First Sunday of Lent

First reading: Genesis 9:8-15 The rainbow as the sign of God’s covenant with mankind Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth … Read More

ASH WEDNESDAY

Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes for Celebration at Home In preparation for this celebration, cover a small table with a white cloth and place a crucifix and a a lit candle on the table. Prepare a container with ash which you may have received from your parish or which you can make by burning a blessed palm. … Read More

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 Lepers had to live apart. Only if a priest pronounced a leper cured could he or she come back into normal life. The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: “When a person has on the skin of his body a swelling or an eruption or a spot, and it turns into a leprous disease … Read More

Support the parish

This weekend, I want to thank in a special way, all those who have continued to support St. Stephen’s parish financially. With your help, we have continued to function and remain afloat during the present difficult situation which also affects individuals and households in many ways. If you are considering to support the parish in whatever way you could via … Read More

The Sunday Message

Dear Parishioner, Hope you are keeping well and remaining positive as I bring you the good news of the 5th Sunday of the Ordinary Time Year B. I use the word ‘positive’ deliberately because some of our older parishioners – at least the ones I have spoken to on the phone in the past few days – have either been vaccinated … Read More

Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading: Job 7:1-4, 6-7 Job wrestles with the problem of innocent suffering Job said: “Do not human beings have a hard service on earth and are not their days like the days of a labourer? Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like labourers who look for their wages, so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights … Read More

His Words

“Knowledge of Christ makes us confident that whatever our eyes and our minds’ eyes cannot see, rather than nothing being there, there is someone who is waiting for us… Whatever experience may touch us on our journey, God’s love can turn it into good.” Pope Francis

Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading:  Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Moses predicts the coming of a future prophet greater than himself Moses said to the people: “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet lie me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of … Read More