Category Archives: Catholic

2020 Veni Creator Spiritus: God Knows!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  In 1939 the then Princess Elizabeth gave to her father, King George VI, a copy of a poem. It became famous when the King quoted it in his 1939 Christmas Broadcast. The poem,  God Knows is by … Continue reading

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Te Deum Laudamus! The past year

So often the news seems to be disturbing or even upsetting, this has been so true in 2020.   It’s hardly surprising that some people wish this year to end. The blight of the Coronavirus has affected us all. However, … Continue reading

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Like children shouting…

When the House of Commons was first broadcast many people were surprised by what they heard. I remember a relative indignantly saying ‘It’s just like a bear garden.’ We’ve got used to hearing and seeing politicians ‘shouting’ at one another … Continue reading

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Why Mary, Mother of Hope?

Our statue of Mary at St Chrysostom’s is a beautiful focus for prayer. After Sunday Mass we have a particular focus of prayer as we turn to the statue and remember Mary’s ‘Yes’ as we sing the Angelus. Many people … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Walsingham: A US interpretation

Here is a challenging and beautiful  image of Our Lady of Walsingham. (Feast day 24th September). We’re delighted to have the artist’s permission to reproduce it, and even more pleased that the artist tells us about her work. The artist … Continue reading

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Celebrating Mary’s Birth

Mary’s birthday is celebrated on September 8th. Christians have kept this happy day for centuries, initially in Syria and Jeruslaem around the sixth century and gradually it spread through the whole church. September 8th seems to be have chosen because … Continue reading

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The Martyrs of Nowogrodek

The Marytrs of Nowogrodek – Blessed Mary Stella and Her Ten Companions (commemorated on September 3rd) –   were nuns of the order of the Holy Family of Nazareth who arrived in Nowogrodek in September 1929. Nowogrodek is a small town … Continue reading

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Gregory the Great

Here is Saint Gregory the Great (feast day September 3rd) saying Mass. The painting is over 500 years old and was painted by Adriaen Ysenbrandt a painter in the Bruges painters’ guild. Gregory was one of the most influential popes … Continue reading

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Oswald: watching and aiding conversion today

When I was baptised and confirmed, I chose St Oswald as my confirmation Saint, and took his name. (Fred continues with the second part of his blog post on St Oswald.) Sitting where I do, in the play area of … Continue reading

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An Inspiration to Parish Clergy

When parish priests are welcomed to their parish the words used emphasise the role of the priest to the whole parish. This is also emphasised, usually, in the title of the parish priest, the ‘Vicar of Wilberfoss,’ the ‘Rector of … Continue reading

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