OLA Bulletin/Articles

Palm Sunday – 14th April 2019

The journey of Lent reaches its climax with Holy Week that begins with Passion (or Palm) Sunday this weekend. The Triduum is the high point of the Church’s Liturgical Year when we celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of the Lord.

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5th Sunday Lent Apr 7, 2019

The school Easter holidays have begun, but Easter is still two weeks away. We wish all of you who will enjoy some holidays with your families over the next two weeks a happy and safe time for growing your family bonds more deeply and strongly. Every funeral we celebrate here at OLA is a key family event in one way or another.

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31st March 2019 Fourth Sunday of Lent Year C

The attempt to develop a parish profile to advertise our parish to priests in the hope they might apply for the PP job is raising all sorts of interesting reflections. Some suggest any priest wishing to have the job should come and celebrate Mass one weekend and the parish could vote for or against!!

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24th March 2019 Third Sunday of Lent Year C

There was a sense at the time of Jesus that afflictions that happened to people (blindness, epilepsy, even death) were caused because they had committed serious sins. Yet Jesus often said that the disabilities that people suffered had nothing to do with their personal sin.

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17th March 2019 Second Sunday of Lent Year C

Firstly, a happy St Patrick’s Day to all of you who claim any connection to Ireland. And may a happy rain fall upon the fields of all those Irish farmers in the Western District. They used to say that if the autumn rains had not come by St Patrick’s Day they were in for a hard season.

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10th March 2019 First Sunday of Lent Year C

It is International Women’s Day as I write these words, and hopefully this weekend we will remember and honour women who have been most influential in our lives.

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3rd March 2019 8th Sunday Ordinary Time

“Never give in, my dear brothers and sisters, never admit defeat; keep on working at the Lord’s work always, knowing that in the Lord, you cannot be labouring in vain.” These are words from our second reading at Mass this weekend, penned by St Paul towards the end of his first letter to the Corinthians.

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24th February 2019 7th Sunday Ordinary Time Year C

I think all who attended the parish Mission during this past week have been delighted, moved, and greatly encouraged by Fr Ray’s input. It has been at times an intense week of learning, and at other times an opportunity for quiet reflection and listening to wonderful stories.

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C – 17 February 2019

This past week began with the visit of our new Archbishop to celebrate the 9.00 am Mass last Sunday. It ends with the arrival of Fr Ray Sanchez CP who is running our parish mission next week. After Fr Ray’s visit for Mission Part I two years ago we are delighted that he is able to return for Mission Part II.

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5th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year C, 10 February 2019

This weekend we welcome our new Archbishop among us. Archbishop Peter Comensoli will celebrate the 9.00 am Mass. He has celebrated the Eucharist in a number of parishes around the Archdiocese so far, and this weekend he adds Cheltenham to that list.

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