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Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​When Jesus was asked by St Peter about forgiveness he replied with a parable, because it is much easier for us to judge the lack of forgiveness in other people and so anyone hearing Jesus' outrageous story about a man unwilling to forgive cannot fail to see the injustice of it. When King David reacted angrily to a similar parable and said "That ma...
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Reflection For The 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Reflection For The 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A)        By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Last week's Scripture Readings taught us that love for the community and the individual demanded that we should correct each other's faults.In the Gospel for this, the 24th Sunday of Ordinary time, Jesus teaches the need for us to forgive those who harm us.That's Matthew 18. 21-35."Forgive us our trespasses, as we ...
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Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Cross: A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Cross:                                           A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke as we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.What a crazy thing to do; what a barbaric thing to do –to glorify in the brutal instrument used to execute a criminal! And yet that is what we Christians do. We have crucifixes in our homes and wear them round our necks. But Paul tells us that the folly of t...
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Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​In this Sunday's gospel we are told, "If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him."I can imagine what our parish would be like if we all did that literally. First we would have a host of busybodies until in the end, nobody would be listening or talking to anyone. But obviously it means that we act with compassion and love, no...
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Reflection For The 23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Reflection For The 23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A)        
By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the readings for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. They're all about our duty to correct each other.Not my problem!I'm not getting involved!That can so easily be our reaction when we see someone doing what is wrong.But today's 1st Reading and Gospel shout, "Wrong, wrong, wrong!"God exp...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​If you believe the newspapers in most parts of the world, Christianity is doomed and the Church has no future. There's nothing new in that. It has been like it since the beginning of the Church. When you think how the Church started and the people Jesus chose to establish it, you would be forgiven for thinking that it didn't stand a chance. It was...
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Reflection On The Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP.

Reflection On The Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP.
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, (Matt. 16. 13-20).What's in a name?Well, we use a name to distinguish one person from another. Our names give us a personal identity. Titles, such as 'Prime Minister' or 'Prior' denote someone's role in the community.In today's Gospel we fir...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel: By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel: By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​In this Sunday's gospel a woman came to Jesus asking for healing for her daughter.Jesus at first said not a word and ignored her - then he spoke rather rudely seeming to refuse her – until in the end, moved by her faith he healed her daughter. In the process her faith was growing stronger than ever. A friend of mine whose daughter has been ill for...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew ch. 15. 21-28) For 20th Sunday Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew ch. 15. 21-28) For 20th Sunday Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, (Matthew ch. 15. 21-28).This is about Jesus curing the daughter of the Canaanite woman.How could Jesus treat this poor woman with such contempt?How could Hecall her a dog?We'd be in serious trouble with the law if we spoke in such a way to p...
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In Celebrating The Assumption of Our Lady: A Reflection By Fr.Michael Barrow,S.J.

In Celebrating The Assumption of Our Lady: A Reflection By Fr.Michael Barrow,S.J.
IN CELEBRATING THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY we are celebrating the fact that Jesus has put an end to death. Dying is not the end of everything but the beginning of a wonderful life. After Mary had come to the end her life on earth her body was taken up to heaven and became alive again. What makes this so significant is not just what happened to Mary....
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Bodily into Eternity – The Assumption of Mary: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Bodily into Eternity – The Assumption of Mary:                              A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​During my novitiate year in 1950 Pope Pius XII declared as a dogma to be believed by Catholics as a matter of Faith that 'Mary, the immaculate perpetually Virgin Mother of God, after the completion of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into the glory of Heaven'.Many of us reacted, 'What's new? For years we've been reciting the Glorious My...
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CARIFESTA XIII NOTICE - DIOCESAN ART EXHIBITION

CARIFESTA XIII NOTICE  - DIOCESAN ART EXHIBITION
​CARIFESTA XIII NOTICECALLING ALL ARTISTS!As part of our contribution to CARIFESTA XIII, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgetown invites all artists in the Diocese to display their original works of art in an exhibition at the Cathedral Hall. Viewing of the display will take place immediately after the Celebratory Mass for CARIFESTA XIII at St Pat...
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Caribbean Celebrations: A Reflection On The Season By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Caribbean Celebrations: A Reflection On The Season By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​Many of the islands of the Caribbean celebrate Carnival at some time in the year..The Carnival festival that was a prelude to the penitential season of Lent was transported to the Caribbean by the European slave traders. They excluded the African slaves from the festival and had lavish masquerade balls. On emancipation the freed African slaves of ...
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Should A Christian Take Part In Crop Over? By The Most Rev. Charles Jason Gordon, RC Bishop of Bridgetown

Should A Christian Take Part In Crop Over?  By The Most Rev. Charles Jason Gordon, RC Bishop of Bridgetown
​Crop Over festival takes place over a series of weeks, and comprises a variety of cultural activities produced by the public sector and private entities. The festival includes events such as Pan Fusion, Heritage Walks, Pic of the Crop, Visual Arts Exhibition and Bridgetown Market each of which add a different dimension, and can appeal to different...
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The Miracle of Dunkirk (Author Unknown)

The Miracle of Dunkirk (Author Unknown)
​Forward By Fr. Michael Barrow:The following ic moving article I got from the BBC and I didn't manage to get the author. If you find it hard to believe in miracles and the Lord does not seem to respond to your prayers, I think you will find this article most encouraging.THE MIRACLE OF DUNKIRKIt's beginning to look as if one of the unmissable f...
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The Transfiguration of the Lord By Fr.Michael Barrow, S.J.

The Transfiguration of the Lord                                                     By Fr.Michael Barrow, S.J.
​This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration and it is worth reflecting that what happened to Peter, James and John sometimes happens in our own lives. They knew Jesus well, they enjoyed his company and they thought the world of him. Then suddenly one day he let them see what he really was, not just a human being but Almighty God in a...
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A Reflection on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord         By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the feast of the Lord's Transfiguration!'Lord, It's Good to be here!'I've often felt like that!Sometimes, when I've been comfortably tucked up in bed and am reluctant to get up –especially early on a cold dark morning.Or, when I've been enjoying a good holiday with my family or close friends.We wish the good ti...
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Reflection On the Gospel Matt. 13. 44-52 - 17th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

Reflection On the Gospel Matt. 13. 44-52 - 17th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke, on 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today I'm going to reflect on its Gospel, (Matt. 13. 44-52).In today's two parables Jesus gives us a new angle on the Kingdom of Heaven.He knows we all love to find a bargain –either by accident or a lengthy search. Firstly, Jesus draws on the custom of people hiding their valuabl...
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Reflection On St. Ignatius Loyola and His Legacy "Finding God In All Things" By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Reflection On St. Ignatius Loyola and His Legacy
​This Sunday, as a Jesuit parish, we are celebrating the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola. He's probably best known as the founder of the Society of Jesus - or Jesuits as we are called. But his greatest legacy, which we have not yet absorbed sufficiently is what he called "finding God in all things."Just think of the parable in today's...
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Living With Hypocrisy: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew 13. 24-43) By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Living With Hypocrisy: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew 13. 24-43) By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​LIVING WITH HYPOCRISYPEOPLE WHO GO TO CHURCH ARE NEARLY ALL HYPOCRITES.That's why we go to church, to ask forgiveness and healing not only from our hypocrisy but also for loads of other things which are wrong in our lives and need healing. And the wonderful thing is that the Lord does not turn us away.If the Church lives up to what Christ intended...
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