Friday, 20 March 2015


W sobotę 4 kwietnia 2015r o godzinie 12:30 odbędzie się świecenie pokarmów Wielkanocnych w kosciele St. Marie’s. Gorąco zapraszamy państwa i prosimy o rozpowieddzeniu znajomym.  Bóg zapłać!

The Traditional Blessing of Easter Food will take place on Holy Saturday at 12:30pm in St Marie's Church.  All are welcome to this celebration. 


As we approach the Fifth Sunday of Lent the statues in Church are shrouded in purple. The Church feels different. Since the beginning of Lent our worship has become much simpler. There has been no adornment; no flowers, no extra music, purple vestments. As we approach the great moment of our salvation, as we draw near to the foot of that cross, upon which suffered and died the Saviour of the World, we focus on him alone. There will be no distractions.  
We human beings constantly flit from one thing to another. Our attention wanders. News reports and television programmes are short, so that we do not have to concentrate for very long. How many of you would bother to read the back of the bulletin if it were three or four times the length? The concentration needed in the coming weeks will be great, so that we can fully appreciate the momentous events that will take place.
This is why we veil the statues. We do not want anything to take our attention from God. Nothing should distract us. We should look at Him and Him alone, offered on the cross for us.
From this Fifth Sunday onwards Lent moves into a different phase. The end is in sight, but before that resurrection morning, we must walk with God-made-man. We must come with Him and stand in the crowd as He enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We must sit with Him as he breaks bread with His disciples, washes their feet, and gives us the gift of the priesthood. We will stand in the shadows as Judas betrays Him with a kiss and be sickened by the blood on His fair skin from the lashes of the Roman whips. We will see the pain in the eyes of His mother as she follows Him on the way to the cross. And our breath will stop as He breathes His last... sighing for us, for our sins, to show us how much God loves us, to show us the consequences of our actions.
This begins now. We must prepare ourselves by prayer, fasting and almsgiving, that we may be worthy to walk in the footprints of Jesus, Our God.  The journey is begun. Come, let us go to Jerusalem.
With my continued prayers for a happy and fruitful Lent




It's ages since I last blogged.  So I thought I would just post a few pictures from around St Joseph's Church to get back into the swing of things. 
I was thinking that people could leave some feedback in the comments box about the posts on the blog and maybe some idea of the things they might like me to blog about.


Thursday, 27 November 2014


On the morning of the 9th November (Remembrance Sunday) I was called to the Leyden family home to administer the Last Rites to Brendan. Shortly after reciting the prayers and coming away from the house Brendan passed away.
 Celebrating these Sacraments and ministering to the dying is always an immense privilege for a priest, but particularly when it is someone you have known.  The words used in granting the Apostolic Pardon are very powerful:

May the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who gave to his apostle Peter the power of binding and loosing, in his loving mercy accept your confession and put about your shoulders again the robe of sonship which was given you at your baptism.  And now in virtue of the faculty given to me by the Apostolic See, I grant you a plenary indulgence and the full remission of all your sins. In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen
Through the sacred mysteries of man's redemption may God almighty free you, both in this life and the next, from all the penalties he would have exacted from you for your sins.  May he open the gates of paradise to you and lead you in, to enjoy ending happiness.  Amen

Brendan was a great friend to many and I know that he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  He worked tirelessly in the hospitality industry and will be remembered for founding the Leyden Brewery at the Lord Raglan Pub in Nangreaves (where incidentally he was born).
Brendan had a very homely down to earth faith that sustained him throughout life and in particular in the last weeks of his life.  Some of his friends, when they found out he went to church were a little surprised.  When they asked him why he went, in that typical down to earth way he replied 'Well it's something that you do.  It makes you feel better.' 
Brendan was also a great family man.  When he married his wife Helena at St Joseph's Church together they soon transformed what was previously Brendan's bachelor pad in Nangreaves into a fitting place for their children Joanna and Conor.  The family home was always a place of welcome, warmth and love for anyone who happened to call in.  Even in his last few weeks of illness Brendan always made sure that anyone who came to his home was made welcome.
We will miss you here below Brendan.  Rest in Peace and pray for us that as St Thomas More said 'we may all meet again, merrily in heaven.'


Last Sunday having celebrated all the Masses and a baptism I had a rare free afternoon.  I decided to have a little play with the camera I bought last Christmas and am only know getting used to some of its many features.  Here are some of the pictures I took.
Detail of the Sacred Heart Statue

The Flight into Egypt from the East Window

The Annunciation from the East Window

The Apparition at Lourdes in the stained glass

Christ the King

Statue of Our Lady

The Sacred Heart

St Joseph with light from candles

Image of St John Paul from the Shrine at the back of Church


Here is a recipe for a tasty soup I have made recently
The Ingredients

1kg of carrots
3 peppers (one of each colour
3 cloves of garlic
2 Knorr vegetable stock pots
1000mls of water

Put the water and the stock pots in a pan
and place on low heat

Peel and roughly chop the carrots
de-seed and roughly chop the peppers
Peel and slice the garlic cloves

Add the chopped vegetables to the stock and stir
Bring to the boil and then simmer until the carrots are tender

When ready, using a hand blender blend
all the ingredients together

Here is the blended soup.  On High Days and Days of Special Solemnity
a swirl of double cream may be added to the soup