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Pray for Boston Victims

1604-boston-marathonOur heartfelt prayers are offered on behalf of the victims of the senseless bomb attack during the Boston marathon yesterday.  It is only our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that allows us to confront evil and not be overwhelmed.  To the deceased, may God grant eternal rest; to the injured, healing; and to all, renewed hope in the goodness of God.

Last Updated on Friday, May 10, 2013

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An Easter Greeting 2013

30-easter-lilyI wish to take this opportunity to wish you a very joyous Easter.  This is the season of hope as Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord, triumphed over sin and death.  The recent election of a new Holy Father is also a hopeful sign.


We pray for Pope Francis and ask our Lord and Blessed Mother to watch over him and to grant him wisdom, health and peace.  May this Easter be a time of renewed hope for us all!

Last Updated on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Christmas Message 2012

christ-child-madonna-of-pomegranate-sandro-botticelliAs a people of faith we rejoice at Christmas because God is not far from us! We know that with the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word assumed human form and became like us in all things but sin. God came so near in that humble stable in Bethlehem surrounded by poverty and simplicity dependent upon his parents, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, for love and care. God assumed nothingness in order to be close to us so that we could also be close to him. The Lord is so near to us we need not be afraid. Pope Benedict XVI expresses the same thought when he states, "God made Himself small so that we could understand Him, welcome Him, and love Him" (Christmas Homily 2006). Our Holy Father reminds us that God took the form of a beautiful baby because nothing is more uncomplicated, beautiful, and loveable than a baby. God wants to be so close to us; however, how close are we to God? St. Augustine reminds us that if we are far from God and cannot rejoice it is our own fault. That may seem rather blunt but it is true. God does not force love upon us because we have been gifted with free will. We must choose to be open to God and allow Him to draw near. This is part of the great mystery of faith.

Last Updated on Thursday, February 07, 2013

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Lenten Message 2013

07-follow-me-satan-temptation-of-jesus-christ-1903-ilya-repinThe great sixteenth century Carmelite mystic St. John of the Cross followed a simple principle that was foundational to his spirituality. He believed that the human soul must empty itself of self and be purified in order to achieve true union with God. He believed that selfcenteredness and excessive material attachments are barriers to divine love and limit spiritual development. It is only when we deny ourselves and are cleansed of sin that we make room for God. Once this goal is reached the soul is immersed in Trinitarian love and is able to radiate that love to the world. These spiritual insights of St. John of the Cross can be very helpful as we begin the season of Lent.

The forty days of Lent provide us with an opportunity for true spiritual renewal as we focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving which are the traditional disciplines of Lent. It truly is a time of "emptying" so that we can be more available to God, self and others. We try to remove those distractions that keep us from making God a priority in our lives.

Last Updated on Thursday, February 07, 2013

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Pastoral Letter on the Year of Faith

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Doubt is something that we can easily identify with when it comes to faith for it is not always easy to trust God and believe, especially when faced with fear and uncertainty. We can only trust and believe someone that we know. The more that we come to know the Lord the easier it becomes to believe. The way that God ‘helps our unbelief’ is to continually draw us closer so that we know, love and serve Him.

As a diocese we are beginning a Year of Faith together with the universal Church. During this year we will be coming to Christ like the father in the Gospel of St. Mark and asking the Lord to help strengthen our faith.

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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