Entries by Haydn Blackey

Second Sunday of Advent

Today’s Gospel Reading invites us to consider John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. John the Baptist appears in the tradition of the great prophets of Israel, preaching repentance and reform to the people of Israel. In fact, the description of John found in this reading is reminiscent of the description of the prophet […]

The Canonisation of St John Henry Newman

The Canonisation of St John Henry Newman will take place in St. Peter’s Square, Rome on Sunday the 13th of October at 10am (Rome Time) 9am BST. It is a cause of great joy to English speaking Catholics throughout the world. The rich theology, spirituality and pastoral practice of the new Saint remains an inspiration […]

The Assumption of Our Lady

Thursday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven and is a Holyday of Obligation when all Catholics are obliged to do all in their power to attend Mass. Masses for the Assumption take place at Our Lady of Lourdes at 7pm on Wednesday (Vigil Mass) and at St. Teilo’s […]

Corpus Christi

Today, we celebrate the solemn feast of Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi is three feasts in one: the feast of the Eucharistic sacrifice the feast of the Sacrament of the Eucharist the feast of the Real Presence of Jesus in this Sacrament Corpus Christi is a feast established for three purposes: to give God thanks for […]

Trinity Sunday

Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday, which is officially called “The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity”.   The Solemnity is one of the few celebrations of the Church’s Year that commemorates a reality and doctrine rather than a person or event. On Trinity Sunday, we remember and honour the eternal God: the Father, the Son, […]

World Communications Day

Today the Church celebrates World Communications Day when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media. The Church recognises that we live in a digital world and since the launch of the Internet, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the encounter between persons and […]