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29 April 2020

Plagues: What We Can Learn from the Bible

In this fascinating video, Fr. Anthony Giambrone, O.P., reflects on the significance of plagues.

Are they punishment? Are they of no significance at all? Click below to find out.

Painting of the Visitation
21 April 2020


Today is Tuesday in the Second Week of Eastertide. It is also the Memoria of S. Anselm, Monk and Bishop, and the Queen's 94th birthday - perhaps these each of these three events is a good enough reason for some celebration, even in isolation.

14 April 2020

Archbishop Comensoli's Easter message

Watch Archbishop Peter A Comensoli's 2020 Easter message, and be encouraged.

Light entering baroque cathedral window
5 April 2020

Dominican liturgical and theological resources online

You'll find below some links to Dominican liturgical and theological resources, for all of us shut in at the moment. Though we cannot be present at Mass right now, we can seek spiritual communion with the Lord online.

Right now, the Dominican Friars will livestream Sunday Mass from Blackfriars, Oxford, UK at 9.30 am (UK time) from Sunday 29 March onwards until further notice.

5 April 2020

Archbishop calls us to Christian hope

Archbishop Comensoli's sermon for the last week's Fourth Sunday in Lent bears re-reading right now. In difficult times, Christians have more than just optimism. We have hope.

Click through to be encouraged.


5 April 2020

PRAYERS IN TIME OF A PANDEMIC - from bishop peter elliott

Bishop Peter Elliot has shared these prayers appropriate for the challenges we are now facing.

The early Christians prayed in the church of the home. Once more, in troubled times when public worship has to be restricted, we are called to pray in “the domestic church”, always aware of the promise of Jesus, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” (Matthew 18:20).

2 April 2020

A reflection from the Holy Land

A message from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem:

Reflections from the Holy Land Status Update – Coronavirus

Not in our wildest dreams would have anyone imagined that by now some 50% of humanity is under lockdown, normal life as we have known it came to a standstill... It is indeed a strange world that we live in that all of a sudden humanity was forced to take a pause, look back, reflect, concentrate on what is important in life, re-discover family and spend more time with family members, and as Archbishop Pizzaballa recently reminded me during a recent meeting “to pray hard as this is the only thing we are allowed to do during the current conditions of lockdowns and curfews”.

30 March 2020


The Church keeps calling us to Joy! Yet, in this difficult time of illness, and fear of illness, perhaps we may have a specially acute sense of reality – a return to a “2020 vision” – seeing the world and ourselves and our vocations as we are, as God sees us.

25 March 2020

A message from the Pope

The Pope has sent the message below regarding the COVID-19 outbreak:

"Dear brothers and sisters

In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven...."

24 March 2020

Library shutdown due to coronavirus

As you all know, most of our public institutions are being closed due to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Because of the risk of infection by the coronavirus, and to keep our members and volunteers safe, the Committee has decided to close physical access to the Library premises until further notice. This decision is effective immediately, and includes both members and volunteers.

20 March 2020

Novena for protection in a time of coronavirus

The good folk over at have launched a novena today for protection from the coronavirus, invoking the intercession of

  1. The Fourteen Holy Helpers, those who lived during the time of the plague.
  2. St. Anthony the Great, patron of those affected by infectious diseases.
  3. St. Edmund, patron for victims of pandemics.
  4. St. Damien of Molokai, who put himself at risk to minister to lepers.
  5. St. Rocco, who is venerated for his prayers for those suffering from infectious diseases.
  6. St. Joseph, patron of the dying.
  7. St. Jude and St. Rita, patrons of impossible causes.
  8. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who founded hospitals dedicated to caring for the sick.
  9. Mary, Undoer of Knots.

You can find more details at:

13 March 2020

New subscription prices for Library membership from 1 April

As we mentioned in our recent email, in 2020 the Library Committee is working to put the Library on a more sustainable financial footing.

One area we have reviewed is subscription prices for borrowing. These have not been changed for over a decade. Our costs have risen significantly in this time.