Scripture Notes – Sunday 25th October 2020

On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.   Dear friends,  A very warm welcome to all to Hearers of the Word for Sunday, 25 October 2020. Our context today is the on-going crisis triggered by the pandemic. How can we find energy for continued solidarity, unselfishness and resilience? Is there a Christian approach, even, to this very testing time? If you were asked to describe what sustains you…

19/10/2020
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Scripture Notes – Sunday 18th October 2020

Subject: Scripture notes: Grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Dear friends,  A very warm welcome to all to Hearers of the Word for Sunday, 18 October 2020. Next Sunday is Mission Sunday in the Catholic tradition. Accordingly, two sets of notes are provided for the Sunday to accommodate communities not observing Mission Sunday. In fact, only the Gospel is different. This email is slightly longer than usual because…

12/10/2020
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Scripture Notes – Sunday 11th October 2020

Dear Friends 1. YouTube video The YouTube videos are intended to be a fresh exploration of the Gospel, with an eye to spiritual, pastoral and practical concerns. Gospel (Matthew 22:1-14) exploration (YouTube) Gospel (Matthew 22:1-14) exploration (Zoom) Full set of videos  (YouTube) 2. John Barton Lecture The second reason for writing is to alert you to an online talk organised by the National Bible Society of Ireland. The speaker is Rev. Prof. John…

06/10/2020
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Scripture Notes – Sunday 4th October 2020

 It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone.   Dear friends,  A very warm welcome to all to Hearers of the Word for Sunday, 4 October 2020. 1.Supersessionism and complacency Today’s parable of the wicked tenants conceals two traps for contemporary Christian readers. The first of these is “supersessionism,” the idea that the Christian faith replaces and renders inoperative (somehow) the Jewish faith. This is clearly condemned in Catholic teaching. See…

03/10/2020
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Scripture Notes – Sunday September 27th 2020

Subject: Scripture notes: Which of the two did the father’s will? A vine growing in Laragh, Co Wicklow, Ireland Dear friends,  A very warm welcome to all to Hearers of the Word for Sunday, 27 September 2020. 1. Jubilee for the Earth: the Season of Creation 2020 The Season on Creation is a month-long “festival”, inviting renewed reflection on creation, the environment, climate justice and solidarity. There are excellent resources available, of which this is…

22/09/2020
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Scripture Notes – Sunday 20th September 2020

“Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Dear friends,  A very warm welcome to all to Hearers of the Word. 1. Matthew and God’s sovereign grace Even a cursory reading of Matthew will reveal the emphasis he places on the practical living of the Gospel. In this, he shares something with the letter of James: perhaps both a struggling with Paul’s emphasis on the…

14/09/2020
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Scripture Notes – Sunday 13th September 2020

Forgive your brother and sister from your heart. Matthew and forgiveness Matthew’s teaching on reconciliation, forgiveness and correction is rich, many-sided and down-to-earth. Last Sunday’s gospel on correction is juxtaposed with today’s super-clear parable about the unforgiving servant. Rather than leave it there, Matthew’s clarifies the already abundantly clear message with the alarming observation: This is how my Heavenly Father will deal with you if you do not forgive your brother and sister from your heart. In…

07/09/2020
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Season of Creation 2020

Dear All, I hope you and your loved ones are keeping well. The Season of Creation 2020 began on September 1st (World Day of Prayer for Creation) and runs until October 4th (the feast of St. Francis of Assisi). Yes, this year will be different as we continue to do our best to protect one another during the pandemic. However, it is also an opportunity for us to engage in many exciting…

01/09/2020
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WEEKDAY MASSES

Dear Parishioners, We are delighted to share with you in joy that our weekday Masses are resuming fully this week, please see the list of days & times: IN ST. MARK’S PARISH CHURCH, SPRINGFIELD – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 am. ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – every Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm. IN ST. AIDAN’S PARISH CHURCH, BROOKFIELD – Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 10…

01/09/2020
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