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The Two Kingdoms

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time   The Pharisees and Herodians were effective at designing trick questions, the ones that to whichever answer Jesus gave, would be wrong. Jesus finds himself in this situation in our Gospel again today. If he answered that it was unlawful to pay taxes to Caesar, then he would have been in a great deal of trouble with the Romans. Yet if he answered that taxes should be paid to Caesar it would contradict the idea that God was sovereign over all things. But Jesus gives a brilliant answer by making a distinction between two different
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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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