Friday, 27 January 2012

School transport.

Parents of students at De Lisle will be interested in this. It is a fairly large file and takes a few moments to download.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Newsletter for 28/29 January - Sunday 4(B)

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Friday, 20 January 2012

Newsletter for 21/22 January - Sunday 3(B)

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Feast of Blessed Cyprian Tansi

Blessed Cyprian,
during your life on earth
you showed your great faith and love
in giving yourself to your people
and by the hidden life
of prayer and contemplation.
Look upon us now in our needs,
and intercede for us with the Lord.
May he grant us the favours we ask
through your prayers. Amen.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Pope Benedict speaks about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, here.

St Clare's School Academy Consultation

St Clare's School is consulting stakeholders about the possibility of moving to academy status along with many of the family of schools which feed into De Lisle. I shall be saying a little about this at this weekend's masses. Meanwhile you can start to look at the documentation here.

Please send any responses back via this e-mail link  or send to the school office.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

St Clare's School Website

The school website is now operational again.
The link can always be found in the list to the right of this site.

Listen to the sound track carefully

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Newsletter for 14/15 January - Sunday 2(B)

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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year

I pray that 2012 may bring blessings to all.

Here are the quotations from three different Popes which I used in my homilies this weekend:

When you go to Jesus in prayer - and through him to the Father - you will always find inspiration in Mary his Mother. With every generation of disciples you will learn to pray with her, and with her to await the action of the Holy Spirit in your lives
It is my hope today, as I return to Rome, that you will remember why I came among you. And as long as the memory of this visit lasts, may it be recorded that I, John Paul II, came to Britain to call you to Christ, to invite you to pray!
Blessed John Paul II, Cardiff, 1982

How I would like to return to my childhood and attend the simple yet profound school that is Nazareth! How wonderful to be close to Mary, learning again the lesson of the true meaning of life, learning again God’s truths. …. I cannot leave without recalling, briefly and in passing, some thoughts I take with me from Nazareth.
First, we learn from its silence. If only we could once again appreciate its great value. We need this wonderful state of mind, beset as we are by the cacophony of strident protests and conflicting claims so characteristic of these turbulent times. The silence of Nazareth should teach us how to meditate in peace and quiet, to reflect on the deeply spiritual, and to be open to the voice of God’s inner wisdom and the counsel of his true teachers. Nazareth can teach us the value of study and preparation, of meditation, of a well-ordered personal spiritual life, and of silent prayer that is known only to God.
Pope Paul VI, Nazareth, 1964

We were also made to give love, to make it the inspiration for all we do, and the most enduring thing in our lives. At times it seems so natural, especially when we feel the exhilaration of love, when our hearts brim over with generosity, idealism, the desire to help others to build a better world -- but at other times, we realise it is difficult to love.
Every day we have to choose to love and this requires help. I ask you to look into your hearts, each day, to find the source of all true love. Jesus is always there. Quietly waiting for us to be still with him and to hear his voice. Deep within your heart, he is calling you to spend time with him in prayer, but this kind of prayer, real prayer, requires discipline.
It requires time for moments of silence every day. Often it means waiting for the Lord to speak.
Even amidst the business and stress of our daily lives we need to make space for silence, because it is in silence that we find God. And in silence that we discover our true self.
Pope Benedict XVI, Westminster, 2009