Letter from the Priest-in-charge 27 November 2016

Dear Friends, Through the Seasons immediately ahead of us, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, we focus on many different journeys. There is Mary’s journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth. There are people journeying in great numbers into the desert to hear the preaching of John the Baptist. There is the journey of Mary and Joseph to … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 20 November 2016

Dear Friends, This week has been a shaky one with the huge earthquake and multiple aftershocks, and I hope you and your families have managed to cope with any outward as well as inward turmoil. Although these are ranked as history-making, we could all do without such disruptive events. Please pray for those most affected, … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 13 November 2016

Dear Friends, Remembrance Sunday musings. My father and two of his brothers served in the British Army during the First World War. Amazingly, they all returned—although two were rather the worse for wear. Along with many other officers, my father had taken a camera with him. However, as a boy I remember being disappointed that … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 6 November 2016

Dear Friends, Memories were stirred recently by the sight of an E-type Jaguar. By sheer chance, on my first ever visit to a major road racing circuit (Oulton Park, Cheshire, in April 1961), I witnessed the first public outing of the E-type. Two newly assembled cars were driven on the open road straight from the … [Read more…]

Sermon from the Priest-in-charge 2 November 2016

Sermon at the Solemn Requiem Mass at S Michael and All Angels, Christchurch, on All Souls’ Day, 2016. Among the great thinkers and teachers of the 20th Century was the Swiss philosopher and theologian Karl Barth. During an interview in his old age, a journalist asked him what was the most important truth he had … [Read more…]