helpless and waiting

February 24, 2011

It is Thursday evening, just over two days since the Tuesday early afternoon quake.There are so many people suffering in our region. As I write loss of life has been suffered by 98 people, leaving behind suffering family and…

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pointing to God

February 24, 2011

Cathedral spires and towers are built to point people to God. For centuries church bells have rung a call to prayer and worship. In these days of devastation in Christchurch we have witnessed the collapse of many structures. Buildings that…

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"in time of earthquake"

February 23, 2011

There is a Mass in the Roman Missal for use “in time of earthquake”. Tonight (Wednesday 23 February 7.00pm) Bishop Barry Jones will celebrate this Mass at Our Lady of Victories.At such a time, when we are surrounded…

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earthquake

February 22, 2011

It is hard to know what to say tonight. It has been a day of suffering for us all. The moment the earthquake struck I went over to the school and spent time with students staff and parents. The staff…

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be holy!

February 18, 2011

Each week in every parish, the Sunday Liturgy of the Word is celebrated with four scripture readings. The Rite of the Mass also gives three psalms to accompany the Entrance, Offertory and Communion processions of the Mass. The scriptures also…

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a full life…

February 16, 2011

Today has been one of those days when I have been overwhelmed by the richness and fulness of Christian life – especially as a priest.The day was spent between OLV and Darfield, with Masses and meetings in each place. After…

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the beauty of the Liturgy

February 15, 2011

Today I was a part of a gathering of a dozen priests who met to deepen their appreciation of Pope Benedict’s understanding of the Liturgy. It was a most informative and hope-filled gathering.After a leisurely lunch with…

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you have heard…but I say to you

February 13, 2011

You have heard that it was said……but I say to you Christianity :the way of love fulfills ‘the law’ I think it was George Bernard Shaw who said: ‘Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it…

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Fish & Chips

February 11, 2011

The bit that catches my imagination in this week’s readings is from the Gospel: “You are the salt for the earth”.The reason it struck me is initially practical. Each week I meet with a friend at a country…

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a new beginning

January 29, 2011

This week marks the end of our holiday season and the beginning of the 2011 school and work year. For the parish too this is a significant week. As a result of your increased planned-giving generosity we have been…

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a sign to give a smile

December 25, 2010

I spent this afternoon visiting some families on Chatham. I arrived at two homes right on Christmas dinner dessert time. Perfect timing.Over the past four years of Chatham Island visits I have often passed a sign at the corner…

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Christmas Day

December 24, 2010

There may well be no place on earth as far from Bethlehem as the Chatham Islands. It is remarkable that the event of the incarnation has reached this place. The wise men who visited the new-born saviour were successful…

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Later Christmas Eve

December 24, 2010

I sat alone in the Church before Mass waiting to see who would come.Five minutes before Mass began the first person arrived. Over the next fifteen minutes a dozen more came and we began Mass singing “O Come All…

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Christmas Eve Chatham Islands

December 24, 2010

It is early evening, Christmas Eve. I will celebrate the Vigil Mass of Christmas at 9.00pm with another Mass here at Waitangi Christmas morning at 9.00amI arrived from Christchurch (via Auckland and Napier) late yesterday afternoon. It was…

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