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  • 17th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    17 December 2017
    What instructive word pictures of faith, hope and love the evangelists give us in the first days of Advent! “Filled with joy by the Holy Spirit Jesus said, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth.’” In the hills rising from the Sea of Galilee, he was seated in the community of his disciples and the local people. more ...
  • 16th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    16 December 2017
    Today marks the mid time of Advent. Much of the preparation for the Christmas celebration is better to be already done. If you are sending Christmas cards, they should be in the post; any gifts by and large should be bought already because tomorrow we begin our more intensive period of preparation for the celebration of the coming of our Saviour. more ...
  • 15th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    15 December 2017
    Advent is a time of expectancy, of looking forward to receiving the Messiah. Often, we misunderstand the meaning of Advent because we are always thinking of the presents, gifts or other material things we may receive for Christmas. more ...
  • 14th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    14 December 2017
    Isaiah 41:13-14, 16 It is on this excerpt from todays reading that I base today’s Advent reflection. I am the Lord your God who grasps you by your right hand, who says to you, fear not. I will help you. The reading goes on to address Israel as a worm, a maggot. These seem ugly images for the prophet, Isaiah, to use to describe how God views us. more ...
  • 13th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    13 December 2017
    This Gospel (for the second Sunday of Advent) is taken from the beginning of Mark. Unlike Luke and Matthew, Mark does not include any details of Jesus’ birth. Instead Mark begins with the appearance of John the Baptist in the desert. We are invited to reflect upon the role of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus and the salvation he would bring to us. more ...
  • 12th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    12 December 2017
    How do we prepare for the great Feast of Christmas? Individually, bringing our own particular responses which is what God expects and desires. Mary, our Mother and model, knowing what God desires and expects and despite her doubts and questions shows us the way forward. more ...
  • 11th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    11 December 2017
    As advent approaches the first thing that comes to mind is the Advent Wreath. But have we ever considered where it originated and what it’s symbolism means for us? Therefore, to begin these thoughts on Advent I am going to begin at the beginning, as they say: - more ...
  • 10th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    10 December 2017
    Today through the Prophet Isaiah God says to His people: `Console my people, console them` says your God. Israel had been unfaithful to God and were exiled to a foreign land and were now in a wilderness. God continues through His prophet, `to speak to the Heart of Jerusalem and tell her that her sin is atoned for.' more ...
  • 9th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    9 December 2017
    The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice (Jn. 10:27) - listen, respond, act; by following him. This year’s advent is calling me, inviting me to a deeper response to God. It is calling me to ‘Let go’ of myself. I imagine one day sitting near a river watching how God has created the natural things in the world, more ...
  • 8th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    8 December 2017
    Today we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception, this day is a day of great joy for us all. In the first chapter of Luke, the Angel Gabriel honours Mary with the greeting, “Hail, full of grace”. Elizabeth then prophesies “blessed are you among women.” John, at the sound of Mary’s voice, leaps for joy in his mother’s womb. more ...
  • 7th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    7 December 2017
    A special time when we remember and reflect on how the chosen race of Israel was waiting for the coming of their Messiah, who would come to rescue them from their bondage especially from those that had enslaved them…. orso they thought. They eagerly awaited Him who would come to make everything right again… more ...
  • 6th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    6 December 2017
    Jesus message and life was to save the world. The call for us is therefore to do likewise – to do to the World a world of good. We need to believe that each one of us can make a difference in the communities where we live, in our apostolates , in our congregation and in our Church. We can answer that call in many ways, and one way more ...
  • 5th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    5 December 2017
    During Christmas Season people are busy preparing themselves for the coming of the Lord including Christmas celebrations like parties, food, places to go, and more. But, what is really the essence of Christmas? Isn’t about giving, loving and sharing? Yes, indeed! But it is also, on humbling ourselves in everything that we do. As St. Augustine says: more ...
  • 4th Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    4 December 2017
    Stillness! Waiting! These two words invite us to look at life with different lenses. Today’s society is fast, noisy and busy. At every one ‘ear is a cell phone or a music iPod. It is technology that captures our attention, not the person in need. more ...
  • 3rd Dec 2017 Advent Reflection
    3 December 2017
    Advent is a time of waiting, not passively, but with eager longing for God to reveal Himself to us. Just as the Father set out to meet his Prodigal Son when he was still a long way off, so each Advent we take the opportunity to set out again to meet the God who is always coming towards us, longing to meet us wherever we are on our life’s journey. more ...
  • Mother Winefride Tyrrell Award 2017
    26 November 2017
    On Monday 20th November 2017, a large community including our sisters here in Chigwell, Sisters from local houses and Sacred Heart Companions from Chigwell, Harlow, Loughton, Homerton and Lewisham gathered together in Chigwell Chapel to join in a Special Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Fr. Austin McCormack OFM.  The occasion - to celebrate with Sr. Kathleen Buckley on receiving the Mother Winefride Award 2017. more ...
  • World Day of the Poor - 19th November 2017
    11 November 2017
    The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has declared 19th November this year as the first World Day of the Poor. In his apostolic letter to close the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church set aside one day each year when communities can “reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel.” more ...
  • Feast of St. Augustine 2017
    28 August 2017
    Augustine was born in Thagaste, in eastern Algeria in 352. He was a searcher always asking questions about life and the meaning of life. more ...

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