The Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Cross

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. And as we do so we are invite to reflect for a moment on the cross of our Saviour. At the very heart of our faith is the cross of Christ. For us as Catholics the cross is essential to our daily life of […]

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Twenty-Third Sunday Yr A

Keeping the peace is easier said than done. At the moment the world is far from being a peaceful place. Not only is Isis threatening the stability of Iraq and the Middle East, but the peace treaty in the Holy Land is hanging by a thread and Russian aggression threatens the stability of Europe and […]

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Twentieth Sunday Yr A

During the summer holidays I read the biography of one of America’s most outstanding presidents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt or F.D.R., as he was better known. He was a person of great courage and resilience, despite being cripple by Polio as a youth and dogged by ill health still, he tenaciously perused a political career. He […]

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Nineteenth Sunday Yr A

At long last the plight of the Christians in Iraq and wider Middle East is being addressed in the media. It is estimated that the Christian population of the Holy Land has fallen by 80% in the last few years. Many of these communities have been present there since Apostolic times.   Last November we […]

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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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