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The Church, out and about

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 10:15am on 23rd January 2017
‘The church has left the building’ is a catchy phrase adopted by Christians engaging in evangelism and social action outside of Sunday worship.  The parishioners of High Barnet parish are living out this motto while our church premises are closed for rebuilding.  We have a temporary home in a community...

Laudato Si'

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 03:08am on 12th November 2015
Laudato Si’ is addressed to all humanity (Laudato Si’ (LS) 3).  It’s about human relationships, as much as plants, creatures, and climate.  Individuals will read and react to it, but the encyclical is clear that each individual action impacts on other people, other creatures, and the environment.  What is described...

United in Harmony

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 05:24am on 19th April 2015
The outcome of the general election on Thursday 7th May is unpredictable.  Immigration has proved a significant issue, and Alex Massie heralded this as ‘the outsiders’ election’ in the Big Issue (February 23 – March 1, 2015) since more than 25% of the electorate are migrant voters, born overseas but...

Take cover

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 06:11am on 15th November 2013
A parish priest’s absence may feel like a disaster or a blessed relief.  Clergy holidays, ill-health, family matters, or departure due to a parish move or retirement can leave parishioners welcoming a new man upfront, once in a while, or at every Mass, every day, every weekend, for some time. Priest...

Carried along by the crowd

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 01:09am on 14th August 2012
This Easter, many RCIA participants will join the flock of Christ, ‘marked with the sign of faith’, labelled as Catholics.  It is not a label easily shrugged off, and we do not know what our allegiance to Catholicism will demand of us.  The sheep follow the shepherd to pasture, but...

The shape of the Church

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 01:17am on 3rd December 2011
I worship regularly in a building which is no longer fit for purpose.  The Church community has outgrown its accommodation.  During the summer, the proverbial change being as good as a rest, I visited my local Anglican church instead.  The experience was warm, welcoming, friendly, informative, peaceful, Scripturally and ethically...
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