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World Marriage Day, Sunday 5C 10 February

The parish marriage and family team had been planning a special liturgical event for this special Marriage Day to focus on the value of good marriages.  But they had found the response not what they had hoped for.  “Couples don’t seem to be very interested.  Are we...

Couple get-away. Family Thought for the Day 9 February

Young and old boys and girls were starting to prepare for Valentine’s Day already weeks before deciding who would get or give flowers and chocolates. Anthony had a much better idea, knowing how stressful her last few months had been so he booked a weekend away at a...

Josephine Bakhita. Family Thought for the Day 8 February

As a young girl Josephine was sold on slave-markets in north Africa several times. Like other slaves she suffered indignity and abuse.  Eventually she was taken to Italy by a caring family where she converted to Christianity and later became a nun. Because of and...

Two by Two. Family Thought for the Day 7 February

“When we think along Biblical lines and the term “two by two” comes up it is natural to think of Noah and the animals, going into the ark two by two.  “But going even further back what about the creation story. God created man and woman even to be two in one.”  “Two...

Catechist and Prophet. Family Thought for the Day 6 February

Beauty had been a catechist for a number of years.   While she loved the ministry she also felt  quite sad that she was finding herself growing away from her own family.  “It seems as if they think I’m some kind of religious nut,” she shared, “and all I wish is for...

Love and Faith. Family Thought for the Day 5 February

Those involved in the New Evangelisation are aware that what is expected is a new ardour a stronger and more expressive faith built on a deeper relationship with Jesus.  “I wish that my faith was strong like that,” Johannes said to himself and he prayed each day. “How...

Love and Forgiveness. Family Thought for the Day 4 February

Doing the loving thing can be hard and challenging at times.  That is what Marissa found when her husband had a serious fallout over a financial deal with her brother. He had refused to speak to her brother saying it was too hard to forgive but she nevertheless...

Candlemas and traditions. Family Thought for the Day 2 February

 Candlemas.  Fr Shaun always kept the spirit of Christmas alive until this feast of the Presentation, 40 days after Christmas which commemorates the parents of Jesus coming to Jerusalem for their purification and to make their offering to God.  Traditions whether...

FEBRUARY THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY Intro and 1 February

February Introduction. A popular saying  “ Love wasn't put in your heart to stay – love isn't love till you give it away” teaches a great message for families. Love is a feeling but also much more, a decision to act. Love includes the Valentine romantic aspect but...

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