RC Diocese of Aberdeen
  • Homily for the 1st Sunday of Lent 19/02/2018 RCDA

    Today Jesus is driven by the Holy Spirit into the desert, and there he is for forty days, tempted by Satan. It’s a mysterious episode: on the edge of human experience, as it were; liminal, marginal, fringe. The first striking thing is that it happens immediately after Jesus has been baptized ...

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  • Homily for Station Mass 17/02/2018 RCDA

    “ is the time in the vineyard of the Lord, when, at the planting of the new vines, the old vines are pruned, that they may bear more fruit” (from the Order of Penance, Penitential Celebrations for Lent). That captures what’s going on in Lent. It’s good to think of vines ...

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  • Homily for Ash Wednesday 2018 14/02/2018 RCDA

    When I became bishop, I found in the house chapel a casket. Inside the casket were relics of several saints. Some of these were actually bones, one or two a few inches long. They claimed to be the bones of saints of many centuries ago. Recently, I thought it would ...

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  • Homily for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B) 11/02/2018 RCDA

    The power of God’s word is what the today’s readings deliver. The Lord says to Moses, ‘I will raise up a prophet like yourself for them…I will put my words into his mouth and he shall tell them all I command him.’ ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’, says Jesus ...

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  • Memoria Dei 11/02/2018 RCDA

    Talk to the Religious of the Diocese. I’d like to talk about the memory of God. It is a great theme. God remembers and so do we. So, memory is a place where we and God can meet. As consecrated persons we are called in an especial way to remember God, ...

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  • Homily for the Funeral of Canon William Anderson 19/01/2018 RCDA

    That Gospel has not been read by chance. It was chosen for this occasion by the much-loved man whose life we are here to be eucharistic about: Fr. Bill Anderson, remembering him, giving thanks for his goodness and commending his soul to the mercy of God. It’s the Gospel of the ...

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  • Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany 11/01/2018 RCDA

    Epiphany means ‘manifestation.’ But that’s a heavy word. An ‘epiphany’ is an outburst, an explosion, of light and of a light falling on us, lighting us. This is a beautiful feast, and in the Church’s mind a great one. Listening to the Gospel, what happens today? ‘After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of ...

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  • Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent 09/01/2018 RCDA

    Today is both the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. This conflation brings certain people before us. They’re not Christ. They’re pointers to Christ. They sketch him. They draw the lines which tomorrow he will fill in with the colour of his presence. The first names may surprise: Adam and ...

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  • Epiphany Message 2018 06/01/2018 RCDA

    Message for the feast of Epiphany 2018 by Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB:  

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  • Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God 02/01/2018 RCDA

    Today’s Liturgy is full of good things. It helps us begin our New Year under the protection of God’s blessing. It helps us set our compass. Let’s look at what is on the table. It is, as we all know, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. On 8th December we ...

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  • Feast of the Holy Family 01/01/2018 RCDA

    The Bible is full of families. It begins with a couple, and mentions three of their children: Cain, Abel and Seth. The story of the people of Israel begins with Abraham and Sarah and their children. Genesis is all family histories. The Gospel of St Matthew begins with Jesus’ family ...

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  • Homily for Christmas Day, 2017 31/12/2017 RCDA

    We’ve come to Bethlehem. We’ve heard the words of the angels: ‘Glory to God in the highest’. We’ve come down from the hills and found the cave in the rock where the animals are stabled. We’ve seen the child. We’ve felt the grace. I’m talking of us and all the ...

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  • Homily for Christmas Midnight Mass 30/12/2017 RCDA

    How good to be in Bethlehem again! How good to be around the Crib! Our situation, inner or outer, can diminish our receptivity, it’s true. But even then… And if our heart is ready and the field is open, how Christmas can enchant us! How its tenderness can touch us! It’s ...

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  • Christmas Message 24/12/2017 RCDA

    Christmas Message from Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB:  

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  • Pastoral Letter for 4th Sunday of Advent 23/12/2017 RCDA

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May I wish you all a joyful Christmas and a good New Year. May I also thank you each and all for your faith and fidelity. I would like also to thank especially all those who help the Church voluntarily in her mission here, in ...

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