Acts 18:23-28

Fr Joe has written a short reflection on the reading from Mass on the Saturday after Ascension Thursday.


Novena The word Novena comes from the Latin word Novem which means Nine. After the Ascension for nine successive days the Apostles prayed in preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The tradition of Novenas come from this and we as a Parish can also use these next nine days asking the … [Read more…]

St John 16: 16-20

St John 16: 16-20 Jesus uses the mother’s experience of the pain of childbirth and the subsequent joy of the arrival of new life, to say something about the reality of the church. The church will undergo discomfort and distress but her sorrow will be transformed into joy. St Paul will echo similar words to … [Read more…]

St John Henry Newman on the Ascension

St John Henry Newman on the Ascension “Christ is already in that place of peace, which is all in all. He is on the right hand of God. He is hidden in the brightness of the radiance which issues from the everlasting throne. He is in the very abyss of peace, where there is no … [Read more…]

St Matthew 28:16-20

St Matthew 28:16-20 St Matthew brings his Gospel to an end with the great commissioning of the Apostles, at the Lord’s Ascension. The authority that Jesus imparts to his Apostles comes from the oneness of the nature of the Blessed Trinity and the unity of their inner life. With that exclusive authority, the Apostles are … [Read more…]

St John 16: 12-15

St John 16: 12-15 The ministry of Jesus is relatively short, if indeed, as believed, that Jesus was 33 years old when he was crucified and that his public ministry began at 30 years of age. In today’s Gospel Jesus tells his disciples that he still had many things to say to them and that … [Read more…]