Holy Week

Holy Week is well and truly upon us. Yesterday we enjoyed the funof a parade of palms and then dropped into the reading of the Passion Gospel. The end of that reading is silence, not the usual “Praise to you Lord Christ” – we have already embarked...

Miserable sinners?

Someone commented to me that they really did not think they were dust and did not like it. I get it, the words seem harsh and unremitting. “You are dust and to dust you shall return”, said solemnly as a goop of black stuff hits your forehead. Now,...

Lenten Offerings

                    Silence as a Spiritual Practice Sat., March 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Center for Spirituality on San Pablo Road Cathy Fields, Shalem-trained spiritual director, will facilitate, offering insights on the gifts of silence and how to bring more of it into...

Good enough

In a previous parish I asked a wonderful lady if she would be a Eucharistic Minister. To me, she seemed to be exactly the sort of person we would want in that ministry, prayerful, faithful and involved in other ministries of the Church. “Oh,” she said when I asked, “I...

Candles and Christ

This week we celebrate Candlemas. Before electricity, when candles were the main source of light, they were brought to Church at Candlemas and blessed for the year ahead.The churchy name for the day is “The Presentation of Christ in the Temple”. When Jesus...

Advent Gladness

Monday 4th December “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (Psalm 122:1) Who do you look forward to spending time with? You might know that feeling of longing to be with a friend or lover who promises to take you exactly as you are,...