Posts by Fr Neil Chatfield

The Calais Jungle

On Saturday 10th October I made a visit with a friend to the migrant camp in Calais called the Jungle and a return visit was made on 7th November. I had heard much and read lots of contradictory things about this camp via the media. The Jungle is not a new phenomenon. I made contact […]

Jesus taught as one who had authority: Homily for 1st February 2015.

In our modern tech world, those who shout loudest and those who with great emotion speak about the cause close to their hearts often sway opinion. Anyone who might think other wise is often in danger of being dismissed and shouted down. A passionate, emotional stance on any given subject can be mistaken as an […]

Homily for Easter 4: Encountering Christ, preaching the Gospel.

We encounter the preaching of the Apostle Peter following his incredible encounter with the Risen Lord, the breathing of Jesus upon them with the words “Receive the Holy Spirit” and the manifestation of that Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This series of events transform the fearful disciples into Apostles, the denying Peter into the Rock on […]

Homily from Easter 3: Seeing the Risen Christ at the breaking of bread.

In the Gospel we encounter the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Their journey was taking them away from Jerusalem and the temple which was a vivid sign of God’s presence in the midst of this people. Why they were travelling this road is not clear. However, there is a powerful symbolic gesture in […]

The Seven Last Words 6: “It is Finished.”

When Jesus has received the sour wine, he said ‘It is finished’ and bowed his head and gave up his spirit. After receiving the sour wine in fulfilment of the scripture, Jesus utters the word “It is finished.” One, with some sympathy, may think that, in the light of the terrible suffering that he has […]

The Last Seven Words 5: “I thirst.”

“I thirst,” stands alone as a stark statement of one who has suffered so much: the pain and suffering of the scourging; the sweat and toil of the Via Dolorosa; the blood lost and the struggle to breathe in the slow suffocation and the crucifixion. It is no surprise that the one crucified would seek […]