14 August 2022 – The Assumption – Newsletter
Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory…” That’s how we begin the Collect for the Feast of the Assumption. We believe that Mother Mary was ‘assumed’ in bodily form into heaven. Was it before death or after death? It seems the Dogmatic Definition leaves it open. Some agree with the Orthodox that this happened after her death. According to them, it was like the Death and Resurrection of her own Son on the third day. Her body was resurrected, taken up bodily, leaving an empty tomb behind. For others, she did not experience death. Hence, this great Feast is ‘the Feast of Dormition’ for the Eastern Orthodox, and ‘the Feast of the Assumption’ for us, Catholics.Read More..
7 August 2022 – Newsletter
G.K.Chesterton said, “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” We read fairy tales to our children because they teach children so much about how the world works and that they do have the ability to beat the dragons. I think the stories of faith teach us in similar ways. Not because they are fantastical like fairy tales, but because they are about ordinary people living extraordinary lives.Read More..
31 July 2022 – Newsletter
The late Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, Michigan wrote the following prayer in 1979, following the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was shot while celebrating Mass for his prophetic stand for the rights of the poor and powerless in El Salvador. Bishop Ken Untener titled this “Prophets of a Future Not Our Own,” but it has become more commonly known as “Oscar Romero’s Prayer”.Read More..
24 July 2022 – Newsletter
Brené Brown once wrote, “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness — it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” This week we are looking together at the 138 Psalm. In this psalm, we see that our praise giver sees the presence, steadfast love, and faithfulness of God in all aspects of life.Read More..
17 July 2022 – Newsletters and Oremus
Wonder if you have ever come across people who have God with them, radiating through them! Sometimes it seems like they’re walking hand-in-hand with God, with their head and shoulders well above all the trials they face. I have encountered such people, but I have no idea how they accomplished it!Read More..
26 June 2022 – Newsletter
Internal journeys. Invite you to take centring breath and feel the breath relaxing and refreshing your tired bodies. Please bring to mind a hymn you feel best presents a metaphor for God’s strength; faithfulness; dependability; or ability to secure, comfort, protect, sustain, or uphold. Feel free to share the verse, phrase, or metaphor from the hymn that stands most meaningful to you, listing the phrases or metaphors on poster paper with a coloured marker. Ask “What were your fears as a child, and what helped you to feel safe when you were afraid?” and list your answers on the poster paper, using a black marker for the fears.Read More..
12 June 2022 – Holy Trinity – Newsletter
'Up' our Business. Last year, following a comprehensive strategic review, our former bank withdrew from providing services to SMEs like our parish. So, I tried to get onboard a new bank. The journey was not that smooth; but Mike Casey, Secretary of our Finance Committee was with me, geared with his professional support. The greatest lesson I learnt from this task was, out there everything is ‘Transactional’!Read More..