You’ll never find a Liberal Catholic in Medjugorje.

While the Vatican mulls over the findings of the third and final commission on Medugorje, we have to sit and wait.

There are plenty of people for and against Medj, but one interesting point struck me recently – You will never find a “liberal” Catholic in Medugorje. By “liberal Catholic” i mean people who consider themselves Catholic AND… Pro abortion, Pro women priests, Pro re-marriage etc…


Believe me, you wont. From all the people i have met there on the 4 trips i have made, and from all the people my mum has met on the 18 trips she has made, there has not been one. 

In all the Medj prayer groups, meetings, days out, tour operators, Facebook friends, twitter, blogs – you name it, i have not come across one.

Why is this?

My Medjugorje Trip, Day 3 - Thank God for Confession!

Medjugorje International Youth Festival

Medjugorje International Youth Festival

Is it because the idea of fasting does not appeal to them? Or perhaps it is the fact that with 61 permanent confessionals and many, many other open air confessions, Medj is the largest confessional in the world. Perhaps it is the fact that Adoration is attended in the summer months by over 10,000 people longing to open their hearts and fall deeper in love with Jesus through the Holy Eucharist. Maybe it is the call to reject sin and turn back to God – this wouldn’t sit too pretty with a few of their ‘ideals’. It might be the constant instruction to pray the rosary that is happening round the clock in every language you can think of. Or it might just be the fact that Holy Scripture is being opened up to people through the Priests on a level they can understand – many for the first time.

Or perhaps they just think that all of the above is all a load of old mumbo jumbo?

I dunno – it must be something…? But i can tell you this – Medjugorje is a liberal free zone.

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Fourth Sunday of Lent – Year C

“…this brother of yours was lost and has been found.…”

Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable: 11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16 He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” ‘ 20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21 Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. 25 “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27 He replied, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ 28 Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29 But he answered his father, “Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ 31 Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’ “

Relating the Gospel to our lives today.

I remember when I was 18, sitting my parents down and apologising to them for the past 5 years! And I really meant it. It took courage and humility. Then I went to confession for the first time since my first confession. This was the turning point in my life where I started to build a good honest relationship with my parents, and with Jesus.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but the parallels between the two relationships were obvious. Mum, Dad and Jesus all loved me unconditionally. They created me. They wanted me to come back to them. And strangely enough as soon as I did, all 3 of them started to bestow great gifts upon me! They had been waiting and desperately wanting to give me these gifts – but I wasn’t in a position where I could receive them. I was pushing them away. So what prompted this change of heart from me? Perhaps it was the awful situations I kept getting myself into. Perhaps it was dawning on me that adult life was on the horizon and I had no idea how to cope. But really I think it was because I was given the grace to realise that there was really no need to rebel. My parents could not force me to love them. Jesus could not force me to believe in Him, but, all 3 of them were still there for me – despite everything that I had done. In my heart I felt sorry, because I suddenly realised how much I was loved.

  • Is there anything in my heart I feel sorry for?
  • Do I realise how loved I am?
  • Is it time for me to turn back to God through confession?

Dear Jesus,

Your mercy is greater than my sin – in every situation! There is nothing you can’t forgive me for. Help me to come to confession and talk to the priest about what I feel sorry for. I want to build a new, honest relationship with you. Help me come home.

Thank you, I love You Jesus, amen.

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Third Sunday of Lent – Year C

“…let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it…”

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

1 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. 4 Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.” 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7 So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 8 He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’ “

Gospel Summary

In ancient times, people thought death was the result of sinfulness. The crowds asked Jesus if that was true. He replied that it was not true. The point Jesus did make, however, was that repentance was necessary for everyone. Jesus then gave the people an illustration of a fig tree that had not produced fruit for three years. The vineyard owner wanted the tree cut down, but the gardener promised to agitate and fertilize it for one more year. If, by then, it did not bear fruit, the gardener would cut it down. The main point is that with the correct nurturing, all may come to bear fruit.

Relating the Gospel to our lives today.

This is one of my favourite parables that Jesus told. The owner of the vineyard is God the Father, the gardener is Jesus and the fig tree is you! It uses the imagery of gardening very effectively to illustrate the fact that well-tended trees (or people) bear more fruit. It also reminds us that we are all sinners, and we must all repent.

Have there been times in your life when you have produced very little fruit? I think we can all admit to that! Have there also been difficult times in your life where you find yourself screaming at God “Why are you doing this to me?!” Well, at time like this you can realise that God is allowing your circumstances to be agitated just like the soil around the fig tree. And if that wasn’t enough, just when you think things can’t possibly get any worse, He goes and heaps a load of manure on your life! C’mon admit it – we’ve all suffered days like this! But the agitation and the manure are vital to the growth of the tree. Do we not learn most from our most difficult times? How else can we grow and mature than to go through unpleasant trials? Of course the end result of the agitation and the manure is a strong healthy tree who is now capable of producing good fruit – something it was unable to do before-hand. Through this simple parable we can begin to grasp the basics of the Christian view that all suffering has meaning and value.

  • How do I respond when God agitates my soil?
  • How do I respond when God heaps manure on my life?!
  • Without these things, how can I bear fruit?

Dear Jesus,

Give me the courage to suffer knowing that ultimately God is in control. If He is allowing me to suffer, there must be a reason – even if I can’t see it now. Help me to take this opportunity to draw closer to you, trust in you, and eventually bear good fruit.

Thank you, I love You Jesus, amen.

Fifth Sunday – Year C

… They caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.”

Gospel: Luke 5: 1-11

1 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7 So they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” 11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Gospel Summary

Jesus arrived as Simon-Peter, James and John were finishing for the day. However, He asked Simon-Peter to pull his boat out from the shore so He could teach the crowds. After, He instructed Simon-Peter to throw his nets in for a catch. Simon-Peter doubted this action but obeyed Jesus anyway. The catch was so huge that James and John had to come and help. Simon-Peter recognized that this was a miracle and suddenly became aware of his own sin. But Jesus told them “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”

Relating the Gospel to our lives today.

One of the essays I wrote for my studies last year was entitled ‘Why has western society lost its sense of sin?” It focused on the spiritual void that we are now experiencing in Europe and the UK. Secularism has had a massive part to play in this. God has even been written out of the European constitution! But when we fail to recognize holiness, how are we to recognize sin? Right and wrong become this ‘grey area’ in which moral relativism begins to rule: Man takes the place of God and decides for himself what is sin and what is not. Perhaps the saddest thing about this is that we have forgotten that sin is something that harms us.

In this week’s Gospel, Simon-Peter has an overwhelming moment of self-realization. When confronted with the enormous catch of fish, Simon-Peter suddenly becomes aware that Jesus has performed a miracle. But it is perhaps the gift of the miracle that provokes such a reaction of humility from him.

God wants to give us so much. More than we could ever comprehend. God’s generosity is limitless and all we can do is to accept it! Perhaps a way to understand this is to remember a time someone bought you a lovely present you really weren’t expecting. At that moment we feel often feel overwhelmed that this person values us so much. Many times you hear people say “I couldn’t possibly accept this, it’s too much, I don’t deserve it!” Well, Simon-Peter was having a similar reaction – except that his reaction was also a moment of self-realization. Simon-Peter had suddenly become acutely aware of God’s holiness, which consequently made him acutely aware of his own sinfulness. With this new found humility, he is able to leave his old life behind and follow Christ with his whole heart. Perhaps as we begin to think about Lent, we too can take time to humbly comprehend the great gift God has given us – His Son.

  • Can I recognise holiness?
  • Can I recognise sin?
  • God’s generosity, love and mercy know no boundaries.

Dear Jesus,

Help me to become more aware of holiness and sin in my day to day life. Open my eyes to holiness and sin at work, with friends, on TV and in my home. Help me to turn away from sin and to realise there is no need to fear when drawing closer to you.

Thank you, I love You Jesus, amen.

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Third Sunday – Year C

“Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Gospel: Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21.

1 Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, 3 I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.

14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,” 20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Gospel Summary

The first part of today’s Gospel introduces Luke’s Gospel and Acts. Luke recalled for his readers that stories had been handed down by eye-witnesses and written down by others. The Gospel then moves us to another beginning and that is the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  He had travelled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogue. This day, he was in his home town of Nazareth where he unrolled a scroll and proclaimed the words of Isaiah. The Spirit of the Lord will come upon one who will free captives, favour the poor, and give sight to the blind. After Jesus rolled up the scroll, he told his listeners that those words had been fulfilled in Him.

Relating the Gospel to our lives today.

When Jesus spoke the words, He stopped short of repeating all the words of the great prophet Isaiah. He omitted the words, “And the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning.” – Isaiah 61:2-3. Why did Jesus only quote part of the Scriptures?

To understand this, it must be noticed that two different events are found in Isaiah’s prophecy. The first event refers to proclaiming “the year of the Lord’s favour.” –  Luke. 4:19; Isaiah 61:2. The second event refers to proclaiming “the day of vengeance of our God.” – Isaiah 61:2. When Jesus rolled up the scroll mid verse and gave it back to the attendant, He was witnessing to the fact that the messianic age had come, that the moment of salvation had already arrived through His Person. Consequently, a new era was dawning upon mankind. This new era consisted of the present age of grace. This age is compared to a year, meaning it will persist for an indefinite period of time.

The duration of the second event shall be much shorter. It is compared to a day, instead of a year. It is referring of course to what is commonly known as ‘Judgement day’. Jesus omitted this part of the Scriptures because in His days, this was a future event yet to happen. Instead, He was purposefully drawing attention to Himself as the Messiah.

  • Jesus is the ‘Good News’.
  • God’s great mercy is revealed in Jesus.
  • We are currently living in an age of grace.

“Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy Itself. Amen.” – Divine Mercy Prayer

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Second Sunday – Year C

“Do whatever he tells you…”


Gospel: John 2: 1-11

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.


Gospel Summary

Mary, Jesus and Hid disciples had been invited to a wedding. During the feast the wine ran out. Anticipating the host’s embarrassment, Mary points this out to Jesus. Jesus replies saying “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” Mary then instructs the servants to “Do whatever he tells you.” Jesus goes on to perform His first public miracle by changing the water into wine.


Relating the Gospel to our lives today.

Why was Jesus reluctant to get involved with the wine issue? And why was Mary so keen that He performs such a miracle? It seems strange that she would ask such a public favour of her Son.

I believe that it was perhaps the bravest thing Mary had done since she agreed to be His mother. We can understand why by listening to Jesus’ reaction “My hour has not yet come…”  Jesus knew that if He began to reveal His glory, people would start to recognize Him as the Messiah. And when He was recognized as the Messiah, He would eventually be put to death. You could say that this miracle was His first public step on the long road to Calvary. Mary must have sensed her Son’s hesitation, and in the most gentle and respectful way she puts Him in a position where He is able to take this first public step. Notice that Mary never requests that Jesus perform the miracle – she simply points out that there is an opportunity to do so. It is His choice.

The gentleness of Mary’s actions here reveals so much about her character. It also reveals how she is able to speak to Jesus on a level that only a Mother can. She too must have known where this first step would lead, but she does not let her own feelings get in the way. She understands who her Son is. She understands His humanity and His divinity, and she understands what it means to be His mother.

  • Jesus and Mary both understand the inevitability of the cross.
  • Mary understands her Son’s humanity and divinity.
  • She speaks to Him as only a mother can.

Dear Mother Mary,

Thank you for your courage and your humility. Everything you do points us towards your son. With your most gentle touch you intercede for us every day. Thank you for being Jesus’ mother, and thank you for being our heavenly mother too. Amen.

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Second Sunday of Advent – Year C

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight …”

Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; 6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ “

Gospel Summary

Luke was very thorough in placing the beginning of John the Baptist’s ministry within a historical context. He set John’s ministry in time by telling who the leaders were in the region. John’s role was to prepare the way for Jesus and to proclaim a theme of repentance for those who would follow Jesus. Like a Roman army of engineers filling in gullies and levelling mountains to make roads, John’s job was to make the pathway smooth for those about to encounter Jesus.

Relating the Gospel to our lives today.

John the Baptist invites us to repent! But it is true today that many western Catholics never go to confession. Why is this? Many would argue that within our secular western culture there is a widespread loss of the sense of sin. We’ve ended up in a moral ‘grey area’ where anything goes – as long as we can justify it to ourselves. Perhaps the saddest thing about this is that we have forgotten that sin is something that harms us.

Confession heals us. It is the first step on the road as we turn back to God. People often talk about having ‘baggage’, but with confession there is no need to carry this ‘baggage’ any more. Healing takes time, and may be painful to begin with, but there is no need for us to do it on our own. Jesus has given us the priests to light our way, guide our steps, and even hold our hand if we need them to. A thirty-something American woman described her experience of confession like this:

“I was scared, shaking in fact. The priest noticed I was nervous but he was so friendly and re-assuring. I couldn’t remember what to say but that didn’t matter – he took me through it step by step. I told him about the abortion I had almost 15 years ago. Finally – I was letting it go. We talked a while and then he absolved me. I am so grateful, and now I am beginning to find peace in my life again.”

  • Sin harms us. Confession heals us.
  • Is there some ‘baggage’ I would like to let go of this Advent?
  • What time does confession take place in my Parish?

Dear Jesus…

Help me find the courage to come to confession this Advent. I want to but I am scared. Help me remember that confession is a healing experience. Help me remember that there is no sin you cannot forgive. Your love and mercy never end Lord.

Thank You, I love You Jesus. Amen.

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The Family – The Active Service Unit of the New Evangelisation!!

When I started writing this blog 6 months ago I can honestly say that I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had no experience of writing or blogging or Catholic evangelisation. I just knew that I wanted to share the peace and happiness I have found in my life through coming to know and love Jesus and understanding how to bring prayer and the Gospel into my ordinary daily life.

I was brought up Catholic and enjoyed it as a child, but then – as so many people do – rejected it entirely in my teenage years. In fact I did everything I possibly could to do the exact opposite of what the faith teaches, I absolutely hated the Church and pretty soon got myself into a very unhappy and self-destructive lifestyle. Thank God I always had my Mum and Dad praying for me (although I didn’t realise at the time!). When I was 18 and at rock bottom I was given the grace to realise that Jesus had “never forced me to believe in Him”, and that He  was still there waiting for me to turn my life back to God. I began right there, and 3 months later I had my first trip to Medugorje and the rest (as they say) is history!

I am very aware that most people in my generation (age 20-50)  have also rejected their Catholic faith (just like I did) and do not understand hardly anything about it. This is so sad, and this is what I am trying to change. Each week I am producing a newsletter based on the coming Sunday’s Gospel. It is primarily to educate parents in passing on the faith to their children by way of example. If the parents are alive and educated in their faith – they naturally pass it onto their children. This is a major part of the New Evangelisation. Pope Benedict XVI has said the New Evangelisation is ‘inseparable’ from Catholic family life.

I really hope people are enjoying reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it! – the feedback that I am getting is very positive. In these first 6 months Faith in our Families has had over 15,000 hits and has been read in 132 countries all over the world! (Seriously – I didn’t even expect to get 15 hits let alone 15,000!)

We now have a Facebook page: and a Facebook group:  The newsletter is being used in a few local schools – and this is the part where you come in…

I am unable to contact every parish and every school in the English-speaking world so I would like to invite you to be part of the New Evangelisation by introducing Faith in our Families into your local parish or school. Can you do this? Alert your Parish Priest or Head Teacher by emailing them a copy of the weekly newsletter and get them to sign up to the blog to receive it each week. It is totally free of charge.

The family has never been under such threat – lets work together to keep it strong!

Using our Newsletter in your School or Parish.

“The ministry of evangelization carried out by Christian parents is original and irreplaceable. It assumes the characteristics typical of family life itself, which should be interwoven with love, simplicity, practicality and daily witness.”Familliaris Consortio 53

Each week I am producing a newsletter based on the coming Sunday’s Gospel. It is primarily to educate parents in passing on the faith to their children by way of example. If the parents are alive and educated in their faith – they naturally pass it onto their children. This is a major part of the New Evangelisation.

The newsletter highlights the Gospel in blue, and then provides a short, easy to understand summary of what you have just read.

It then offers a reflection on the Gospel specific to family life. This may be something I have experienced over the past week within my own family, or some thing wider happening to families in general. I am aiming to bring the Gospel ‘down to earth’ for parents and make it accessible and relevant to their vocation as husbands, wives, and of course parents!

The Pause for thought section offers three ’1-liners’ that aim to get the reader thinking about the Gospel in regards to their own life and their own faith.

Many parents I have spoken to who regularly receive this newsletter tell me how much they are enjoying it for several reasons:

1. They have never really taken the time to read scripture before – and actually they are really enjoying it!

2. It is super convenient as it arrives each week as part the school or parish newsletter.

3. It can be sent electronically which allows them to read it on their iPhone or sitting at their desk at work. And then they are able to email it onto people they wish to share it with.

4. It allows parents with young children to read the Gospel and have time to think about it each week before they get to Mass and have to spend most of the time trying to control their small children! (we’ve all been there!).

5. The reflections for families makes the Gospel relevant and accessible for busy parents.

6. It helps the reader understand their Catholic faith and successfully live the Word of God in their ordinary day-to-day lives.

There is no charge for using the newsletter and I really hope it can help to re-awaken and strengthen people’s faith. Please download a copy and send it to your Priest, Head Teacher, Principle, or School Chaplain or simply direct them to the Faith in our Families website.

I can’t email every parish and school in the English-speaking world! – so it is down to you to spread the word in your local area!

If you want to start receiving the newsletter, simply follow my blog and it will be delivered straight to your Email every week.

Thank You!