Author Archives : GerryC

Reflection for the Solemnity of SS Peter and Paul


I came across an interesting motto below a coat of arms and it read ‘Unity is strength’. In a way, this summarises the main thought on our minds as we come together today to give God thanks for the two great apostles, Peter and Paul. In their lifetime Peter and Paul did not work so closely together. Tradition has it…

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Reflection – Do not be afraid


TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) Jeremiah 20: 10-13 Psalm 68 Romans 5:12-15 Matthew 10:26-33 REFLECTION Recently I was asked to join a parish committee set up to work on a plan to re-open our church. At the beginning of the meeting each of us was asked to share, with the rest of the group, how we had coped…

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Refection – Pentecost Sunday 2020


Today is the 50th day of Easter with our celebration of Pentecost, the beginning of our Church. Today’s Scripture readings remind us that Pentecost is an event of both the past and the present. The same Spirit that inflamed the Apostles, is also at work today in us. The Spirit is that Paraclete (a Greek word that is translated as…

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Reflection – “In Between Sunday”


THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER The Acts of the Apostles 1: 12-14 John 17: 1-11 I am tempted to call this Sunday, ‘In Between Sunday.’ This is because if we look back to Thursday we celebrated The Ascension of Jesus and if we look forward to next Sunday we will be celebrating Pentecost, so here we are in between. Today…

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Reflection for the 6th Sunday of Easter


We continue our reading from the Farewell Discourse as recorded in the Gospel of John which we began last week. Today we hear some very reassuring words from Jesus. He tells us that he will ask the Father to send us an Advocate to remain with us. When we use the word Advocate, inevitably we think of lawyers, one who…

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‘Do not let your hearts be troubled’


EASTER ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled’ JOHN 14: 1-12 As we journey deeper and deeper into the real meaning of Easter a thought struck me that I would like to share with you. I have often found myself reflecting on how wonderful it would have been to be present with Jesus when he spoke with his disciples. There…

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St Chad’s Santuary – Supplies are desperately needed


The Sanctuary is still providing  food to those who need it in these difficult times but unfortunately it is running out very fast.  Supplies are desperately needed.  We appreciate that shopping is difficult for everyone at this time with long queues and restrictions on how much can be bought but we would like to put an appeal out to the…

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