Fourth Sunday of Advent

From the Dean's desk

Dear Friends,

How would you react if in a dream, God made you aware of the remaining years and events of your life – the good, the not so good, the explainable and the inexplicable? How would you respond to God? Would you say to God: ‘Let’s talk this over and sort out some of those perplexing elements of life that you are suggesting? I’m not too sure about all those difficult situations you are intending to place in my path in the future.’

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Christmas mass times

24 December

  • Vigil mass at 6:00pm
  • Vigil mass at 8:30pm
  • Mass at 12 midnight (with Scripture, Prayer and Carols starting at 11:30pm)
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From the Dean's desk

Third Sunday of Advent, 14 December

Dear Friends,

There is a general view which holds that anything to do with religion, spirituality or the Church cannot be joyful, relevant to life or allow the believer to be happy. Many of these people would believe that anything religious or spiritual is outdated and irrelevant to today’s times and society. Today’s liturgy presents a different view of spirituality from this. It emphasises the fact that the believer needs to not only to rejoice in his or her way of life, but that they are challenged to bring that joy into the lives of others through their words and deeds.

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From the Dean's desk

Second Sunday of Advent, 7 Dec

Dear Friends,

In a homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, the then, Pope Benedict made the following point concerning the value of listening and responding to the word of God in our lives:

In the Season of Advent we too are called to listen to God’s voice that cries out in the desert of the world through the Sacred Scriptures, especially when they are preached with the power of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, faith grows all the stronger the more it allows itself to be illumined by the divine word, by ‘whatever’, as the Apostle Paul reminds us, ‘was written in former days (and) write for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope’ (Romans 15:4).

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From the Dean's desk

First Sunday of Advent, 30 November 2014

Dear Friends,

Today, being the First Sunday of Advent, we begin a new Liturgical year. We are entering Year ‘B’ – the Year of Mark. This season of Advent is often seen as a little or mini-Lent. The season of Advent focuses more on waiting than it does on things penitential, even though the liturgical colour is purple or violet.

The First Sunday of Advent usually focuses on the theme of the end time – the second coming of Jesus Christ. The Gospel today [Mark 13:33-37], calls us to vigilance: something is coming that we dare not miss! Mark tells us quite dramatically: ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come’ [v.33]. Mark goes on to give the illustration of a householder who travels overseas and leaves his servants to their various tasks. He stresses that they should do what is expected of them, stay vigilant because they are not aware of when their master will return.

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