The Time Has Come

Archbishop Dermot Farrell,

Advent Pastoral Letter, 2022

I am struck by the phrase from the Letter to the Romans offered to us in the First Sunday of Advent liturgy: ‘You know “the time” has come: you must wake up now; our salvation is even nearer than when we were converted.’ (Romans 13:11). Jesus in the Gospel, reflecting on the second coming of the Son of Man, asks us all to stand ready (see Matthew 24:44).

In every generation we are asked to be ready, recognising the salvation offered in Christ Jesus, on fire with his Spirit, proclaiming the Gospel in every season, finding new ways to witness to the presence and power of Christ in our own lives and to the people of our time.

Over the past year and more, our parishes have been asked for their thoughts on the future direction of the Church in the Archdiocese. We have much to do: supporting people to deepen their faith and relationship with God; creating the structures that support vibrant communities of faith; advocating for those who are on the margins (see Statement of Mission, February 2022).

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2023

Friday 5th – Saturday 13th May

Tiberias (3 nights) – Jerusalem (5 nights) 

We will begin our Pilgrimage in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee from where we will visit Cana, Mount Tabor, Magdala, Tabgha, Capernaum, and Nazareth. A drive through the Jordan Valley will take us to the Baptismal site of Jesus, Yasar Al-Yahud, and on to Jerusalem where we will visit the Old City and the main sacred places, with an easy day to explore the Holy City at leisure after Mass at Ein Karem, the place of the Visitation. We will visit Bethlehem where we will pray in the Church of the Nativity and at the Shepherds Fields, and we will end our pilgrimage with Mass at Emmaus where the disciples recognised Jesus at the breaking of the bread.