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Presider’s Page for 3 December (First Sunday of Advent B)

Advent begins today; the season is at its shortest this year. During these first two weeks, the Church focuses on the end of time, when Christ will come in glory. Then, for the last week of Advent, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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Preparing to Preach

Preparing to Preach I’d like to share an excerpt (below) from a sprightly piece called Perpetual Preparation by Kenton Anderson, online at http://www.preaching.org. There are lots of other fine insights on his webpage, suggesting approaches to the homily.  By the way, the proposed Homily Resources for the month of December…

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Diversions for Advent Sunday 4A!

Some minor points to let your mind wander on in the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A. Pádraig McCarthy.

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30 July, 2013. Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week

The Way of the LORD’s Covenant The giving of the Law is reported in Exodus chapters 19-24, but the theological commentary on it (chapters 32-34) is key to the entire Book of Exodus

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April 16. A Plea from the Pews

Listening to Homilies: A Plea from the Pews

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Church should accept gay people as they are

Brian Fahy shares the lesson of accepting people as they are, which he learned from his late wife Margaret. He wishes the church would learn to accept all its gay members as they are — drawing on the story of the Prodigal Son to illustrate his message.

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Is the Budget a topic for a homily on the Good News?

Pádraig McCarthy believes the Budget should figure in priests’ homilies and queries the silence of official church voices

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Priests can reflect the warmth of Christ to their congregations

Mary O. Vallely reflects on her reecent experience of  a christening in Scotland, where she was saddened by the lack of real welcome for the newly baptised babies and their parents. She appeals to priests to make real, warm, loving connections with their congregations, adding that a smile — or…

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Where are the penitents? Trends in Confession: John Cornwell

An interesting article on the current state of the Sacrament of Confession by John Cornwell.  Taken from The Tablet.

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The Bread and the Olympics

The Olympics and John Ch. 6. Two different worlds. Or are they? Pádraig McCarthy.

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Olympic Liturgy!

The opening ceremony of the London Olympics was striking for its liturgical rites and allusions.

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Communion from the Chalice should be given at every Mass

Bernard Cotter argues that Communion from the chalice should be universally available in Ireland, given the high number of coeliacs in its population

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Reflection on Mothering Sunday 2012

Mary O’Vallely sent in this beautiful reflection for Mother’s Day

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Reflection on Mothering Sunday 2012

Mary O’Vallely sent in this beautiful reflection for Mother’s Day

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Info on St Patrick available on new website

What do we actually know about St Patrick? Do we know anything for sure? How can we find out? Behind all the later traditions which grew around him, reflecting his influence on the people of Ireland, we have his own words. There’s now a website where you can get back…

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The New Rite of Marriarge

Padraig McCarthy has supplied us with the links for those who are looking for the Rite of Marriage as it will be celebrated when the New Missal come in this Autumn. We thank him for this information

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Reflection on Lent in the Parish: Bernard Cotter

Lent acts as an annual call to renewal, and can easily be used as a seven-week period of formation. New ministries can be started and existing ones renewed, while the whole parish becomes refreshed and ready to answer its baptismal call to service…

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