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Feast Of Christ The King And Closing Of The Door Of Mercy By Fr. Isidore Clarke (Audio and Text)

Feast Of Christ The King And Closing Of The Door Of Mercy                             By Fr. Isidore Clarke (Audio and Text)
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.A year ago Pope Francis proclaimed a YEAR OF MERCY. Indeed, a Door of Mercy was designated in Rome and in dioceses throughout the world. In a highly symbolic gesture the Pope opened the locked Door of Mercy. In so doing he proclaimed the openness of God's mercy… His eagerness to forgive sinners. Through that door ...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel For 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time: Luke 20:27-38 By Fr. Isidore Clarke (Audio and Text)

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel For 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time:               Luke 20:27-38                                                                                                                    By Fr. Isidore Clarke (Audio and Text)
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, taken from Luke 20:27-38.Some people never learn! So often in the Gospels people tried to outsmart Jesus, but always He got the better of them. If you set a trap for Jesus you will end up falling into it yourselves.That's what happened ...
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All Saints And All Souls: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

All Saints And All Souls: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULSOn Tuesday and Wednesday this week we celebrate the two feasts of All Saints and All Souls.They are so close in what they celebrate that they could almost be considered one feast-day.Most days during the year we commemorate one saint or another, canonised saints that have been recognised by the Church. So each saint has his ...
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​ALL SAINTS --- ALL SOULS: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

​ALL SAINTS --- ALL SOULS:  
A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​ALL SAINTS --- ALL SOULSOn 1st November –the church celebrates the Feast of All Saints when we honour those who have lived with outstanding holiness, have died and have been acclaimed by the Church to be now in Heaven. We are also meant to honour that multitude of saintly, unsung heroes who have never received public recognition. We have...
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Reflection On The Gospel For 31st Sunday Ordinary Time, Luke 19. 1-10: By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

Reflection On The Gospel For 31st Sunday Ordinary Time, Luke 19. 1-10:         By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
Enter your text here ...​31th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME.Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time.Today's Gospel, Luke 19. 1-10, is about someone who is prepared to make a fool of himself to see Jesus.Last Sunday's Gospel was about a tax collector -and so is today's.Certainly they would have been unpopular, since no one li...
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Having The Mind Of Christ: A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke. O.P.

Having The Mind Of Christ: A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke. O.P.
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When God Seems To Disappear: A Reflection by Fr Michael Barrow, SJ

When God Seems To Disappear: A Reflection by Fr Michael Barrow, SJ
It's not easy to put into words what I mean when I say God is in my life. Occasionally I may have a real awareness of God's presence, but usually just confidence that God is caring for me. There's a lovely image in the Bible. "In the wilderness, too, you saw him: how the Lord carried you, as a man carries his little child, all along the road you tr...
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Reflection on the Sunday Gospel by Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P. 30th Sunday Ordinary Time

Reflection on the Sunday Gospel by Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.                                   30th Sunday Ordinary Time
Enter your text here ...​30th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIMEGreetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time.In last week's Gospel Jesus used the parable of the widow and the unjust judge to urge us to persist in praying and not give up hope. In today's Gospel, Luke 18. 9-14, He uses the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector to te...
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Aware Of The Touch Of God: A Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Aware Of The Touch Of God: A Sunday Gospel Reflection                                 By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​AWARE OF THE TOUCH OF GODSome years ago the BBC broadcast an interview with Carl Jung, the psychiatrist, already by then an old man. At one point the interviewer said to him, "When you were young, you were very religious." "Yes, we were all religious in those days." Then the interview asked "Do you still believe?" The old man paused for a little w...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P. Luke Ch 18 1:8

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.  Luke Ch 18 1:8
​There are lots of books telling us how to pray. I find concentrating on their complicated techniques makes prayer seem so difficult, so scary, so off-putting, killing my spontaneity.But Jesus doesn't do that.Instead, as in today's Gospel, He gives us some useful tips on how to pray, some encouragement and a parable to show us what He means. Here H...
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CHRIST THE KING DIOCESAN MASS - NOVEMBER 20TH, 2016 SAVE THE DATE

CHRIST THE KING DIOCESAN MASS - NOVEMBER 20TH, 2016                        SAVE THE DATE
Further details will be forthcoming.  All members of the diocese should make a special effort to attend.  This will be one Spirit-filled event!  SAVE THE DATE - November 20th, 2016.
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How Can I Ever Thank You: Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

How Can I Ever Thank You: Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                          By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​To prepare for Sunday Mass it is a good idea to read and give thought to the readings in your missal or Bible. Here are some questions to ponder. First Reading [Kings 5:14-17] Naaman expected special and involved treatment. To communicate with you does God use more often, extraordinary signs or ordinary ones Second Reading [1 Timothy 2:8-13] ...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel, Luke 17. 11-19 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel, Luke 17. 11-19                                                 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​ Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Luke 17. 11-19.This is about the ten lepers whom Jesus cured. 
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Mary Treasured! Mary Pondered! Mary Stored Up! A Reflection On Mary For The Month Of The Rosary By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Mary Treasured! Mary Pondered!  Mary Stored Up!                                                  A Reflection On Mary For The Month Of The Rosary By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
Who can blame Mary for TREASURING that moment of leave-taking of the simple shepherds and eminent wise men?They had come to honour her newly-born Son, Jesus. She PONDERED all this in her heart(Lk.2.19).Some years later there was that traumatic time of Mary and Joseph losing Jesus, finding Jesus in discussion with the teachers in the Temple in Jerus...
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Care For Our Common Home By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

Care For Our Common Home By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
"I think to myself, 'What a wonderful world!"Not only Louis Armstrong marvelled, so also did God Himself."Then God looked over all he had made, and He saw that it was very good!" (Gen. 1.31).What is more, He, our Creator, has appointed us custodians of His handiwork.What a privilege! What a responsibility! Just think of it! God trusts you; God trus...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel For The 27th Sunday In Ordinary Time By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel For The 27th Sunday In Ordinary Time         By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time.In this Jesus explains God's plans for marriage. This provides a fitting introduction to the Synod on marriage and the family, which Pope Francis has summoned for later this month.'Bone of my bone' –Adam's reaction to Eve.In other words, 'We ...
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The Blessing of Pets

The Blessing of Pets
​The Church of St. Francis of Assisi will be celebrating the Feast of St Francis on Sunday October 2nd at 3 pm. The BLESSING OF PETS will take place in the garden of the church.All are welcome - humans too!
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"Taste And See That The Lord Is Good" Psalm 34. 8 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

​Imagine you're the young Jewish lad in this picture.There he is, struggling to learn to write the sacred text of the Hebrew Bible on his slate. To make this lesson more attractive Eastern European Jews came up with a beautiful idea.They would cover his slate with honey into which the lad would inscribe the sacred words.Periodically he would draw i...
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Rich Man - Poor Man Reflection On The Sunday Gospel With Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Rich Man - Poor Man                                                                               Reflection On The Sunday Gospel With Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​To prepare for Sunday Mass it is a good idea to read and give thought to the readings in your missal or Bible. Here are some questions to ponder. First Reading [Amos 6:1,4-7 ] The people in this reading are complacent and comfortable. With such people at one end of the spectrum and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the other, where do I come?&nbs...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel Luke 16: 19-31 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P. 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel Luke 16: 19-31 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.                26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke. Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time.This is taken from Luke 16. 19-31.This contains a parable of contrasts, which should make us feel very uncomfortable and move us to action.On the one hand we have the rich man, commonly known as 'Dives.'His life style is opulent.He wears...
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