now closed for Earthquake Strengthening, and the plan is to have it finished and open for the Feast Day Mass on the 7th of October.   Mass is now celebrated in the temporary location in the renovated Bishop Joyce Centre (Hall).  A Confessional has been set up in the front room of the Presbytery for the usual 11-noon Saturdays slot.  There is still a choice to remain anonymous, just like in the old Confessional.  
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Remain in My Love

6th Sunday of Easter In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (John 15:9-17), Jesus asked His disciples to remain in His love.  He elaborated that to remain in His love is to keep His commandments – i.e. to love one another as He had loved them.  This links us back to last Sunday’s Gospel of Jesus’ being the vine, and we the branches.  We can say that anyone who truly loves, by default, is ‘grafted’ on to the vine that is Jesus, even if he/she has not come to know Christ directly.  In the context of God’s Revelation in Christ, St John
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I am the True Vine….

5th Sunday of Easter   When King Henry VIII rebelled against the Church for not being able to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, he left his subjects a very clear choice: either they were with him, or they were against him – and those who were against him were soon deprived of many things, including their very lives.  In the wake of that, many great stories of faith emerged including that of St Thomas More who tried to remain loyal to the King but not compromised his faith.  Eventually, he too had his head chopped off.  Kneeling before
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THE GOOD SHEPHERD

In this Sunday’s Gospel (John 15:11-18), Jesus uses the image of the shepherd and the sheep (a familiar image to the Jews) to talk about the relationship between Him and us and vice versa. He is the Good Shepherd and we are His sheep. He governs His sheep, not by exercising power nor by harsh discipline, but by passionate love. His love for the sheep is shown in these three dimensions: Understanding, Caring and Sacrificing for the sheep. ! Understanding: It is the understanding that comes not from reason, nor gained by studying, but from the heart when one loves.
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They Recognised Him at the Breaking of Bread

3rd Sunday of Easter   Not many of you have seen the chalice gifted to me for my priestly ordination.  It is HUGE ! And it was specially made for me as a surprise gift from the two Italian priests who came all the way from Italy to attend my ordination. At the base of the chalice my friends had these words engraved;  “In communicatione fractionis panis”, taken from Acts 2:42.  In Acts, the full sentence reads; “erant autem perseverantes in doctrina apostolorum et communicatione fractionis panis et orationibus”.  The English translation (New Jerusalem Bible) reads “These remained faithful to the
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Divine Mercy – Peace Be with You

2nd Sunday of Easter To err is human, to forgive Divine. It was Pope St John Paul II designated the Sunday after Easter as ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’. And it is not a coincidence that the Gospel reading (John 20:19-31) for Divine Mercy Sunday has something to do with Divine Mercy: Christ our Lord instituted the sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation (Confession). The passage not only revealed Our Lord’s mercy, but also His seeking out and comforting the Apostles who were in hiding and fear. Instead of castigating them for their lack of faith, He invites them with his message of
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KING OF PEACE

PALM SUNDAY “This is my body, which is given up for you… This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:19-20). These are the words that Jesus speaks to us in Holy Week, and also the words of consecration during Mass. In his passion, Jesus identifies himself with the suffering servant of God as prophesied by Isaiah. The Cross was originally an instrument of humiliation, torture and failure, the punishment for slaves and rebels. However, in light of Crucifixion of Jesus, it is turned into a sign of Love, Forgiveness and Salvation.
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Anyone who loves his life loses it….

5th Sunday of Lent In the Gospel of John we find in the early stages, Jesus stating that his ‘hour’ had not yet come (2:4. 7 :6, 8; 7: 30; 8: 20), but from the passage of this Sunday’s Gospel onwards (John. 12: 20-33) we find him telling us that the hour of his death is imminent.  He explains His death using the parable of the grain;          ‘unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies,           it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.           Anyone who
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The Son of Man must be lifted up

The crucifix has always been a symbol of hope for Christians.  It is on the cross that the Son of Man was lifted up…..  Jesus made allusion to his being lifted up in this Sunday’s Gospel (John., 3:14-21) in his discourse with Nicodemus.  Our Lord presents his forthcoming death on the cross as an elevation and a glorification.  He takes us back to the scene in Book of Numbers (chapter 21) where Moses lifted up the sign of the serpent and all those who gazed on it were healed and lived.   The Son of Man must be lifted up to
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