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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Queen of Heaven (Latin Regina Caeli) is one of many Queen Titles used of the Virgin Mary. The title is derived in part from the ancient Catholic teaching that Mary, at the end of her earthly life, was bodily and spiritually assumed into heaven, an...

10th August, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Dear Parishioners and Visitors, The scene by the lake in a boat reminds me of where I was reared - Castletownbere, Co Cork - where I am off to on holiday this weekend. The place would not exist but for boats, fishing and the sea. People who live...

17th July, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,           Matthew is still teasing us with the parables about the kingdom of God.  The scenes and examples keep changing shape and colour like the opening of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday night.  The majority o...

20th July, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,           Today we have Matthew’s parable of the wheat and weeds. Has the question not been asked many times, “Why does God not strike down those bad eggs in our world?” But who are the bad eggs we have in mind? Exp...

13th July, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,           By a happy coincidence, today’s gospel of the sower and the seed happens on the Sunday we have the final children’s mass for this academic year – holidays are calling (make sure you have your mobile charge...

6th July, 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Dear  Parishioners and Visitors,    The context of today’s gospel in Matthew 11, is that John the Baptist is in prison and enquiring of his own disciples who Jesus is.  Jesus praises the witness given by John “.... of all children born of women, a...

29th June, SS Peter and Paul

  Dear Parishioners and Visitors, Today we honour Peter and Paul. Both were Jews, Peter the fisherman who was probably far more at ease working with his hands and living close to nature, particularly in the fishing industry such as it was. Like th...

22nd June, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Dear Parishioners and Visitors, Today’s Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ sends me on a trip down memory lane.  In my hometown – Castletownbere – it was decorated all along the route of the procession.  People used paint their  house...

15th June 2014 – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Dear Parishioners and Visitors, The great mystery we celebrate today is just that: a mystery, i.e.. we cannot understand it. This is a pity really because we like to think God is on our side. He understands us and vice versa. In a scenario where w...

8th June, Pentecost Sunday

Dear Parishioners and Visitors, Today we celebrate Pentecost, the birth of the Christian Church. It has more ancient roots than this. For the Jewish people it had two meanings, 1) the Jewish Harvest Festival which was held on the 50th day after th...
RBL CORPS OF DRUMS – RECRUITING NOW The Royal British Legion is forming a Corps of Drums which is a military style Marching Band. They are looking for male and female recruits aged 14 yrs and above. No musical knowledge is necessary as everything will be taught. Instruments and uniforms will be provided. First practise session is Sunday 15 January 2012 at 1000-1200 hours in the RBL Farnborough, 51 Cambridge Road East, Farnborough, GU16 7RF. Why not join us? Call Major Kevin Tompkins on 07876688977 or just turn up on 15 January.