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Playing Follow My Leader.  Family Thought November 11.

Playing Follow My Leader. Family Thought November 11.

Fr Ivor invited Vincent, a parishioner well-versed in scripture, to prepare some basic explanatory material for the old Testament readings used in the next three weeks. Many people found it quite challenging that when former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe died he...

Becoming widowed.  Family Thought Sunday 32C November 10

Becoming widowed. Family Thought Sunday 32C November 10

Some of the African widows at their Day of Reflection shared sad stories about their treatment by the family of their late husbands.  Although today it is not common any more for a widow to be forced to marry her husband’s brother as has been practiced in the past,...

Ministering as a Couple.  Family Thought 9 November

Ministering as a Couple. Family Thought 9 November

Bruce and Mary-Lynn had decided to adopt Prisca and Aquila as their biblical patrons.  They explained, “Most of the followers of Jesus and the disciples of Paul that are mentioned are men. Hardly ever is there a mention of a couple.  There were some women followers...

Deceased Missionaries. Family Thought 8 November

Deceased Missionaries. Family Thought 8 November

The parish community was very sad when their old missionary priest died. Having come from Germany he had served them, inspired and helped them in many ways for more than 40 years.  At his Requiem Mass the catechists paid a tribute to him and his work for more than 3...

Active Reconciliation in the Family. Family Thought November 7

Active Reconciliation in the Family. Family Thought November 7

The children due to make their 1st Communion were receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation as part of their preparation. The moms discussed “when they are examining their conscience they should think about actively making peace with their siblings.  Is it also a good...

Coping with Loss.   Family Thought 6 November

Coping with Loss. Family Thought 6 November

Coping with any loss at any time of life is not easy.  Whether you are dealing with a young person with a broken heart or an older person hurting badly after the loss of a spouse after a long illness there can be times of deep depression.  Helping them to understand...

Remembering our Loved Ones. Family Thought November 5

Remembering our Loved Ones. Family Thought November 5

Sometimes when someone has died or divorced one gets stuck thinking about their negative qualities, while at other times after death we may focus more on their good qualities, almost making them into saints. This is not realistic but still part of the grieving...

Praying for the Dead.   Family Thought November 4

Praying for the Dead. Family Thought November 4

Mavis had loved her uncle but she knew that he wasn’t a really honest man.  After his death she spoke to a trusted priest friend.  “Will he be in purgatory now? Can I pray for him?” He listened carefully and replied, “I don’t know how we can really get to understand...

The Communion of Saints,    Family Thought  November 31 Sunday 31

The Communion of Saints, Family Thought November 31 Sunday 31

All Saints is transferred to the Sunday in South Africa.   Fr Peter began, “Who really understands the communion of saints and especially the fact that with Christ at our head it refers to us here on earth, those who are still being purified from their sins in...

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed.  Family Thought November 2

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. Family Thought November 2

They gathered at the parish early in the morning to start their pilgrimage, as they called it, to the cemetery as usual on November 2nd.  Men, women and children, all who had lost a dearly beloved family member or close friend made the short journey many on their own,...

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