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 again....

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...

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 have...

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...

Easter Sunday 2009

12 April 2009 Sacred Heart Middlesbrough “Seeing is believing”. It’s something that we can take for granted surely? It’s a phrase that we use quite a lot to put an end to an argument or to force a point home. After pronouncing this magic formula, the spell...

Holy Saturday Vigil, 2009

11 April 2009 Middlesbrough Cathedral We have travelled a long way this evening. We have come from the first day of creation up to this present moment via the Red Sea and the Exodus, through the promises of the prophets of a blessed future all guaranteed by the...