Category Archives: Pastoral letters

  • Lent 2014

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, When you set out on a journey it is very important to have a good idea of where you are headed, otherwise you might end up going round in circles and get nowhere in the end! So, where are you headed this Lent? Do you know? Have you got a map; [...]

  • Advent 2013

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, This year we begin Advent in good company. Throughout this season, and indeed the whole of this liturgical year we will be guided and fed by St Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew presents us with Jesus who is the great teacher. As the Patriarchs of old taught the meaning and the implications of [...]

  • Feast of the Holy Family

    Dear Sisters and Brothers, Wives, give way to your husbands, as you should in the Lord. Husbands love your wives, and treat them with gentleness. Children, be obedient to your parents always, because that is what will please the Lord. Parents never drive your children to resentment or you will make them feel frustrated. Nice [...]

  • First Sunday of Lent 2013

    Dear Sisters and Brothers Lent is always a gift to us, if we are willing to accept it. But in this Year of Faith it could be the best gift, the timeliest gift, the gift we desperately need, whether we realise it or not. I suppose the fundamental questions to ask oneself at this special [...]

  • Pastoral Letter for Lent 2012

    Dear sisters and brothers Where would we be without adverts? Our world is peppered with them. Turn but a corner and your eyes are bombarded with them. Flick the switch and your senses are flooded with them. Enter any shopping Mall and your ears are blasted by them. As soon as you get to an [...]

  • Solemnity of the Motherhood of Mary

    World Day of Prayer for Peace Dear Brothers and Sisters Happy New Year to you all! Does the passing from the Old Year to the New Year make things feel any different to you? I have always been disappointed with New Year. There is such a build up to it – reviews of the Old [...]

  • New Translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

    Pastoral Letter of Terence Patrick Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough Dear brothers and sisters, I don’t consider myself old, well, not very old, but already since my boyhood I have lived through at least six major changes in the language used to celebrate the Holy Mass and the Sacraments. I have assisted at the Tridentine Mass, [...]

  • Vocations Sunday 14th/15th May 2011

    Dear Sisters and Brothers After a long hard winter it has been lovely to enjoy both some spring weather, and the first green flush of the leaves on the trees which for so long have seemed barren and lifeless. New growth encourages new hope. I think this is true of every sphere of life, not [...]

  • Education Sunday

    19/20 February 2011 Dear Brother and Sisters Today is Education Sunday and on this particular occasion it falls within the Year of Catholic Education. During his recent visit to our country, Pope Benedict paid special tribute to the contribution Catholic schools have made over the years not just to the life of the Catholic Church, [...]