St Augustine of Hippo

St Augustine of Hippo

Have you ever considered just how central the continent of Africa is in the very roots of the Bible and indeed the Christian faith? The story of Joseph and his brothers is set in Africa as is, of course, the life of the prophet Moses. In our post-Christmas Gospel...
The Vicar’s Easter Message

The Vicar’s Easter Message

I recently climbed into the clocktower of Church. We had discovered a leak and I went up with John Williams to have look. Thankfully, the leak has now been sorted out, but more about that some other time! Whilst I was snooping around, I made a great find. Underneath...
Companionship with God

Companionship with God

This month’s prayer is taken from the writings of St Catherine of Sienna. Her words are greatly encouraging and point us all towards the importance of deepening our faith and our relationship with God. She uses the word “companion” (compagno in her native Italian) to...
Silence

Silence

It may surprise some of our avid readers to know that one of the Vicar’s favourite authors is Shusaku Endo. He died in 1996 and is widely acclaimed as one of Japans greatest writers. In my opinion his novel, “Silence”, is a work of genius. Martin Scorsese, the...
The Feast of the Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany

Joy and gratitude surround the birth of Jesus. The angels sang songs of joy to the shepherds as they kept watch over their flocks. The Blessed Virgin sang in praise of God at the Annunciation. Her cousin Elizabeth embraced her with gladness when she visited her and...
Save Christmas?

Save Christmas?

Over the past nine months or so I have had to try and make sense of some pretty bizarre statements via the realm of 24 hour “news” and social media platforms, from whose respective clutches, I have thankfully been able to liberate myself! I have also, in my humble...