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Eternal Rest to Bishop Barry

Bishop Barry passed away peacefully at 3.30am on Saturday 13th February 2016, at 74 years of age. He was the 9th Bishop of Christchurch and has served as the Bishop of the Diocese since 2007. Haere atu e te Rangatira o te Hahi, i roto i te korowai o te Atua. Moe mai e Pa, moe mai. May he rest in peace His funeral is at 1.00pm, St Mary’s Pro Cathedral. The burial will be at Bromley Cemetery
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You must worship the Lord your God and serve him alone

You must worship the Lord your God and serve him alone This First Sunday of Lent we are presented with the Gospel account that is known as the “temptations of Christ” (Luke 4:1-13). His forty days in the desert reflects our Lenten season of 40 days. Lent is the liturgical season to look again at our spiritual effort, at how we align our lives with God’s will. We use the 40 days of Lent as a time of denying ourselves (fasting), prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. We learn to ‘deny ourselves’ as a way to learn to fight
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From now on it is men you will catch….

(5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – 7th February 2016) In this Sunday’s Gospel St Luke recorded Jesus teaching from Simon’s boat. St Luke’s intention is to emphasize the importance of the figure of Simon in the scheme of things.  Later, Jesus will rename him Peter, or “Cephas”, the “rock” on which he will ‘build his Church”.  In this Sunday’s episode, Our Lord instructs Simon about where to lower the fishing nets after he and his companions have been fishing throughout the night and fail to catch anything.  Although initially Simon protested saying that such an effort will be futile,
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This is Joseph’s Son, Surely……

(Sunday 31st January, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C) This Sunday’s Gospel reading continues from Last Sunday’s, whereby Jesus begins his public ministry with a inaugural discourse in the synagogue at Nazareth. At the beginning, He receives the admiration of the people of His hometown. But things changed quickly when He began to challenge their ideas and conviction. Then rejection sets in…… He quipped: “I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country”. Things have not changed much in our time. When we hear words pleasing to us, we accept them, but when the truth
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I have come to proclaim liberty to captives….

(3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time) Many Israelites of Jesus’ time expected God to send a Messiah who would liberate Israel from the political domination of the Romans.  In this Sunday’s Gospel, we are given the opening lines of Luke’s Gospel (1:1-4, 4:14-21), in which Our Lord read the text of the prophet Isaiah (61:1-2) in the synagogue.  After reading it, he told the people that the coming of the Messiah, as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah, was being fulfilled in his own person and in His preaching.  He came to liberate them from sin, rather than from political subjugation.   That
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You Are My Son, The Beloved….

Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, 10th January 2016 This Sunday the Church brings to a close the Christmas season with the celebration of the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord. Last Sunday we celebrated the feast of the Epiphany, the manifestation of Our Lord as Light of the Nation. This feast of the Baptism can be regarded as the “Second” Epiphany. Our Lord received the Baptism He did not need, and in doing so, manifested or revealed to us the sanctification of water as a means of salvation. Also, the Biblical accounts, on this occasion, the One
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Blessed are you among women…

(4th Sunday of Advent, Year C) The Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent gives us the scene of the ‘Visitation’, one of the Joyful Mysteries we pray in the Rosary.  Elizabeth’s experience of her baby (John the Baptist) leaping in her womb parallels that of Rebekah in Genesis 25.  As Rebekah’s experience signalled the pre-eminence of Jacob over his older brother Esau (Gen 25:22-23), so the similar experience of Elizabeth was a sign that Jesus would be greater than his older cousin.  The intention of St Luke’s account here is to make it clear that Jesus is the expected
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Jesus is the Joy of Our Soul

(3rd Sunday of Advent Year C) The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” is a Latin word meaning ‘Rejoice’. All of us are today invited to rejoice that the Lord is near. We are now half way through our preparation. The Solemnity of our Christmas draws closer and our own redemption gets nearer. This tells us that our soul should rejoice in the Lord. In the words of St Paul “…always happy in the Lord” Our real joy is in a way informed by John the Baptist in the Gospel today. “He will baptise you with the
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Watch Yourselves, or Your Hearts will be Coarsened

(29th November 2015, 1st Sunday in Advent, Year C) This Sunday we start the first Sunday of the Liturgical Year.  The Readings are now from “Year C’.  Advent is a time of preparation: preparing to celebrate the feast of God’s Coming to us (Christmas), and preparing to meet Him again, when He comes at the end of time. The prescriptions embedded in the readings for the preparation are relatively simple: have a change of heart, and work to move away from sinning, pray and do not be taken by surprise. Perhaps some of us may have heard this too often
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He Comes to Rule

(Feast of Christ the King, 2015) The feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925.  Nowadays it is celebrated at the end of the liturgical year (or the 34th Week).  That means, next Sunday, a new liturgical year begin with the season of Advent (and for those of you who have a Missal, the readings will move on to the set for Year C for Sundays, and Year II for weekdays) The feast of Christ the King is like an antidote to secularism which leaves God out of the human psyche, where life is lived
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