January 14, 2018

“Prayer is to our soul what rain is to the soil. Fertilize the soil ever so richly, it will remain barren unless fed by frequent rains.” Saint John Marie Vianney “Wherever there is life, fervour and a desire to bring Christ to others, genuine vocations will arise.”...

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

First Reading (1 Sam 3:3-10, 19). The prophet Samuel played a very important role in the history of Israel. Here we have the story of his call by God. Second Reading (1 Cor 6:13-15, 17-20). St Paul tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and we must...

January 7, 2018

Let all guests who arrive be received as Christ, because He will say: ‘I was a stranger and you received Me’ (Matt 25:35). And let due honour be shown to all …” Rule of St Benedict, Chapter 53 “Make hospitality your special care.” St Paul ( Letter to the Romans)...

The Epiphany of the Lord

First Reading (Is 60:1-6). The prophet cheers the exiles who returned from Babylon with a vision of a restored city. The prophecy is fulfilled in Christ and in the new Israel, the Church. Second Reading (Eph 3:2-3, 5-6). St Paul expresses the theological meaning of...

The love, loyalty, and dedication of Mary and Joseph are an example for all Christian couples, who are neither the friends nor masters of their children’s lives, but the guardians of this incomparable gift from God. Emeritus Pope Benedict...

Feast of the Holy Family

Joseph and Mary were entrusted with the raising of the child Jesus, who grew in wisdom and stature under their care. Today is an opportunity to honour Abraham and Sarah, and the Holy Family and to be inspired by them. The family unit is the foundation of any society...

The Holy Family

December 31, Feast day. Scripture tells us practically nothing about the first years and the boyhood of the Child Jesus. All we know are the facts of the sojourn in Egypt, the return to Nazareth, and the incidents that occurred…

Christmas welcome…

A special word of welcome to all visitors to St Agatha’s parish this Christmas. If you have been away from the Church for a time, you are welcome. May we all be a blessing to each other this Christmas, and may our time of worship help us to receive Christ anew into...

A good or difficult Christmas

We hope and pray that Christmas is a time of renewed faith in God’s great love and mercy, a time of peace and joy, shared with family and friends.  As a parish community, we acknowledge that Christmas can be a challenging and difficult time for some. We all long to...

Have yourselves a holy Christmas…

On behalf of the Priests and Parish Team at St Agatha’s, I wish you a very happy, safe and holy Christmas and many blessings for the year ahead. Thank you as always for your help and support this year and we look forward to sharing a wonderful 2018 together. Fr...

Christmas

May we each hear anew the words of the angel to the shepherds: “Do not be afraid. Listen, I bring you news of great joy. Today a saviour has been born to you.” (Luke 2:10-11). Like the three wise men who will come to adore the Christ child in Matthew’s account (Mt...

“It is from Mary that the Church always learns the intimacy of Christ. Mary, who carried the small child of Bethlehem in her arms, teaches us to recognize the infinite humility of God. She who received the broken body of Jesus from the Cross shows the Church how to...

4th Sunday of Advent

Having reflected on the great prophet John the Baptist in recent weeks, our attention moves to Mary, the other great figure of Advent. Let us reflect on Mary’s own words: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.” With...