Category Archives: Catholic

Sharing smiles on World Smile Day

  World Smile Day may seem a bit ‘tacky’ or superficial to many, and I guess in some ways it is. However in our parish for World Smile Day we’ve developed a lovely tradition of going around our schools and … Continue reading

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St Galla

St Galla (feast day 5th October) has many similarities with St Olympias, the woman supporter of St John Chrysostom. Like Olympias, Galla was widowed at a young age and like Olympias she formed a community close to, and supportive of, … Continue reading

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The Red Queen, Tribal Dance and Nit Picking

‘Well, in our country,’ said Alice, still panting a little, ‘you’d generally get to somewhere else—if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.’ ‘A slow sort of country!’ said the Queen. ‘Now, here, you see, … Continue reading

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Only at St Chrysostom’s 3. A Censation

What is the collective noun for a group of thuribles? Worship at St Chrysostom’s is well known for our use of incense. One of our regular worshippers who has been coming to church since she was a little girl recently … Continue reading

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Take care, Tutivillus may be about.

Who knows – who cares… Where can you find the proper texts for the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Divine Office? This tantalising question was asked by one of the priests on the coach during our … Continue reading

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Pray Vespers at 5pm with us!

Wherever you are this Summer (23rd July to September 1st), at 5pm (or about that time) we invite you to join us in Vespers.  We’ve developed this lovely ‘Pray vespers’ tradition at St Chrysostom’s over the years. At two different … Continue reading

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An interest in the Saviour’s Blood

At a recent wedding at St Chrysostom’s a black African pastor enthusiastically prayed that the couple may be covered in the blood of Jesus. It was an uncomfortable image for  me, and one very rarely used at St Chrysostom’s. However, … Continue reading

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