Solemnity of the Assumption II‏

Today’s feast of the Assumption is one of the oldest feasts in honour of Mary. It commemorates, of course, the truth that at the end of our Lady’s life she was assumed body and soul into heaven. This has been taught from the earliest centuries; the conviction that Mary, our mother, who from the very […]

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Solemnity of the Assumption I

The former Archbishop of Paris Cardinal John Marie Lustgier was a convert to the Catholic faith. He was born and brought up a Jew. His conversion came about when as a young man he and some friends where playing a prank on a poor priest, while he was hearing confession. Each of the boys decided […]

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Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul

One hundred years ago to the very day, an event occurred in the Balkans that would lead to the First World War. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand would trigger a series of events that would see the great European powers thrown into conflict with one another. It would be a war without precedent, which […]

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Corpus Christi

South of the border I sure there will be much relief felt, if not expressed by the many football widows abandoned by their husbands these last few weeks of the World Cup. For them it will be relief to get their men back; perhaps, a little bruised, heartbroken and tearful, but nothing too serious. But […]

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Fortieth Anniversary of St Bride’s Primary School

This year is a very important year for St Brides. At Easter 40 years this church was opened for the first time. In July 40 years ago the Poor Clares arrived in their brand new but leaky convent here in Bothwell. And in August 40 ago St Bride’s Primary School opened its doors and rang […]

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Pentecost Sunday

On the feast of Pentecost we celebrate the birthday of the church. And the church could only be born when the disciples left the upper room, leaving behind the safety and security of the upper room where they had taken refuge: hiding for fear of the Jews. Only the Holy Spirit could gave them the […]

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7th Sunday of Easter

We sometimes say to people “You haven’t got a prayer.” meaning by this there is no chance or hope or getting what they want. Apparently, I owe Fr Campbell money and he is looking for it! In vain I’m afraid – he hasn’t got prayer! I’ll pay him eventually, however, it wont be the answer […]

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Solemnity of the Ascension

One of the disconcerting things about the Holy Land is the unseemly and often bitter feuds over the holy places. Even among Christian’s in the holiest of all venues the site of the Lord’s Tomb various strands of Orthodox Christians sometimes fight it out over an inch of territory.  So much so that that the […]

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4th Sunday of Easter

The fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. And today our readings at mass focus on the theme of Christ the Good Shepherd. Of all the images of Christ we find in the scriptures, surely, the most beautiful and poignant are those of Christ, the Good Shepherd. Jesus, the one who […]

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Easter Sunday

You wouldn’t want to send me shopping because you would never know what I would bring back. As children my mother would despair and only send me to the shops as a last resort. Housekeepers laugh, if I say do they want anything from the shops because in all likelihood they‘ll never see it. Occasionally, […]

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