Monthly Archives January 2017

Blessed are you…..

(4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A) The Gospel passage for this Sunday from the Gospel of Matthew (5;1-12) gives us the teaching of Jesus that has now come to be known as the “Beatitudes”. It sounds like the “Bad-attitudes”, but they are actually the “Good Attitudes”! The Biblical translation we use for Mass use the word “Happy”, but some translation use the world “Blessed”. In essence, both the English word ‘happy’ and ‘Blessed’ are needed to describe Jesus’ teachings on the Beatitudes We seek happiness, but often we look for it in the wrong places – after all, the
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Repent and Believe

(Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A) In the Gospel reading for this Sunday (Matthew 4:12-23 ), Our Lord starts His public ministry soon after John the Baptist was arrested. He started by preaching or making two demands: repent and believe! To repent is to change, to leave behind the way we were. It’s not just an attempt to ‘sin no more’, but it is also a new way of being, a new way of living, and a new view of life. Sometimes it is a dramatic process, but more often it is a daily process of growth. The
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St Thomas of Aquinas PFG Camping Trip – weekend of 13th/14th Jan 2017

How would everyone like to go camping….in tents….in a campground…..not in the Presbytery back garden??? And a year later we did it!! As usual, our prayers were answered and the weather turned out fine. Eight families arrived to set up on Friday afternoon at Spencer Park, with a range of fairly experienced campers to first timers (who were very excited, but also a little apprehensive). The tents went up with ease, up went the gazebo with tables and chairs underneath, out came the kettle….essential camping equipment. What a great weekend we had…fantastic food, fun on the playground, badminton, bouncing on
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Behold the Lamb of God!

15th January 2017 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time In the Biblical account in the Book of Exodus, the blood of the sacrificial lamb was put on the doorposts of the People of God, and death ‘pass over’ their household – but not of that of the Egyptians who enslaved them. It was the event that liberated the People of God from their bondage to the Egyptians. Ever since that event, the People of God celebrated the Passover feast as a memorial. This was the Last Supper feast that Jesus celebrated as He instituted the Mass. The true bondage in
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We Saw His Star As It Rose

Only the Gospel of Matthew mentioned the wise men who came to Jerusalem from the east in search of the infant Jesus. Although there is actually no mention that there were three of them, the three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, they brought to Him led to the widespread assumption that there were three. The Syriac Churches often number them twelve! The wise men, are often referred to as Magi, or Kings. The journey of the Magi to Bethlehem is also a journey of conversion. The true God has come to us, and it now revealed to the unbelieving
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