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MESSAGE FROM MON JOHN - 19th November, 2017

In the 1960’s our church published a document called “The constitution of the Church in the Modern World”. It was one of the most important statements emanating from the Second Vatican Council of the Church. In Chapter 34 of that document we read this statement.

"While providing the substance of life for themselves and their families, men and women are performing their activities in a way which appropriately benefits society.  They can justly consider that by their labours they are unfolding the Creator's work".  The Gospel of St Matthew today invites each and every one of us to appreciate that our personal talents, our human efforts and our roles or vocations in life should never be underestimated or undervalued.  We should never presume that we are insignificant.  We are invited to resist the temptation to BURY our talents.  Whatever we do in life has an effect on others.  Collectively we are able to make the world a better place.  All we are asked to do as Christians is to use the skills, talents and gifts we have for good purposes.  St Paul in his letter to the people of Rome made this profound statement:   "Never forget that the life and death of each of us has an effect on others"

MESSAGE FROM MON JOHN - 12th November, 2017

We often forget that when we were Confirmed, albeit when we were about ten or eleven years of age, we received the gift of WISDOM. It is a gift, and we have all received it. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit and we all have that gift within the tissues and contours of our lives. What is wisdom? It is, I suspect, the gift to know right from wrong. It is the gift to understand that what has been passed onto us by our forebears is not fallacious. It is the gift to appreciate the great wonders of nature and the marvels of science.

Most importantly, though, wisdom is a gift that enables us to recognise that life is much bigger and more wonderful than the experience of politics, economics and profits.

Wisdom is essentially about acknowledging the wonder of human life: It is about the marvels of art, music, literature and human accomplishment. It is about the wonder of what lies beyond our imagination. This is what today's readings from Scripture are about. Each and every one of us is a person of WISDOM because we are all prepared to marvel at the great reality of God.

MESSAGE FROM MONS JOHN - 29th October, 2017

Last week the religious leaders endeavoured to use the issue of paying taxes to Caesar as means of demonstrating that Jesus was an unfaithful Jew. Their attempt failed.

In today’s story, knowing there are ten commandments in the law of Moses, the Jewish leaders try to trap Jesus into saying that one particular commandment is more important than the other commandments. To make such a distinction would be heresy.

They have overlooked the fact that all of the commandments are about loving God and loving one’s brother and sister. Hence the religious leaders fail again to prove that Jesus is an unfaithful Jew. They cannot silence him.

But there is a deeper message in today’s story. The author of the Gospel, St Matthew, is wanting his readers to understand that the closest we will ever come to knowing God, is to love and know one’s fellow human being.

One of the wonderful realities to observe in life is the unconditional love of one human being for another. It may be a husband and wife, or a parent and child, or any two people who are deeply in love. Unconditional love is a rare human experience, but it does exist and all of us experience it along life’s road. When we do experience it we are actually as close as we can possible be to understanding God’s unconditional love for each and every one of us.

Today we are invited to reflect on the power of love. When we truly love another person we are in touch with the unconditional mercy, justice and love of God for the whole human race.

MESSAGE FROM MONS JOHN - 5th November, 2017

Today we read in St Matthew's Gospel a criticism of the religious leaders of Jesus' time, the Pharisees, for not practicing what they preached. The inference was that people should heed what the Pharisees say, but don't do what they do.

The warnings that are placed on the lips of Jesus in today's Gospel are not so much directed against any particular historical group in the past. They are actually directed at any form of Pharisaism at any time or in any place. Pharisees are still around today in all sorts of guises.

Our Christian faith must be a lifestyle that we embrace freely and happily. It must never be a burden. It must always be a joy. That's the message we are invited to pass onto our children. Furthermore, it is much more than a message. It is a lifestyle that we should live everyday of our lives.

Christ's message is the opposite of Pharisaism. It is never a burden and it always evokes joy in our hearts and minds. We are invited to give thanks today for the wonderful sense of liberation and happiness that is ours because we are followers of Jesus Christ; not just yesterday; not just today; but eternally.

Confirmation 2017

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CONFIRMED YOUNG PEOPLE: On Friday night 15TH October, 2017  31 of our young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation administered by Bishop Terry Brady. We congratulate these 31 young people who are now fully initiated into our Catholic faith. Please pray for each of them and their wonderful families. We also thank our Faith Education Ministry Team for their dedicated work in preparing these young people for their Confirmation.