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Working with the Golden Rule…..do unto others..

Working with the Golden Rule…..do unto others..

Bernadette shared, “Much of what the church is teaching us seems to be kind of negative, ‘don't do this, or look at this problem side.’ When I was confirmed I decided to put another message on my wall in my room, and also on my facebook wall. The Golden Rule is,...

How to judge fairly for the common good.

How to judge fairly for the common good.

Having organised a joint session of the confirmation group and their parents Deacon Samuel started a challenging discussion. “Does the fact that there are many protests around problems in education mean that we are judging whoever is responsible, and do we have right...

Sunday 12A  Fathers’ Day

Sunday 12A Fathers’ Day

Fr Sylvester started the Mass by congratulating the fathers that were present and those online. When he came to preach he began, “Today is Father’s Day.   There is no doubt that many male members of this congregation are fathers, whether they are living with their own...

Care of Refugees as family

Care of Refugees as family

June 20.  The Care of Refugees desk in the parish always used this opportunity on World Day for Migrants and Refugees to draw attention to a very real social problem. World Refugee Day is celebrated every year to honour the courage, strength and determination of...

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart..  Mrs Jones told her teenagers, “I think that devotion to the Sacred Heart given by Jesus himself to a religious sister St Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th century is an earlier form of the Divine Mercy devotion. It is essentially about Jesus’ great...

Prayer for and in families

Prayer for and in families

“This is becoming one of my pet hates,” Georgina declared, “empty phrases, words that have lost their meaning, when we preach or pray.   We seem to just babble on.  I think we’ve fallen into the same trap that Jesus warned us about.   It does worry me but when my...

Piety and devotion girls and boys

Piety and devotion girls and boys

June 17.   “Now girls, no showing off any more.”  The boys teased the girls mostly about how they looked but the girls got their own back by challenging the guys on how they acted. “Remember the ex-singer Jub Jub, he was a real show-off and where did that get him,...

June 16. Youth Day South Africa

June 16. Youth Day South Africa

June 16.  The catechist posed a very difficult question to the young people.  “This day is a holiday in South Africa now but it was no holiday more than 40 years ago when the student uprising in Soweto in 1976 took place. The political struggle against apartheid was...

Overcoming bad habits with Jesus’ support

Overcoming bad habits with Jesus’ support

Paul shared, “A guy was transferred to our school who had been a member of a gang, but he managed to get out of that way of life. He told us a bit about it.  “’An eye for an eye’ was the way we lived and revenge was always uppermost in our minds. Jesus made some...

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.   Granddad was delighted to be invited to the 1st Communion Mass.  “It’s my 29th, he told Patricia. “5 children, 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.   I’ve seen how each little one feels so excited and so close to Jesus. ...

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