The Kingdom of God is like a Mustard Seed….

(11th Sunday in Ordinary Time) This Sunday’s Gospel Mark 4:26-34 gives us the Parable of the Mustard Seed.  Instead of writing a new commentary, I share with you the thoughts of one of the early Church Fathers, namely St Peter Chrysologous (400-450 AD); “It is up to us to sow this mustard seed in our minds and let it grow within us into a great tree of understanding reaching up to heaven and elevating all our faculties; then it will spread out branches of knowledge, the pungent savour of its fruit will make our mouths burn, its fiery kernel will
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The Sign of Peace

There is much confusion on the Sign of Peace during Mass. For example, 1) Fr Michael have had someone asking him if it necessary to have to sign of peace during Mass. It is after all an optional Rite in the Liturgy of the Mass. This person is against it, for whatever reason. On weekday Masses, when there are about 20-30 people disperse in the Church, Fr Michael sometimes omit the (optional) rite of the Exchange of Peace. 2) Another person wrote on the Parish Survey form, that Fr Michael should be come down from the sanctuary to exchange the
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Papal Medal awarded to Carey Haines

On Sunday November 18th 2012, during Mass, Carey Haines was awarded the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Bishop Barry, Fr Kevin, Fr Michael, ladies and gentlemen, I have only come to know Carey over the past few years, while we have both been on the Parish Council. Prior to that I had seen him at mass but had not fully realized the extent of his role and participation in the parish liturgy. Many of you may not be aware that Carey is at the Vigil and Sunday masses every week – usually an hour beforehand – often in prayer,
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