Category Archives: Homilies

  • 15th Sunday of the Year (B)

    Saint Joseph’s, Pickering 12th July 2009 Isn’t it amazing how when things go badly we immediately turn to God and pray for all we are worth. We can sail through life, just getting on with the ordinary day to day things, not giving too much thought to God’s providential guidance, generosity and goodness. Most of […]

  • 137 years of service by the Faithful Companions of Jesus

    Thanksgiving Mass celebrating 137 years of service in education in the Diocese of Middlesbrough by the Faithful Companions of Jesus 5 July 2009 We have just heard in the Gospel: You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I have commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last. […]

  • Feast of SS Peter and Paul

    for XT3 180 seconds June 2009 You can’t give what you haven’t got. It is a simple truth that most of us live by. If we don’t have the faith we can’t pass it on. Jesus asks a simple straightforward question in the gospel, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Only Peter […]

  • Blessing of the Cemetery

    at Stanbrook Abbey, Crief Farm, Wass 25 June 2009 Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world We are called to be part of God’s priestly, prophetic and royal people. We know that; we take it for granted. It should underpin everything that we do, […]

  • Diaconate Ordination

    of Marc Lyden-Smith, John Moriarty, and Séan O’Brien Ushaw College – 19 June 2009 For years now, you have been wondering if you had a vocation. Sometimes certain; other times, not so sure, you continued to listen, to pray, to discern, to test yourself and allow yourself to be tested by others. I suspect that […]

  • The Feast of Corpus Christi

    13/14 June 2009 Introduction Our celebration of this Eucharist is a sign of Christ’s sacrifice: the one, eternal sacrifice which brings us salvation. In this celebration we find unity and peace. With grateful hearts we come before the Lord. Lord, we are your servants. Lord, have mercy We call on your name. Christ, have mercy. […]

  • Mass of Thanksgiving, Lourdes 2009

    28 May 2009 You have just worked out where the cheapest cup of tea is and got to know the waiter, when it is time to pack up and go. No sooner have you worked out where you are supposed to be and who with, than we are packing and setting off on our travels […]

  • The Feast of St Philip Neri

    26th May 2009 Introduction Philip Neri was born into in 1515 in Florence. He lived his life in Rome and he is described as a truly Renaissance man. One of his many gifts was the art of conversation and encouragement. In all our human relationships the ability to meet with others, to listen and to […]

  • Grotto Mass homily

    Saint Bede the Venerable 25 May 2009 They say that you don’t decide to come to Lourdes of your own will; rather it is Our Lady who calls you to be here. In other words, you never come to Lourdes by accident, even if for some of us it might look like that. If you […]

  • Opening Mass of the Lourdes pilgrimage

    St Bernadette Centre 23 May 2009 : The Way of Bernadette Introduction I was talking to someone earlier on about coming to Lourdes this year. It has been quite a sacrifice on the part of many people given the uncertain economic climate in which we live. So, the first thing I would want to say […]