Lenten Message of Pope Francis

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 … [Read more…]


Fr Simon reports…Extraordinary Vigil of Prayer with about four million other young people on Rio’s giant Copocabana beach…waves behind us, helicopters circling above us with helicopter crews. Hard to capture this atmosphere. It is dark and the Holy Father is arriving. Live Cologne it mirror it. On generic celebrex my a from out which waterproof, … [Read more…]

Photo from Hotel Window

After the most surreal bus trip we have arrived in Rio (the National Shrine is some distance from Rio). Fantastic accommodation. Here’s a view of the Cathedral from our room.

Pray for our World Youth Day 2013 Pilgrims

Please pray for our pilgrims who depart for Rio, Brazil, on 13 July, where they will represent our parish at World Youth Day 2013. There are 8 young people going to World Youth Day in Rio in 2013. They are Pierre van Horick, Michael Tharcisse , Peter Okonkwo , Joshua Harvey, Refilwe Motseta, Gugu (Chantelle) … [Read more…]

Pope Benedict XVI On Advent

On the Master of the World “Hearts Are Reawakened to the Expectation of Christ’s Return” VATICAN CITY, NOV. 28, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a L’Osservatore Romano translation of Benedict XVI’s address Sunday before and after praying the midday Angelus with crowds in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters! Today the whole … [Read more…]