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July 2017

Each 11 July we celebrate the feast of St Benedict.St Benedict has still much to teach us.In his early adulthood in Italy, Benedict became so disillusioned and disgusted with the affluence and decadence of his society that he withdrew to an isolated cave to live a solitary life of prayer. Other people soon joined him for many of the same reasons, and a monastic community began to grow.St Benedict was to become one of the fathers of monasticism, and built small ‘islands of light’, monasteries where communal prayer and scholarship, work and spiritual practice could be...

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June 2017

This year we celebrate the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on 23 June.
Many of us, of an older generation, have very happy memories of growing up with images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus placed all around our family homes. There was something warm and comforting in these domestic images which reminded us of how God was very close to us.

Perhaps today we need to rediscover this special feast day and its simple message of how much God loves each one of us. 

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May 2017

Each year on 1 May we celebrate the feast of St Joseph the Worker.

In 1955, Pope Pius XII instituted this wonderful feast as the Church’s response to May Day celebrations for workers sponsored by Communist organisations.

The pope wanted to affirm what Christians have believed from the beginning: that Jesus, the carpenter’s apprentice, cares deeply for the plight of workers (and those who are unable to find work).

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April 2017

Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Once again in this Easter season may our lives show forth the joy of the Lord!

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March 2017

The season of Lent is upon us once more. The Church desires that each of us grows spiritually and experiences a reawakening of our relationship with God during the 40 days of Lent, which culminate at Easter with the Lord’s Passion, death and Resurrection.

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