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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

A little book, famous in my day, was ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’. Neil Diamond even sang about him. The story was about a little seagull who dared to be different to his peers, who was willing to learn new tricks, explore the boundaries of his existence.

Jesus invites us to be different, to learn new tricks, to explore the boundaries of our existence. He invites us to follow Him. Is any of us brave enough to risk our lives?

Food for thought.
Fr. Richard
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

The message of the gospel must be that virtuous people, in the eyes of God, never assume a position of superiority. Always, whether you be parent, teacher or priest, the endeavour must always be to bring out the best in others.

Where we are not in position of authority – children – most of us in one way or another, we have so to act so as not to test unduly those in charge of us.

What a peaceful world we would live in – if this were true. If only…..


Fr. Richard
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

Soon after the 2nd Vatican Council, the phenomenon of the Charismatic Renewal happened. A movement arose in the church celebrating the gifts of the Holy Spirit within the church. It was like a Catholic version of Pentecostalism.

It is still a worldwide movement within the church and, as is true of all authentic movements, it helps people to deepen their faith and their commitment to Jesus.

Praise and thanksgiving are dominant themes within their prayer meetings. It is so easy to forget God’s graciousness to us because we let present problems dominate our lives.

We need to develop a theme of thanksgiving within the daily structure of our lives, while not forgetting our present needs and dependence on God.

The culmination of our prayers of thanksgiving throughout the week is at the Sunday Mass – the Eucharist – The Thanksgiving.

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Fr. Richard
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