Faith & Worship
Welcome! We are glad that you are interested in finding out more. Something prompted you to visit this website. Maybe it was curiosity? Maybe it was just an impulse? Maybe it was faith?
Whatever brought you here - accident or design - you are welcome.
Faith is a gift that we did nothing to deserve. It is a gift of the Spirit of Jesus, not some kind of status or qualification that we have achieved by our own work. A gift is a blessing, so no one is 'better' or 'worse' because they have the gift of faith in God. Rather, faith makes us people of hope, and stirs up the spark of God’s love hidden deep within. The heart of Christian faith is that “we have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” (First Letter of St John 4:16). Really believing that moves us to worship our God, to pray to the One who loves us. Prayer keeps us open to God.
To pray alone is good and essential, but it is even more beautiful and fruitful to pray with others, since the Lord assures us he is present wherever two or three are gathered in his name ( Mt 18:20). There are many ways to pray and to get to know Jesus.
It is worth making space for prayer in our lives each day.
Why? To be like Christ. The work of every Christian is to imitate Christ in our daily lives.
How? Jesus answers: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). Taking up the cross means following God's Will rather that thinking always of our own short term interests, even, maybe especially, in the little things that make up our day. There is a battle going on inside us, between the inner call to do the will of Christ, responding wholeheartedly to the love God has for us and our own often selfish will. It is possible to follow Christ because he promises he will always be with us to give us the strength to do what he wants.
The presence of the strength and life of Christ with us and within us is what we call grace (a word that means ‘gift’). If we work with this grace, we grow closer to him and even though we may have troubles Christ brings peace and joy. In all this we realise that we cannot work or do any good unless we are in harmony with the love God has for us. This is part of worshipping God –realizing that we depend totally on him – for the air we breathe, our very life, everything. That’s why we worship God and God alone.
These pages offer resources and support to anyone who would like to learn more about being a Catholic, about prayer and how we pray together - each day, on Sunday and on special occassions like pilgrimages.
- On being a Catholic
- Some reflections
- An occassional 'Day in the Life' blog
- Pastorals - Letters from our Christian leaders
- Mass online
- Sunday thoughts
- Daily prayers & blessings
- Liturgy - our public prayer together
- Diocesan Pilgrimage