Posts by John Barr

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IN 2019?

by John Barr

Weather forecasters tell us 2019 is shaping up to be hottest and perhaps the driest year on record. That’s a worry, a real worry. This year is a critical one. The British are embroiled with Brexit while the United States is dealing with an impasse concerning the border wall and the issue of immigration. The […]

THE YEAR AHEAD

by John Barr

What does the New Year look like for you? I always feel New Year’s Eve creeps up on me, given the fact that Christmas is such a busy time. But for many people New Year is big. Celebrations are much bigger than Christmas. Churches in places like Africa, the Pacific and Asia are packed for […]

MAKING ROOM AT THE INN

by John Barr

When the heavily pregnant Mary arrived in Bethlehem, together with her husband, Joseph, there was no place for them to say. After making that arduous 130 kilometre journey from Nazareth through the dangerous hills of Samaria and the parched wilderness of Judea the “full house” signs were up all over town. There was no room […]

“UPSIDE DOWN” DAYS

by John Barr

Have you ever experienced an “upside down” day – one of those days that start off normally? But, by the time the day is over, things have changed irretrievably? Life is upended. Everything capsizes. The solid ground vanishes from beneath your feet. One is left suspended in a sea of bewilderment and chaos. Just over […]

TODAY IN WEST EPPING

by John Barr

Last Sunday evening I preached the message during the 6pm Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church, Epping. It was a great privilege and I thank Fr. Peter Dowd for his kind invitation. The church comes in many different shapes and forms. During the course of my ministry I have engaged in […]

TOGETHER IN CHRIST

by John Barr

My much loved black cat upsets me at times. She likes routine and, when things change or when a stranger enters the room, my cat becomes fidgety and anxious. She becomes quite irrational and distraught. Cats love routine. They covet predictability. Everything is fine – as long as nothing changes! I think people are like […]

ALL SAINTS

by John Barr

“Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” is a huge celebration in Mexico. Celebrated last Thursday, this day honours those who have died. “Day of the Dead” is derived from pre-Hispanic times and it was effectively Christianised by the Roman Catholic Church. The day includes all kinds of festivities including vibrant processions, rowdy […]

A PRAYER FOR THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE

by John Barr

A PRAYER TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE L: Remember, Lord, those whose stories were unspoken and untold. L: Jesus, remember them when you come into your kingdom. L: Remember, Lord, those whose minds were darkened and disturbed by memories of war. R: Jesus, remember them when you come into your kingdom. L: Remember, […]

WHY DOES CHRISTMAS COME SO EARLY?

by John Barr

Do you know there are only 65 days left to Christmas? One thing is for sure, our retailers won’t be letting us forget. Big W is said to have started displaying Christmas decorations on their shelves more than a month ago. Meanwhile reports from the UK claim Christmas cards, wrapping paper and mince pies have […]

MAGPIES

by John Barr

Did you know that the magpie is Australia’s favourite bird? Known to many as a familiar friend, that doting black and white songbird can become a bit of a nightmare during the breeding season. Pedestrians and cyclists, alike, can be subject to terrifying aerial assaults as magpies seek to protect their young. But it’s a […]