Posted in Uncategorized on Nov 07, 2015
This is how the Manchester Guardian described that first two minutes silence. "The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect. The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also, seeming to do it of their own volition.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Oct 31, 2015
Today we may for once delight in our ignorance, in the fact that we simply have no idea just how many saints there will be. Taken together the Christian saints of both east and west are said to number over 10,000. These include not only those formally declared to be saints but also those, chiefly in the first millennium, who were reputed to be holy.
Posted in Uncategorized on Oct 24, 2015
This is a Catholic tradition that reminds is of several things: the dead still belong to us and we to them, they pray for us and are our friends in God’s presence, it reminds us of the Communion of Saints and the resurrection of the dead at the end of time.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Oct 17, 2015
Every Catholic Church and community across the world will today celebrate and pray for the mission of our Church. It is a time when we are reminded of the truly universal makeup of our Church community. We are also inspired by communities around the world supporting one another in their daily lives and growing in their faith.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Oct 10, 2015
Edward, called the Confessor, was born at Islip in Oxfordshire between 1002 and 1005, the son of King Ethelred 'the Unready' and Emma. Driven from England by the Danes, and spending his exile in Normandy, the story goes that Edward vowed that if he should return safely to his kingdom, he would make a pilgrimage to St Peter's, Rome.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Oct 03, 2015
This Sunday, the first in the month of October, in Dominican churches was celebrated as Rosary Sunday until the calendar was reformed in the 1960s. On Rosary Sunday, roses were blessed at Mass and then distributed to the people with the charge to take them home.
Posted in Uncategorized on Oct 01, 2015
My dear brothers and Sisters in Christ, With schools and Colleges beginning their new academic year, there is a sense of starting anew for all of us. I would like, first of all, to thank you for the very generous interest in, and response to, the consultation earlier in the summer.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Sep 26, 2015
In the Gospel Jesus goes on to tell his disciples to look to themselves. Not to object if other people are acting in his name even though they are not fully disciples. Rather, if other people do this it is a good thing. What the disciples should do is to think what kind of witness they give to Christ, whether they themselves act properly in his name, whether they do express the Gospel of love.
Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 20, 2015
Today is Home Mission Sunday and to emphasise its importance this pastoral letter comes to you on behalf of all the Bishops of England and Wales together. This day is the moment when we invite every member of the Catholic community to pray for, participate in and support the work of evangelisation in England and Wales.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Sep 12, 2015
I don’t think Jesus is having an identity crisis when he asks the question, ‘Who do people say I am?’ But in posing this question about himself he makes us ask the same question of ourselves. Personal identity is a very modern issue, and people give very different answers when asked who they are.