Reflections


The Assumption of Mary

Wednesay 9 August 2017

August 15th is the date for the Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast commemorates the Assumption of Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul into heaven was one of the last dogmas of the Roman Church to be declared. It was formally declared by Pope Pius XIII in 1950, but the idea of it has been around for centuries.



Wishing you a Happy Easter

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Easter Greetings to you all as we celebrate Christ’s rising, the root of our faith, which impels us to join the joyful alleluias of Paschal joy – Alleluia, He is risen!

In this setting of vibrant jubilation we hear Jesus greeting each of us “Peace be with you!” This same peace of our Risen Saviour awaits people of our own day



Lent - Repent and believe in the Gospel

Wednesday 1st March 2017

We are at the threshold of the season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. The imposition of ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday reminds us of the call to repentance and to believe in the good news. It is a season to celebrate the mysteries of our redemption – passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. During this season of Lent the suffering Lord invites us to put love in all that we think, do and act. When there is love then all our actions gain a new meaning: almsgiving becomes generous and spontaneous; prayer becomes union with God and leads to action and fasting becomes a sign of our solidarity with the poor and dependence on God.


Christmas Blessings from Father Joe

Wednesday 21 December 2016

Dear sisters and brothers,

Greetings of joy and blessings of the Lord!

Christmas is the celebration of a unique historical event. It is not just an echo of a long past 'Holy Night'. Rather, it is the fulfilment of a promise of God coming down and living among us human beings!



Advent – a Call to Open Wide the Door

Sunday 27 November 2016

At the conclusion of Year of Mercy, Pope Francis in his letter Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery) reminded, "the Jubilee now ends and the Holy Door is closed. But the door of mercy of our heart continues to remain wide open." As we enter into the holy season of Advent, it is time to open our hearts wide. It is time of grace and hope letting Jesus come to us. Our call is to keep the door of our hearts wide open in order to welcome Him when he comes. When will He come, where will He meet us and how will He appear – no one knows! Ours is to stay awake and be prepared!



God is Our Pilot

Thursday 01 September 2016

Lloyd John Ogilvie, the author of Silent Strength of My Life, tells the story of a young boy he met while travelling. He noticed the boy waiting alone in the airport lounge for his flight to be called. Boarding began for the flight, and the young boy was sent ahead of the adult passengers to find his seat. When Ogilvie got on the aircraft, he discovered the boy had been assigned the seat next to his.

The boy was polite when Ogilvie engaged him in conversation and then quietly spent time colouring in an airline colouring book. He showed neither anxiety nor worry about the flight as preparation was made for take-off.



The Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Sunday 31 July 2016

August 15th is the date for the Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast commemorates the Assumption of Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul into heaven was one of the last dogmas of the Roman Church to be declared. It was formally declared by Pope Pius XIII in 1950, but the idea of it has been around for centuries.



He is alive!

Tuesday 29 March 2016

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is risen.”

Easter is the commemoration of a unique event, unparalleled in history. Nothing like this has ever been heard before Christ or after Christ. Lazarus in the Gospel was raised by Christ from the dead, but he died again. Jesus Christ rose from the dead to die no more. He is risen from the world of dead, with unearthly splendour and glory. So it is a celebration of triumph of life over death, hope over despair, light over darkness, goodness over evil.



Lent – Time of Challenge

Friday 11 March 2016

Every thoughtful Christian instinctively recognizes that Lent is a very special, grace-filled, and challenging time of the year. Lent is the season of the Christian year where believers examine their own humanity and ways they separate themselves from God to prepare for Jesus' death and resurrection. It lasts for forty days, reflective of the forty days Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness. As Christians enter their own symbolic wilderness during Lent, they remember their own humanity, vulnerable to temptation, just like Jesus in the wilderness.



Christmas 2015 - Peace and Greetings

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Peace and greetings to you from Fr. Joe!

On behalf of the parishes of St. Gerard & St. Anne and Holy Spirit, it is a joy for me, again this year, to convey to each of you, warmest wishes for a Christ-filled Christmas and a New Year filled with the loving presence of the God of life.



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