Destroy this sanctuary and in three days I will raise it up

3rd Sunday in Lent   John’s Gospel, unlike the Synoptic Gospels (i.e. Matthew, Mark and Luke) has the incident of Jesus cleansing the temple (2:13-25) at the beginning of His public ministry – as opposed to near the end, in the Synoptics.  The temple, which is a place of worship, has been turned into a marketplace by the people.  Does it not ring a bell when we forget that our Churches are places of worship too?  It is so easy to want to catch up with our friends, forgetting that others may wish to pray and meditate.  Our transgressions may
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Consecration of Our Bishop-elect PAUL MARTIN

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Paul Martin SM on Sat 3rd March 11.00am at Christchurch Boys’ High School Auditorium, 71 Straven Road. Ordination Date: The ordination for Bishop-elect Paul will take place on Saturday 3rd March, 11am Following the ordination there will be a reception in the school gymnasium. Ordination Venue: The venue is Christchurch Boy’s High School Auditorium The venue capacity is large and holds 1400 people Transport and Parking: There will be no parking available in the grounds of Christchurch Boys’ High School. The best options are taxi/bus/drop off.
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Be Cured!

2nd Sunday of Lent   Last Sunday, we were invited to enter into the desert with Jesus to live the spirit of fasting and mortification. This Sunday’s invitation is going up to the high mountain to be transformed and renewed.  According to Biblical traditions, deserts and mountains are the suitable places where humanity can encounter God. A high mountain is where God dwells. Going up to the mountain is to leave behind the worldly troubles, noises and desire to unite wholeheartedly our heart and mind with God. In our intimacy with God, He reveals many things, not only about Himself,
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The Kingdom of God is close at hand…

1st Sunday of Lent   The season of Lent has started.  In the 40 days of Lent we, as a Church, as the People of God of the new covenant, unite ourselves to the mystery of Jesus in the desert (c.f. Sunday’s Gospel). St Mark’s account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert is every brief.  One of the aims of the Gospel writers in their record of the temptations of Jesus is to show that Jesus is the new or Second Adam who remained faithful.  Where the first Adam had given in to temptation, Jesus comes out victorious.  Jesus is
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Be cured!

The medical description of Leprosy is:   “Leprosy is a slowly progressing bacterial infection that affects the skin, peripheral nerves in the hands and feet, and mucous membranes of the nose, throat, and eyes. Destruction of the nerve endings lead to a loss of sensation in the affected areas. The loss of feeling, can make the fingers and toes become mutilated and fall off, causing the deformities that are typically associated with the disease.   In the days of old and up to the nineteenth century – before they had any cure for leprosy – lepers were simply banished to remote
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He cured Many…

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time   In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Mark 1:29-39) Our Lord cured many who were sick and those possessed by devils.  The cure included the mother-in-law of Simon (St Peter).  Fr Graeme often cracked the joke that Jesus cured her because Peter denied him three times….!! In the Gospels we hear of many occasions where Jesus healed the sick.  They are important occasions as they fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah (e.g. see 35:5-6, 53:4-5) that the Messiah, the ‘Anointed One’, the Christ, when He comes, would heal.  These events identified Him as the long awaited Messiah. 
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He taught them with Authority……

    St Mark introduces his gospel as ‘the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’  His is the shortest of the four Gospels – only sixteen chapters as he wastes no time in presenting Jesus to us at the start of His public life.  St Mark appears almost impatient to present Jesus in His public ministry. Last Sunday’s passage, within the first fourteen sentences, Jesus called two sets of brothers to follow him….., and this Sunday’s passage (Mark 1:21-28) Jesus caused a stir and a deep impression in the people as he breaks with tradition and expels a
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Fr Graeme Blackburn 2 March 1984 – 15 January 2018

Father Graeme Joseph Blackburn 2 March 1984 – 15 January 2018   A loved and respected priest of the Christchurch Diocese and Assistant Priest, at Our Lady of Victories for six months.   Passed away as a result of a tragic motor accident in Christchurch on Monday January 15, 2018. Aged 33 years   Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester Street, Christchurch, on Saturday, January 20. A Vigil Service was held at Our Lady of Victories,  on Friday, January 19
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Let What You Have Said Be Done to me….

On this forth and last Sunday of Advent, the figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary appears in our Gospel Reading.   It is the scene of the Annunciation.  Mary’s true greatness lies in her total surrender in faith to God. When the angel brings to Mary God’s message and asks Mary to become the mother of Jesus, Mary accepts the Divine will with loving joy. ‘Let what you have said be done to me‘.  Her heart was opened to receive the greatest of all God’s gifts, His own Son.  It is for her faith that she is praised by her kinswoman
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