Posts by OLV Parish

My Lord and My God….

My Lord and My God…. This Sunday’s Gospel has led the world to use the term “doubting Thomas’ on anyone who is a skeptic or who refuses to believe without direct person experience. In this Sunday’s Gospel, St Thomas initially refused to believe in the Resurrection of Jesus unless he could see and feel the wounds received by Jesus on the cross. Eventually, St Thomas met the Risen Christ and his words were: “My Lord and My God”. In response to Thomas’ confession of faith, the Risen Christ replied: “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who
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Thy Will Be Done……

This Sunday is Passion or Palm Sunday. It is a prelude to the three sacred days (the Triduum) of Holy Week in which we commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Palm Sunday introduces us to what is to follow, giving us an overview of what we are about to experience. Our Palm Sunday liturgy is meant to heightened our awareness and lead us into an active participation of Holy Week, and especially the Sacred Triduum.  As palms are blessed and the Gospel story (Lk 19:28-40) of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem proclaimed at the beginning of Mass, Jesus is
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Go….and Sin no more

Go…. and Sin no more. The Gospel of John records the Scribes and Pharisees showing much animosity towards Our Lord. They make many attempts to trap Him and to discredit Him. Often the trap is set around the ‘Law of God’, in which He would be expected to go against what the People of God knew to be sacrosanct. This Sunday the Gospel gives us one such episode (Jn 8:1-11) whereby He was presented with a woman caught in adultery. (Its interesting how only the woman was dragged into the scene, not the man!) Like the prophet Daniel in the
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He was lost and is now found…

He was lost and is found… The Forth Sunday of Lent is also called “Laetare” Sunday. Laetare is Latin for “rejoice.” It’s kind of like an invitation to step back and take a breath. Just for today, take a break from the extra-serious and ‘heavy’ side of Lent. Time also to rejoice….. Not surprising, all the readings have a common theme of an invitation to rejoice, to celebrate. The first reading describes the end of the Hebrew’s quest to be delivered from slavery and their entry into the Promised Land. They celebrated the Passover to recall and relive – to
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Unless you repent you will al perish…

Unless you repent you will all perish….. Kharma is an idea that is found in many religions, especially those in the east. It proposes that our fate and destiny is a result of our previous action. Therefore if someone does ‘something bad’, something bad will happen in return. Although the idea of “Kharma” is not part of the Christian faith, many people, including Christians often expresses in an unthinking way. Or course we Christians believe in the final judgment, and those who do evil may not achieve that final goal in life, which is full union with God……that is not
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This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him.

Sometimes I wonder why the Church gives us the Gospel (Luke 9:28-36) passage on the Transfiguration in Lent, especially when later on in August we celebrate it as a Feast Day.  Perhaps it is because as we move through Lent, and the darkness of the Cross looms more and more and it is good also to get a glimpse of what lies beyond the cross.  The Transfiguration gives us a preview: beyond the cross is Jesus’ glory.  Beyond the darkness of the cross, there is light.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: ‘For a moment, Jesus discloses His divine
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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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