Go therefore, make disciples of all the nations.

Matthew 28:19

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Our Church and our diocesan family, faces, together with the whole world, a huge challenge.  We have become more conscious that we are not masters of the universe.  We are more vulnerable than perhaps we have dared to believe.  We are more aware than ever of our own mortality.

In the face of the darkness and uncertainty of these days, we must turn more urgently to God, who is our only and sure hope, and who gives us light and strength beyond our human capacities.

Mass will continue to be celebrated every day in our churches by our priests, but of course, without a congregation.  So many of our brothers and sisters around the world are deprived of the opportunity to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, for many reasons.  Due to this pandemic we also will now experience their suffering.  This sacrifice we must make, will, I am sure, help us to cherish more profoundly the great gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.   It will certainly intensify our hunger for Jesus, our Eucharistic Lord.

Prayer is the most important thing we can do at this time – prayer for the sick, for the dying, for the bereaved, for our health care professionals and for those seeking a vaccine.   Let us remember that the mercies of the Lord are everlasting.  He renews them in us each day.

Bishop Mark O’Toole

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Season of Creation 2020

Season of Creation 2020

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Sr Judith Russi

Sr Judith Russi

“Sr Judith Russi, an inspirational figure who is well known for her impressive work with the staff and children in our Catholic Schools, speaks here about her faith and the role of Catholic Education in bringing about the transformation of the person for the transformation of society.

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