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Growing Green – in touch with the earth. St John Bosco

Growing Green – in touch with the earth. St John Bosco

 One project that the parish pastoral team was considering was to invite families to have, at least, a small vegetable garden or some fruit trees, even in an urban area.   Farming has been an important way of life for thousands of years. Large commercial farms have...

Are we securing a future for our grandchildren?

Are we securing a future for our grandchildren?

How important today is the ideal of working for an inheritance for our children and to secure their future? Or is the cost of living so high and are our resources not able to stretch to looking at the needs of the next generation?  People now have fewer children, some...

Food for all Matters.

Food for all Matters.

Land expropriation is a political “hot potato” today as well as an economic one. Churches don’t always get involved, but on behalf of farmers, workers and the whole community we should have a contribution to make. Their focus would be on justice, the common good and...

Faith works through love. St Thomas Aquinas

Faith works through love. St Thomas Aquinas

January 28th. On the feastday of St Thomas Aquinas the parish team participated in a retreat. They were given his saying for reflection, “What counts is faith working through love.”  Then they were asked, “Who in our society today can be considered the wisest person? ...

The devil is not a myth

The devil is not a myth

When it appeared that satanism existed in the school and the community the principal called in the parish priest as well as the police. Both were to question the learners to get to the bottom of it and address them from their experience. Sergeant Oberholzer explained...

Pastoral Ministry for the Common Good.  Sunday 3A.

Pastoral Ministry for the Common Good. Sunday 3A.

Sunday 3A.  The PPC decided to call a meeting to deal with some conflict between the Family and the Justice and Peace groups. They were well aware that even in our own homes and parishes there are differences of opinion about all kinds of things and that is OK. We...

Conversion of St Paul a man on fire

Conversion of St Paul a man on fire

I don’t know many Jews,”  Anthea said,  “but I suppose I know plenty of Gentiles.  In fact I wonder if most of us Catholic Christians are like Gentiles. Is our faith, as a system of beliefs and way of life, a real part of our lives, or an add-on that we pick up on...

St Francis de Sales, patron of writers and journalist.

St Francis de Sales, patron of writers and journalist.

January 24th. St Francis de Sales is the patron saint of writers and journalists.  Tracy became a great fan of his since being introduced to some of his writing. “An Introduction to the Devout Life”  is one of his well-known works on the realities of marriage and...

Envy ruins relationships.

Envy ruins relationships.

"It is common knowledge and experience, also in families, that success doesn’t always lead to admiration from others, but can also lead to resentment, envy and jealousy.  St Paul recognised this in his reflections on love and Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia explains...

Why do we glorify war and violence?

Why do we glorify war and violence?

 The catechists discussed the story of little David knocking out the gigantic and fearsome Philistine with his sling and a small stone and then killing him and cutting off his head. Janine shared that when she was young she used to think that was great but she had...

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