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World Youth Day updates

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Godzdogz team will be travelling by coach from our Priory of St Dominic in London with around 50 young pilgrims to Krakow, the city hosting this year's World Youth Day. The journey will be long, but a days visit to Cologne will help break-up it up.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Cardinal Cajetan

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mere children

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Ordinations in Oxford

Monday, July 11, 2016

On Sunday 10th July 2016, brothers Oliver Keenan and Matthew Jarvis were ordained to the priesthood, along with brother Jean-Baptiste Regis, who was ordained to the diaconate.  Read more

Interesting Churches: The Holy Sepulchre

Friday, July 08, 2016

A church might be considered interesting for a plethora of reasons. One might consider it interesting because of certain architectural features, or because of its historical significance, or because it ministers to a particular group of people. For me, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem fulfils each of these points.  Read more

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In the last month we have celebrated the Feasts of, variously, St Aloysius, St Cyril of Alexandria, St Irenaeus, St Anthony of Padua, the Birthday of St John the Baptist, the Apostle Matthew, and the Apostle Bartholomew. Next week we will celebrate the Feasts of St Maria Goretti and St Elizabeth of Portugal. All great saints, whose examples we would do well to follow, and all worthy of their individual feast days. Yet, on today’s Solemnity, we might then be tempted to ask the question of why Saints Peter and Paul share a Feast and don’t get their own?

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Great Dominicans: Bl. John Liccio

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Bl John Liccio was born in Sicily in about 1430. We are told that he was a great preacher and a fervent propagator of the Rosary. He built a priory in his birthplace, Caccamo, and carried out the duty of prior for many years. He had a great influence on his fellow citizens and died on November 14th 1511 of natural causes. Read more

Your Father who sees in secret - Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I once saw a shop sign with a picture of Jesus and the caption: 'I'm watching you.' Perhaps some potential thieves were put off when their piety was pricked in this way. But what an abuse to turn God into some kind of celestial CCTV! Read more

Interesting churches: Our Holy Redeemer's, Clydebank

Monday, June 13, 2016

Our Holy Redeemer’s church was opened on October 12th 1903, and was the first dedicated Catholic church to open in the town of Clydebank, where I grew up. The construction of Our Holy Redeemer’s (OHR) was funded by the first Catholic settlers of Clydebank, and my own great grandparents would have been amongst them. I have always found OHR an interesting church because of the historical connection to my own family, as well as the historic importance of OHR church in the local area.  Read more

Anarchy or legalism - Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Are you an anarchist or a legalist? I suspect you’d want to reply, ‘neither’. But the reality is that most of us are at least inclined towards one or the other. Today’s Gospel appears to strike a blow for those with legalist tendencies, but of course it is no more an endorsement of legalism than ‘The truth will set you free’ is an endorsement of anarchy. As ever, the Catholic picture is much richer than a simple ‘either/or’. Read more

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