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Fifth Sunday of Lent

29 March 2009 Gospel: John 12: 20-33 We would like to see Jesus … These are strangers, pagans, who have gone up to Jerusalem and speak like this.  They are seeking the light since they are there to adore God.  They had heard about You, Lord.  They want to see You…. Put this same desire in our hearts, Lord! Put it in all hearts!   To believe more in You every day!  To see You … and to follow You…. Because it is You Who are the Light Which illumines all mankind (Jn. 1:9).  It is You Who are the only Way Which leads us to the Father (Jn. 14:6).  It is You Who are the Gate which lets the sheep enter the sheepfold (Jn. 10:9). Philip and Andrew went to tell Jesus… They have already been intermediaries to...

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Chapel Recollection

The Blessed Sacrament Chapel invites all to an afternoon of recollection on Sunday, March 29, 2009, from 1.15 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. This will be a good opportunity for all to prepare for Easter. The retreat programme is as follows: 1.15 p.m. – packed lunch, tea and coffe provided; 2.00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross; 2.45 p.m. – Talk by Fr. Jim Campbell, SSS; 3.30  p.m. – Coffee Break and Confessions; 4.00 p.m. – Holy Hour; 5.00 p.m. –...

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A Gift for your Parish?

We would like to draw your attention to the availability of our Life In The Eucharist Team to present the Life In The Eucharist Programme of Eucharistic evangelization under the direction of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, in collaboration with lay Team Members, and assists people to explore more fully the great gift that is the Eucharist, and to make It the Centre of their lives. The Programme can be presented over a week-end, or in another format suited to the needs of your parish or group. Further details available at our Mass...

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Spring Fair 2009

The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is going to have a Spring Fair on Saturday, 4 April, from 11.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel Hall. Available during the fair are books (paperbacks only), CD/DVD, Cakes, Groceries, Bric-a-Brac, etc. Likewise, there will be raffles and Wheel of fortune. We hope we can once again rely on your support. Goods for the Fair may be handed in at our Mass...

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

22 March 2009 Gospel: john 3: 14-21 Cycle B Must … There is a word that’s hardly in vogue to-day! “claiming their rights” is preferable to speaking of “duty”! As if fidelity to duty and obedience hampered our liberty! Come and enlighten us, Lord! Must ... How often You used this word to convey the meaning of Your life among us. At 12 years old: I must be busy with my Father’s affairs …(Luke 2:49). Later: I must carry out the work of the One Who sent Me (Jn. 9:4). Faced with threats, You do not hesitate: I must go on to-day and to-morrow … (Lk.13:33). The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinners, He must be crucified and He must rise again (Lk. 24:7). What’s behind this must? What does it reveal? There is...

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Third Sunday of Lent

Gospel: John 2: 13-25 15 March 2009 Cycle B Jesus went up to Jerusalem…. To go up to Jerusalem … that was the duty of every Jew on great festivals. It was the dream of exiles or of Jews dispersed around the world… To-day it is the desire of every fervent believer, Jew, Christian or Muslim…. But to go up to Jerusalem is above all else a spiritual journey. Jerusalem is thee city chosen by God to reside there. “The name of the city will be: The lord is there! (Ez. 48:35). The ascent to Jerusalem is therefore the representation and the goal of our life. We are on our way to Jerusalem, following You, Jesus, journeying towards God. Your entire existence has been an ascent to Jerusalem. Forty days after Your birth, Mary and Joseph take You to...

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Second Sunday of Lent Year B

Gospel: Mark 9: 2-10 Jesus took them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves…. On the mountain, You are at home, Lord. There, You recapture the intimacy with Your Father. The Gospel notes that, often, You withdraw to the mountains to pray. It is there that You want to bring us in accordance with the words of Isaiah: I will bring them to my holy mountain; I will make them rejoice in my house of prayer… (Is.56:7). This ascent with three of Your disciples is the symbol of Your mission on earth. You came to draw all humanity with You and lead us to the Father. The Prophet Micah announced already several centuries earlier: numerous nations will come there and will say: Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the...

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In my Liverpool Home

In the late 1950s the Archbishop of Liverpool, Most Reverend John Carmel Heenan, invited the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament into his Diocese. Fr. Emile Berthiaume, S.S.S., local Superior of the Leicester Foundation went to meet His Grace at St. Augustine’s Oratory, Great Howard Street, in Liverpool’s dockland, the church the Archbishop had offered. It was always envisioned that this church would be a stepping stone to having a city centre church. When Fr. Berthiaume arrived at Great Howard Street the Archbishop was already awaiting him in the Presbytery who, on meeting Fr. Berthiaume, was somewhat embarrassed and apologised to him for having offered the Congregation this property. Until this moment the Archbishop hadn’t seen the place and was himself appalled at the poor condition of the house! In the late 1960s the then incumbent Rector of St. Augustine’s...

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Discipleship

The dominant image which emerged from the AGC in Madrid last September was the image of the Disciple – Apostle. The inspiration for this image came from Fr. General’s quotation from Fr. Eymard: “This is the beautiful amiable mission of every religious of the Blessed Sacrament: disciple and apostle of Eucharistic love: this is his true name, his grace, his life. Pray that we may become true disciples of the love of Jesus Christ, in order to be one day worthy apostles” In this first session, I want to outline the elements of Discipleship, the following of Christ. One could argue that there are three forms of Christianity in our world today. First, membership of the Church is the predominant form of Christianity for many. And there is a sense of chaos caused by changes in the church. Secondly,...

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