Category Archives: Catholic

O Sacred Heart!

The first time as a newly ordained priest that I concelebrated Mass was on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, at St James, Darlington. The principal celebrant was the then Vicar, Fr Dennis Smith. The preacher was the Bishop of … Continue reading

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Mary for Today

2000 years ago a young peasant Jewish girl  faced a dilemma.  An angel appeared, told her she was thought highly of by God and would become the mother of the Saviour of the world if she said Yes. That for … Continue reading

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Challenging indifference to modern slavery

Hundreds of victims of human trafficking (modern slaves) have come through the doors of St Chrysostom’s in the past two years. Our language classes set up to serve such victims, in partnership with the Medaille Trust, have grown and developed … Continue reading

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Scenes from Ladyewell 2017

Each year for the last ten years people from St Chrysostom’s have joined friends from St Peter’s, Oughtrington, for a day pilgrimage to the lovely shrine at Ladyewell near Preston. The pilgrimages are always joyful and special. This year, for … Continue reading

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We are all meant to be mothers of God

“I know Mary lived two thousand years ago, but I have actually seen her” – As we begin May, Mary’s month here is a thought provoking blog entry the first of a short series for May this year. We are … Continue reading

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Praying for Priests at Ars-sur-Formans

An appropriate place for a priest to visit and renew priestly commitment is undoubtedly Ars-sur-Formans, near Lyon, in eastern France. In 1818 John-Baptist Vianney (the Curé  d’Ars, feast day 4th August) was sent to what was then a neglected and … Continue reading

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Celebrate the 50 days

Alleluia! Christ is Risen Easter isn’t just one day – it’s a season of 50 days Campaign for a real Eastertide! Christians make a lot of Lent – giving up things, fasting, praying, and other worthy things – some of … Continue reading

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