Why did you have your child baptised?

by Sr Tamsin Mary  A talk for parents of first communicants

In the next couple of weeks we will be talking to your children about baptism, and they will perhaps ask you questions. This session is a reflection on the type of answer you might want to give to them. 
Between seven and ten years ago you became the parents of a new little person. Your lives changed forever, and you entered (or re-entered) a world of sleep deprivation and nappies, baby-grows and feeding times. In among all of this you fell in love. And you chose to have your baby baptised. 
What were you thinking, what were you doing when you did that?

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A Dominican and a Carmelite walk into a bar…

A sermon preached at Vespers for the Opening of the Academic Year at Fisher House, the Roman Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of Cambridge by Sr Ann Catherine Swailes o.p.


A Dominican and a Carmelite walk into a bar…

This isn’t the opening line of a terrible joke, but an invitation to a  kind of thought experiment for the opening of the academic year. Those of you who are new to Cambridge will doubtless have been bombarded already with well-meaning, and more or less helpful, advice about what to expect from your time here and how to make the most of it. Some of this will have been in official induction sessions in college or faculty, but more useful information is often communicated in more informal settings.

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"Have but one soul and one heart in God."

PART  II of the clothing ceremony

After the reception of the habit and greetings by the Prioress General & the Community:

Having come this far I commit you now to the care of your novice mistress Sister Angela Mary who will assist you in adapting to our Dominican way of life by studying and observing the Rule and Constitutions.

However, I cannot let the saint of the day go unmentioned because St Vincent de Paul has a timely message for novices and all of us, especially as regards the priority of charity. 

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'A liturgical pilgrimage' Reception of the Habit 27th September 2018

by Sr M. Pauline Burling (Prioress General of our Congregation)

PART I:Address to the novices to be at the beginning of the Clothing Ceremony.

“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine let him renounce himself (herself) and take up his cross and follow me.  For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, will save it.” (Mark 8:34/5)

Postulants kneel 'What do you seek?' 'Gods mercy and yours.'

On 12 September you entered our Novitiate House formally prior to receiving the Dominican habit.  In bygone decades you would have been called postulants because during these 15 days of preparation - much shortened, of course, when compared to 6 (9) months some of us present had.  Hopefully with the graces received, and possibly increased during your retreat, you may be even more resolved to ask (postulate) for the Dominican habit and thereby start the Novitiate proper.

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“ If you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man …you will not have life in you.”

A reflection by Sr Valery Walker

JOHN 6.60 – 69 Ben Ant. Sunday 21 “To whom shall we go, Lord? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and we know that you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Alleluiah! Our Lord says in today’s Gospel, “It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer.” And yet in last week’s Gospel we heard him say, “ If you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man …you will not have life in you.” Clearly, therefore, since the flesh offers life, but it is the Spirit that gives life, we must hold “flesh” and “Spirit” together and understand that by this union something new is brought about.

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