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February 2017

Another new year has begun and for many families another school year for their children. It’s a busy and demanding time for parents, young people and the educators who serve them.

But the enormous effort is well worth it! For what a blessing our Catholic school communities are for the archdiocese and for our wider community.

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December 2016

Dear Friends,
 
Ever since the time of Pope St Gregory the Great, Advent has been a four-week period of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and preparation for Christmas. Advent is a time to pray, do good works and turn away from sin in order to make room in our hearts for Jesus.

This Advent 2016, let’s go deeper into the mystery of Christ as we await him coming once more into our hearts. Let’s pray for the gift of depth, that we might plumb the inexhaustible gift who is Jesus, Our Lord.

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November 2016

Dear Friends,
 
Sometimes we feel very much alone. When we lose people in death and suffer grief we can all feel very lost. However, we are never really alone in the mystery of Christ, to whom we pray constantly in hope.
 
Especially in November, we Catholics have the wonderful tradition where we remember those who have gone before us ‘marked with the sign of faith’. It is good to be reminded that we live in a world of rich presence and love. The living and the dead are connected through the mystery of prayer.

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October 2016

On 4 October we celebrate the feast of St Francis of Assisi, the great peace maker.
 
And yet violence and evil seems everywhere around us: the cruelty of war and its horrible consequences for the innocent, especially in the Middle East, and the many horrors of the past 100 years that we almost cannot bear to think of. Just contemplate one: World War I. Think of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, one century ago this year, where on a line of 26 kilometres, a million human beings were killed in five months!

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September 2016

Recently I spent some days with three other bishops at the Royal College of St Alban in Valladolid, Spain. The college was founded in 1589 for the training of priests for England and Wales, who often returned to almost certain death. It numbers six saints and 16 beati among its alumni. Valladolid is the ancient Spanish capital and the place where Christopher Columbus and Cervantes lived.
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