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Saint Patrick’s Day

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we served Gaelic Coffee after both Masses.  It was a great way to bring people together and have a bit of fun at the same time.  Proceeds from donations made for the coffee raised a staggering £522.  This money will go to support our nursing and medical team on our…
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School Visit

Recently the children from St Marie’s Primary School came to church for a visit as part of their work on special places and special people. Fr Francis welcomed the children and spoke to them about the parish community and the church building. He mentioned the work that is hopefully going to begin soon on repairing…
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Work on the Tower Continued

Ever since I came to St Marie’s there has been a problem with damp in the choir loft of the church. Many long-standing parishioners have told me that there has always been a problem in this part of the church. Having looked through some of the history of the parish this is indeed the case.…
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One Family in Faith

Every Sunday we gather to celebrate Mass. We come from different backgrounds, from different traditions and from many different parts of the world to celebrate our faith. Recently at St Marie’s we celebrated an International Mass to give thanks for and celebrate the many cultures, traditions and countries that make up our vibrant parish community.…
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Sunday Evening Thoughts

I have just returned from the ICU Ward at the local hospital where I was called to administer the sacraments to one of my parishioners.  Please ask the Lord to stay with now on his final journey. As I drove back the words of a prayer by Fr Michel Quoist came into my mind.  I…
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Homily – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings deal with Faith and Works. The prophet Jeremiah tells us “Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, but blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.” When we reflect on this we know from personal experience the truth of this quote. How often have we been let down when we…
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Father Alosza’s Homily

Following from the last post about Fr Alosza below you will find the text of the address that he gave on his recent visit. Our friendship and the wonderful and generous support that our parish gives Alosza is truly the work of Divine Providence. I often ask myself how I came to meet this young…
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Father Alosza

Recently we welcomed Father Alosza Miciński back to our parish. For those readers who are unfamiliar with Fr Alosza and his connection to our parish then here is a little background info. I first met Father Alosza back in 2009. Then he was a student for the priesthood with his religious order the Marian Fathers…
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Restoring a Gem

I remember an old priest in seminary talking about those who had the care of the fabric of our seminary buildings, quoting from the scriptures ‘You shall be called breach mender, restorer of ruined houses.’ (Isaiah 58:12). Little did I know back then that throughout my priestly ministry that title could be applied to me!!!…
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