Tuesday 22nd June  –  Feast of Sts John Fisher & Thomas More

To we celebrate the feast day of two English men, St John Fisher and Thomas More. Two men caught up in the religious and political turmoil of Reformation England. Two men who put loyalty to Christ before loyalty to the King and paid for it with their lives.

We gather on this special feast day and ask for God’s loving mercy and forgiveness.


The sadness of religious division has haunted the Church ever since the days of the Reformation. All over the world people find themselves persecuted or oppressed simply because of their religious affiliation. John Fisher and Thomas More, like many thousands of their countrymen and women, found themselves caught up in the turmoil of their times. Being prominent men they could not lie low. Even as they tried to continue living quiet and peaceable lives, they were not allowed to do so. Required by the king to give public support to his reforms, they refused to go against conscience, and paid for it with their lives.

Fisher and More did not die simply “for the Faith”, but rather for the unity of the Faith. There is one God, who is Father of us all, and we are all his children. It would sadden the hearts of the saints to see their country still divided and people at odds with each other.

It is blind and narrow-minded to regard ourselves as in the right and others as in the wrong. It falls to us all to restore the ruined house.

To use the words of Thomas More: let us have “a good and gracious mind” for all people and let our efforts be for the unity of the Church and the unity of all God’s children.

Monday 21st June  –  Feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga (Religious)

Today we celebrate the feast day of ST Aloysius Gonzaga a man of deep faith and compassion who gave his life to caring for the sick. And while doing so caught the plague off one of his patients and died. However, he was never once deterred in his efforts of caring for the sick.

We gather on this special feast day and ask for God’s loving mercy and forgiveness.


The experience of sickness brings us close to the crossing place between this world and the next, and our thoughts in sickness more readily turn to the Lord and his promises.

These experiences have much in common with the short life of Aloysius Gonzaga. He was born in Lombardy in 1568 and was brought up piously by his mother. He entered the Society of Jesus at the age of 17 and he died at 23, having succumbed to the plague while nursing the sick.

The idealism of youth was married to religious fervour in this young man, and his spiritual sensitivity was heightened by his contact with the dying, and by his own illness. Writing to his mother, he told her not to be sad as he would soon be in “the land of the living”, the life of the world to come. He regarded his own imminent death and the loss of life in this world as but a momentary set-back, which would be immediately restored to him in the resurrection, when all cares would be wiped away.

Our modern western culture values life just as much as Aloysius did, but knows nothing of the afterlife, and hence views death with uncertainty and foreboding. Our soul, however, seeks answers to the question of life’s journey, its meaning and purpose. This becomes more acute when we are ill.

The world holds no great distraction for us when we are sick. Aloysius and many young people like him have learnt the wisdom of life early and have learnt to love the Lord and to keep his commandments. At the end of the day, this is all that is important.

Sunday 20th June 

On this 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we witness the extraordinary power of our Lord Jesus, who even has power over the forces of nature.

In the calming of the storm, Jesus shows above all, his absolute trust in God and also reveals his identity  –  Jesus is acting in the person of God  –  He is God’s Son.

We gather before the same Lord Jesus and ask for his loving mercy and forgiveness in our lives.

Sermon  – Pastoral Letter from Bishop Marcus Stock

“On the Inclusion of Persons Living with Disabilities”

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