Gospel extracts taken from John 21:1-19  “Don’t withhold from ourselves what God readily gives us. Forgiveness.” Fr Paul. In the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter we find the Apostles dejected and discouraged following the death of our Lord. Peter appears close to throwing in the towel on his discipleship and going back to his old way of life, declaring, “I’m going fishing.” We then hear of the Apostles going out on the boat, but that night they caught nothing.When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realise yet that it was Jesus! Jesus said toRead More →

“Hello, my name is Charles and I’m going to speak about how the call from God grew to radically change my life.” Listen to the full story below or read the transcript that follows. Very moving stuff.. “I’ve always held the belief that there was something more to life than the physical” I grew up in a non religious family and never went to Church. The most exposure I had to Christ was at a church of England primary school as well as my grandparents who are Christian. I’ve always held the belief that there was something more to life than the physical, but IRead More →

At the heart of our Christian life is the understanding that each of us is called by God. We recall the words of Christ who said “You did not choose me, no I chose you”. Not only does Christ choose, he calls us and knows us by name. Both of these are encapsulated in the Rite of Election which is celebrated in Catholic cathedrals throughout our countries at the beginning of Lent each year. The Rite of Election is a significant step for those who want to be received into the Catholic Church – preparing to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the EucharistRead More →

Father Paul explains another important multi-layered Gospel this week from Luke that encourages us all to ask Jesus what we can do for him… This Gospel from Luke on the 5th Sunday of Ordinary time is pretty well known – how Jesus performs a miracle that allows Simon to catch an abundance of fish in a seemingly empty stretch of water. However, Father Paul explains that there’s far more to this story… Father Paul observes some extra layers in the Gospel that we can all relate to. 1) The first point that Father makes is that Jesus has arrived early in the morning when theRead More →

Taken from Father Paul’s Sermon Father Paul adds some extra layers to this weekend’s Gospel Story – the Wedding at Cana which is a part of the Rosary’s “Luminous Mysteries” or “Mysteries of Light” added to the Rosary by Pope John Paul II in 2002.Father makes a number of observations about this story (the full story is at the bottom for reference) but is the first public miracle of Jesus where he turns water into wine. 1) The first point that Father makes is that Jesus initially resists his Mother’s ask when she notices they’re low on wine for the wedding – “Woman, what concernRead More →

As we continue our celebration of the Christmas season, we observe today the great Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. The word “epiphany” means manifestation and throughout the Christmas readings we have seen that the newborn King is eager to reveal Himself to all those willing to accept His presence in their lives. From poor and humble shepherds to the international group of magi featured in today’s Gospel passage, Jesus makes it clear that He offers Himself as a gift to everyone. We also see throughout the scriptures that God uses what is familiar to us to draw us to Himself. In the caseRead More →