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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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Clinging to Easter hope in tragic days

On Sunday I preached at St Chrysostom’s Church about ‘My Easter Faith’.  Just as the first witnesses to the resurrection were women, so each week during Easter St Chrysostom’s is having a female preacher giving witness to the resurrection in … Continue reading

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Now that Lent is over…

Give up to go up Kevin, one of our young adults at St Chrysostom’s shares this lovely personal reflection on Lent and Easter: During Lent, I decided to go on a vegetarian diet and gave up playing my favourite computer … Continue reading

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Maundy Thursday Haikus

Stay here, keep watch and pray… Our Maundy Thursday vigil is a special and holy time and it is noteworthy that each year several people come to the vigil who have not attended the Mass which begins it, perhaps calling … Continue reading

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Teachers’ favourites

Books had certainly inspired children and staff at St Chrysostom’s School today. Fr Ian and Hannah, parish assistant, received lovely welcomes as they visited nearly all the classes of the school this morning. They were so impressed by what they … Continue reading

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Spending time with the ancestors at Shaugh Prior

Nestled on the southern edge of Dartmoor, not far from Plymouth, is the village of Shaugh Prior. Being a largely rural parish it is possible, for a short time at least, to soak up the rural charm and peace of … Continue reading

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“Truly wondrous is the whole chronicle of the Nativity”

St John Chrysostoms was well known for his remarkable sermons. They gave him his nickname, ‘chhrysostom’ – ‘golden mouth.’ Although preached over 1000 years ago many still speak to us today. At the Geat Easter Vigil at St Chrysostom’s each … Continue reading

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