The Bishop’s Christmas Message 2008

An Inspirational Image The birth of an infant is a powerful image that Christians reflect upon at this time of the year. The infant is Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God himself assuming our human nature and life. We humans like to see, touch, and smell things …

The Bishop’s Easter Message 2007

THEY TURNED BACK IN HOPE “With that their eyes were opened and they recognised him, but he vanished from their sight. … So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them.” (Luke 24: 31, 33) One of the …

The Bishop’s Message for Christmas 2006

In the Service of Peace On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8 th ) the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI delivered his annual message for the World Day of Peace for 2007 (celebrated on 1 st January each year). The Holy Father took as his theme for the …

The Bishop’s Message for Pentecost 2006

“And you too will be my witnesses .” (John 15:27) The Acts of the Apostles is the book in the New Testament that records the event of Pentecost and tells us about what effect it had on the disciples of Jesus. But the promise of Jesus to send the Holy …

Bishop’s Pastoral Message for Lent 2006

My sisters and brothers in Christ, The Season of Lent is once again upon us. Over the next six weeks we are encouraged to use this time to concentrate our minds and hearts on the great moments we will celebrate at Easter. The story of the formation and development of …

Easter Message 2005

“And there, coming to meet them, was Jesus. ‘Greetings’ he said. And the women came up to him and, falling down before him, clasped his feet. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; they will see me …

Christmas Message 2005

“Glory to God in the Highest Heavens and peace to all on earth because He loves you”. When we read carefully Chapter Two of the Gospel of Saint Luke, where he records the birth of Jesus, we are struck by the scene he creates in the paddocks with the shepherds …

Message for Feast of Corpus Christi 2004

“ The seeds of disunity, which daily experience shows to be so deeply rooted in humanity as a result of sin, are countered by the unifying power of the body of Christ. The Eucharist, precisely by building up the Church, creates human community.” Encyclical ‘Ecclesia de Eucharistia’.   Dear sisters …

The Bishop’s Message for Pentecost 2004

“ The promise is for you!”     My Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It is only eight weeks since I had the opportunity to celebrate Mass, on a number of occasions, in St. Peter’s Basilica. I remember being deeply moved one morning to discover that the Sacristan had allocated …