We look forward the the public celebration of mass which will resume from Sunday 7th March at 9.00am. Thereafter, mass will be celebrated as usual on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am unless otherwise noted in the weekly newsletter. Please be mindful that all the safety measures we had in place before the closing are still in place. Remember that during this time there is still no Sunday obligation so you can attend Mass at any of the time in the week. Please only attend mass if you are well and free of Covid-19 symptoms.
This initiative aims to offer a sign of communion and hope for the entire continent.
Father Denis McBride will be leading a FREE online retreat this Lent, based on his two books Reflecting with Paintings Vol 1 and Vol 2 from Wednesday 24th February 2021
Each video will be uploaded on the dates
given below. You can choose to watch each video at a day/time
that suits you. You can access the retreat from the
Redemptorist Publications website by clicking on this link Reflecting with Paintings | Retreat with Denis McBride |
Reflecting with paintings
One of the things that has always intrigued me about Jesus is how so much of his teaching he chose to do through the medium of fiction. All his parables are fiction: each could begin ‘Once upon a time.’ Jesus asked his hearers to leave their own world and come with him into an imaginary world, and then return to their world to have an inner conversation of how they see things in the light of the parable. Jesus’ parable world is a world of great variety. You meet all sorts of people: difficult judges, committed burglars, broken families, wounded beggars, awkward neighbours, selfish priests, eccentric employers, desperate hosts, surprised guests, wise and foolish virgins.
Paintings, too, have their own language, from pictorial to representative, to coded, to abstract, to you-name-it – communicating another world to the onlooker, another slant on looking at people and things, or simply to provoke unspoken communication between the artist’s emotions and the viewer’s. For this Lenten retreat I invite you to look at selected paintings, to imagine another world, and then to return to your own story in the hope that some inner conversation might be provoked through the strange encounters.
- Denis McBride, CSsR -
- First week
in Lent - Wed 24 Feb
Praying the Rosary – Old Woman Praying the Rosary by Paul Cézanne
- Second week
in Lent - Wed 3 Mar
Growing up hyphenated – Jojo by J W Miller
- Third week
in Lent - Wed 10 Mar
Food for thought – The Promenade by Fernando Botero
- Fourth week
in Lent - Wed 17 Mar
Facing the truth – Logo for Frankfurt Book Fair, 1998
- Fifth week
in Lent - Wed 24 Mar
Bearing up – Peasant Woman with Buckets and a Child by Kasimir Malevich
- Palm Sunday
- Sun 28 Mar
Hat trick – Pilate’s Wife by Sebastien Champion
- Good Friday
- Wed 31 Mar
Letting go – Pieta by Vincent Van Gogh
When words are not enough – The Reconciliation of Peter by Iain McKillop
Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2021
It is with regret that we announce that the Diocesan and Catholic Association Pilgrimage to Lourdes this year has been cancelled. The Pilgrimage, which was scheduled for 21-27 August 2021 has been cancelled in light of the on-going effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, a schedule for special virtual events throughout 2021 and the virtual Pilgrimage programme will be announced very soon.