Mary, Mother of God

From the Dean's desk

Dear Friends,

As we come to the end of the Christmas octave, one would expect that the liturgical focus to still be on the Christ Child.  The Church, however, has us focusing rather on the person of Mary, the Mother of God. There is wisdom in this celebration and change of focus.

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Christmas Day

From the Dean's desk

Dear Friends,

I would like to present to you two extracts which can allow us to focus on the centrality of Christ this Christmas.  The first is from St Bonaventure’s (d.1274) Life of St Francis of Assisi. It is a well-known fact that Francis was the one who initiated this great symbol of the Christmas season.  An extract from Bonaventure’s book can give us in insight into Francis’ thinking in creating the Christmas crib:

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Christmas Mass Times

Sat 24 Dec

  • 6.00pm (Family Mass)
  • 8.30pm (with cantor)
  • Midnight Mass - Solemn Pontifical Mass with Cathedral Choir (carols service with readings start at 11.30pm)
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4th Sunday of Advent, 18 Dec 2016

From the Dean’s Desk

The Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-96) wrote in his poem ‘To a Mouse’ that “the best laid plans of mice and men can often go awry”. This is often the case with life. We can plan to the smallest detail many of our projects and ventures only to find that some unforeseen element has undone all of our plans. Our meticulous planning for a dinner party can all come to nothing when illness occurs and the event has to be either cancelled or postponed. In the end we cannot determine or control the outcome of our planning. With the celebration today of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we are presented with the events leading up to the Christmas story: ‘This is how Jesus Christ came to be born’ Matthew tells us [Matthew 1:18]. We move into the lives of Mary and Joseph as the plans that they have for each other seemingly collide with what God has in mind for them.

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3rd Sunday of Advent, 11 Dec 2016

From the Dean’s Desk

This season of Advent is one that calls us to prepare for and to await the coming of Jesus at Christmas.  It urges us to ensure that we make a place for God during this time of preparation, so that God remains with us throughout the entire year and not just at Christmas. It can be  difficult for us to give time to God in the busyness of our lives and commitments, but it is  essential that we do, otherwise our lives and our destinies are indeed at a loss.

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