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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Who made you? God made me.

Why did God make you? God made us to love, serve and adore Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.

Such are the simplistic questions and answers in the penny catechism. Those answers though, reveal a sublime truth. We are made for a purpose. As Advent unfolds we discover how God has worked with mankind in the past…through the people of Israel, through their prophets; and he is preparing us for the work he wants to entrust to us as individuals. May we learn from John the Baptist, from Mary the Mother of Jesus and from holy men and women everywhere, what it means to be a child of God.

Have a good week,

Fr. Richard
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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice, indeed the Lord is near. These words are taken from the Introit of our Mass for this Sunday. “Gaudete” the Latin for rejoice, gives its name to this Sunday, Gaudete Sunday. The final minutes of watching before the Lord for 1 hour, the final stays of a journey, are sometimes the most tedious. That last 20 minutes of an air flight are the least restful. We begin to get agitated. So it is with Advent; we are almost there; don’t get agitated, get excited – the Lord is near, he is coming to save us. Stay in your seats, keep your seat belts fastened; enjoy the rest of the journey.

Have a good week,
Fr. Richard
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Wednesday's Gospel

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The Gospel from today last never fails to stir and reassure me:

‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ (Matt. 11:28-30)
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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Advent is a time to quieten down, to wait in expectation. It is like being in a theatre. The show is about to begin; the lights are dimmed, a hush descends upon the audience. We are not quite sure what to expect. On to the stage of Advent come three great figures: the prophet Isaiah, John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each one a prophetic figure, each one a sign of hope. LISTEN.

Have a good week,
Fr. Richard
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