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  • Second Sunday of Lent 2021
    27 February 2021
    The second Sunday of Lent is an invitation to be transfigured by our intimacy with Jesus to face the challenge of the Passion. In the Gospel of Mark 9:2-10, it tells us of an occasion when Jesus went up to the hills to pray, taking with him three companions Peter, James and John. While he was praying His face seemed to change, His clothes seemed to dazzle and He was enshrouded in brightness, shining with glory. more ...
  • First Sunday of Lent 2021
    20 February 2021
    Our readings today remind us of our baptism. The waters of the flood heralded a new beginning. In this event God renewed his covenant with all of his creation and left us a reminder in the heavens, the rainbow. As Noah and his family were saved by the flood so we too are saved by our baptism; our baptism by which we are made children of God, we become a new creation. more ...
  • House of Prayer - Colwyn Bay
    2 February 2021
    The House of Prayer is a place of spiritual renewal, where those who come can find God in an atmosphere of love, prayer, healing and peace. We offer space for a break from the busy-ness of life, a time to rest and ‘let go’ of the burdens of everyday life.  more ...
  • World Day for Consecrated Life 2021
    2 February 2021
    Simeon, so Saint Luke tells us, “looked forward to the consolation of Israel” (Lk2:25).  Going up to the Temple as Mary and Joseph were bringing Jesus there, he took the Messiah into his arms. The one who recognized in that Child the light that came to shine on the Gentiles was an elderly man who had patiently awaited the fulfilment of the Lord’s promises.  more ...
  • The Presentation of the Lord - 2021
    2 February 2021
    Your father and I had already bought the two turtle doves for the sacrifice when, suddenly, an old holy man came forward and took you from my arms. He held you very gently and his face lit up as he proclaimed that he was ready to die because now he had seen God's salvation for all and the glory of God's people. more ...
  • St Francis de Sales - 2021
    24 January 2021
    When I think of St. Francis de Sales the first word that comes to my mind is gentleness. Gentleness and humility are often seen as signs of weakness. But in reality only a person who is very strong can be humble and gentle. I don’t think anyone would describe Francis as weak once they have read of his experiences when he went to bring the protestant Calvinists back to the Catholic Church. more ...
  • Press Statement - 12th January 2021
    12 January 2021
    Press Statement from the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, 12 01 21 We welcome the publication of the report of The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation today and we wish to compliment Judge Yvonne Murphy and staff on this difficult, detailed and informing work. more ...
  • The Baptism of the Lord - 2021
    10 January 2021
    As I reflected on the image, I was very conscious that we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord today. Christ is immersed into the waters of His baptism to reveal to each one of us His great loves for us. As He does so, the voice of the Father break forth, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved, my favour rests on you.’ (Mark 1:11) Christ then sets forth on His mission more ...
  • Holy Innocents - 2020
    28 December 2020
    As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents today, I feel it is fitting that we acknowledge and give thanks for the ministry of our Sisters who cared for vulnerable women and their babies in our Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland and the U.K. Wounded, broken women sought refuge at our door and were never turned away. more ...
  • Christmas 2020
    27 December 2020
    I visited ‘Elizabeth’ recently. She is an 80 year old, single lady who had been discharged home from hospital earlier that morning for End of Life care with our palliative care team. Prior to admission three weeks earlier, she had lived alone and enjoyed a very full and active life. (John 10:10) She recounted without bitterness how she had been told, ‘You have three months to live.’ She spoke with warmth and gratitude of the kindness that she had experienced more ...
  • 4th Week of Advent 2020
    20 December 2020
    It was that time of the year again, Winter, And the young couple, just recently married, Looked for a place they could afford in the city. They were there because they needed to register with the immigration department. They found a cheap motel, More expensive than they could afford. But the woman was exhausted And her husband, Jose, thought it worth the cost To provide the shelter she needed. more ...
  • 3rd Week of Advent 2020 ii
    17 December 2020
    Saint Joseph, foster Father, was a kind, loving, honest man but also endured great passion even before his wife to be, Mary and his Son to be born, Jesus who is called the Christ. Mary visits her Cousin Elizabeth (Lk 1:39-56) Mary never went to visit her cousin Elizabeth without saying goodbye to Joseph her beloved. It was such a joyful day for Mary as she was going to see and share in the joys of her cousin’s conception. more ...
  • 3rd Week of Advent 2020 i
    13 December 2020
    There was a man sent from God… I have read this sentence from the Gospel for the third Sunday in Advent many times and moved on to the rest of the story without a second thought. But maybe I should give this sentence a second thought because I think it is very important. more ...
  • 2nd Week of Advent 2020 ii
    8 December 2020
    Physical light is a precious thing, a gift essential for many activities and things that we do. Imagine Mother-Earth without sunshine, warmth, light, that nurtures and sustains natural life? Light is a valuable treasure. more ...
  • 2nd Week of Advent 2020
    4 December 2020
    A month, ago I was touched by the heartprints of a young lady and a group of secondary school students. Many of us often see ourselves as poor, not having much, we say that we have ‘nothing’. We often complain about how hard life is. We concentrate on what we would love to have but don’t have; a car, a better house, a particular type of dress, being able to eat a particular type of food regularly, childrens school fees, our own school feels, school fees of sibling/s etc. more ...
  • 1st Week of Advent 2020
    29 November 2020
    As the veil of Advent 2020 is drawn back and we enter this season of promise, we give thanks for the many graces and blessings that we have received this year. As the pandemic swept across the world, we have been asked to deepen our lives of faith, community and prayer. more ...
  • Chigwell Sisters remember their refugee arrival in UK 150 years ago
    21 October 2020
    On 26 September the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at Chigwell Convent celebrated the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Order in the UK. Bishop Alan presided at a Thanksgiving Mass zoomed to their 29 communities worldwide. more ...

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