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Fr Patrick’s “Thought for the Week” for past weeks can be found here:

27th Sunday of Year 06Oct19

26th Sunday of Year 29Sep19

25th Sunday of Year 22Sep19

24th Sunday of Year 15Sep19

23rd Sunday of Year 08Sep19

22nd Sunday of Year 01Sep19

21st Sunday of Year 25Aug19

20th Sunday of Year 18Aug19

19th Sunday of Year 11Aug19

18th Sunday of Year 04Aug19

17th Sunday of Year 28Jul19

16th Sunday of Year 21Jul19

15th Sunday of Year 14Jul19

14th Sunday of Year 07Jul19

Sts Peter & Paul 30Jun19

Corpus Christi 23Jun19

Trinity Sunday 16Jun19

Pentecost 09 Jun19

Seventh Sunday of Easter 02Jun19

There was no “Thought for the Week” for 26May19

Fifth Sunday of Easter 19May19

Fourth Sunday of Easter 12May19

Third Sunday of Easter 05May19

Second Sunday of Easter 28Apr19

Easter Sunday 21Apr19

Palm Sunday 14Apr19

Lent 5th Sun 07Apr19

Lent 4th Sun 31Mar19

Lent 3rd Sun 24Mar19

Lent 2nd Sun 17Mar19

Lent 1st Sun 10Mar19

8th Sunday of Year 03Mar19

7th Sunday of Year 24Feb19

6th Sunday of Year 17Feb19

5th Sunday of Year 10Feb19

There was no “Thought for the Week” for 03Feb19

3rd Sunday of Year 27Jan19

2nd Sunday of Year 20Jan19

There was no “Thought for the Week” for 13Jan19

Solemnity of the Epiphany 06Jan19

Feast of the Holy Family 30Dec18

Advent 4th Sun 23Dec18

Advent 3rd Sun 16Dec18

Advent 2nd Sun 09Dec18

Advent 1st Sun 02Dec18


Blessed Dominic Barberi

Blessed Dominic Barberi (born 1792) was an Italian theologian and a member of the Passionist Congregation. He was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1963. Blessed Dominic is best known for receiving Blessed John Henry Newman into the Roman Catholic Church at Littlemore, near Oxford, in 1845, and his more local connection is that he died near Reading Railway Station in 1849.

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven

Queen of Heaven is a title given to the Virgin Mary by Christians mainly of the Roman Catholic Church, and also, to some extent, in Eastern Orthodoxy and Anglicanism. The title is a consequence of the First Council of Ephesus in the fifth century, in which the Virgin Mary was proclaimed “theotokos”, a title rendered in Latin as Mater Dei, in English “Mother of God” (From Wikipedia).

St Anne with Our Lady

Saint Anne (also known as Ann or Anna) of David’s house and line, was the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ, according to apocryphal Christian and Islamic tradition. Mary’s mother is not named in the canonical gospels, nor in the Qur’an. Anne’s name and that of her husband Joachim come only from New Testament apocrypha, of which the Protoevangelium of James (written perhaps around 150) seems to be the earliest that mentions them (From Wikipedia).

Blessed Hugh Faringdon

Blessed Hugh Faringdon (died 1539) was a Benedictine monk who presided as the last Abbot of Reading Abbey. At the dissolution of the monasteries under King Henry VIII of England, Blessed Hugh was accused of high treason and executed. He was declared a martyr and beatified in 1895.


The above four images, displayed at the High Altar, were painted by Marcelo Lavallen, who is the artist responsible for the beautiful artwork in the restored Shrine.

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