Life to the full

Welcome

life to the full

It is a joy to have you here.

We are convinced at St Benedict’s that life with Jesus is not less, but more; in fact, it is everything! Jesus came to give you life. Not just any life, but life to the full.

We desire that everyone would experience that life-changing encounter with Jesus, grow as disciples and be sent out to bring the love of God to others. 

Jesus described His Father as one who waits for you with open arms, always ready to embrace. Come, be embraced by the Father.

We look forward to meeting you.

"People are made for happiness, rightly, then, you thirst for happiness. Christ has the answer to this desire of yours. But he asks you to trust Him."

St John Paul 2

being catholic

We are made in God’s image and likeness and meant for a deep, loving relationship with Him. Unfortunately, sin breaks our friendship with God. Sin is missing the mark, turning away from God and placing our trust in something other than God.

But God had a plan. God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, who became man, died on the cross and rose from the grave for our salvation. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. By this our relationship with God is restored. 

When Jesus left earth he didn’t leave us orphans, he established a Church. Through the Church we participate in the life of God. God wants to change us, perfect us, fulfil our every desire and bring us to eternal life with him in Heaven. God does this through the Sacraments and through His Church. 

made for greatness

Life is tedious if it is meaningless; it is not tedious if it has a purpose.

Imagine a farmer who planted wheat one week, dug it up and replaced it with barley, then changed it for tomato seeds, then replaced them with oats. When harvest time comes there would be no harvest. If this was repeated again and again, the farmer would go quite mad. 

With the lack of a fixed plan, a spiritual goal, we become quite mad. Some people change their purpose in life based on the latest book or tv show or trend. They become addicted to motion and change for its own sake. The result is boredom, frustration and anxiety. 

What is our purpose in life? We are not like anything else in the world. Chemicals, plants and animals are made to exist, live and move respectively. But we are made for something particular, something more, namely to know and to will. 

We want to know the truth, which is why we develop science and philosophy. We enjoy asking questions of and about the world. However, the mind is never quite satisfied with knowledge of one thing or one subject. It wants to know everything about everything, we want truth itself. 

We also desire what is good. We wish to see justice done and goodness to ourselves and others. But we aren’t satisfied by one good act or one piece of justice achieved. Our will wants goodness itself. 

Truth itself and goodness itself are precisely what we mean by God. Hence, our deepest desires indicate that we are wired for God. 

We are most happy when we are doing that which we were made for. We are not made to be boring. We are not made to go from one worldview to another. We are meant to fix ourselves on the worldview that truly satisfies the deepest yearning of our souls. That is, the worldview of God. When we do this, we are no longer bored. We find a thrill and a romance to life. 

Pope Benedict XVI summed this up well when he said “The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” A life lived with God is great and satisfies our deepest yearning, a life lived with anything else is boring and unfulfilling.

What next?

Here are some options

What next?

Here are some options

come along

Come along to an event or one of our Masses

Here are all the Mass times for weekdays and weekends.

Tips for anyone thinking about coming for the first time.

See the Parish Priest’s Welcome to Parishioners and newcomers.

try praying

Have you ever tried praying? Here are some great resources to begin or go deeper

Check out our page dedicated to easing anyone into prayer.

Prayer is a relationship with a person, Jesus. Discover Him.

Want to go deeper in your prayer life? Here’s some suggestions.

"Knowing Jesus is the best gift that anyone can ever receive. That we have encountered Him is the best thing that has happened in our lives. And making Him known by our deeds and words is our greatest joy."

St Maximilian Kolbe

watch a video

Grab a cuppa and watch one of these videos 

Our Parish Priest has a word of welcome for you.

Sycamore is for people exploring Christianity.

Have a look at our Parish YouTube Channel.

Your journey Starts Here

“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure.”

St Augustine