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  • ICCH Bulletin of August 7, 2022

    August 7, 2022 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Wis 18:6-9 | Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 | Lk 12:32-48 […] Being a Christian also has to do with a change of view. Christians have the same life to live as everyone else, the same happiness, the same hardship. But everything that comes into being, that passes away, that is lived and suffered, still has something ahead of it. Everything we do and...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 24, 2022

    July 24, 2022 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Gn 18:20-32 | Col 2:12-14 | Lk 11:1-13 One day the disciples saw Jesus praying. When he had finished, one of them asked him: Lord, teach us to pray. Jesus follows this request and entrusts the disciples with five petitions - five petitions that could not be more unexpected. Who would think of talking to God like that? When you pray, say:...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 17, 2022

    July 17, 2022 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Gn 18:1-10a | Col 1:24-28 | Lk 10:38-42 According to our sacred doctrine, there are two forms of life, the active and the contemplative. The active form of life is prior to the contemplative form, because one arrives at contemplation from good work. But the contemplative form of life beckons a higher reward than the active one. The active life labours by...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 10, 2022

    July 10, 2022 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Dt 30:10-14 | Col 1:15-20 | Lk 10:25-37 Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Lk 10) We have heard the parable of the man who came from Jerusalem and went down to Jericho. He fell among the robbers...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 3, 2022

    July 3, 2022 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Matthew Today’s Readings: Is 66:10-14c | Gal 6:14-18 | Lk 10:1-12, 17-20 Sometimes our Lord and Saviour admonishes us with words, sometimes also with deeds. For his deeds are also instructions. By he does something without words, he reveals to us what we are to do. Look, he sends the disciples two by two to preach, because there are two commandments of love: love of...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 26, 2022

    June 26, 2022 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21 | Gal 5:1, 13-18 | Lk 9:51-62 Toward Jerusalem Jesus is fierce in Sunday’s Gospel. He is on the march and will not be turned back. Sometimes the readings startle us. He “rebukes” the disciples. He shouts “let the dead bury the dead” to a man who wants to bury his father and then follow Jesus. Jesus is...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 19, 2022

    June 19, 2022 Feast of Corpus Christi Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Gn 14:18-20 | 1 Cor 11:23-26 | Lk 9:11b-17 Catholic Christians celebrate Corpus Christi today. Some people find the feast a little suspicious (especially in northern latitudes) and pass it over. Perhaps they suspect that relics of denominational acts of profiling might haunt the celebration or that the whole thing is too sensual for them: the procession, the Eucharistic blessing and all that....

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 12, 2022

    June 12, 2022 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Prv 8:22-31 | Rom 5:1-5 | Jn 16:12-15 We Christians begin every prayer and every service in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And in the Creed, we confess God’s Trinity. Do we know what we are saying when we speak like this? What do we believe when we confess like this? God only knows...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 5, 2022

    June 5, 2022 Pentecost Sunday Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Acts 2:1-11 | 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 | Jn 20:19-23 Pentecost means fiftieth day. It was the second of three great Jewish Feasts. For the Jews, it was a day of gratitude. It was a day of thanksgiving for the completion of the harvest. However, on this day a great transformation took place in the small group of disciples. They were persons perplexed, scared, dumbfounded,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 29, 2022

    May 29, 2022 Seventh Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Acts 7:55-60 | Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 | Jn 17:20-26 Just a week before the Pentecost the theme of unity reechoes in today’s gospel reading of the highly priestly prayer of our Lord: ” Holy Father, I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one” In this...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 22, 2022

    May 22, 2022 Sixth Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 | Rev 21:10-14, 22-23 | Jn 14:23-29 For seven times seven days we celebrate what happened at the Easter Vigil. We need this long time not least to reflect on the diverse, often disparate Easter stories in the Bible. And their polyphony is no wonder. For if what is confessed in the original formulas of the Christian creed and what...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 1, 2022

    May 1, 2022 Third Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41 | Rev 5:11-14 | Jn 21:1-19 […] There are many stories about the search for the treasure of life. And they all say: Whoever wants to win this treasure must set out, engage in the unknown, in adventure. And at the same time, he must never be deceived into thinking that something he has found is already this treasure. Even...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 24, 2022

    April 24, 2022 Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Acts 5:12-16 | Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 | Jn 20:19-31 These days we celebrate Easter - the resurrection of Jesus. Resurrection is the greatest miracle we Christians know. […] This is precisely the way God has always done and continues to do miracles: not by intervening from above, but by transforming from within the one who needs the miracle and...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 17, 2022

    April 17, 2022 Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 | Col 3:1-4 | Jn 20:1-9 Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph! Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 10, 2022

    April 10, 2022 Palm Sunday Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Is 50:4-7 | Phil 2:6-11 | Lk 22:14—23:56 “Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 3, 2022

    April 3, 2022 Fifth Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Is 43:16-21 | Phil 3:8-14 | Jn 8:1-11 The first reading is from the Prophet Isaiah and this section begins with a brief recollection of all the great things the Lord had done for the Israelites, but it quickly moves to the present and we are told; “See, I am doing something new!” The reading goes on to describe how the beautiful and...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 27, 2022

    March 27, 2022 Fourth Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Jos 5:9a, 10-12 | 2 Cor 5:17-21 | Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 Coming to his senses he thought, “How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger. I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 20, 2022

    March 20, 2022 Third Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15 | 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12 | Lk 13:1-9 Th[e] conversion to being set on fire by God’s concern for his people is also at the heart of the Gospel. To prepare the ground for understanding the parable of the barren fig tree, Luke reports how Jesus reacts to the news of a particularly cruel bloodbath by the Roman governor in...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 6, 2022

    March 6, 2022 First Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Dt 26:4-10 | Rom 10:8-13 | Lk 4:1-13 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. Luke 4:1–2a What a painful experience for Jesus. If you really think about this, it can be difficult to understand…at least at first. Jesus, the Son of...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 27, 2022

    February 27, 2022 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Sir 27:4-7 | 1 Cor 15:54-58 | Lk 6:39-45 [Jesus Sirach] is a wisdom teacher. He stands on the shoulders of the bodily experiences of his ancestors and their testimonies. King Solomon is the most famous among them. Generations before him wrote down what they experienced and suffered in their dealings with their kind, with our kind. How they became wise from...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 20, 2022

    February 20, 2022 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: 1 Sm 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 | 1 Cor 15:45-49 | Lk 6:27-38 This gospel just heard brings us to the crucial point to our life as christians. All that Jesus says hits us a blow over our head. We all know and make, needless to say, almost day by day, the experience, the hurtful experience that violence, egoism and revenge rule...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 13, 2022

    February 13, 2022 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Jer 17:5-8 | 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20 | Lk 6:17, 20-26 ###”Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.” […] For the most part, beatitudes were an ancient formula that encouraged people to do good. For instance, in our Responsorial Psalm we read, “Blessed is the one who does not take the wicked for his guide, nor...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 6, 2022

    February 6, 2022 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Is 6:1-2a, 3-8 | 1 Cor 15:1-11 | Lk 5:1-11 How do we respond when God asks us to do a seemingly impossible task? We can learn a lesson from the Old Testament and Gospel readings for today. Isaiah has a vision of the Lord in which the angels cry out “Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts! All the earth is...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 30, 2022

    January 30, 2022 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19 | 1 Cor 12:31—13:13 | Lk 4:21-30 Contemplating the scriptural readings of today we are able to perceive how God manifests His Divine love in a very personal way. Through the incarnation in Jesus Christ, God came to dwell among us. What great love God has for us, that He set aside His divinity, took human form upon Himself,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 23, 2022

    January 23, 2022 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 | 1 Cor 12:12-30 | Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21 Nehemiah 8 describes the transformation process that God repeatedly calls us to our whole life long. On their return from exile in Babylon, the people find the Jerusalem temple in ruins, the city in disrepair. They are not welcomed by those residing there. Ezra, a priest-scribe, brought the law to...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 16, 2022

    January 16, 2022 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Is 62:1-5 | 1 Cor 12:4-11 | Jn 2:1-11 Although the Church’s annual cycle of worship began with Advent, some six weeks ago, today’s readings re-launch the Church into the “ordinary time” of the year following our celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons. They do so on a note of joyful missionary zeal: the first reading from Isaiah conveys a sense...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 9, 2022

    January 9, 2022 The Baptism of the Lord Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 40:1-5, 9-11 | Acts 10:34-38 or Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7 | Lk 3:15-16, 21-22 We have just celebrated at Christmas the arrival of Jesus, the incarnate Son of God. The incarnation of Jesus implies that he had to learn everything as we do, without being able to spare himself any process of growth. He learned to walk hand...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 25, 2021

    December 25, 2021 Our bulletin for Christmas Time Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Is 52:7-10 | Heb 1:1-6 | Jn 1:1-18 The scripture readings assigned for the Mass of Christmas day emphasize an attitude of child-like wonder at all that is taking place. In the text from the prophet Isaiah, the city of Jerusalem, once ruined and barren at the hands of foreign invaders, begins to rise from the rubble. Isaiah describes exiled Hebrews, once...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 19, 2021

    December 19, 2021 Fourth Sunday of Advent Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Mi 5:1-4a | Heb 10:5-10 | Lk 1:39-45 (…) After spending two Sundays of Advent in the company of John the Baptist, we are now on the brink of Christmas and our focus, rightly, moves to Mary, chosen to be and humbly accepting the honour, the task, the worry, the loneliness of becoming the Mother of God. “Becoming the Mother of God.” –...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 12, 2021

    December 12, 2021 Third Sunday of Advent Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Zep 3:14-18a | Phil 4:4-7 | Lk 3:10-18 Christmas is a time for gift giving, and the Advent Season is our time to prepare for Christmas. On Christmas we celebrate the greatest gift that has ever been given, Jesus. God gives himself to us out of love for our salvation. What better gift than the gift of eternal life. All we need do...

  • ICCH Bulletin of December 5, 2021

    December 5, 2021 Second Sunday of Advent Welcome Father Martin Today’s Readings: Bar 5:1-9 | Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 | Lk 3:1-6 ###Prepare the Way Now begins the second week of the Church’s world-wide retreat in preparation for Christmas. It is Advent, the quiet time, the great contrast with our culture’s wild consumer-bonanza. It lets you and me examine just how open we are to the birth of Christ in our souls. No mistake about it,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 21, 2021

    November 21, 2021 Solemnity of Christ the King Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Dn 7:13-14 | Rv 1:5-8 | Jn 18:33b-37 ###That Was Then, This Is Now In the Gospel Reading, Christ is being held by Pilate, who holds him in his power. In the next part of the story, as we know, Christ is on the cross: poor, dishonored, in pain, and dying. Christ’s willingness to accept these afflictions sets the standard for all...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 14, 2021

    November 14, 2021 Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Dn 12:1-3 | Heb 10:11-14, 18 | Mk 13:24-32 This Sunday is the last ordinary Sunday of Ordinary Time. Next weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King which marks the end of the Church year. As we near the end of the Church year the readings have us focus on the end of the world. These are readings that can...

  • ICCH Bulletin of November 7, 2021

    November 7, 2021 Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: 1 Kgs 17:10-16 | Heb 9:24-28 | Mk 12:38-44 ###“The poor widow has put in more than all.” Mark 12:38-44 […] Today’s Gospel calls us, not to worry or fear walking with Jesus or meeting him in our Church this Sunday, but simply to ponder our actions and our motivations. We need not make judgements, or be overly critical, or hard on...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 31, 2021

    October 31, 2021 Thirthy-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Dt 6:2-6 | Heb 7:23-28 | Mk 12:28b-34 In the Gospel for this weekend we hear about an encounter that Jesus had with a Scribe. At the time of Jesus Scribes were Pharisees who had a particular interest and expertise in the law, and were sometimes referred to as lawyers in the Gospels. Often when we hear of a Scribe approaching Jesus...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 24, 2021

    October 24, 2021 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Jer 31:7-9 | Heb 5:1-6 | Mk 10:46-52 In today’s reading from Jeremiah we hear wonderful news; the prophet announces that the blind and the lame will be healed and will join the joyful throng of Israelites as they are redeemed from their exile in Babylon and return home to the promised land: “I will gather them from the ends of the...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 17, 2021

    October 17, 2021 Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 53:10-11 | Heb 4:14-16 | Mk 10:35-45 This Gospel has ambition, jealousy and the paradox of Christian leadership. James and John approach Jesus and seemed very determined to be given the two highest places of honor in Jesus’ kingdom. One might even wonder what led them to ask for such a thing. Maybe it was their mother who prompted them to...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 10, 2021

    October 10, 2021 Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Wis 7:7-11 | Heb 4:12-13 | Mk 10:17-30 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. (Gospel) DIFFICULT CHOICE OR DISAPPOINTING ENCOUNTER? The Gospel speaks of the unexpected encounter of Jesus with a young man who seems to be preoccupied by an ultimate goal:...

  • ICCH Bulletin of October 3, 2021

    October 3, 2021 Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Gn 2:18-24 | Heb 2:9-11 | Mk 10:2-16 Today we continue to read from the Gospel according to Mark. For the past three Sundays, we have been hearing Mark’s reports of conversations between Jesus and his disciples. Recall that in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus uses these private moments to teach his disciples in greater detail about the Kingdom of God. Beginning with today’s...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 26, 2021

    September 26, 2021 Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Nm 11:25-29 | Jas 5:1-6 | Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 ###Glimpses of God’s Goodness Our Gospel for today is certainly challenging! It has two sections. The first focuses on who can do the works of grace in the name of Jesus. It opens with John notifying Jesus that someone who was apparently not a follower of Jesus was driving out demons. An...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 19, 2021

    September 19, 2021 Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Wis 2:12, 17-20 | Jas 3:16–4:3 | Mk 9:30-37 The scene in the Gospel is an easy one to picture. Jesus and his disciples are walking through Galilee and most likely Jesus is up front leading the way like a good shepherd leading his flock. He’s telling them the harsh reality of what is going to happen; he’s going to be killed...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 12, 2021

    September 12, 2021 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Is 50:5-9 | Jas 2:14-18 | Mk 8:27-35 Today’s Sunday scripture readings open with a passage from the prophet Isaiah, in which the prophet speaks of his fidelity to the Lord even in very difficult times, and of the way in which the Lord provided refuge for him in this time of testing. We read, “I gave my back to those who...

  • ICCH Bulletin of September 5, 2021

    September 5, 2021 Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 35:4-7a | Jas 2:1-5 | Mk 7:31-37 “Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” Mark 7:34b These are powerful words. Why are they powerful? They are powerful because they are more than words. They are words that actually accomplish what they say. These words are spoken by Jesus after the deaf man is brought to Him with the request for healing. By saying...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 22, 2021

    August 22, 2021 Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b | Eph 5:21-32 | Jn 6:60-69 ###Jesus the Word of Life Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Today we continue the conversation that Jesus is having with the people about his claim to be the Bread of Life that has come down from heaven. As the conversation continues, so too does the conflict...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 15, 2021

    August 15, 2021 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity) Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Rev 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 | 1 Cor 15:20-27 | Lk 1:39-56 Today the Church the world over rejoices on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, reverently commemorating the moment when “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 8, 2021

    August 8, 2021 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: 1 Kgs 19:4-8 | Eph 4:30-5:2 | John 6:41-51 ###Here is Food for You ­The background: Elijah had just come from a dangerous showdown with 450 prophets of a god called Baal, in the land ruled by Jezebel. The God of Israel had easily won this encounter, but Elijah had gone ahead and done great violence against the surviving prophets anyway. Queen...

  • ICCH Bulletin of August 1, 2021

    August 1, 2021 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Exod 16:2-4, 12-15 | Eph 4:17, 20-24 | John 6:24-35 In the reflection on the eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time we saw that while the “bread of life” is found above all in the Eucharist, our hunger for the Lord can and should be satisfied in other ways as well, chief among them the study of the word of God as recorded...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 25, 2021

    July 25, 2021 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: 2 Kgs 4:42-44 | Eph 4:1-6 | Jn 6:1-15 The Feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle reported by all four evangelists, and each of them have their own take. Luke, for example, provides the location of the event as being at Bethsaida. Whilst Matthew, for his part, relays the interesting detail about the miracle taking place in the context of...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 18, 2021

    July 18, 2021 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Jer 23:1-6 | Eph 2:13-18 | Mk 6:30-34 Sometimes an idea or concept from the scripture readings comes across very clearly in the Lectionary, and that is certainly the case this Sunday. The image of a shepherd runs through the first reading from the prophet Jeremiah, the responsorial Psalm, and the Gospel as well. The shepherd is probably one of the most...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 11, 2021

    July 11, 2021 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Am 7:12-15 | Eph 1:3-14 | Mk 6:7-13 Today’s Gospel reading gives us a sense of the urgency which Jesus had for the mission he had been given. And we see Jesus passing on that urgency and passion to his disciples. He sent them out, by twos, giving them the authority of being his disciples and telling them they need take nothing...

  • ICCH Bulletin of July 4, 2021

    July 4, 2021 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Ezek 2:2-5 | 2 Cor 12:7-10 | Mk 6:1-6 Today the prophet Ezekiel makes an appearance in our Sunday readings; he is among the most colorful characters in the Old Testament. Since we do not get to hear anywhere near the whole of his preaching in the Lectionary, we should read his prophecy carefully on our own. Aside from the fascinating and...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 27, 2021

    June 27, 2021 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 | 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15 | Mk 5:21-43 ###Touching Jesus She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Mark 5:28 Here is an example of one who comes to Jesus with great faith. It’s a fascinating story, in that we are given the gift of being able to know her thoughts. This woman had...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 20, 2021

    June 20, 2021 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Jb 38:1, 8-11 | 2 Cor 5:14-17 | Mk 4:35-41 ####At Sea with Jesus The storm-tossed situation of the boatload of disciples fits well with what we know of Galilean patterns of severe weather and first-century Palestinian fishing boats. The Sea of Galilee sits cupped in a bowl of mountainous highlands. The contrast between the warmth of the sun- heated water and...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 13, 2021

    June 13, 2021 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Ezek 17:22-24 | 2 Cor 5:6-10 | Mk 4:26-34 Jesus teaches the meaning of the reign or kingdom of God by way of two parables. In the first comparison, the reign of God is like seeds that a man plants in the soil. It is not the man, however, but the soil that makes the seeds sprout and grow in a way...

  • ICCH Bulletin of June 6, 2021

    June 6, 2021 Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Gn 3:9–15 | 2 Cor Corinthians 4:13—5:1 | Mk 3:20–35 The Book of Genesis, from which is taken the first reading today, sets forth the experience of sin that began our later experiences of sin. Sin is contagious is so many ways. So often we blame sin on others instead of accepting our own responsibilities. The author of this passage from Genesis...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 30, 2021

    May 30, 2021 Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Dt 4:32-34, 39-40 | Rom 8:14-17 | Mt 28:16-20 ###Go Make Disciples of All Nations The Season of Easter ended last Sunday when we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost. Today is Trinity Sunday. As we continue to move forward with an easing of lockdown and social restrictions, today is the day to praise and acknowledge the love and power of the...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 16, 2021

    May 16, 2021 Seventh Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26 | 1 Jn 4:11-16 | Jn 17:11b-19 Gospel Summary This passage is part of the high-priestly prayer of Jesus that John uses as the climax of the Last Supper Discourse. Its beauty of poetic expression and depth of meaning cannot be captured in a prosaic summary. A summary at most serves as a focus for study in preparation for...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 9, 2021

    May 9, 2021 Sixth Sunday of Easter !! NO MASS AT CHURCH TODAY !! Today’s Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 | 1 Jn 4:7-10 | Jn 15:9-17 Today’s readings include a dizzying celebration of Jesus and his love and friendship for us. The first line of the gospel is from Jesus: I love you. The final words tell us how to follow him: Love one another, something repeated in the epistle from 1 John. In...

  • ICCH Bulletin of May 2, 2021

    May 2, 2021 Fifth Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 9:26-31 | 1 John 3:18-24 | John 15:1-8 «I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you.» The Lord Jesus...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 18, 2021

    April 18, 2021 Third Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 | 1 John 2:1-5 | Lk 24:35-48 Introduction: The common theme of today’s readings is the challenge to adjust our lives to the living presence of the risen Lord as we grow daily more aware of the presence of His Holy Spirit within us and surrounding us. This awareness should strengthen our hope in His promises, bring us to true...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 11, 2021

    April 11, 2021 Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 4:32-35 | 1 John 5:1-6 | John 20:19-31 Introduction: The readings for this Sunday are about God’s mercy, the necessity for trusting Faith, and our need for the forgiveness of our sins. The opening prayer addresses the Father as “God of everlasting Mercy.” In the Responsorial Psalm (Ps 118), we repeat several times, “His mercy endures forever!” God...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 25, 2021

    April 25, 2021 Fourth Sunday of Easter Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 4:8-12 | 1 Jn 3:1-2 | Jn 10:11-18 ###Call and Response For many, if not all of us who live in tower blocks or housing estates, the chances of meeting a shepherd or seeing a flock of sheep are very rare! The language and image that Jesus offers us today in the gospel can seem a bit strange to us and may...

  • ICCH Bulletin of April 4, 2021

    April 4, 2021 Easter Sunday Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 | Col 3:1-4 | Jn 20:1-9 […] “…early in the morning, while it was still dark…” Easter begins in the half-light, in the midst of fear, bewilderment, pain, and a profound loss of certainty. The certainty of the Creeds we proclaim will come later. On that Easter morn in the beginning what faint glow of hope was present in the midst of...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 28, 2021

    March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 50:4-7 | Phil 2:6-11 | Mk 14:1–15:47 Today we begin the celebration of Holy Week. For many of us, this is known as Palm Sunday. But if we came here to Church only because of the palms, we are terribly mistaken. This celebration is not about the palms. This is all about the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, the...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 21, 2021

    March 21, 2021 Fifth Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Jer 31:31-34 | Heb 5:7-9 | John 12:20-33 The Gospel of today begins with the desire of the Greeks who were among those who had come to Jerusalem to worship at the feast to meet Jesus. These perhaps were not the Greek-speaking Jews but were gentiles. So they went to Philip, one of the disciples of Jesus, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 14, 2021

    March 14, 2021 Fourth Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23 | Eph 2:4-10 | Jn 3:14-21 Jesus is lifted up for all to see In Jewish history Moses is a key figure. He led the people from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. Before they reached the Promised Land they had to pass through the desert and this was not always an easy experience for them!...

  • ICCH Bulletin of March 7, 2021

    March 7, 2021 Third Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Exod 20:1-17 | 1 Cor 1:22-25 | John 2:13-25 This Lent the First Readings from the Old Testament or Hebrew Scriptures present various covenants between God and his people. We reflect on them during Lent to help us have a greater understanding of the New Covenant in the blood of Jesus which we celebrate at Easter. Two weeks ago we had the covenant...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 21, 2021

    February 21, 2021 First Sunday of Lent Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Gn 9:8-15 | 1 Pet 3:18-22 | Mk 1:12-15 Part of Lent is deepening our awareness that we people who have a Covenant with the Living God. We are not just people who believe in God. We are a people sought out by God, a people formed by God and a people with a special love relationship with God. Only when we are...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 14, 2021

    February 14, 2021 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Lv 13:1-2, 44-46 | 1 Cor 10:31-11:1 | Mk 1:40-45 ###Only Say the Word, and My Soul Shall Be Healed In the Gospel Reading, Jesus reaches out to touch a leper; and, by touching him heals him. Leprosy is a disease worth fearing. It disfigures and disables a person. The ancient world thought it could be transmitted by touch. For the sake...

  • ICCH Bulletin of February 7, 2021

    February 7, 2021 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7 | 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23 | Mk 1:29-39 Today we continue to read from Mark’s Gospel, learning more about the ministry of Jesus. Jesus cured Simon’s mother-in-law, and she immediately began to serve Jesus and his disciples. Jesus also cured many others who were brought to him, healing their illnesses and driving out demons. As we will see throughout...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 31, 2021

    January 31, 2021 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: Dt 18:15-20 | 1 Cor 7:32-35 | Mk 1:21-28 “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.” […] Our psalm says, “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.” which invites us to consider two questions – That question of “If” – what does it take to hear God’s voice today? And how do you make sure you...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 24, 2021

    January 24, 2021 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 | 1 Cor 7:29-31 | Mk 1:14-20 Unless one attends daily mass today is the only time a Catholic will hear a passage from the book of Jonah, one of the so-called twelve “minor prophets” of the Old Testament. These prophets are not “minor” in the importance of their message but rather in the brevity of their works: while...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 17, 2021

    January 17, 2021 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome Father Mathew Today’s Readings: 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19 | 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20 | Jn 1:35-42 ###Who’s calling? In the First Reading, Samuel, who was still young, was waked up by hearing his name called in the night. He thought that the person calling him was Eli, the old priest whom Samuel served. But Samuel was wrong in thinking this. It was the Lord calling. God...

  • ICCH Bulletin of January 10, 2021

    January 10, 2021 The Baptism of the Lord (Feast) Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 | Acts 10:34-38 | Mk 1:7-11 The Christmas season ends today with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The beginning and end of the season have much in common. On Christmas, we celebrate God becoming one of us, taking upon himself a human nature. On the Feast of the Baptism, we celebrate the public proclamation that...

  • Our program for the seasons of Advent and Christmas

    You are invited to join us at ICCH in worship and more at the following times: December 3 Sunday Mass, followed by Social Gathering December 10 Sunday Mass December 17 Sunday Mass December 24 Mass of the 4th Sunday of Advent (no Christmas Vigil in English) December 25 Christmas Mass December 31 Sunday Mass (Holy Family) January 1 Mass on the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God January 6 Mass on the Epiphany January 7...