Diocese News Archive

Homilies

  • Adult Confirmations at Westminster Cathedral

    My brothers and sisters in Christ, to be confirmed this evening, The readings from this Sunday’s Mass help us to understand the call of Christ to each one of you and the mission to which he invites you in the sacrament of confirmation. You are ...

  • Thanking God for a Most Precious Gift

    Christmas is a time of miracles. As a parish priest, I often found that the few hours between the incredibly busy and somewhat frenetic Vigil Mass and the Midnight Mass were fairly quiet. It was a time of waiting. One bitterly cold year, I reme...

  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2016

    ‘Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee’. These words open the deeply loved prayer which many generations of pilgrims have prayed as they walked to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham over the centuries since 1061. They have brou...

  • Deceased Clergy Mass 2016

    This evening we entrust our departed brother priests to the mercy of God and pray that the angels will lead them into paradise and to the company of the martyrs. May the choirs of angels welcome them home. There they will join Lazarus, who is poor...

  • Year of Mercy Catechesis

    It is good to be speaking about God’s mercy at the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden, a holy place to which pilgrims have travelled for over a thousand years. When we are in need of help, it is so often to our mother that we look. In the gospel (J...

  • Pilgrimage of Mercy to St Albans

    We gather in this historic and wonderful Abbey Church of St Alban, the proto-martyr of England, for Evensong during our pilgrimage of mercy. The timing of our pilgrimage is providential as we recall that last Wednesday, Pope Francis and Archbishop...

  • An Encounter with the Living Christ

    I visited Brazil in September in response to La Palavra Viva’s invitation to teach for a week in their School of Evangelisation in Curvelo.  My theme, which was to be developed during the week was Evangelisation and Virtue, which would examine ...

  • Adult Confirmations at Westminster Cathedral July 2016

    My brothers and sisters in Christ, to be confirmed this evening, In the sacrament of confirmation, by the laying on of hands and the anointing with sacred Chrism, the Holy Spirit will be bestowed upon you in a new and deeper way; you will be conf...

  • Tenth Anniversary of Our Lady and St Vincent, Potters Bar

    At the end of the gospel that we have just heard, the 72 disciples return to Jesus at the end of their day’s work rejoicing about their success and all that they have done in his name. He reminds them of his power to enable good to triumph over ...

  • Centenary of the Battle of Jutland

    This evening we offer the Mass for the repose of the souls of those sailors and members of the naval forces who died during the Battle of Jutland off the Danish coast on 31 May to 1 June  1916. Jutland was the Navy’s greatest battle engagement ...

  • Feast of St Philip Neri

    Joy is infectious. Jesus desires to share his joy with his friends, which includes ourselves. No longer are we called servants but rather friends. He teaches us to follow the commandments which can be summarised in the commandment to love God and ...

  • Fifth Sunday of Easter at Fisher House, Cambridge

    The wonderful vision described in the second reading has been painted in the triptych to be found in St Bavo’s Cathedral in Gent; Jan Van Eyck’s, In a tangible way we are united to earth to this reality as when we celebrate the Mass and also ...

  • Evensong for Feast of Ss Philip and James, Trinity Hall College, Cambridge

    I would like to express my thanks to the Dean of Trinity Hall for the invitation to preach at evensong today. We met last year at a symposium organised by Dr. Sarah Coakley on the subject ‘Towards a contemporary As we celebrate the feast of the...

  • Mass in Honour of Our Lady of Lourdes

    In Lourdes, I often walked down the steep zig-zag path from the upper basilica towards the domain and would pause at the statue of the blind Bartimaeus. The statue many of you will know was placed there by a blind Italian lady who came to Lourdes ...

  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016

    'Incline your ear and come to me; listen, so that you may live.' These words from the prophet Isaiah invite an attitude of humble listening, of being open like the Blessed Virgin Mary who opened her ear to the words of the Angel Gabriel and her...

  • Opening of Door of Mercy at St Patrick's Soho Square

    The deep desire within the human heart is to be loved and to love. We search restlessly for such love. Sometimes love is found in the wrong places or in the wrong ways. We might remember the tortuous path which St Augustine followed before he turn...

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception

    ‘Hail, Mary, full of grace.’ These words which open the much-loved prayer express the belief in the abundant way by which God graced Our Lady from the very beginning of time, so that she would be worthy to be the Mother of God. The Blessed Vir...

  • Solemnity of St Edmund of Abingdon

        In his rich work, [1], providing boys with ‘a reasonable amount of liberty, increasing as they grow older, to habits of self-command and true manliness, based on solid Christian principles.’ [2] Whether you think that your educatio...

  • Remembrance Sunday Service in Hertford

    My grandfather who was born in Preston was sent to France in 1916 with the Lancashire Regiment and was gassed after a few months in July 1917. I have a small photograph and a few lines which appeared in the There are so many elements in his lif...

  • St Mary's Graduation

    Vice Chancellor, Bishop Moth, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for the invitation to address you today. I offer my congratulations to those of you who have received degrees at this ceremony. I look forward to meeting many of you who will be teachi...

  • Diaconate Ordinations

    My dear brothers, Christian, Daniel, Damian, Tony and Chinedu, In the opening hymn we sang, ‘Thy hand O God has guided Thy flock from age to age’. We rejoice today in the way in which the Lord has been guiding you through your lives to this ...

  • Feast Day of St Philip Neri at London Oratory School

    ‘Rejoice in the Lord always.’ These words which St. Paul wrote to the church at Philippi would have been deeply instilled in the heart of St Philip. We can imagine him saying them to those he met in Rome. His magnetic personality, deeply in lo...

  • Investitute of Andrew Cole into the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great

    This evening’s celebration of Mass is not only the investiture of Andy Cole as a Knight of St Gregory but also a celebration of the dedication and commitment which led to the founding of St Richard Reynolds Catholic College. We give thanks for a...

  • Commemoration of the Centenary of Gallipoli

    The celebration of a Requiem Mass for those who died at Gallipoli is a profound act of charity when we pray for the dead and ask that God in his merciful love will welcome them into his kingdom of love. In the celebration of the Mass we enter i...

  • The Spital Sermon

    I thank the Lord Mayor for the invitation to preach this year’s Spital Sermon on the theme, ‘The Spread of Truth’. The reading from St. John’s gospel (John 16:4-15) presents Jesus promising to send the Spirit of Truth who guides us into al...

  • Blessing of the Centenary Building at CVMS

    Fr. Paul Murray, the Dominican, recounts the story of the opening of a new centre for the Missionaries of Charity in the Vatican City. Pope John Paul II had generously donated the land and the property. The cardinal appointed to bless and open the...

  • Mass for Deceased Brothers of Catenian Association

    Given at Westminster Cathedral on 16 November 2014 at the Mass for deceased brothers of the Catenian Association. God bestows his gifts generously and abundantly. Created in the image of the God who is love, we are called to use the gifts which w...

  • Blessing New Library and Statue at Oratory School

    Given on 17 November 2014 at the London Oratory School, Brompton, at the blessing of the new library dedicated to St Philip Neri and the statue of Mary with the teenage Jesus. On behalf of the Cardinal, I am delighted to be able to bless the new ...

  • Rededication of the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden

    Given at Our Lady of Willesden on the Diamond Jubilee of the Crowning of the Image of Our Lady of Willesden and Rededication of the sanctuary of the shrine chapel on 4 October 2014, the Feast of St Francis of Assissi.

  • Rededication of the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden

    Shortly we will gather before the shrine of Our Lady and rededicate the sanctuary of the shrine chapel. The shrine of Our lady of Willesden has been a place of pilgrimage for many centuries with history of the holy well dating back to the Anglo-Sa...

  • Opening Mass in Lourdes 2014

    Introduction We gather in thanksgiving at the opening Mass of our diocesan pilgrimage and thank God that we have each been able to come to Lourdes to celebrate the 25 During the ninth apparition on the 25 My first pilgrimage to Lourdes wa...

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