Posts by OLV Parish

The Kingdom of God is close at hand…

1st Sunday of Lent   The season of Lent has started.  In the 40 days of Lent we, as a Church, as the People of God of the new covenant, unite ourselves to the mystery of Jesus in the desert (c.f. Sunday’s Gospel). St Mark’s account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert is every brief.  One of the aims of the Gospel writers in their record of the temptations of Jesus is to show that Jesus is the new or Second Adam who remained faithful.  Where the first Adam had given in to temptation, Jesus comes out victorious.  Jesus is
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Be cured!

The medical description of Leprosy is:   “Leprosy is a slowly progressing bacterial infection that affects the skin, peripheral nerves in the hands and feet, and mucous membranes of the nose, throat, and eyes. Destruction of the nerve endings lead to a loss of sensation in the affected areas. The loss of feeling, can make the fingers and toes become mutilated and fall off, causing the deformities that are typically associated with the disease.   In the days of old and up to the nineteenth century – before they had any cure for leprosy – lepers were simply banished to remote
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He cured Many…

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time   In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Mark 1:29-39) Our Lord cured many who were sick and those possessed by devils.  The cure included the mother-in-law of Simon (St Peter).  Fr Graeme often cracked the joke that Jesus cured her because Peter denied him three times….!! In the Gospels we hear of many occasions where Jesus healed the sick.  They are important occasions as they fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah (e.g. see 35:5-6, 53:4-5) that the Messiah, the ‘Anointed One’, the Christ, when He comes, would heal.  These events identified Him as the long awaited Messiah. 
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He taught them with Authority……

    St Mark introduces his gospel as ‘the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’  His is the shortest of the four Gospels – only sixteen chapters as he wastes no time in presenting Jesus to us at the start of His public life.  St Mark appears almost impatient to present Jesus in His public ministry. Last Sunday’s passage, within the first fourteen sentences, Jesus called two sets of brothers to follow him….., and this Sunday’s passage (Mark 1:21-28) Jesus caused a stir and a deep impression in the people as he breaks with tradition and expels a
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Fr Graeme Blackburn 2 March 1984 – 15 January 2018

Father Graeme Joseph Blackburn 2 March 1984 – 15 January 2018   A loved and respected priest of the Christchurch Diocese and Assistant Priest, at Our Lady of Victories for six months.   Passed away as a result of a tragic motor accident in Christchurch on Monday January 15, 2018. Aged 33 years   Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester Street, Christchurch, on Saturday, January 20. A Vigil Service was held at Our Lady of Victories,  on Friday, January 19
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Let What You Have Said Be Done to me….

On this forth and last Sunday of Advent, the figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary appears in our Gospel Reading.   It is the scene of the Annunciation.  Mary’s true greatness lies in her total surrender in faith to God. When the angel brings to Mary God’s message and asks Mary to become the mother of Jesus, Mary accepts the Divine will with loving joy. ‘Let what you have said be done to me‘.  Her heart was opened to receive the greatest of all God’s gifts, His own Son.  It is for her faith that she is praised by her kinswoman
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Why The Pink Candle?

(3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday)   Advent occurs at a time of the year where many people have the relief of breaking from both education and work. Yet this liturgical season still asks of us a penitential disposition. Like Lent, it is a time of fasting and prayer as we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. However, the Church in this third week of Advent affords us some reprieve as the mood is ‘lightened’ somewhat to encourage us in our spiritual preparation. ‘Gaudate’ Sunday (Latin for ‘rejoice’) is symbolised through the lighting of the pink candle and the
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Prepare the Way for the Lord

(Second Sunday of Advent – Year B) St John the Baptist’s word’s: ‘‘Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight’’, ring out to us as we start the Second week of Advent (Mark 1:1-8).  He is the Patron Saint of the Diocese of Christchurch.  Perhaps his words and his personality are very apt for us in the week when we have been blessed with the appointment of a new Bishop (see page 3).  John comes to prepare for Christ’s coming. He appears in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism for the repentance of sins.  His very person embodies the
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Breaking News: Habemus Vescovo – We have a Bishop

It was announced today that Pope Francis appointed Fr. Paul Martin SM as the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Christchurch. Bishop-elect Paul Martin was born in Hastings in 1967, one of five children.  He entered the Marist Seminary in February 1985 and studied theology and art at Victoria University, Wellington.  He taught English and Religious Education in NZ, and has held the roles of Rector at St Patrick’s College, Wellington and Deputy Director in Pastoral Care at St Bede’s College, Christchurch.  He has also served as President of the Wellington Secondary Schools’ Principals Association and was part of the
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