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The Fence Man…


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 24/06/2013

There was a large group of people gathered. On one side of the group stood a man, Jesus. On the other side stood another, Satan. Separating them was a fence running through the group. The scene set, both Jesus and Satan began calling to people in the group. One by one, each having made up his or her own mind, they went to either Jesus or Satan. This kept going for a time. Soon enough, Jesus had gathered around him a group of people from the larger crowd, as did Satan. One man joined neither group. He climbed the fence that was there and sat on it. Jesus and his people left and disappeared, and so too did Satan and his people. The man on the fence sat alone. As this man sat, Satan came back, looking for something which he appeared to have lost. The man said, “Have you lost something?” Satan looked straight at him and replied, “No, but there you are. Come with me.” The man said, “But I sat on the fence. I chose neither you nor Jesus.” Satan said, “That’s okay; I own the fence.” “Whoever is not with me is against me.” - Jesus in Matthew 12:30

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A Call From God


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 17/06/2013

One Saturday night, a Parish Priest was working late and decided to call the Presbytery housekeeper before he left for home. It was about 10.00pm, but the housekeeper didn’t answer the phone. The priest let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer but decided to finish off a few last things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again, she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at the Presbytery – there had been no prior call. They both just brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways. The following Monday, the Parish Priest received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he’d used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night. The priest couldn’t figure out what the man was talking about. Then the man said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.” The priest remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he’d intended to call the Presbytery. The man said, “That’s okay. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, ‘God if you’re there, and you don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ At that point, my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, ‘Sacred Heart’. I was afraid to answer!”

The Church that the priest attends is called “Sacred Heart Church”.

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Covenant Mass in June


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 14/06/2013

Welcome to our covenant Mass on Tuesday 18th June at 7.30pm at the Shrine in Kearsley. Through out this Year of Mission we are looking and what can help us to become committed apostles of our faith. We have looked at a life of regular prayer now over the last three months we have considered who God is for us , the God of History who created us and walks with us, the God of life who speaks to us in the signs of the times and in the concrete events of our lives and he is also the God of the Altar.

Do this in memory of me! When we celebrate holy Eucharist we fulfill  the Lord’s injunction however at the same time, we inherit his gift and food for our journey. All that we have is his gift and he wants to be united with us and that we should never leave his presence. He wants to strengthen us for the challenges and comfort us in sorrows. (more…)

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Two Quizzes


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 03/06/2013

You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss United Kingdom.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of Brit Award winners.

How did you do? The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier? The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care. We care because we are asked to be like Christ for others…

Consider passing this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.