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Greeting for Ash Wednesday


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 02/03/2017

Fr Duncan wrote at the beginning of our Lenten Journey towards Easter:

The Jewish Hasidic tradition teaches that everyone should have two pockets in their coats with two slips of paper.

One slip says: “I am only dust and ashes.”  

The other “For me the whole universe was created.”  

Sometimes we need to remember that first slip of paper, as we have done and will do tonight as we come to be marked with the ashes of repentance, and sometimes we also need to remember the second – to remember that we have been adopted by God in Christ – that through him God forgives us – and calls us his “Beloved” – everything has been made out of love for us.

“I am only dust and ashes” These ashes are a reminder of who we are. The Bible tells us that we came from the dust and to the dust we shall return. The first human was formed out of the dust of the earth by God and then God breathed life into that dust. That is a powerful image.  One that is meant to remind us that without the breath or Spirit of God moving in us, we are just like these ashes: lifeless – worthless.These ashes are also a sign of repentance. They are a way of showing on the outside what is happening on the inside. We are truly sorry for our sins. Lent is a time when we are called to repent and change our ways.

“For me the whole universe was created”The mark of the cross is a mark of ownership. These ashes tonight remind us that we are Christ’s – that he died so that we might live.It is also significant that we use palm branches to make these ashes.  The palms are a symbol of victory.  By making the ashes from the palms of Palm Sunday we are reminded, if we truly repent, that Christ will be victorious in us.

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Taste and See Family Mass in June


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 26/02/2017

Mass at 3.30 pm followed by input for adults and   a shared meal – children’s  program included. Finish 6.30pm

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Taste and See Family Mass in June


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 26/02/2017

Mass at 3.30 pm followed by   a shared meal – children’s  liturgy program included. Finish 5.30pm

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Taste and See Family Mass in May


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 26/02/2017

Mass at 3.30 pm followed by input for adults and   a shared meal – children’s  program included. Finish 6.30pm

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Taste and See Family Mass on Palm Sunday


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 26/02/2017

Mass at 3.30 pm followed by  a shared meal – children’s liturgy program included.

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Taste and See Family Mass in Lent


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 26/02/2017

Mass at 3.30 pm followed by input and a shared meal – children’s program included. Main Celebrant Bishop John Arnold.

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Taste and See Tomorrow 12th February


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 11/02/2017

Welcome to our Taste and See Mass tomorrow 12th February 2017. Mass starts at 3.30pm and is followed by a shared meal which will be potluck: what you bring is what we share! Time to share as a family. Please remember and bring donations for our food and clothes bank and we will pass them on to the Brothers of Charity.Looking forward to siege you there. Please put in your diary: Next Month’s Taste and See Mass, on 12th March, will be celebrated by Bishop John Arnold and Bishop John will lead us in the input for the day.

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