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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...

The helper and the helped, the blessing and the blessed

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 01:10am on 1st June 2016
Many human encounters clearly delineate between one who helps and another being helped.  The ‘helping professions’ insist that helpers shouldn’t reveal any personal information to those they help, thus maintaining an image of themselves as strong and capable, so those in need of help receive adequate and appropriate care.  But...


by Frances Novillo
Posted at 03:26am on 9th March 2016
Training liturgical ministers, I invite participants to reflect on images around the church where Christ is held, embraced or cradled, since when distributing Communion or proclaiming the Word, ministers will likewise be holding Christ.  A statue of St Joseph might depict Jesus as an eager, lively toddler, while by contrast,...

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...

Need, not greed

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 00:46am on 3rd March 2014
Need is painful, and easier to hide than to admit to others.  It becomes shameful, wrongly equated with failure and sin.  However, the liturgy is formed to accommodate need, even depend on it, in order to celebrate a Saviour who emptied himself to know first-hand the neediness of the human...
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