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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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A Reflection On The Gospel (Matthew 13. 24-43) For 16th Sunday In Ordinary TIme (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection On The Gospel (Matthew 13. 24-43) For 16th Sunday In Ordinary TIme (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time.Today I'm going to continue our reflections on parables in which Jesus uses different aspects of cultivation to tell us about the Kingdom of Heaven.Here, in Matthew 13. 24-43, it's a question of what to do about the weeds.During the 2nd World War my brothers and I used to grow our o...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew 13:1-23) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew 13:1-23)              By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time. I'm going to reflect on today's Gospel , Matthew 13. 1-23.This chapter contains a number of parables, telling us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.These provide variations on the shared theme of cultivation.That would appeal to farmers and gardeners.As one parable jogged the m...
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Did You Get It?: A Reflection For 15th Sunday In Ordinary Time Cycle (A), By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Did You Get It?: A Reflection For 15th Sunday In Ordinary Time Cycle (A),  By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
Jesus certainly knew how to tell a story. Some of the best bits and most remembered parts of the gospel are his parables. Lovely stories but with a great deeper meaning – if you get it!More than "getting it" or not, the wonderful thing about a parable is that it can be seen in different ways. The same parable can be interpreted as having a very pra...
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A Reflection On The Gospel For 14th Sunday Of Ordinary Time (Matthew 11: 25-30) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection On The Gospel For 14th Sunday Of Ordinary Time (Matthew 11: 25-30) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Matthew 11. 25-30.This begins with Jesus exclaiming, "I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children."What has God hidden from the wise and revealed to litt...
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​"SHOULDER MY YOKE AND LEARN FROM ME.": A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By R. Michael Barrow, S.J.

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In the days when we used horses or oxen for ploughing, unless they were yoked together they would be walking all over the place, but if you had a pair that walked in harmony, their pulling was powerful. A bit like running in a three-legged race. Did you ever do that as a kid?In our school that was the race I liked most. You bound your inside leg wi...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
Greeting from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 13th Sunday ofOrdinary Time, Matthew 10. 37-42.'What an adorable child; what an adorable kitten!' people will drool. Pop stars will sing of adoring their beloved.We may well think we owe total, unconditional love and loyalty to our family or country. Gallantly we would sa...
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The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ: A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ:          A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the Feast of Corpus Christi, now known as, 'The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.'A number of years ago I did a bit of exciting detective work.In a stately home in the heart of England several stained glass windows show Dominicans,holding a monstrance, containing the Blessed Sacrament. Among them there's St. ...
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The Blessed Sacrament - Our Spiritual Food By Fr. Michael Barrow

The Blessed Sacrament - Our Spiritual Food                                By Fr. Michael Barrow
​THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – OUR SPIRITUAL FOODWhen the blind man in the gospel asked what all the kerfuffle was about, he was told "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." This could have been said of our procession from Heroes Square on Thursday. It was not just a demonstration of our faith, Christ was physically present in the Blessed Sacrament going thro...
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God Is Not A Person But A Family: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

God Is Not A Person But A Family: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​GOD IS NOT A PERSON BUT A FAMILYGod is love. God could not be a single person, an individual, because the nature of God is to love. An individual exists in himself or herself, but a person exists for other people and from other people. What makes me to be the person I am comes largely from the people in my life, but also I am what I am through my ...
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Reflection On The Holy Trinity By Fr. Isidore Clarke O.P.

Reflection On The Holy Trinity By Fr. Isidore Clarke O.P.
​Trinity SundayGreetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the Feast of the Most Blessed Trinity.Just before He ascended to Heaven the risen Lord commissioned His followers to continue His work."Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everythi...
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