Liturgy

The gist of each reading is suggested in a single line; then the full text of the readings (NRSV for inclusive language); finally some homiletic reflections on the day’s readings. On many weekdays we offer two approaches to a homily. One is usually based on the first Reading, with sometimes a link to the main idea in the Gospel. The second approach will be drawn from that day’s Gospel. These are loosely based on notes made available by Fr. Martin Hogan p.p.

Fr Pat Rogers cp, Mount Argus, Dublin.

6 June 2022 – Monday – The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Feast, (Tuam) St Jarlath – a disciple of St Enda, founded a monastery in Tuam in the sixth century. 1st Reading: Genesis 3:9-15, 20 (or Acts 1: 12-14) Enmity between the serpent and the woman But the Lord God called to the man,…

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5 June 2022 – Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday (Note choice for Second Reading and Gospel) 1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11 The Spirit of God gives energy to the apostles and sends them out on their mission When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a…

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4 June 2022 – Saturday of Week 7 of Easter

Saturday of Week 7 of Easter Memorial: Ss Charles Lwanga and Companions, – 22 Ugandan youths martyred in 1886. 1st Reading: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 Paul is imprisoned in Rome, for two years, awaiting trial When we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who…

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3 June 2022 – Friday of Week 7 of Easter

Friday of Week 7 of Easter Memorial (Feast): St Kevin (Dublin) – settled in Glendalough where a monastic settlement grew, died in 618. 1st Reading: Acts 25:13-21 Paul, in prison at Caesarea, explains his predicament to king Agrippa After several days had passed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea…

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2 June 2022 – Thursday of Week 7 of Easter

Thursday of Week 7 of Easter Optional Memorial: Ss Marcellinus and Peter, martyred under Diocletian in 303. 1st Reading: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 Paul is cross-examined by the Jewish Council, in Jerusalem The next day, wanting to find out what Paul was being accused of by the Jews, [the Tribune] released…

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1 June 2022 – Wednesday of Week 7 of Easter

Wednesday of Week 7 of Easter Memorial: St Justin, martyred c 165. Born in the Holy Land, settled in Rome. A defender of Christian belief and practice. 1st Reading: Acts 20:28-38 Paul’s final advice to the church leaders: shepherd the church of God [Paul said to the leaders of the…

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31 May 2022 – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1st Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18 A hymn of joy to God my Saviour Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your…

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30 May 2022 – Monday of Week 7 of Easter

Monday of Week 7 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 19:1-8 In Ephesus, followers of John the Baptist become full members of the church While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive…

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29 May 2022 – The Ascension of the Lord 

The Ascension of the Lord 1st Reading: Acts 1:1-11 Ascension concludes Jesus’ ministry on earth and prepares for the gift of the Spirit at Pentecost In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up…

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28 May 2022 – Saturday of Week 6

Saturday of Week 6 1st Reading: Acts 18:23-28 Aquila, a learned convert from Judaism, helps the church in southern Greece After spending some time there he departed and went from place to place through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. Now there came to Ephesus a…

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27 May 2022 – Friday of Week 6 of Easter

Friday of Week 6 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Augustine of Canterbury 1st Reading: Acts 18:9-18 Paul’s trial by Gallio the proconsul breaks down for lack of evidence One night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for…

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26 May 2022 – Thursday of Week 6 of Easter

Thursday of Week 6 of Easter Memorial: St Philip Neri, 1515-1595, founder of the Congregation of the Oratory. 1st Reading: Acts 18:1-8 The early days of Paul’s mission in Corinth, and the friends he found there After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found a Jew…

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25 May 2022 – Wednesday of Week 6 of Easter

Wednesday of Week 6 of Easter Optional Memorials: St Bede the Venerable; St Gregory V11; St Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi. 1st Reading: Acts 17:15, 22-18:1 Paul’s clever sermon in the Areopagus, to lead the Greeks to the true God Those who were guiding Paul brought him as far as Athens;…

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24 May 2022 – Tuesday of Week 6 of Easter

Tuesday of Week 6 of Easter Also Day of Prayer for the Church in China – see bottom of page. 1st Reading: Acts 16:22-34 By their courage, Paul and Barnabas win new converts, in the Philippi jail The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of…

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21 May 2022 – Saturday of 5th Week of Easter

Saturday of Week 5 1st Reading: Acts 16:1-10 Timothy, a half-Jew, joins Paul in the missionary work Paul went on to Derbe and to Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer; but his father was a Greek. He was…

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Presider’s Page for 22 May (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

Presider’s Page for 22 May (Sixth Sunday of Easter) May 20 2022 SONGS AT MASS: Christ Be Beside Me; Spirit of the living God; Ag Críost an Síol ; Bring Flowers of the Rarest… Opening Comment The Ascension of Jesus will be celebrated next Sunday. As the Easter Season moves towards…

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20 May 2022 – Friday of Week 5 of Easter

Friday of Week 5 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 15:22-31 The decision of the Jerusalem Council goes out as a circular letter Then the apostles and the elders, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their members and to send them to Antioch with…

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19 May 2022 – Thursday 5th Week of Easter

Thursday of Week 5 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 15:7-21 Peter and James defend Paul’s missionary practice After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the…

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15 May 2022 – 5th Sunday of Easter, Year C

15 May 2022 – 5th Sunday of Easter, Year C 1st Reading: Acts 14:21-27 Paul situates Jesus as the goal of the history of God’s people Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for…

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14 May 2022 – St Matthias, Apostle

14 May 2022 – St Matthias, Apostle 1st Reading: Acts 1:15-17; 20-26 Matthias is selected to take the place of Judas Iscariot Then Peter stood up among the believers (numbering about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David…

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13 May 2022 – Friday of Week 4 of Easter

13 May 2022 – Friday of Week 4 of Easter Optional Memorial: Our Lady of Fatima (Is 61:9-11; Ps 44:11-12, 14-17, R/v 11; Lk11:27-18) 1st Reading: Acts 13:26-33 Jesus was put to death, but raised and exalted by God [Paul went on to say] “My brothers, you descendants of Abraham’s…

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12 May 2022 – Thursday of Week 4 of Easter

12 May 2022 – Thursday of Week 4 of Easter Optional Memorials: Ss Nereus and Achilleus; St Pancras 1st Reading: Acts 13:13-25 Paul’s summary of Israel’s history, up to the time of Christ Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John, however, left…

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11 May 2022 – Wednesday of Week 4 of Easter

11 May 2022 – Wednesday of Week 4 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 12:24-13:5 The growing church sends Barnabas and Saul on mission The word of God continued to advance and gain adherents. Then after completing their mission Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem and brought with them John, whose…

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10 May 2022 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Easter

10 May 2022 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Easter Optional Memorials: St Comgall; St John of Avila 1st Reading: Acts 11:19-26 Barnabas goes to Antioch and sees the grace of God at work Those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far…

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9 May 2022 – Monday of Week 4 of Easter

9 May 2022 – Monday of Week 4 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 11:1-18 By inspiration, Peter baptises the first pagan converts The apostles and believers in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized…

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8 May 2022 – 4th Sunday of Easter, Year C

8 May 2022 – 4th Sunday of Easter, Year C We celebrate Christ our Good Shepherd. Hearing his voice in the proclamation of the gospel, we follow him by living the gospel. 1st Reading: Acts 13:14, 43-52 Paul and Barnabas preach first to the Jews, then to the pagans They…

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Presider’s Page for the 4th Sunday of Easter

Presider’s Page for the 4th Sunday of Easter Opening Comment The fourth Sunday of Easter is often called Good Shepherd Sunday, because the readings are about the care we receive from Christ, our true shepherd. Today is also the day of prayer for vocations. Alternative Opening Prayer (from 1998 ICEL Missal)…

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7 May 2022 – Saturday of Week 3

7 May 2022 – Saturday of Week 3 1st Reading: Acts 9:31-42 During Peter’s ministry in Lydda he restores Tabitha to life In those days the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of…

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6 May 2022 – Friday of Week 3 of Easter

6 May 2022 – Friday of Week 3 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 9:1-20 On the road to Damascus, Saul converts to the Way Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues…

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5 May 2022- Thursday of Week 3 of Easter

5 May 2022- Thursday of Week 3 of Easter Optional Memorial: Bl Edmund Rice 1st Reading: Acts 8:26-40 Philip’s joyful spreading of the faith Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”…

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4 May 2022 – Wednesday of Week 3 of Easter

4 May 2022 – Wednesday of Week 3 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 8:1-8 After Stephen’s burial, Saul starts persecuting the church Saul approved of their killing him. That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of…

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Tuesday 3 May 2022 – Saints Philip and James, Apostles

Tuesday 3 May 2022 – Saints Philip and James, Apostles 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Paul lists the original witnesses of the resurrection, including himself Now I would remind you, brethren, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you…

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Presider’s Page for 1 May (Third Sunday of Easter)

We’re two weeks into the Easter season now, but the Good News of the season continues to reverberate in the Liturgy. Joyfully we worship God who raised our Saviour from the dead.

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01 May 2022 – 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C

01 May 2022 – 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C 1st Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40-41 The apostles were put on trial for preaching the Gospel When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to…

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30 April 2022 –  Saturday of Week 2

30 April 2022 –  Saturday of Week 2 Optional Memorial: St Pius V, pope 1st Reading: Acts (6:1-7) Selection and ordination of the church’s first deacons Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in…

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29 April 2022 – Saint Catherine of Siena

29 April 2022 – Saint Catherine of Siena 1st Reading: 1 John 1:5, 2:2 The message we have heard from him and proclaim to you This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at…

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28 April 2022 – Thursday of Week 2 of Easter

28 April 2022 – Thursday of Week 2 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Peter Chanel; St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort 1st Reading: Acts 5:27-33 What Peter and the apostles told the Jewish council When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned…

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27 April 2022 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Easter

27 April 2022 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Asicus, bishop, Elphin 1st Reading: Acts 5:17-26 The Temple police arrest the apostles, but without violence Then the high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), being…

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26 April 2022 – Tuesday of Week 2 of Easter

26 April 2022 – Tuesday of Week 2 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 4:32-37 The sharing spirit among the early Christians Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held…

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25 April 2022 – Feast of St Mark

25 April 2022 – Feast of St Mark 1st Reading: 1 Peter 5:5-14 Peter’s homily includes mention of Mark among the Christians in Rome (“Babylon”) When the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away. In the same way, you who are younger must…

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Presider’s Page for 24 April (Second Sunday of Easter)

Even though Easter Week is now behind us, today’s liturgy still overflows with the joy of Jesus’ resurrection. We continue to celebrate that great event for the next six weeks, until Pentecost Sunday on the 4th June, the fiftieth and final day of Easter.

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24th April 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year C

24th April 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year C 1st Reading: Acts 5:12-16 High morale and healing influence of the early Christians Many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared to join…

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23 April 2022 – Easter Saturday

23 April 2022 – Easter Saturday 1st Reading: Acts (4:13-21 Risking their lives, Peter and John tell what they have seen and heard Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions…

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22 April 2022 – Easter Friday

22 April 2022 – Easter Friday 1st Reading: Acts (4:1-12 Peter’s belief that there is salvation in no one else but Jesus While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching…

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21 April 2022 – Easter Thursday

21 April 2022 – Easter Thursday 1st Reading: Acts 3:11-26 Peter declares Jesus as the Holy and Righteous One, who is victorious over death While the man who was cured clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished….

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20 April 2022 – Easter Wednesday

20 April 2022 – Easter Wednesday 1st Reading: Acts 3:1-10 Calling on the name of Jesus, Peter cures the lame man at the temple gate One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o”clock in the afternoon. And a man…

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19 April 2022 – Easter Tuesday

19 April 2022 – Easter Tuesday 1st Reading: Acts 2:36-41 Since God wants all to be saved, Peter calls those who crucified Jesus to repent and be saved Peter said, “Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this…

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18 April 2022 – Easter Monday

18 April 2022 – Easter Monday 1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33 Peter announces the dawning of a new age, with the resurrection of Jesus Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you,…

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Presider’s Page for 17 April (Easter Sunday)

This Easter morning we celebrate the central mystery of our faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He suffered on the cross and died for us, but now he is risen!

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17th April 2022 – Easter Sunday (same for Years A, B, C)

17th April 2022 – Easter Sunday (same for Years A, B, C) 1st Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43 Peter and the other apostles are witnesses to the resurrection Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee…

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Presider’s Page for Saturday 16 April (Easter Vigil)

We gather around the Easter candle this night, celebrating the Lord’s resurrection. With that light to illumine our way, we remember how God has cared for humanity from the dawn of time. These readings remind us what happened at the highpoints of our history.

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Holy Saturday 16th April 2022 – Easter Vigil Readings

Holy Saturday 16th April 2022 – Easter Vigil Readings Old Testament Readings and Psalms Genesis 1:1-2:4a and Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26 Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13 and Psalm 46 Genesis 22:1-18 and Psalm 16 Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 and Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18 Isaiah 55:1-11 and Isaiah 12:2-6 Baruch 3:9-15, 3:32-4:4 or Proverbs…

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15th April 2022 – Good Friday

15th April 2022 – Good Friday (1) Isaiah 52:13-53:12 The humiliations of the suffering servant, who bore the sins of his people See, my servant will prosper, he shall be lifted up, exalted, rise to great heights. As the crowds were appalled on seeing him — so disfigured did he…

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Presider’s Page for Thursday 14 April (Holy Thursday)

The liturgy that begins this Thursday evening continues until we reach Easter. We are at the start of a three-day celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We journey from the Last Supper to Gethsemane tonight, from there to Calvary tomorrow, and from the tomb to resurrection and…

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14th April 2022 – Holy Thursday

14th April 2022 – Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper (1) Exodus 12:1-2, 11-14 Israel’s departure from Egypt, and how this is to be celebrated for all time Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a…

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13th April 2022 – Wednesday of Holy Week

13th April 2022 – Wednesday of Holy Week (1) Isaiah 50:4-9 The Suffering Servant trusts in God for rescue The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens, wakens my ear…

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12th April 2022 – Tuesday of Holy Week

12th April 2022 – Tuesday of Holy Week (1) Isaiah 49:1-6 The life of God’s servant seems a failure, but it bears great fruit Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s…

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11th April 2022 – Monday of Holy Week

11th April 2022 – Monday of Holy Week (1) Isaiah 42:1-7 My servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, the One in whom my soul delights Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth…

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Presider’s Page for 10 April (Palm Sunday)

The events of Holy Week are laid out before us in this Sunday’s “Long Gospel”: as we gather, we prepare to enter in to the mystery of God’s love made visible in Jesus’ passion and death.

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10th April 2022 – Palm Sunday, (Passion Sunday) Years A, B, C

10th April 2022 – Palm Sunday, (Passion Sunday) Years A, B, C (1) Isaiah 50:4-7 The Suffering Servant will not be put to shame The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning…

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9th April 2022 – Saturday of Week 5 of Lent

9th April 2022 – Saturday of Week 5 of Lent (1) Ezekiel 37:21-28 I will bring them back, and I will cleanse them Say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them…

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8th April 2022 – Friday of Week 5 of Lent

8th April 2022 – Friday of Week 5 of Lent (1) Jeremiah 20:10-13 Though many plot against God’s servant, he is safe in God’s hands For I hear many whispering: “Terror is all around! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” All my close friends are watching for me to stumble….

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7th April 2022 – Thursday of Week 5 of Lent

7th April 2022 – Thursday of Week 5 of Lent (1) Genesis 17:3-9 Abraham believe in God’s promises, despite delays and disappointments Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude…

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6th April 2022 – Wednesday of Week 5 of Lent

6th April 2022 – Wednesday of Week 5 of Lent (1) Daniel 3:14-20, 24-25 Trusting in God, they are saved from the fiery furnace Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden…

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5th April 2022 – Tuesday of Week 5 of Lent

5th April 2022 – Tuesday of Week 5 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Vincent Ferrer, OP, 1350-1419 (1) Numbers 21:4-9 The brazen serpent; anyone bitten can look at it and live From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of…

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4th April 2022 – Monday of Week 5 of Lent

4th April 2022 – Monday of Week 5 of Lent Optional memorial: St Isidore – completed the Mozarabic liturgy. (1) Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 31-62 Susanna is falsely accused; Daniel’s questions uncover the truth There was a man living in Babylon whose name was Joakim. And he took a wife named…

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Presider’s Page for 3 April (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

We gather this Sunday to worship our compassionate God, who heals our sinfulness and challenges us to leave the past behind.

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3rd April 2022 – 5th Sunday of Lent, Year C

3rd April 2022 – 5th Sunday of Lent, Year C (1) Isaiah 43:16-21 The prophet promises the exiles a new Exodus Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down,…

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2nd April 2022 – Saturday of Week 4

2nd April 2022 – Saturday of Week 4 (1) Jeremiah 11:18-20 The Just One is led like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. But I was like a gentle…

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1st April 2022 – Friday of Week 4 of Lent

1st April 2022 – Friday of Week 4 of Lent (1) Wisdom 2:1, 12-22 Malice against the good foreshadows the Passion of Jesus Foolish people reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves, “Short and sorrowful is our life, and there is no remedy when a life comes to its end, and no…

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31 March 2022 – Thursday of Week 4 of Lent

31 March 2022 – Thursday of Week 4 of Lent (1) Exodus 32:7-14 Though his people rebel, Moses begs another chance for them The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been…

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30 March 2022 – Wednesday of Week 4 of Lent

30 March 2022 – Wednesday of Week 4 of Lent (1) Isaiah 49:8-15 God promises the exiles, “You’ll be a sign of salvation!” Thus says the Lord: ‘In a time of favour I have answered you, on a day of salvation I have helped you; I have kept you and…

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29 March 2022 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Lent

29 March 2022 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Lent (1) Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 Life-giving water flows out from the Temple of God Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the…

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Monday 28th March 2022 – 4th Week of Lent 

Monday 28th March 2022 – 4th Week of Lent (1) Isaiah 65:17-21 “Rejoice in what I am creating!” Good things in store for those who love God For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind….

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Presider’s Page for 27 March (Fourth Sunday of Lent – Laetare)

We have reached the midway point of the season of Lent. The joy of Easter is within our reach and the parent of the prodigal son encourages us to rely all the more on divine mercy.

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27 March 2022 – 4th Sunday of Lent, Year C

27 March 2022 – 4th Sunday of Lent, Year C (1) Joshua 5:9-12 The Israelites, free at last from slavery and humiliation in Egypt, enter the land of promise The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” And so that place is…

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26 March 2022 – Saturday of Week 3 of Lent

26 March 2022 – Saturday of Week 3 of Lent (1) Hosea 5:15 – 6:6 God wants our love more than ritual sacrifice Yes, I am going to return to my dwelling place until they confess their guilt and seek my face; they will search for me in their misery….

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March 25 The Annunciation of the Lord

March 25 The Annunciation of the Lord 1st Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10 King Ahaz refuses to ask a sign of the Lord; Isaiah promises a child to be called Immanuel Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol…

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24 March 2022 – Thursday of Week 3 of Lent

24 March 2022 – Thursday of Week 3 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Macartan (1) Jeremiah 7:23-28 Life’s highest goal is obedient response to God But this command I gave them, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in…

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23 March 2022 – Wednesday of Week 3 of Lent

23 March 2022 – Wednesday of Week 3 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Turibus of Mongrovejo (1) Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 God’s people have clear duties and a high destiny So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may…

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22 March 2022 – Tuesday of Week 3 of Lent

22 March 2022 – Tuesday of Week 3 of Lent (1) Daniel 3:25, 34-43 Nebuchadnezzar admires the miraculous escape of the young Jews Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up quickly. He said to his counsellors, “Was it not three men that we threw bound into the fire?” They…

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21 March 2022 – Monday of Week 3 of Lent

21 March 2022 – Monday of Week 3 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Enda (1) 2 Kings 5:1-15 Naaman the Syrian takes the prophet’s advice and is cured of leprosy Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favour with his…

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Presider’s Page for 20 March (Third Sunday of Lent)

Today, as we gather to listen to the Lenten call to repentance, we worship our God of kindness who, like a patient gardener, always gives people a second chance.

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20 March 2022 – 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C

20 March 2022 – 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C (1) Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15 God pities his people in Egypt and will free them, through Moses Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb,…

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March 19 – Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin

March 19 – Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:4-6, 12-14, 16 From King David’s offspring will come the universal spiritual King But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are…

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18 March 2022  – Friday of Week 2 of Lent

18 March 2022  – Friday of Week 2 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Cyril of Jerusalem (1) Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13 17-28 Jacob’s sons envy their brother Joseph, and sell him into slavery Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his…

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Bi-lingual Presider’s Page for Thursday 17 March (Lá Fhéile Pádraig)

We pause from our lenten penances in Ireland, to honour Patrick, our national apostle. In our celebration of this solemn feast, we worship God, creator, redeemer and sanctifier, who brought our ancestors into the Christian fold through the preaching of St Patrick.

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17 March: St Patrick, Patron of Ireland

17 March: St Patrick, Patron of Ireland 1st Reading: Amos 7:12-15 Amos is called by God to be a prophet Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is…

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16 March 2022 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Lent

16 March 2022 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Lent (1) Jeremiah 18:18-20 In desperate straits, Jeremiah pins his hope on God “Come, let us decide what to do with Jeremiah,” people say. “There will still be priests to guide us, still wise men to advise us, still prophets to…

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15 March 2022 – Tuesday of Week 2 of Lent

15 March 2022 – Tuesday of Week 2 of Lent (1) Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 A call to personal conversion, to remove our sins from God’s sight Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! Wash yourselves; make…

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14 March 2022 – Monday of Week 2 of Lent

14 March 2022 – Monday of Week 2 of Lent (1) Daniel 9:4-10 Daniel’s prayer of shame and repentance I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love with those who love you and keep your commandments,…

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Presider’s Page for Sunday 13 March (Second Sunday of Lent)

In today’s Liturgy, we praise the Lord of glory, who leads us through the darkness of Lent to the light of Easter.

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13 March 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C

13 March 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C (1) Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 The covenant with Abraham, basis of Israel’s religion of trust He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So…

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Saturday 12 March – Week 1 of Lent

Saturday 12 March – Week 1 of Lent (1) Deuteronomy 26:16-19 Walking in the way of the Lord This very day the Lord your God is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances; so observe them diligently with all your heart and with all your soul. Today you have…

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11 March 2022 – Friday of Week 1 of Lent

11 March 2022 – Friday of Week 1 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Aengus (1) Ezekiel 18:21-28 Personal responsibility to replace the idea of shared guilt But if the wicked turn away from all their sins that they have committed and keep all my statutes and do what is lawful…

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10 March 2022 – Thursday of Week 1 of Lent

10 March 2022 – Thursday of Week 1 of Lent (1) Esther 4:29-42 Queen Esther’s prayer wins God’s help in a time of crisis Queen Esther, seized with deadly anxiety, fled to the Lord. She prayed to the Lord God of Israel, and said: “O my Lord, you only are…

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9 March 2022 – Wednesday of Week 1 of Lent

9 March 2022 – Wednesday of Week 1 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Frances of Rome (1) Jonah 3:1-10 When Jonah’s preaching bears fruit, God has mercy on Nineveh The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and…

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8 March 2022 – Tuesday of Week 1 of Lent

8 March 2022 – Tuesday of Week 1 of Lent Optional Memorials: St John of God; St Senan (1) Isaiah 55:10-11 God’s word comes down from heaven like rain, to make the earth fruitful For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there…

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7 March 2022- Monday, Week 1 of Lent

7 March 2022- Monday, Week 1 of Lent Optional Memorial: Ss Perpetua and Felicity 1st Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 Practical guidance for worship and for social compassion The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be…

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Presider’s Page for 6 March (First Sunday of Lent)

The 40-day pilgrimage to Easter that began on Ash Wednesday is just a few days old. We pray that God, who sustained Jesus in his 40 days of temptations and suffering, will support us on our journey also. And we continue to pray for and support the people of Ukraine…

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6 March 2022- First Sunday of Lent (C)

6 March 2022- First Sunday of Lent (C) (1) Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Offering the firsts fruits of harvest, they give thanks to God When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make this response before the…

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5 March 2022 – Saturday after Ash Wednesday

5 March 2022 – Saturday after Ash Wednesday Memorial: St Kieran 1st Reading: Isaiah 58:9-14 If they are converted, they are blessed, with waters that never fail Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, “Here I am.” If you…

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4 March 2022 – Friday after Ash Wednesday

4 March 2022 – Friday after Ash Wednesday Memorial: St Casimir 1st Reading: Isaiah 58:1-9 True religion is contrasted with merely external observance Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet…

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3 March 2022 – Thursday after Ash Wednesday

3 March 2022 – Thursday after Ash Wednesday 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 A warm call to fidelity. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live! Keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his…

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2 March 2022 – Ash Wednesday

2 March 2022 – Ash Wednesday 1st Reading: Joel 2:12-18 Return to me with all your heart. Spare your people, Lord “Now, now,” says the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to…

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1 March 2022- Tuesday of Week 8

1 March 2022- Tuesday of Week 8 1st Reading: 1 Peter 1:10-16 The Passion of Christ was revealed, and we must share in it Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, inquiring about the person or time…

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28 February, 2022

28 February – Monday of Week 8 (Cycle 2) 1st Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Peter praises the saving mercy of God, on the occasion of a baptism Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into…

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Presider’s Page for 27 February (Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Words matter. What we say has an effect on others, for good or ill. Our words can bring peace or make war. As we pray to use our words well, we pray also for the world to be spared from the madness of war in Europe.

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Presider’s Page for 27 February (Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Words matter. What we say has an effect on others, for good or ill. Our words can bring peace or make war. As we pray to use our words well, we pray also for the world to be spared from the madness of war in Europe.

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Presider’s Page for 27 February (Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Words matter. What we say has an effect on others, for good or ill. Our words can bring peace or make war. As we pray to use our words well, we pray also for the world to be spared from the madness of war in Europe.

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27 February 2022 – 8th Sunday (C)

27 February 2022 – 8th Sunday (C) Our Lord invites us to take the plank out of our own eyes before we try to take the splinter out of others’ eyes. It is good to take a hard look at ourselves and our own shortcomings (1) Sirach 27: 4-7 Three…

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26 February 2022. Saturday, Week 7 in Ordinary Time

26 February 2022. Saturday, Week 7 in Ordinary Time 1st Reading: James 5:13-20 The place of anointing and of mutual instruction in the community of faith Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should…

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25 February 2022 – Friday of Week 7

25 February 2022 – Friday of Week 7 1st Reading: James 5:9-12 Take the prophets as your models in speaking the truth Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is sanding at the doors! As an example of suffering and…

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24 February 2022 – Thursday of Week 7

24 February 2022 – Thursday of Week 7 1st Reading: James 5:1-6 Those who get rich by injustice will suffer at the judgment Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold…

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23 February 2022 – Wednesday of Week 7

23 February 2022 – Wednesday of Week 7 Memorial: St Polycarp 1st Reading: James 4:13-17 We do not know what kind of life will be ours tomorrow Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing…

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22 February, 2022. Chair of St Peter the Apostle

22 February, 2022. Chair of St Peter the Apostle 1st Reading: 1 Pet 5:1-4 Peter’s advice to his fellow Church leaders: feed God’s flock with loving respect Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to…

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21 February, 2022

21 February, 2022. Monday of Week 7 Optional Memorial: St Peter Damian 1st Reading: James 3:13-18 A wise spirit is not imbued by envy but by leniency and peace Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of…

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Presider’s Page for 20 February (Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Loving the enemy and praying for those who make life difficult are two marks of a Christian, or so Jesus teaches us today. We gather, aware of how difficult love can be, yet united by the saving mercy of God, on which we rely.

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Presider’s Page for 20 February (Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Loving the enemy and praying for those who make life difficult are two marks of a Christian, or so Jesus teaches us today. We gather, aware of how difficult love can be, yet united by the saving mercy of God, on which we rely.

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Presider’s Page for 20 February (Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Loving the enemy and praying for those who make life difficult are two marks of a Christian, or so Jesus teaches us today. We gather, aware of how difficult love can be, yet united by the saving mercy of God, on which we rely.

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20 February 2022 – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

20 February 2022 – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Today we celebrate Jesus as the Lord of compassion and love. We cannot honestly approach his altar if we are still bearing grudges against others. We ask him to rid us of our petty vengefulness 1st Reading:1 Samuel 26:2,…

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19 February 2022. Saturday of Week 6

1st Reading: James 3:1-10 Guard the tongue and speak with decency Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is…

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18 February, 2022. Friday of Week 6

18 February, 2022. Friday of Week 6 1st Reading: James 2:14-24, 26 Faith without works is like a body without breath What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is…

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17 February, 2022. Thursday of Week 6

17 February, 2022. Thursday of Week 6 Optional Memorial: Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order; Optional Memorial: St Fintan 1st Reading: James 2:1-9 Show no favouritism, but love your neighbour as yourself My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favouritism really believe in our glorious Lord…

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16 February, 2022. Wednesday of Week 6

16 February, 2022. Wednesday of Week 6 1st Reading: James 1:19-27 Be doers of the word, not merely listeners You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all…

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15 February, 2022. Tuesday of Week 6

15 February, 2022. Tuesday of Week 6 1st Reading: James 1:12-18 God tempts no one, but is the giver of every good gift Blessed is the one who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to…

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14 February, 2022. Saints Cyril and Methodius

14 February, 2022. Saints Cyril and Methodius 1st Reading: Acts 13:46-49 The missionary courage of the apostles, later emulated by the mission of Cyril and Methodius to the Slavs. Then both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first…

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Presider’s Page for 13 February (Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Happy are they who their trust in the Lord: worry will not come their way, their lives will bear fruit. The prophet Jeremiah’s words are reflected in the Psalm, as we are invited to trust in the one who never disappoints.

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Presider’s Page for 13 February (Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Happy are they who their trust in the Lord: worry will not come their way, their lives will bear fruit. The prophet Jeremiah’s words are reflected in the Psalm, as we are invited to trust in the one who never disappoints.

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13 February 2022. 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

13 February 2022. 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Jeremiah tells us whom we can really trust. Even leaders can lead us astray. Our primary trust is in the Lord, who guides our lives. 1st Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Trust in human resources is like a withering shrub in the arid…

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12 February, 2022. Saturday of Week 5

12 February, 2022. Saturday of Week 5 1st Reading: 1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34 Jeroboam, the rebel king of the north, provides his own sanctuaries and priests Jeroboam said to himself, “Now the kingdom may well revert to the house of David. If this people continues to go up to offer…

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21 February, 2022. Monday of Week 7

21 February, 2022. Monday of Week 7 Optional Memorial: St Peter Damian 1st Reading: James 3:13-18 A wise spirit is not imbued by envy but by leniency and peace Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of…

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11 February 2022 Friday Week 5 in Ordinary Time

11 February 2022 Friday Week 5 in Ordinary Time Our Lady of Lourdes (Optional Memorial) St Gobnait, virgin (Optional Memorial) 1 Kings 11:29ff. The prophet Ahijah announces the breakup of David’s kingdom; ten of the twelve tribes choose Jeroboam as their king.  1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19 About that time, when Jeroboam…

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10 February, 2022. Thursday of Week 5

10 February, 2022. Thursday of Week 5 St Scholastica (Memorial) 1st Reading: 1 Kings 11:4-13 Solomon’s sins are traced to the influence of his pagan wives; as punishment his kingdom will be divided. When Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was…

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9 February, 2022. Wednesday of Week 5

9 February, 2022. Wednesday of Week 5 1st Reading: 1 Kings 10:1-10 The Queen of Sheba admires Solomon’s splendour and his wisdom When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue,…

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8 February, 2022. Tuesday of Week 5

8 February, 2022. Tuesday of Week 5 St Jerome Emiliani; St Josephine Bakita (Optional Memorials) 1st Reading: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30 The temple dedication ends with a beautiful prayer Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out…

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7th February 2022. Monday of Week 5 in Ordinary Time

7th February 2022. Monday of Week 5 in Ordinary Time Optional Memorial: St Mel, Ardagh & Clonmacnoise 1st Reading: 1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13 A cloud fills the sanctuary, symbolizing the Lord’s awesome presence Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of…

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Presider’s Page for 6 February (Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Everyone who believes God’s word is called to pass on the Good News. Like many who have gone before us, including the prophet Isaiah and the apostles Paul, and Peter, we may not feel up to the task. But God helps us every day.

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Presider’s Page for 6 February (Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Everyone who believes God’s word is called to pass on the Good News. Like many who have gone before us, including the prophet Isaiah and the apostles Paul, and Peter, we may not feel up to the task. But God helps us every day.

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Everyone who believes God’s word is called to pass on the Good News. Like many who have gone before us, including the prophet Isaiah and the apostles Paul, and Peter, we may not feel up to the task. But God helps us every day.

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6th February. Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

6th February. Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Theme: When Jesus told Peter to put out into the deep he was encouraging him to have trust. Trust in God is a virtue not only for fishermen but for all Christians. We need it more than ever, today. 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8…

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5th February 2022. Saturday of Week 4 Ordinary Time

5th February 2022. Saturday of Week 4 Ordinary Time Memorial: St Agatha – third century, died a martyr in Catania, Sicily. Patron of bell-founders. 1st Reading: 1 Kings 3:4-13 Solomon prayed for an understanding heart to judge God’s people and to distinguish right from wrong. The king went to Gibeon…

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4th February 2022. Friday of Week 4

4th February 2022. Friday of Week 4 1st Reading: Sirach 47:2-11 David is praised as defender of Israel, as psalmist and penitent sinner, gifted with eternal promises As the fat is set apart from the offering of well-being, so David was set apart from the Israelites. He played with lions…

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Thursday 3rd February 2022. Thursday of Week 4 – St Blaise

Thursday 3rd February 2022. Thursday of Week 4 Optional Memorials: St Blaise, St Ansgar. Summary: St Blaise, a fourth century bishop at Sebaste (now the city of Sivas in central Turkey, in what was then the Roman province of Armenia-Cappadocia).  During a persecution – probably ordered by Constantine’s ally and…

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Thursday 3rd February 2022. Thursday of Week 4 – St Blaise

Thursday 3rd February 2022. Thursday of Week 4 Optional Memorials: St Blaise, St Ansgar. Summary: St Blaise, a fourth century bishop at Sebaste (now the city of Sivas in central Turkey, in what was then the Roman province of Armenia-Cappadocia).  During a persecution – probably ordered by Constantine’s ally and…

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Tuesday 2 February 2022. The Presentation of Our Lord

Tuesday 2 February 2022. The Presentation of Our Lord   1st Reading: Malachi 3:1-4 When God’s Messenger arrives, he will refine the people See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of…

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Tuesday 1st February 2022. Saint Brigid of Kildare

Tuesday 1st February 2022. Saint Brigid of Kildare 1st Reading: Job 31:16-20; 24-25; 31-32 Job’s generosity towards the needy is reflected in St Brigid’s works of charity I have never withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, or have eaten my…

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31 January 2022. Monday of Week 4 in Ordinary Time

31 January 2022. Monday of Week 4 in Ordinary Time St. John Bosco, (Memorial) 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13 While fleeing Jerusalem during Absalom’s revolt, David is cursed and accepts it as the will of God A messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the Israelites have…

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Presider’s Page for 30 January (Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

We gather as people loved by God, people called to pass on the love we have received. The love God has put into the world will never fail, but will last as long as humanity lasts. We praise God for the gifts lavished on us.

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30 January 2022. Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

30 January 2022. Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) What happened in the Nazareth synagogue can happen today in the church. We may carry prejudices with us into our places of worship, and if we do, we block the message God wants to give us. 1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19…

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29 January 2022. Saturday of Week Three in Ordinary Time

29 January 2022. Saturday of Week Three in Ordinary Time 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-7, 10-17 David’s sin with Bathsheba will be punished within his own family The Lord sent Nathan to David. He went to him, and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the…

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28 January 2022. Friday of Week Three in Ordinary Time

28 January 2022. Friday of Week Three in Ordinary Time St. Thomas Aquinas,  (Memorial) 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-10, 13-17 David’s adultery and his executive murder of Uriah In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all…

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27 January 2022. Thursday of Week 3 in Ordinary Time

27 January 2022. Thursday of Week 3 in Ordinary Time St. Angela Merici  (Opt. Memorial) 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29 David gives thanks for God’s everlasting faithfulness King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house,…

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26 January 2022. Wednesday Week Three in Ordinary Time – Saints Timothy and Titus

26 January 2022. Wednesday Week Three in Ordinary Time Saints Timothy and Titus 1st Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-9 Use the gifts God has given us, for the service of the church Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, for the sake of the promise of life that is…

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25 January 2022 Tuesday, Week 3 – Conversion of St Paul

25 January 2022 Tuesday, Week 3 – Conversion of St Paul The Conversion of St Paul 1st Reading: Acts 22:3-16 Paul’s account of his conversion, to his fellow-Jews, on the steps of the Temple “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city at…

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24 January 2022. Monday of Week Three in Ordinary Time

24 January 2022. Monday of Week Three in Ordinary Time Memorial: St Francis de Sales 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10 David is anointed and establishes Jerusalem as capital of both north and south, of Israel and Judah All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said,…

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Presider’s Page for 23 January (Third Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Catholic Schools Week begins today in Ireland. ‘Sunday of the Word of God’ is observed in the universal Church, and so, the Word of God is the focus at Mass, read by Ezra the priest in the Old Testament reading, and by Jesus in the Gospel. By his Word, God…

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23 January 2022. Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

23 January 2022. Third Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C). Sunday of the Word of God (see below) Neh 8:2-6, 8-10.  Ezra the Scribe set out to re-establish the Jewish Laws, to bring his people back to the religion of Moses. 1 Cor 12:12-30. As the body is one though made…

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22 January 2022. Saturday of Week 2 in Ordinary Time

22 January 2022. Saturday of Week 2 in Ordinary Time St Vincent, martyr (optional memorial) 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1-4 etc David’s grief at the death of Saul and Jonathan After the death of Saul, when David had returned from defeating the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag. On…

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21 January, 2022. Friday of Week 2 in Ordinary Time

21 January, 2022. Friday of Week 2 in Ordinary Time Memorial: St Agnes 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 24:3-21 David refrains from killing Saul and gains the moral high ground He came to the sheepfolds beside the road, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now…

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20 January, 2022. Thursday of Week 2 in Ordinary Time

20 January, 2022. Thursday of Week 2 in Ordinary Time   Optional Memorials: St Fabian; St Sebastian 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 18:6-9, 19:1-7 Saul’s jealousy threatens David, but Jonathan helps to reconcile them As they were coming home, when David returned from killing the Philistine, the women came out of…

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19 January, 2022. Wednesday of Week 2

19 January, 2022. Wednesday of Week 2 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-33, 40-51 David kills Goliath, and saves his people David said to Saul, “Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “You are not able to…

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18 January, 2022. Tuesday of Week 2

18 January, 2022. Tuesday of Week 2 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 In Bethlehem Samuel anoints David (Jesse’s youngest son) as king The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set…

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17 January, 2022. Monday of Week 2

17 January, 2022. Monday of Week 2 St Anthony – Memorial 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 15:16-23 For disobeying the prophet Samuel, Saul is deposed as king Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! I will tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” He replied, “Speak.” Samuel said, “Though…

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Presider’s Page for 16 January (Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)

There are echoes of the Christmas season in today’s liturgy, particularly in the Gospel story of the wedding feast of Cana, in which God’s glory becomes visible in Jesus, as it did at his Epiphany and Baptism.

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16 January 2022. Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

16 January 2022. Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Theme: Like Mary and Jesus, we should help without being asked and without fuss or demand. 1st Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5 God has prepared joyful feast for his people For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will…

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15 January, 2022. Saturday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time

15 January, 2022. Saturday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time St Ita – Memorial 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-4, 12-19; 10:1 Saul is anointed by Samuel as king of Israel, at God’s inspiration There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish, son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son…

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14 January, 2022. Friday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time

14 January, 2022. Friday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22 When the people demand a king, Samuel warns of the dangers Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “You are old and your…

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13 January, 2022. Thursday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time

13 January, 2022. Thursday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time St Hilary – Optional memorial 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 4:1-11 Misusing the Ark of the Covenant, the people are defeated in battle The word of Samuel came to all Israel. In those days the Philistines mustered for war against Israel,…

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12 January 2022. Wednesday of Week 1, Ordinary Time

12 January 2022. Wednesday of Week 1, Ordinary Time 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20 From the sanctuary God calls Samuel, and sends him as a prophet Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were…

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11 January, 2022. Tuesday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time

11 January, 2022. Tuesday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:9-20 Eli promises the grieving Hannah that she will give birth to a son After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before the Lord. Now Eli the priest was sitting…

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10 January, 2022. Monday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time

10 January, 2022. Monday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time (Readings; Sunday Cycle B/Weekday Cycle 2) 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-8 Hannah’s grief at being childless; her husband tries to comfort her There was a man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah…

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Presider’s Page for 9 January (Baptism of the Lord)

Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord: it’s the last day of the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus marked the end of his quiet years in Nazareth and the start of his public ministry.

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09 January 2022. The Baptism of the Lord

09 January 2022. The Baptism of the Lord Theme: Jesus brings justice and divine life to the nations. As his baptised family, we seek the kingdom of God through justice and peace. [Two sets of readings are options to choose from. These below are from Year C.] First Reading: Isaiah…

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08 January, 2022. Saturday after the Epiphany

08 January, 2022. Saturday after the Epiphany 1st Reading: 1 John 4:7-10 Love’s divine origin and its influence on our lives Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God,…

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07 January 2022. Friday after Epiphany

07 January 2022. Friday after Epiphany 1st Reading: 1 John 3:22–4:6 Distinguishing the spirit of truth from the spirit of error Beloved, we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the…

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Presider’s Page for Thursday 6 January (Epiphany / “Nollaig na mBan”)

On this feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the Magi from foreign lands reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

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Thursday 6 January 2022 – The Epiphany of the Lord

Thursday 6 January 2022 – The Epiphany of the Lord Prayer (ICEL 1998) Lord God of the nations, we have seen the star of your glory rising in splendour. The radiance of your incarnate Word pierces the darkness that covers the earth and signals the dawn of peace and justice….

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05 January 2022. Wednesday before Epiphany

05 January 2022. Wednesday before Epiphany 1st Reading: 1 John 3:11-21 The original Christian message, that we should love one another For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one…

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04 January, 2022. Tuesday before Epiphany

04 January, 2022. Tuesday before Epiphany 1st Reading: 1 John 3:7-10. Being reborn as children of God Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. Everyone who commits sin is a child of the devil; for the devil…

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03 January, 2022. Monday before Epiphany

03 January, 2022. Monday before Epiphany The Most Holy Name of Jesus (Opt. Memorial); St Munchin (Mainchin), bishop (Opt. Memorial) 1st Reading: 1 John 2:29 – 3:6 We are God’s children now; when he is revealed, we will be like him If you know that he is righteous, you may…

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Presider’s Page for 2 January 2022 (Second Sunday of Christmas)

We gather to celebrate the first Sunday of 2022, moving with gratitude into a new year of God’s grace. We thank God for the vaccines developed to protect humanity and ask for God’s continuing care and protection until everyone is safe and COVID variants no longer threaten us.

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2 January 2022 – Second Sunday of Christmas

2 January 2022 – Second Sunday of Christmas Prayer (ICEL 1998) God most high, your only Son embraced the weakness of our flesh to give us the power to become your children; your eternal Word chose to dwell among us, that we might live in your presence. Grant us a…

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Presider’s Page for New Year’s Day 2022 (Feast of Mary, Mother of God)

Happy New Year! On this first day of the Year of Our Lord 2022, we acclaim Mary as Mother of God and ask her to mind us and those we love during this new year. We pray that the world may be freed from COVID-19 through a global programme of…

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1 January 2022 – Mary, The Holy Mother of God

1 January 2022 – Mary, The Holy Mother of God 1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27 The solemn priestly prayer for God to bless and protect us is especially apt at the beginning of a new year The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you…

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31 December 2021 – Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

31 December 2021 – Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas Saint Sylvester, pope. Sylvester (250?-325) was born in Rome and served as a priest under pope Marcellinus before the persecutions of Diocletian. He saw the triumph of Constantine in the year 312 and succeeded Melchiades as bishop of Rome…

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30 December 2021 – Sixth Day in the Christmas Octave

30 December 2021 – Sixth Day in the Christmas Octave First Reading: 1 John 2:12-17 (The world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever) I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name….

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29 December 2021 – Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

29 December 2021 – Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas Saint Thomas a Becket (opt.mem.) 1st Reading: 1 John 2:3-11 The link between love and walking in the light of God Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says,…

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28 December 2021 – The Holy Innocents

28 December 2021 – The Holy Innocents, martyrs 1st Reading: 1 John 1:5–2:2 Our fellowship with God through Jesus Christ the righteous one Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at…

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27 December 2021, St John, Apostle and Evangelist

27 December 2021, St John, Apostle and Evangelist 1st Reading: 1 John 1:1-4 What we have seen with our eyes, what we have touched with our hands Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched…

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Presider’s Page for St Stephen’s Day (Feast of the Holy Family)

On the day after Christmas Day, Irish people traditionally honour St Stephen, the first Christian martyr. This year, we also reflect on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, whom St Stephen loved so much that he gave his life for the message of forgiveness that Jesus brought. We…

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Sunday 26 December 2021 – The Feast of the Holy Family

Sunday 26 December 2021 – The Feast of the Holy Family (St Stephen, first martyr, is not celebrated this year.) 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:20-22 Hannah dedicates her son, Samuel, to God In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have…

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Presider’s Page for Christmas Day (Day Mass)

We celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God shares our nature, he has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh.

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Presider’s Page for Christmas Day (Dawn Mass)

We gather with joy in our hearts to celebrate the birthday of our Saviour. The rising sun of this winter morning reminds us that Jesus, who is born for us, rose from death as our undying light, our hope and our salvation.

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Christmas Day, 25 December 2021

Christmas Day, 25 December 2021 – The Word was made flesh, he lived among us and we saw his glory. Is 52:7-10; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 (Mass during the day) Today we celebrate the birth in our world of Jesus Christ, who was with God before all ages. His birth…

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Presider’s Page for Christmas Eve (Night Mass)

In the dark of this winter night, threatened by COVID and other dangers, we steadfastly proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus,…

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Friday December 24 2021. Week Four in Advent

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;  for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people  by the forgiveness of their sins.

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Thursday December 23 2021. Week Four in Advent

“His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. Fear came over all their neighbours, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. All who heard them…

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Wednesday December 22 2021. Week Four in Advent

“My soul magnifies the Lord,  and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,  for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;  for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”

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Tuesday December 21 2021. Week Four in Advent

For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

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Monday December 20 2021. Week Four in Advent

Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

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Presider’s Page for 19 December (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

In less than a week’s time, this year’s Advent will draw to a close; we have just a few days left to prepare our souls for the birth of Christ. On this Sunday, we rejoice that the promise made to Mary by the Lord has been fulfilled.

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Sunday December 19 2021. Fourth Sunday in Advent

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

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Saturday December 18, 2021. Week Three in Advent

All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord…

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Friday December 17, 2021. Week Three in Advent

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

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Thursday December 16, 2021. Week Three in Advent

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

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Wednesday December 15, 2021. Week Three in Advent

And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at…

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Tuesday December 14, 2021. Week Three in Advent

For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

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Monday December 13, 2021. Week Three in Advent

Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” … So they answered Jesus, “We…

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Presider’s Page for 12 December (Third Sunday of Advent)

We’re just halfway through Advent. Traditionally, today is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing.’ The reason for celebration is that the day of the Lord’s coming is nearer.

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Sunday December 12, 2021. Third Sunday in Advent

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John , whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to…

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Saturday December 11 2021. Week Two in Advent

“Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.”

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Thursday December 9 2021. Week Two in Advent

This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’

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Presider’s Page for Wednesday 8 December (Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of God)

Our preparations for Christmas always include Mary, the Mother of God. Today’s feast celebrates her conception free from sin, a miracle that displays God’s power for believers. We worship God, for whom everything is posssible.

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Wednesday December 8 2021. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

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Tuesday December 7 2021. Week Two in Advent

Jesus said to his disciples, “What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?”

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Monday December 6 2021. Week Two in Advent

When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to…

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Presider’s Page for 5 December (Second Sunday of Advent)

John the Baptist is the focus of the liturgy on the Second Sunday of Advent each year. His challenge to us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’ is at the heart of the Advent message. We worship the one who will surely come to us.

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Sunday December 5 2021. Second Sunday in Advent

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

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Saturday December 4 2021. Week One in Advent

He told them, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and as you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

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Friday December 3 2021. Week One in Advent

When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes and said, “according to your faith let it be done to you.”

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Thursday December 2 2021. Week One in Advent

And Jesus said to them, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

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Wednesday December 1 2021. Week One in Advent

Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took…

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Presider’s Page for 28 November (First Sunday of Advent, Year C)

Advent begins today. During these days, we look forward, waiting in hope. We watch for the end times, when Christ will come in glory, Christ who was born for us just over 2,000 years ago.

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Sunday, November 28 2021. First Sunday of Advent

“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.”

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Presider’s Page for 21 November (Christ the King)

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King today, acclaiming Jesus as the Anointed One, who died for us and rose triumphant. We offer praise and worship — and ask for the grace to live as worthy citizens of his kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace.

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Sunday, November 21 2021, Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

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Presider’s Page for 14 November (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

As we move into the darker times of the year, the readings at Mass remind us more and more of the end of time, and the glory awaiting believers. We trust that God stays with us always. • Today is World Day of the Poor, with the theme ‘The poor…

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Sunday, November 14 2021 Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the…

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Presider’s Page for 7 November (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Gathering together in the Lord’s house, we bring simple gifts into God’s presence – our love, our care for each other, our worshipping hearts and voices. We ask for the grace to continue to show love through the coming week. • Today is Prisoners’ Sunday in Ireland.

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Presider’s Page for Tuesday 2 November (All Souls Day)

On All Saints Day and today, we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today we pray for all souls, for the faithful departed still on the journey to their heavenly home.

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Presider’s Page for Monday 1 November (All Saints Day)

Today and tomorrow we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today’s feast celebrates the saints in heaven, the holy men and women of every time and place: we hope some of our people are…

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Presider’s Page for 31 October (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

What is asked of us is simple – to love God and our neighbour. But our love also extends to our common home, as all eyes are on Glasgow, where the UN Climate Change Conference begins in Glasgow this Sunday — that Planet Earth may be spared from destruction.

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Presider’s Page for Mission Sunday, 24 October (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

This year’s Mission Sunday theme suggests that “We cannot remain silent”. Those were the brave words of St Peter and St John in the Acts of the Apostles, when even in the face of persecution, they insisted: “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20)….

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Presider’s Page for 17th October (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

We are called to serve as Christ served, but when that proves hard for us, we approach the throne of grace for mercy and assistance, knowing that God is on our side, encouraging us onwards.

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Presider’s Page for 10 October (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

On our journey through life, we pause here for a while, to offer worship and praise. We remember God’s goodness and ask for the gift of wisdom as we continue to hurry towards the Kingdom.

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Presider’s Page for 3 October (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October is Mission Month. In three weeks time we will honour the work of missionaries on Mission Sunday; throughout the month, we are challenged by the Mission theme for 2021: ‘We cannot remain silent’, based on the strong words from the Acts of the Apostles: “We cannot but speak about…

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Presider’s Page for 26 September (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

All are welcome in this place: anyone who is not against us is for us. All may gather here to worship God our Saviour. Today is the Church’s 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (observed annually since 1914). Resources from the South African Catholic Bishops Conference, some included below,…

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Presider’s Page for 19 September (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

We gather to remember the passion and death of Jesus, and to celebrate his resurrection with joy. He calls us to move beyond rivalry and conflict, to be true followers of the Christian way.

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Presider’s Page for 12 September (24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

In our journey through life we walk the path Jesus walked, so it is hard for us to escape suffering, no more than he could. We remember his suffering and death, knowing that it brought him glory and that it will do the same for us.

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Presiders Page for 5 September (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

God’s healing power was seen in the ministry of Jesus, and continues in the sacraments, in advances in medicine, in vaccine programmes and in the work of the caring professions. Today we pray for strength, trusting that God will continue to show compassion to the whole world.

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Presider’s Page for 29 August (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

As we move from summer towards autumn, we praise God who sustains us all year round. We ask for help with new undertakings and perseverance with continuing projects, knowing that nothing will work well without God’s grace.

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Presider’s Page for 22 August (21st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

We gather as people who have chosen to serve the Lord, chosen to walk the Christian way. We worship God who leads us on — and ask for strength to continue as we have begun.

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Presider’s Page for 15 August (Assumption of Our Lady)

We worship God who brought Mary to the glory of heaven this day. We celebrate her Assumption, the tangible reminder that the resurrection of Jesus brings victory over death for all who believe.

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Presider’s Page for 8 August (19th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

We gather together as friends this Sunday morning, called by the Lord to forgive each other as quickly as God forgives us.

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Presider’s Page for 1 August (18th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

From the days when the Jewish people wandered in the desert to this very day, God has been ‘food to the hungry’ and ‘meaning to those who lose their way’. We celebrate our Lord’s loving-kindness today.

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Presider’s Page for 25 July (17th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

United with Christians all over the world, we acknowledge one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God as our Father. We worship as one family, and pray for greater charity and love among all the baptised. • Today is World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

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Presider’s Page for 18 July (16th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Our God is like a shepherd who always looks after the flock: the Lord cares for us in all our needs. Even when we are distressed by a new surge of COVID-19, our caring Lord is by our side.

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Presider’s Page for 11 July 2011 (15th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

God has blessed us in very many ways: God has showered grace upon us. During today’s gathering, we give thanks to the Lord for all we have received. • Sunday 11 July marks the 100th anniversary of the Truce that ended the War of Independence in Ireland. Accordingly, today is the…

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Presider’s Page for 4 July (14th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

God calls us together for praise and worship today. As weak and sinful people, we gather to ask the Lord’s mercy. We know that divine grace is sufficient for us. Together, we praise and thank our God for the constant care we receive. 

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Presider’s Page for 27 June (13th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

As summer takes hold of us, we give thanks to God for all the gifts we enjoy. We rejoice in God’s saving power: death itself is in his hand and all the living depend on God alone.

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Presider’s Page for 20 June (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

We have nothing to be afraid of, no matter what storm threatens to overwhelm us, God is with us. We need to trust in Christ’s calming presence — and not to be afraid to ask for help. • And on this Father’s Day, we honour the presence and memory of…

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Presider’s Page for 13 June (11th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Throughout these summer months, trees, plants and grasses grow and flourish. Our faith is also to grow and flourish during these Sundays of Ordinary Time. The green vestments worn by the celebrant signify continuing growth in faith.

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Presider’s Page for 6 June (Corpus Christi)

Today we honour the Body and Blood of Christ, the food that sustains us on our pilgrimage through life. Even if in pandemic times we have not received Holy Communion as often as we would have liked, we have learned to appreciate this gift all the more.

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Presider’s Page for 30 May (Trinity Sunday)

We celebrate Trinity Sunday today. The feast gives us an opportunity to reflect on the mystery of God, who creates, redeems and makes us holy.

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May 30 2021 The Most Holy Trinity

Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’

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Presider’s Page for 23 May (Pentecost Sunday)

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the second climax of the Easter season. We celebrate ‘the great beginning of the Church’, the day the Holy Spirit first came to confused and frightened disciples.

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May 23 2021 Pentecost Sunday

When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

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Presider’s Page for 16 May (Ascension Day)

The Ascension of the Lord is celebrated today, ‘World Communications Day’. As he left his disciples, Jesus sent them out to spread the Good News. This is our task too. We ask for the grace we need.

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May 16 2021 The Ascension of the Lord – World Communications Day

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied…

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Presider’s Page for 9 May (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

We gather in the love of God, redeemed in the death and resurrection of Jesus. We are people with a mission, challenged to grow in love each day. We ask God for divine help with this mission, today and during the coming week.

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May 9 2021 Sixth Sunday of Easter

You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another. “If…

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Presider’s Page for 2 May (Fifth Sunday of Easter)

Like branches of one tree, we are held together by our faith in Christ. Because we are all part of this one living plant, we come together in thanksgiving and praise.

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May 2 2021 Fifth Sunday of Easter

All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

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Presider’s Page for 25 April (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

The fourth Sunday of Easter is often called Good Shepherd Sunday, because the readings are about the care we receive from Christ, our true shepherd. We rejoice that this pastoral care continues, in the loving tenderness extended by many Christian women and men today. Today is the day of prayer…

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April 25 2021 Fourth Sunday of Easter

I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

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Presider’s Page for 18 April (Third Sunday of Easter)

During the Easter season the Church continues to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, even in these pandemic days. Today, we join together to worship God, who has brought about the great victory over sin and death in which we hope.

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April 18, 2021. Third Sunday of Easter

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought…

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Presider’s Page for 11 April (Second Sunday of Easter)

Opening Comment Even though Easter Week is now behind us, today’s liturgy is still filled with the joyful effects of Jesus’ resurrection. We continue to celebrate that great event for the next six weeks, until Pentecost Sunday on 23 May, the fiftieth and final day of Easter. Alternative Opening Prayer…

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April 11, 2021. Second Sunday of Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and…

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Presider’s Page for 4 April (Easter Sunday)

This Easter morning we gather for a most unusual Easter celebration. Pandemic threatens to overwhelm, yet the Church insistently proclaims: Christ is risen! We still celebrate the central mystery of our faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He suffered on the cross and died for us, but now…

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April 4, 2021. Easter Day of the Lord’s Resurrection

Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus” head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first,…

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Presider’s Page for 1 April (Holy Thursday)

The liturgy that begins this Thursday evening continues until we reach Easter. We are at the start of a three-day celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We journey from the Last Supper to Gethsemane tonight, from there to Calvary tomorrow, and from the tomb to resurrection and…

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Presider’s Page for 28 March (Palm Sunday)

Today’s liturgy gives a preview of the events we will celebrate between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. These events are also the focus of this and every Sunday celebration. We ask for God’s help in understanding their significance.

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March 28, 2021. Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him, “Hail,…

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Presider’s Page for 21 March (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

In just over ten days time, the Easter Triduum will begin, at sunset on Holy Thursday. Today we pray for all the believers all over the world for whom Easter brings renewal: may we be fit and ready to make a new start when this Lent is over.

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Sunday March 21, 2021. Fifth Sunday of Lent

“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say ” ‘ Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this our. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it…

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Bilingual Presider’s Page for Wednesday 17 March (Lá Fhéile Pádraig Naofa)

Today, we pause from our lenten penances to honour Patrick, our national apostle. In our celebration of this solemn feast, we worship God, creator, redeemer and sanctifier, who brought our ancestors into the Christian fold through the preaching of St Patrick. [In this year’s Mass we remember especially the irish…

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Bilingual Presider’s Page for Wednesday 17 March (Lá Fhéile Pádraig Naofa)

Today, we pause from our lenten penances to honour Patrick, our national apostle. In our celebration of this solemn feast, we worship God, creator, redeemer and sanctifier, who brought our ancestors into the Christian fold through the preaching of St Patrick. [In this year’s Mass we remember especially the irish…

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Presider’s Page for 14 March (Fourth Sunday of Lent – “Laetare”)

This Sunday we come to the midpoint of Lent. The season is half over, and the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus is nearer to us. On this midway Sunday, it is traditional to honour mothers, praying for those still with us and remembering those who have died.

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March 14, 2021. Fourth Sunday of Lent

And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those…

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Presider’s Page for 7 March (Third Sunday in Lent, Year B)

We gather in continuing lockdown on this first Sunday of March in Ireland, praying that God will keep our hope alive during the Lenten spring. The Lord has the message of eternal life: we come to know this message during the Sunday online gathering and deepen our relationship with our Saviour.

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March 7, 2021. Third Sunday of Lent

The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six Years, and will you raise it up in…

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Presider’s Page for 28 February (Second Sunday of Lent, Year B)

As we continue to celebrate Lent, we keep the goal of our journey before us. The gospel of the transfiguration is read on this lenten Sunday each year, to remind us to hold firm to a vision of glory, even on dark days. Easter will follow this season of penance,…

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February 28, 2021 – Second Sunday of Lent

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell…

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Presider’s Page for 21 February (First Sunday of Lent)

Today we celebrate the first Sunday of Lent. Lent is celebrated in lockdown this year, in this and most every country, as the world fights COVID-19. But though apart, we are united in worship and in prayer, looking forward to Easter and better days ahead.

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February 21, 2021 – First Sunday of Lent

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

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Presider’s Page for Ash Wednesday (17 February, 2021)

Today we begin the journey of penance and reflection that will bring us to the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter time. Let us pray for the grace to keep Lent faithfully..

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Presider’s Page for 14 February (Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

‘Whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God.’ The words are St Paul’s, from today’s second reading. We gather here to give glory to God, marking the Day of Prayer for Temperance — and preparing for the online Lenten Spring of 2021, a Lent like no…

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February 14, 2021 – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A leper came to Jesus begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was…

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Presider’s Page for 7 February (Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

As we come together for worship, each of us brings worries, anxieties and fears, made worse by the pandemic all around us. We gather our concerns together and entrust them to the one who heals his suffering people.

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February 7, 2021 – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on…

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Presider’s Page for 31 January (Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

We come together [on-line] this Sunday to listen to God’s word, believing that Jesus teaches us with authority: we have been rescued from sin and darkness, and given the hope of heaven.

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January 31, 2021 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching-with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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January 24, 2021 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday of the Word of God

Peter, Andrew, James and John were called to leave their natural family to embrace a much larger family, the future family of Jesus’ disciples. The Lord’s call to us to follow him today will always involve some element of that call to open ourselves up to a wider family, the…

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Presider’s Page for 24 January (Third Sunday in Ordinary Time)

The calling of disciples is described in today’s Gospel. We too are called to follow Christ, even in these difficult times of pandemic. As believers, we listen to God’s word, allowing it to steer and support us, every day of our lives. • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues…

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Presider’s Page for 17 January (Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Now that the Christmas season is behind us and we are moving into the New Year, the liturgy challenges us to reflect on what following Christ means. In the light of the Mother and Babies Home report published this week, there is sadness in our hearts as we gather, as…

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January 17, 2021 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 17, 2021 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (1) 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 The call of young Samuel, one of the great vocation stories Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here…

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Presider’s Page for 10 January (Baptism of the Lord)

Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord: it’s the last day of the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus marked the end of his quiet years in Nazareth and the start of his public ministry.

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Presider’s Page for Wednesday 6 January (Epiphany)

On this feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the Magi from foreign lands reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

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Presider’s Page for 3 January (Second Sunday of Christmas)

Opening Comment We gather to celebrate the first Sunday of 2021, moving with gratitude into a new year of God’s grace. We thank God for the vaccines developed to protect humanity and ask for God’s continuing care and protection until everyone is safe. Confident that God’s mercy has no end,…

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3 January – 2nd Sunday after Christmas

This Word became flesh to make the Eternal Father known to all of us. He came to let us know the Father. Indeed, he is God’s personal message to us. How can we know the Father? Through Jesus who is “the way, the truth and the life.” He is our…

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Presider’s Page for 1 January 2021 (New Year’s Day)

Happy New Year! On this first day of the Year of Our Lord 2021, we acclaim Mary as Mother of God and ask her to mind us and those we love during this new year. We pray that the world may be freed from COVID-19 through a global programme of…

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Presider’s Page for 27 December (Holy Family)

On this first Sunday after Christmas Day, we honour the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We entrust our families to their patronage, and pray for all who have been part of our families, those still alive and those whom we hope have joined the great family of God…

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Even though we honour them as the Holy Family, it does not mean they never had problems to face, as every family must. Just as every Christian has a share in the cross of Christ, the Holy Family also experienced life’s crosses…

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Presider’s Page for 25 December (‘Day Mass’)

We celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God shares our nature, he has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh.

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Presider’s Page for 25 December (‘Dawn Mass’)

We gather with joy in our hearts to celebrate the birthday of our Saviour. The rising sun of this winter morning reminds us that Jesus, who is born for us, rose from death as our undying light, our hope and our salvation.

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Presider’s Page for 24 December (‘Night Mass’)

Opening Comment In the dark of this winter night, we proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus, salvation is ours. Alternative Opening…

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Presider’s Page for 20 December (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

Advent is drawing to a close; we have just a few days left to prepare for the birth of Christ. On this Sunday, we’re invited to follow Mary’s example and imitate her faith.

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4th Sunday of Advent

We like to be the givers, the organizers, the achievers. To let others give to us is to acknowledge our need, our dependence, our limitations, and that does not always come easy…

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Presider’s Page for 13 December (Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday)

We’re midway through the season of Advent. Traditionally, today is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing.’ The reason for celebration is that the day of the Lord’s coming is very near.

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3rd Sunday in Advent

The Baptist was a voice crying in the wilderness, a voice to invite people into relationship with God. We too are asked to use our voice to make Christ known…

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Presider’s Page for Tuesday 8 December (Immaculate Conception of the BVM)

This feast had its origin in the East as the “Conception of Mary by St Anne.” It spread through the West during the Middle Ages as the “Immaculate Conception” and was extended to the entire Western Church in the eighteenth century. The feast celebrates Mary, preserved from sin from the…

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Presider’s Page for 6 December (Second Sunday of Advent)

John the Baptist is the focus of the liturgy on the Second Sunday of Advent each year. His challenge to us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’ is at the heart of the Advent message. We worship the one who will surely come to us.

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2nd Sunday of Advent

Like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them to his breast, and gently leading the mother-ewes who are due to give birth…

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Presider’s Page for 29 November (First Sunday of Advent, Year B)

Advent begins today, and with it a new year in the Church’s life. We look forward with hope to the end of time, when Christ will come in glory — and with joy, even in the midst of pandemic, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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29 November, 2020. First Sunday of Advent

“Keep awake-for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

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Presider’s Page for 22 November (Christ the King)

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. At the end of time, this king will come in glory to judge the living and the dead. He will ask how we treated the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the naked, those sick or in prison. But in the meantime,…

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22 November, 2020. Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

22 November, 2020. Jesus Christ, King of the Universe On this, the last Sunday in the liturgical year, we honour Christ the King. It is a feast on which to renew our loyalty to Jesus our Saviour, shown in the way that we love our neighbour. The shepherd-theme is prominent,…

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Presider’s Page for 15 November (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: World Day of the Poor)

The end of this year and the beginning of the Advent season is coming closer, and the Liturgy invites us to look further into the future, towards the end of time, to be ready when the Day of the Lord comes. • Today has been designated by Pope Francis as the…

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15 November, 2020. 33rd Sunday, Year A

15 November, 2020. 33rd Sunday, Year A Today’s gospel focuses on the kind of behaviour that will be tested in Final Judgment. We are here and now writing the book of evidence for that judgement on the value of lives. A key element is the use of the talents and…

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Presider’s Page for 8 November (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Prisoners’ Sunday)

At this time of year, our deceased relatives and friends are often in our minds. Our faith tells us that we needn’t grieve over them like people with no hope. We remember them with love, and entrust them to God’s care.

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08 November, 2020. 32nd Sunday, Year A

08 November, 2020. 32nd Sunday, Year A If we hope in the resurrection, despite our grieving we have hope. The hopefulness of Wisdom is given sharper focus by St Paul, who says that all we have lost will be restored when Jesus returns in glory. 1st Reading: Wisdom 6:12-16 In…

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Presider’s Page for Monday 2 November (All Souls)

On All Saints Day and today, we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today we pray for all souls, for the faithful departed still on the journey to their heavenly home.

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Presider’s Page for Sunday 1 November (All Saints)

Today and tomorrow we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each one is. Today’s feast celebrates the saints in heaven, holy men and women of every time and place: we hope some of our people are among them.

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01 November, 2020. All Saints Day

01 November, 2020. All Saints Day 1st Reading: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 Vast numbers were sealed with the sign of the Living God I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four…

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Presider’s Page for 25 October (Ordinary Time 30)

There’s a reminder of the two great commandments in today’s celebration: we are called to love God and our neighbour: friend, visitor and stranger alike.

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25 October, 2020. 30th Sunday, Year A

25 October, 2020. 30th Sunday, Year A Our Gospel celebrates the great commandment of love. To love our neighbour as God does, prejudices based on race, religion or colour have to go. The revelation at Mount Sinai prompted a sense of fairness towards others, deeper than specific commandments. Jesus demonstrates…

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Presider’s Page for Mission Sunday, 18 October (Ordinary Time 29)

As God’s family in this place, we gather to worship. We offer our love, our support and our prayers to all the Christian communities throughout the world.

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18 October, 2020.  29th Sunday, Year A

18 October, 2020.  29th Sunday, Year A 1st Reading: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Providence appointed king Cyrus to liberate Israel from the exile in Babylon Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes,…

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Presider’s Page for 11 October (Ordinary Time 28)

We gather as fellow-pilgrims at this Sunday’s Eucharist, all journeying to the great banquet of heaven. In our Communion today, we get a taste of what is to come, which will sustain us when we walk in the valley of darkness.

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11 October, 2020. 28th Sunday, Year A

11 October, 2020. 28th Sunday, Year A By baptism we are called to the weding feast in the kingdom of God. But somehow, we need get a wedding garment, to take our place at the feast. While the Gospel invites us to reflect on how we are doing, it is…

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Presider’s Page for 4 October (Ordinary Time 27)

There are reassuring sentiments for us in God’s Word, with Paul reminding us that there is no need for us to worry. If there is anything we need, we can pray for it and God’s peace will be ours. • Today is ‘Day for Life’ in Ireland, with the theme:…

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04 October, 2020. 27th Sunday, Year A

04 October, 2020. 27th Sunday, Year A The church is the choice vineyard of the Lord, planted for a noble and productive purpose. Here we can grow to maturity in the sunshine of God’s grace. But the vineyard can fall into disuse, or fail to produce the expected fruits of…

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Presider’s Page for 27 September (Ordinary Time 26)

God’s love is displayed for us in the life and death of Jesus. We rejoice in this love, and celebrate the victory over sin and death won for us. As a community, we praise God’s holy name. • Today is the ‘World Day of Migrants and Refugees’

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26th Sunday, Year A

St Paul practiced what he preached. Writing from his prison cell he still finds joy and hope and longs for final union with Christ …

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Presider’s Page for 20 September (Ordinary Time 25)

God’s ways are not our ways. God’s love and generosity are beyond our understanding. We acknowledge all God has done for us, and ask for the grace to grow into God’s likeness.

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20 September, 2020. 25th Sunday, Year A

Of this joyful relationship with God Paul was a shining example. While threatened with persecution he is filled with the joy of Christ. His life is already united with Christ’s life, and he longs for the fulfilment of final union.

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Presider’s Page for 13 September (Ordinary Time 24)

Forgiveness is one of the great qualities of Christianity. We are challenged to forgive each other as readily as God forgives us. We celebrate God’s mercy, and ask for the grace to pass it on to those who hurt us.

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13 September, 2020. 24th Sunday, Year A

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. Whatever we do influences each other, either for good or ill. And if we are hurt, we cannot fully forgive without remembering our own forgiveness from God.

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Presider’s Page for 6 September (Ordinary Time 23)

We gather as God’s family, concerned for each other, supporting one another in sadness and joy. The challenge of living as part of the Christian family is laid out for us in today’s readings.

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Presider’s Page for 30 August (Ordinary Time 22)

We gather to praise God and to ask for help and grace. We know the difficulties that can come when we try to live the right way. Often the road of life is like the way of the cross.

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30 August, 2020. 22nd Sunday, Year A

We might overly focus on the “renunciation” in today’s Gospel so as to miss its positive aspect. All growth, all lasting achievement demands effort and sacrifice. Yet the sacrifice can be a satisfying part of experience, when orientated towards a high and valued goal. (Examples: athletic training; mountain-climbing; studying a…

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Presider’s Page for 23 August (Ordinary Time 21)

This hour of worship brings us into the presence of the God whose mystery we can never comprehend. All we have comes from the Lord, and we can only bow down in awe, and bring forward the praise that is due to the Almighty.

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23 August, 2020. 21st Sunday, Year A

What of today’s Church, spread in all continents, united under the leadership of Pope Francis? How can this work of teaching, encouraging and uniting so many millions of baptised believers be carried on? Jesus remains at the centre, as the Christ, Son of the Living God, and He continues to…

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Presider’s Page for 16 August (Ordinary Time 20)

Everyone is welcome in God’s house, everyone who loves God’s name. We gather to experience the warmth of this embrace.

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Presider’s Page for Saturday 15 August (Assumption of the BVM)

We worship God who brought Mary to the glory of heaven this day. We celebrate her Assumption, the tangible reminder that the resurrection of Jesus brings victory over death for all who believe.

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Presider’s Page for 9 August (Ordinary Time 19)

We gather to celebrate our beautiful God, who was revealed to Elijah as a gentle breeze and who calmed the storm on the lake. We are grateful that this God takes our fears away and gives rest to our souls.

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Presider’s Page for 2 August (Ordinary Time 18)

Great wonders are proclaimed in today’s Liturgy. God’s love and God’s care for humanity are made manifest.

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Presider’s Page for 26 July (Ordinary Time 17)

God has given us many gifts, including the promise that we will share in Christ’s glory. We give thanks for these treasures, as we continue on our journey to the fullness of the kingdom of heaven.

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Presider’s Page for 19 July (Ordinary Time 16)

We have been called together by the Spirit of God to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. The Spirit teaches us to pray, and moves us to glorify the Lord’s name.

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Presiders Page for 12 July (Ordinary Time 15)

We gather as pilgrims on a journey, asking God to keep us steadfast until we reach our eternal home. In the Spirit, let us worship God who cares for us according to our needs.

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Presider’s Page for 5 July (Ordinary Time 14)

There is much good news in today’s Gospel, which should help to sustain all who are anxious because of the pandemic. We’re told we can bring all our troubles to Jesus and find rest. God will make our burden light. We praise God for the care promised us.

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Presider’s Page for 28 June (Ordinary Time 13)

We’re told in today’s first reading that unexpected blessings can come our way when we least expect them. As we move from lockdown to a ‘new normal’ during this pandemic, we give thanks for the unexpected blessings the period of lockdown brought…

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Presider’s Page for 21 June (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

We have nothing to be afraid of, we’re told in today’s Gospel. God knows every one of our needs. We gather in prayer, united by our faith, to thank God for this word of encouragement. And on this Father’s Day, we honour the presence and memory of our fathers —…

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21 June, 2020. 12th Sunday, Year A

21 June, 2020. 12th Sunday, Year A 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Jeremiah is under stress from enemies, yet holds to his confidence in God For I hear many whispering: “Terror is all around! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” All my close friends are watching for me to stumble. “Perhaps…

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Presider’s Page for 14 June (‘Corpus Christi’ – the Body of Christ)

Today’s liturgy invites us to reflect on what we have missed these last three months — the weekly gathering of the Body of Christ for Sunday Mass, and the sharing in the Body of Christ in Holy Communion. As we celebrate Corpus Christi today, we pray for a greater appreciation…

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Presider’s Page for 7 June (Trinity Sunday)

We reflect on the mystery of God on this Trinity Sunday. We gather to worship the One who creates, redeems and sanctifies, three persons, one God, without end. And we ask God to stay close to us and sustain us in these challenging times.

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Presider’s Page for 31 May (Pentecost Sunday)

Today we celebrate the day when the Holy Spirit first came to confused and frightened disciples. We share their fear, and ask for a new outpouring to give us courage and the grace to endure.

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31 May, 2020. Pentecost Sunday, Year A

On Pentecost day humanity appears at its best, Spirit-inspired, united and sharing in wisdom…

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Presider’s Page for 24 May (Ascension of the Lord)

We celebrate the Ascension of Jesus today. We remember his sending out of the disciples, and his promise to remain with us always, reassuring words for this dark time.

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24 May, 2020. The Ascension of the Lord

If we treasure it, we can experience fully that "Joy of the Gospel" so warmly described for us by our good Pope Francis….

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Presider’s Page for 17 May (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

Each Sunday in Easter time, we celebrate the gifts we receive in Baptism and Confirmation. We rejoice that the Spirit is our Advocate, who continues to support us in the difficulties of life, and particularly in this pandemic.

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17 May, 2020. 6th Sunday of Easter

Reverence for God, respect and courtesy for others are parts of the same virtue…

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Presider’s Page for 10 May (Fifth Sunday of Easter)

Today’s liturgy puts the life-giving words of Jesus before us. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the one in whom we can place all our trust, especially in dark times like these. Because we believe these things, we gather to praise God.

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10 May, 2020. 5th Sunday of Easter

This welcoming God is the one that our church worships, and we renew our trust in Him…

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Presider’s Page for 3 May (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

The fourth Sunday of Easter is often called Good Shepherd Sunday, because the readings are about the care we receive from Christ, our true shepherd. We rejoice that this pastoral care continues in the loviong tenderness extended by many Christian women and men today. Today is also the day of…

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03 May, 2020. 4th Sunday of Easter

The parish is a priestly people. How will the priesthood of the baptised be exercised in the coming decades?…

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Presider’s Page for 26 April (Third Sunday of Easter)

During the Easter season the Church continues to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, even in these dark pandemic days. Today, we join together to worship God, who has brought about the great victory over sin and death in which we hope.

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26 April, 2020. 3rd Sunday of Easter

Today we repeat our personal YES of trust and commitment. What the Lord invites is our YES to his presence with us, here and now…

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Presider’s Page for 19 April (Easter 2 – Divine Mercy Sunday)

Even though Easter Week is now behind us, today’s liturgy is still filled with Jesus’ resurrection. We continue to celebrate that great event for the next six weeks, until Pentecost Sundayon the last day of May, the fiftieth and final day of Easter.

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19 April, 2020. 2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

As we join in our Sunday Mass we are here to meet the risen Christ in person, just as St Thomas did…

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12 April, 2020. Easter Sunday

Through the power of the resurrection, we can all have hope and joy, and go out to share them by our way of living…

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Presider’s Page for 12 April 2020 (Easter Sunday in Pandemic)

This Easter morning we gather for a most unusual Easter celebration. Pandemic threatens to overwhelm, yet the Church insistently proclaims: Christ is risen! We still celebrate the central mystery of our faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He suffered on the cross and died for us, but now…

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Presider’s Page for Thursday 9 April (Holy Thursday)

The liturgy that begins this Tursday evening continues until we reach Easter. We are at the start of a three-day celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We journey from the Last Supper to Gethsemane tonight, from there to Calvary tomorrow, and from the tomb to resurrection and…

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Presider’s Page for 5 April (Palm Sunday)

Today’s liturgy gives us a preview of the events of Holy Week. The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are the focus of this and every Sunday celebration.

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05 April, 2020. Palm Sunday, [Passion Sunday]

Christ was no stranger to hardship, privation and suffering. Being in the form of God, from the moment he came on earth, Jesus emptied himself…

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05 April, 2020. Palm Sunday, (Passion Sunday)

Christ was no stranger to hardship, privation and suffering. Being in the form of God, from the moment he came on earth, Jesus emptied himself,..

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29 March, 2020. 5th Sunday of Lent

Like all others, we are humbled by the inevitability of death. But we trust in the goodness of God, demonstrated in the life and words of Jesus….

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Presider’s Page for 29 March (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

In under a fortnight’s time, the Easter Triduum will begin, on Holy Thursday evening. It will be a Triduum like no other, with no public celebrations because of the Coronavurus pandemic. But in our own homes, each of us can recall the great events that Easter remembers. We ask God’s…

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Presider’s Page for 22 March (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

Traditionally, this Sunday is called Laetare Sunday, which means ‘a day for joy’ — although few will feel much joy this year, as the COV-19 epidemic draws ever nearer. But at this midpoint of Lent, it is traditional to honour mothers, treasuring those still with us and praying for those…

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22 March, 2020. 4th Sunday of Lent, Year A

He is in our midst, he walks among us as the supreme healer, his hand ever ready to touch us, to take away our blindness…

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Presider’s page for 17 March (Lá ‘Fhéile Pádraig, English & Gaeilge)

In the heart of Lent, we keep the feast of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. We mark the day by praising God the creator, who sustained Patrick in good times and bad, and who will sustain the Irish even in the face of coronavirus.

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Presider’s Page for 15 March (Third Sunday of Lent)

Today’s readings about water and thirst remind us that this is a baptismal season. The holy water of baptism blesses and protects the faithful in every danger, even as the threat of the coronavirus bears down upon our world.

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15 March, 2020. 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A

The vision of eternal life brought them hope and joy that made all their efforts and sacrifices worthwhile…

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Presider’s Page for 8 March (Second Sunday of Lent)

Now that we are ten days into the season of Lent, our goal is clarified in today’s liturgy. The Gospel of the Transfiguration reminds us that we are destined for glory. Like the disciples, we keep this glimpse of glory in our hearts in the dark days ahead. Resurection will…

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08 March, 2020. 2nd Sunday of Lent

Hearing God’s word and acting on it, made Abraham the great pilgrim of faith. His journey is the classic model of meaningful living….

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Presider’s Page for 1 March (First Sunday of Lent)

We celebrate the first Sunday of Lent. All over the world today, men and women are beginning a period of preparation for their baptism at the Easter Vigil. Like them, we spend Lent preparing to renew our baptismal vows at Easter, looking forward to our blessing with Easter water and…

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01 March, 2020. 1st Sunday of Lent (A)

Why does the number of suicides keep rising, in spite of our prosperity? Why do we need to barricade ourselves…?

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Presider’s Page for 23 February (Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Loving the enemy and praying for those who make life difficult are two marks of a Christian, or so Jesus teaches us today. We gather, aware of how difficult love can be, yet united by the saving mercy of God, on which we rely.

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23 February, 2020. 07th Sunday, Year A

Mercy is the outstanding gift of God even of the “Old Testament God” whom many imagine as predominantly harsh and punitive …

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Presider’s Page for 16 February (Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Today’s readings ask for decisions, challenging Christians to choose the right path. We gather to worship God, who can help us in all our choices.

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16 February, 2020. 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus promoted an atmosphere of openness and trust. What he offers as a supplement to the Law of Moses is a morality of values held from the heart…

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Presider’s Page for 9 February (Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Over these Sundays, we listen to what Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount. In today’s liturgy, we hear that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Rejoicing in this calling, we praise God who sustains us all our days.

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09 February, 2020. 5th Sunday, Year A

How to reconcile “letting our light shine” with the fact that Jesus spent most of his own life quietly in Nazareth? …

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Presider’s Page for 2 February (The Presentation of the Lord – Candlemas)

It’s forty days since we celebrated the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Today we remember his Presentation in the Temple. This feast is also called Candlemas; candles are blessed because today Jesus was revealed in the Temple as the light of all peoples.

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02 February, 2020. The Presentation of the Lord (Sunday)

We share our joy with others because the Lord who entered his temple has entered our lives too. Today we learn from Simeon and Anna how to welcome his gracious coming…

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Presider’s Page for 26 January (Third Sunday in Ordinary Time)

The people that walked in darkness has seen a great light: Jesus, the light of the world, walks among us, preaching a message of repentance. We gather to listen to him, to share the bread of life and to prepare to go out and build up his kingdom.

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26 January, 2020. 3rd Sunday, Year A

He had taken to drink and lost his way, and was now homeless. It was a shock to Leonardo, and a prod to conversion for the man who modeled as Judas…

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Presider’s Page for 19 January (Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)

The Christmas Season ended last Sunday, and we have entered Ordinary Time, moving slowly from winter towards spring. The season of Lent begins on the 26th February: between now and then, we learn a little more each Sunday about the life and teachings of Jesus, as St Matthew recorded them.

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19 January, 2020. 2nd Sunday (Year A)

An honest stock-taking of ourselves may unveil the selfish motives that often direct our actions…

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Presider’s Page for 12 January (Baptism of the Lord)

This feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the last day of Christmas. At his baptism Jesus sees how much he is loved by God and is given the power to go out and spread the news. We share that power through our baptism.

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12 January, 2020. The Baptism of the Lord

Peter summarised the pattern of Christ’s life as, “He went about doing good and healing …for God was with him.”

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Presider’s Page for Monday 6 January (Epiphany of the Lord)

On this feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the wise men reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

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Presider’s Page for 5 January (Second Sunday of Christmas)

We gather to celebrate the first Sunday of 2020, with thankfulness for the year just gone. We ask God for continuing care and protection as face this New Year, not knowing what it will bring.

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05 January, 2020. Second Sunday of Christmas

Prayer (ICEL 1998) God most high, your only Son embraced the weakness of our flesh to give us the power to become your children; your eternal Word chose to dwell among us, that we might live in your presence. Grant us a spirit of wisdom to know how rich is…

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Presider’s Page for New Years Day 2020 (Mary, Mother of God)

Happy New Year! On this first day of the Year of Our Lord 2020, we acclaim Mary as Mother of God and ask her to mind us and those we love during this new year. Today is also World Peace Day, a day during which we pray for peace.

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Presider’s Page for Sunday 29 December (Holy Family)

The Holy Family is the focus on the first Sunday after Christmas, so we honour Jesus, Mary and Joseph today. We worship God who shared the life of the human family, and thank God for all the gifts we continue to receive in each other.

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29 December. The Holy Family (Sunday)

Whenever families are happy, it is where love and respect are highly prized among them. We pray for an outpouring of those qualities in our families today…

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Presider’s Page for 25 December (Christmas Day Mass)

We celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God shares our nature, he has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh.

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25 December 2019. Christmas (Midnight & Midday)

In some sense we too can bring Christ to birth, by fully embracing God’s will, as we perceive it in our own lives…

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Presider’s Page for 24 December (Christmas Night Mass)

In the dark of this winter night, we proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus, salvation is ours.

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Presider’s Page for 22 December (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

The Season of Advent ends on Tuesday, so the celebration of the birth of Christ is now very close. We gather in preparation for that great event, worshipping God who was made flesh to bring us to glory.

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22 December. 4th Sunday of Advent

In our encounters with people who reflect Christ and his gospel we can find signs of God to confirm our faith…

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Presider’s Page for 15 December (Third Sunday of Advent – ‘Gaudete’)

Traditionally, this Sunday is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing’. Advent is about half over, and the day of the Lord’s coming is nearer. We worship God who promises us joy without end.

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15 December. 3rd Sunday of Advent

John’s faith in Jesus was made strong, enabling him to stick to his guns and accept a martyr’s death.

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Presiders Page for 9 December (Immaculate Conception of the BVM)

Our preparations for Christmas always include Mary, the Mother of God. Her Advent feast is displaced from 8th December this year because of a clash with the Second Sunday of Advent, which we celebrated yesterday. Today, we honour her conception free from sin, a miracle that displays God’s power for…

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Presider’s Page for 8 December (Second Sunday of Advent)

John the Baptist is the focus of the Gospel reading on the Second Sunday of Advent each year. His words challenge and inspire. We worship God who uses many messengers to call us from darkness to light.

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08 December, 2019. 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

Of course, Christmas, our preparations for it, have great aspects also. But it’s too easy to lose all sense of what we are actually celebrating and recalling.

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Presider’s Page for 1 December (First Sunday of Advent)

The season of Advent begins today. During the next 24 days we will look forward in hope. We will watch for the end times, when Christ will come in glory, Christ whose birthday we will celebrate very soon.

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01 December, 2019. First Sunday in Advent

The coming of the Christ was and is the best of good news, a gift beyond imagining…  

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Presider’s Page for 24 November (Christ the King)

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King this Sunday, remembering that our king’s life ended on a cross. Today we worship this wounded and resurrected God, who promises us a place in Paradise.

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24 November, 2019. Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

People with imperial power were at a loss in face of the moral power of Christ. Their reaction was to strike out blindly, to violently crush his threat to their power…

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Presider’s Page for 17 November (Ordinary Time 33)

The readings this Sunday focus on the end of the world, though we are also reassured that people of faith have nothing to fear. Today is World Day of the Poor, an annual day of significance established by Pope Francis in 2016.

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17 November, 2019. 33rd Sunday (C)

As the church’s year is ending, we remember the ‘last things’ and in particular, the promise of Our Lord’s return. This invites us to live our lives in the light of eternity…

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Presider’s Page for 10 November (Ordinary Time 32)

At this time of remembrance, our dead are often in our minds. Today’s readings challenge us to believe in eternal life after death. We worship God who sustains us in this life and promises us a share in the resurrection. • Today is Prisoners’ Sunday

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10 November, 2019. 32nd Sunday (C)

With eyes of faith, we see life as a journey towards the destiny God has in store for us; for “In my Father’s house… and I am going to prepare a place for you.”

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Presider’s Page for 3 November (Ordinary Time 31)

Zacchaeus is the star of today’s Gospel, the man who has been called ‘everybody’s favourite underdog’. Zacchaeus took Jesus at his word and changed his life. We worship God, whose mercy for all people never fails, a mercy on which we rely as we remember our dead….

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03 November, 2019. 31st Sunday (C)

The meeting with Zacchaeus higlights the mindset of Jesus towards ministry. He cames “to seek out and save what was lost.” If we recognise our “lostness.” ..

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Presider’s Page for Saturday 2 November (All Souls)

On All Saints Day and today, we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today we pray for all souls, for the faithful departed still on the journey to their heavenly home.

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Presider’s Page for Friday 1 November (All Saints)

Today and tomorrow we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today’s feast celebrates the saints in heaven, the holy men and women of every time and place: we hope some of our people are…

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Presider’s Page for 27 October (Ordinary Time 30)

The Gospel story of the Pharisee and the tax collector is read today. It reminds us of the value of being humble before God. In today’s gathering, we praise God who is always merciful to us. Penitential Rite: To begin, we recall our sins in the context of divine mercy:…

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27 October, 2019. 30th Sunday (C)

Opposites can attract: In marriage and other human relationships we often notice how unlike personalities complement each other. But opposites can also be far apart, like the tax collector (far off), and the Pharisee, (confident and up-front)…

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Presider’s Page for 20 October (Mission Sunday)

Today is World Mission Sunday, which this year has the theme: “TOGETHER WE ARE MISSION, changing the lives of others!” The readings point to the value of persistent prayer, which can be a real support to missionaries in their work. If you want results, pray without ceasing, says Jesus. God…

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20 October, 2019. 29th Sunday (C)

There was something the widow badly wanted, and, despite has heartlessness, the judge had to give in to her eventually, as she showed no sign of giving up…

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Presider’s Page for 13 October (Ordinary Time 28)

The Gospel gives the story of the ten lepers, of whom only one came back to thank Jesus. We praise and thank God who continues to do great things for all peoples.

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13 October, 2019. 28th Sunday (C)

One of the lepers, who knew that he was healed, showed great appreciation. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan…

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Presider’s Page for 6 October (Ordinary Time 27)

The Spirit of God lives in us, inspiring us and guarding us. In the Spirit, we worship our creator and entrust ourselves to the Lord’s loving care. • ‘Day for Life’ is celebrated today by the Church in Ireland, focussing on the theme: ‘The Scourge of Domestic Abuse’.

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06 October, 2019. 27th Sunday (C)

Early in the morning Jesus often went up the hillside, his favourite place for quiet prayer. When visiting Jerusalem, he spent nights at prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane…

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Presider’s Page for 29 September (Ordinary Time 26)

Today’s readings remind us that God is on the side of the poor, defending their rights. • Today is the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

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29 September, 2019. 26th Sunday (C)

“Please send him to my father’s house to warn my five brothers, to keep them from coming into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’

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Presider’s Page for 22 September (Ordinary Time 25)

We gather to worship the Lord of glory, asking for help to be God’s servants before all else.

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22 September, 2019. 25th Sunday (C)

We may worry about devaluation and shrinking purchasing power as we recall what money could buy when we were young. But what really devalues money is if we make it an idol, or use it purely selfishly…

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Presider’s Page for 15 September (Ordinary Time 24)

Our God seeks out sinners to forgive them. At this Sunday’s gathering, we worship our loving and compassionate God.

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Presider’s Page for 15 September (Ordinary Time 24)

Our God seeks out sinners to forgive them. At this Sunday’s gathering, we worship our loving and compassionate God.

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15 September, 2019. 24th Sunday (C)

As in Moses’ day, the passions of hatred, anger and revenge are alive and well in our world today. Proxy civil wars are stirred up and prolonged by outside powers, with masses of guns and weapons of mass destruction piled up…

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Presider’s Page for 8 September (Ordinary Time 23)

We gather to listen to God’s challenging words and to ask the grace of repentance from God who loves us first.

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08 September, 2019. 23rd Sunday (C)

Jesus warns that we cannot share his vision unless we hold our possessions loosely. Without detachment we cannot be full disciples of the Christ who emptied himself….

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Presider’s Page for 1 September (Ordinary Time 22)

Who gets the places of honour in God’s house, the pushy or the humble? The Word of God in this Sunday’s Mass teaches us that the humble are the ones who find favour with God.

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01 September, 2019. 22nd Sunday (C)

The parable suggests, “Respect others; be open to them. Don’t put up barriers against others, like the Pharisees.” Another possible interpretation is that we ourselves are the poor, the lame and the blind…

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Presider’s Page for 25 August (Ordinary Time 21)

Our God is a gracious God, who throws open the doors to the Kingdom to all of humanity. We gather to worship this compassionate king

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25 August, 2019. 21st Sunday (C)

Today’s Scriptures speak of an orderly, self-disciplined life, a topic often ignored in a permissive society. We could reflect on this theme as part of the overall scheme of divine justice in history…

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Presider’s Page for 18 August (Ordinary Time 20)

Following Jesus may not bring us happiness in this life, but we are challenged to follow him nevertheless. We come together to worship our gracious God and to ask for help in our Christian life this week.

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18 August, 2019. 20th Sunday (C)

The moral courage to speak out against abuse seems in short supply. It always feels safer to keep our heads down and just go with the herd; but this is not the way to which Christ calls us….

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17 August, 2019. Saturday of Week 19

There was tension between those who wanted Jesus to bless their children and those who felt that children were a noisy distraction, who should be seen and not heard. When they blocked the parents from bringing their children to him, Jesus was not a merely impartial spectator. ..

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Presider’s Page for 15 August (Assumption of the BVM)

We worship God who brought Mary to the glory of heaven this day. We celebrate her Assumption, the tangible reminder that the resurrection of Jesus brings victory over death for all who believe.

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Presider’s Page for 11 August (Ordinary Time 19)

We are challenged by today’s Gospel to stand ready for our Master’s return in glory. We gather to worship God who sustains us all the days of our life, and beyond.

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11 August, 2019. 19th Sunday (C)

Faith is a special form of knowing, as when we come to know and appreciate a friend. Faith is an awareness, that God is guiding and helping us. We see it in Abraham, in Jesus and other great figures in the Bible…

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04 August. 18th Sunday (C)

On not making fortunes while ignoring the poverty of others. Our globalised capitalism and selfishness add to the world’s inequalities…

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Presider’s Page for 28 July (Ordinary Time 17)

We can ask God for help whenever we need to, today or any day. We gather this Sunday to worship God who is always concerned for us.

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28 July. 17th Sunday (C)

The power of intercession for others, as an expression of love. The Gospel seems to commend both praying alone as well as in praying with others.

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Presider’s Page for 21 July (Ordinary Time 16)

As we gather for Mass today, we are challenged to be hospitable, welcoming people. We worship the God who always has a welcome for us.

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21 July. 16th Sunday (C)

This story shows Jesus in an everyday setting among people that he loved and who loved him,,,

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Presider’s Page for 14 July (Ordinary Time 15)

The beautiful story of the Good Samaritan is told again at today’s Mass, with its challenge to us to look after others, as the Good Samaritan did. We gather to worship God who showed us what love means.

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14 July. 15th Sunday (C)

He bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them…

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Presider’s Page for 7 July (Ordinary Time 14)

We gather for Mass to praise God’s faithfulness, and to ask for grace in the work we’re called to do.

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07 July. 14th Sunday (C)

Our discipleship can be summed up in two phrases: “Come and see” and “Go and tell”…

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Presider’s Page for 30 June (Ordinary Time 13)

Now that the great feasts of Easter and the Sundays following it are behind us, we return to Ordinary Time and reflect on the challenges to disciples found in the Gospel of Luke. At today’s gathering, we’re challenged us to look carefully at our commitment to our faith. We worship…

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30 June 2019. 13th Sunday (C)

Persevering in following him; keeping our hands firmly on the plough, and looking forward, not back.

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Presider’s Page for 23 June (Corpus Christi)

Since the beginning of time, God has always nourished his people. Today we celebrate our creator’s kindness in giving us the Body and Blood of Christ to our food.

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23 June 2019. The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Jesus took two basics of life, Bread and Wine, and promised that whenever they gathered to share them with a prayer, he would be with them. ..

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Presider’s Page for 16 June (Trinity Sunday)

Today is Trinity Sunday. We worship God who creates, redeems and sanctifies: three persons, one God.

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16 June 2019. 11th Sunday (C)

The Holy Trinity, the inner self-communication of God, is a profound mystery: how God can be one divinity, shared between three persons….

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Presider’s Page for 9 June (Pentecost Sunday)

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the 50th day of Easter. We celebrate the completion of the Easter mystery in the coming of the Holy Spirit — and ask for the gift of that same Spirit as we gather today.

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09 June 2019. Pentecost Sunday

The Spirit was breathing where he would and the prayer “Jesus is Lord” would be their motto. They stayed drunk for life, in this sense…

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Presider’s Page for 2 June (Ascension of the Lord)

Remembering and celebrating Jesus’ Ascension today, we worship the God of timeless glory.

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02 June 2019. The Ascension of the Lord

“You will be clothed with power from on high” — this is how St Luke interprets the Lord’s Last Will and Testament…

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26 May, 2019. 6th Sunday of Easter

God will always keep his pledge. It is up to us to keep ours. When we come to the end of life’s pilgrimage and make our last goodbye, it will be literally Adieu, “going to God.”

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Presider’s Page for 26 May (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

The Ascension of Jesus will be celebrated next Sunday. As the Easter Season moves towards its second climax at Pentecost, we take heed of the Lord’s final words to his disciples, and look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Church.

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19 May, 2019. 5th Sunday of Easter

The apostles did not dwell on suffering in any morbid way. Their purpose was to put fresh heart into the disciples, to encourage them to persevere in the faith, just as Paul urged..

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Presider’s Page for 19 May (Fifth Sunday of Easter)

We gather to praise God who raised his son Jesus from the dead. We celebrate this victory over sin and death, and pray for enthusiasm as we try to pass on the Good News.

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Presider’s Page for 19 May (Fifth Sunday of Easter)

We gather to praise God who raised his son Jesus from the dead. We celebrate this victory over sin and death, and pray for enthusiasm as we try to pass on the Good News.

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Presider’s Page for 12 May (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

On the fourth Sunday of Easter each year, we honour the Risen Lord as our Good Shepherd. Today is the day of prayer for vocations to priesthood and religious life: we pray that God will give the Church men and women formed in the image of the Good Shepherd, who…

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12 May, 2019. 4th Sunday of Easter

Church leaders need to think soberly about the structures that can help foster genuine vocations to ministry in the future. It may well be that celibacy..

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Presider’s Page for 5 May (Third Sunday of Easter)

We’re two weeks into the Easter season now, but the Good News of the season continues to reverberate in the Liturgy. Joyfully we worship God who raised our Saviour from the dead.

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05 May, 2019. 3rd Sunday of Easter

Today’s story reflects the miracle of salvation as an offer. Through his church, Christ has thrown over us his net of salvation, a net of grace…

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Presider’s Page for 28 April (Second Sunday of Easter)

Even though Easter Week is now behind us, today’s liturgy still overflows with the joy of Jesus’ resurrection. We continue to celebrate that great event for the next six weeks, until Pentecost Sunday on the 20th of May, the fiftieth and final day of Easter.

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28 April 2019. 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sharing in the Eucharist is a statement of loyalty, both of personal and shared faith…

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Presider’s Page for 21 April (Easter Sunday)

This Easter morning we celebrate the central mystery of our faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He suffered on the cross and died for us, but now he is risen! Filled with the spirit of Easter joy, we proclaim the might and glory of God.

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21 April 2019. Easter Sunday.

On Easter morning, the stone was rolled back from the mouth of the tomb. Is my heart be ike a tomb awaiting resurrection? Can I identify any “gravestone” that is holding me back

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Presider’s Page for 20 April (The Easter Vigil)

We gather around the Easter candle, celebrating the Lord’s resurrection. With that light to illumine our way, we remember how God has cared for humanity from the dawn of time. The readings from both testaments remind us what happened at the highpoints of our history.

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Presider’s Page for 18 April (Holy Thursday)

The liturgy that begins this Thursday evening continues until we reach Easter. We are at the start of a three-day celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We journey from the Last Supper to Gethsemane tonight, from there to Calvary tomorrow, and from the tomb to resurrection and…

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Presider’s Page for 14 April (Palm Sunday)

Today’s liturgy gives a preview of the events we will celebrate between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. These events are also the focus of this and every Sunday celebration. We ask for God’s help in understanding their significance.

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Our liturgy this week invites us to follow Jesus every step of the way, beginning with his triumphant entry into Jerusalem…

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Presider’s Page for 7 April (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

This fifth Sunday of Lent, we gather to worship our compassionate God, who heals our sinfulness and challenges us to leave our sinfulness behind.

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The 5th Sunday of Lent

What did Jesus write with his finger on the ground? The Gospel gives us a possible clue..

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Presider’s Page for 31 March (Lent 4 – Laetare)

We have reached the midway point of the season of Lent. The joy of Easter is within our reach and the parent of the prodigal son encourages us to rely on divine mercy.

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31 March: 4th Sunday of Lent

Luke 15 may be the best short story that was ever written. Some of its phrases are so powerful that they have become proverbial… 1st Reading: Joshua 5:9-12 The Israelites, free at last from slavery and humiliation in Egypt, enter the land of promise The Lord said to Joshua, “Today…

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Presider’s Page for 24 March (Third Sunday of Lent)

Today, as we gather to listen to the Lenten call to repentance, we worship our God of kindness who, like a patient gardener, always gives people a second chance.

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24 March: 3rd Sunday of Lent

(n.b. Any parish seeking a priest to help in July-Aug. 2019, click here.) Jesus rejects the popular myth that all misfortunes are divine punishments.. We are not to imagine a stern, punitive God… 1st Reading: Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15 God pities his people in Egypt and will free them, through Moses…

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Presider’s Page for Sunday 17 March (Lá Fhéile Pádraig)

As the second week of Lent begins in other countries, we pause from our lenten penances to honour Patrick, the apostle of the Irish. In our celebration of this solemn feast, we worship God, creator, redeemer and sanctifier, who brought our ancestors into the Christian fold through the preaching of…

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Presider’s Page for 10 March (Lent 1)

The 40-day pilgrimage to Easter that began on Ash Wednesday is just a few days old. We pray that God, who sustained Jesus in his 40 days of temptations and suffering, will support us on our journey also.

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Presider’s Page for 3 March (Ordinary Time 8)

Words matter. What we say has an effect on others, for good or ill. God’s word to us is spoken in Jesus, the Word made flesh, in whose name we gather this and every Sunday.

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8th Sunday (Year C)

*In Springtime, renewal of dedication should bring spiritual growth, when we aim to be mutually suportive. 1st Reading: Sirach 27:4-7 Three images about ways of speaking When a sieve is shaken, the refuse appears; so do a person’s faults when he speaks. The kiln tests the potter’s vessels; so the…

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Presider’s Page for 24 February (Ordinary Time 7)

Loving the enemy and praying for those who make life difficult are two marks of a Christian, or so Jesus teaches us today. We gather, aware of how difficult love can be, yet united by the saving mercy of God, on which we rely.

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24 February. 7th Sunday (C)

Honouring Jesus as Lord of compassion and love, we cannot approach his altar, bearing grudges against others…. 1st Reading:1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 Saul, jealous of the young David, wants to kill him

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Presider’s Page for 17 February (Ordinary Time 6)

Happy are they who their trust in the Lord: worry will not come their way, their lives will bear fruit. The prophet Jeremiah’s words are reflected in the Psalm, as we are invited to trust in the One who never disappoints.

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17 February. 6th Sunday (C)

Jeremiah tells us whom we can really trust. Even leaders can lead us astray. Our primary trust is in the Lord, who guides our lives. 1st Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Trust in human resources is like a withering shrub in the arid desert Thus says the Lord: “Cursed are those who…

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Presider’s Page for 10 February (Ordinary Time 5)

Everyone who believes God’s word is called to pass on the Good News. Like many who have gone before us, including the prophet Isaiah and the apostles Peter and Paul, we may not feel up to the task. But God helps us every day.

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Presider’s Page for 3 February (Ordinary Time 4)

We gather as people loved by God, people called to pass on the love we have received. The love God has put into the world will never fail, but will last as long as humanity lasts. We praise God for the gifts lavished on us.

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Presider’s Page for 27 January (Ordinary Time 3)

The Word of God is the focus this Sunday, read by Ezra the priest in the Old Testament reading, and by Jesus in the Gospel. By his Word, God reassures the people of his closeness, especially in the Word made flesh, Jesus of Nazereth.

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Presider’s Page for 20 January (Ordinary Time 2)

There are echoes of the Christmas season in today’s liturgy, particularly in the Gospel story of the wedding feast of Cana, in which God’s glory becomes visible in Jesus, as it did at his Epiphany and Baptism. (Today is also the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.)

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20 January. 2nd Sunday (C)

1st Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5 God has prepared joyful feast for his people For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and…

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Presider’s Page for 13 January (Baptism of the Lord)

Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord: it’s the last day of the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus marked the end of his quiet years in Nazareth and the start of his public ministry.

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Presider’s Page for 6 January 2019 (Epiphany)

On this feast of the Epiphany, Roman Catholics celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the three wise men reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

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Presider’s Page for 1 January 2019 (Mary, Mother of God)

Happy New Year! On this first day of the Year of Our Lord 2019, we acclaim Mary as Mother of God and ask her to mind us and those we love during this new year. Today is also World Peace Day, a day during which we pray for peace.

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Presider’s Page for 30 December (Holy Family)

Today, the Sunday after Christmas, is part of the continuing celebration of the Lord’s Nativity. In today’s Mass, we honour the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. As we say goodbye to 2018, we entrust our families to their patronage, and pray for God’s help in 2019, soon to…

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Presider’s Page for 25 December (Christmas Day Mass)

We celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God has taken human flesh, has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh.

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Presider’s Page for 24 December (Christmas Night Mass)

In the dark of this winter night, we proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus, salvation is ours.

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Presider’s Page for 23 December (Advent 4)

Advent is drawing to a close; we have just another day left to prepare for the birth of Christ. On this Sunday, we rejoice that the promise made to Mary by the Lord is to be fulfilled.

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Presider’s Page for 16 December (Advent 3)

We’re well over halfway through Advent. Traditionally, today is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing.’ The reason for celebration is that the day of the Lord’s coming is nearer.

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16 December. 3rd Sunday of Advent

1st Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18 Salvation is near and God will protect his people Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel,…

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Presider’s Page for 9 December (Advent 2)

John the Baptist is the focus of the liturgy on the Second Sunday of Advent each year. His challenge to us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’ is at the heart of the Advent message. We worship the one who will surely come to us.

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09 December. 2nd Sunday of Advent

1st Reading: Baruch 5:1-9 God will level out a highway for the exiles to return The Lord says this: Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God. Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes…

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Presider’s Page for Saturday 8 December (Immaculate Conception of Mary)

Our preparations for Christmas always include Mary, the Mother of God. Today’s feast celebrates her conception free from sin, a miracle that displays God’s power for believers. We worship God, for whom everything is posssible.

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Presider’s Page for 2 December (Advent I, Year C)

Advent begins today. During these days, we look forward, waiting in hope. We watch for the end times, when Christ will come in glory, Christ who was born for us just a little over 2,000 years ago.

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02 December 2018. 1st Sunday of Advent

Advent invites us to think some new thoughts, imagine new projects, and focus our basic options at the start of a the Church’s year of worship. We renew our welcome to Jesus as the anchor of our lives, and prepare for  his return at the end of time. Advent is…

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Presider’s Page for 25 November (Christ the King)

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King today, acclaiming Jesus as our king, the one who died for us and rose triumphant. We offer praise and worship — and ask for the grace to live as worthy citizens of his kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace.

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25 November. Christ the King of the Universe

1st Reading: Daniel (7:13-14) A vision of the glorious Son of Man As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. To him was given dominion and…

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Presider’s Page for 18 November (Ordinary Time 33)

As we move into the darker times of the year, the readings at Mass remind us more and more of the end of time, and the glory awaiting believers. We trust that God stays with us always.

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Presider’s Page for 11 November (Ordinary Time 32)

Gathering together in the Lord’s house, we bring simple gifts into God’s presence – our love, our care for each other, our worshipping hearts and voices. We ask for the grace to continue to show love through the coming week.

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Presider’s Page for 4 November (Ordinary Time 31)

What is asked of us is simple – to love God and our neighbour. But without God’s grace, even these simple demands can seem beyond our grasp.

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04 November. 31st Sunday

1st Reading: Deuteronomy (6:1-6) Israel’s fundamental act of faith: the Shema [Moses said to the people] “This is the commandment that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, so that you and your children…

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Presider’s Page for Friday 2 November (All Souls)

On All Saints Day and today, we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today we pray for all souls, for the faithful departed still on the journey to their heavenly home.

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Presider’s Page for Thursday 1 November (All Saints)

Today and tomorrow we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today’s feast celebrates the saints in heaven, the holy men and women of every time and place: we hope some of our people are…

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Presider’s Page for 28 October (Ordinary Time 30)

We come to God, who gives the blind new sight. We praise our creator for the gracious care we receive and ask for the strength to continue on our pilgrim journey to the Father’s house.

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Presider’s Page for 21 October (Mission Sunday, 29th Sunday)

This year’s Mission Sunday theme suggests that “Christian Families are Missionary Families”. The theme comes from the words of Pope Francis, who said that family is ‘the salt of the earth and the light of the world’ — implying that every family has a mission.

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21 October. 29th Sunday

1st Reading: Isaiah (53:10-11) God’s faithful Servant bears our sins and sorrow; but he will prevail It was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the…

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Presider’s Page for 14 October (Ordinary Time 28)

On our journey through life, we pause on Sunday for a while, to offer worship and praise. We remember God’s goodness and ask for the gift of wisdom as we continue to hurry towards the Kingdom.

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14 October. 28th Sunday

1st Reading: Wisdom (7:7-11) Solomon praises Wisdom as more precious than gold, silver, health, or beauty I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to sceptres and thrones, and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison…

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Presider’s Page for 7 October (Ordinary Time 27)

October is Mission Month. In two weeks time we will honour the work of missionaries on Mission Sunday; throughout the month, we remember that ‘Christian Families are Missionary Families’. And we praise God’s constant care for all people, at home and abroad.

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07 October. 27th Sunday

1st Reading: Genesis (2:18-24) God intends man and woman to join as one flesh Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of…

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Presider’s Page for 30 September (Ordinary Time 26)

All are welcome in this place: anyone who is not against us is for us. All may gather here to worship God our Saviour.

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30 September. 26th Sunday

1st Reading: Numbers (11:25-29) Moses shares the leadership with others who share in his prophetic gift Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested…

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Presider’s Page for 23 September (Ordinary Time 25)

We gather to remember the passion and death of Jesus, and to celebrate his resurrection with joy. He calls us to move beyond rivalry and conflict, to be true followers of the Christian way.

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23 September. 25th Sunday

1st Reading: Wisdom (2:12, 17-20) The cruelty of the wicked against good people [The wicked say to each other], “Let us lie in wait or the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of…

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Presider’s Page for 16 September (Ordinary Time 24)

In our journey through life we walk the path Jesus walked, so it is hard for us to escape suffering, no more than he could. We remember his suffering and death, knowing that it brought him glory and that it will do the same for us.

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16 September. 24th Sunday

1st Reading: Isaiah (50:5-9) The redemptive suffering servant was not rebellious. did not turn away from sacrifice The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled…

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Presider’s Page for 9 September (Ordinary Time 23)

God’s healing power was seen in the ministry of Jesus, and continues in the sacraments, in advances in medicine and in the work of the caring professions. Today we pray for strength, trusting that God will continue to show compassion to the whole world.

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9th September. 23rd Sunday

1st Reading: Isaiah (35:4-7) Those who fear the future may take heart, for God will save his people Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”…

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Presider’s Page for 2 September (Ordinary Time 22)

As we move from summer to autumn, we praise God who sustains us all year round. We ask for help with new undertakings and perseverance with continuing projects, knowing that nothing will work well without God’s grace.

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Presider’s Page for 26 August (Ordinary Time 21)

We gather as people who have chosen to serve the Lord, chosen to walk the Christian way. We worship God who leads us on — and ask for strength to continue as we have begun.

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Presider’s Page for 19 August (Ordinary Time 20)

Whoever eats the flesh of the Lord and drinks his blood will live for ever. We celebrate Jesus’ promise, believing we will share the eternal destiny of all who have this divine life in them.

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Presider’s Page for 15 August (Assumption of the BVM)

We worship God who brought Mary to the glory of heaven this day. We celebrate her Assumption, the tangible reminder that the resurrection of Jesus brings victory over death for all who believe.

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Presider’s Page for 12 August (Ordinary Time 19)

We gather together as friends, called by the Lord to forgive each other as quickly as God forgives us.

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Presider’s Page for 5 August (Ordinary Time 18)

From the days when the Jewish people wandered in the desert to this very day, God has been food to the hungry and meaning to those who lose their way. We celebrate our Lord’s loving-kindness today.

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Presider’s Page for 29 July (Ordinary Time 17)

United with Christians all over the world, we acknowledge one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God as our Father. We worship as one family, and pray for greater charity and love among all the baptised.

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Presider’s Page for 22 July (Ordinary Time 16)

Our God is like a shepherd who always looks after the flock: the Lord cares for us in all our needs.

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Presider’s Page for 15 July (Ordinary Time 15)

God has blessed us in very many ways: God has showered grace upon us. During today’s gathering, we give thanks to the Lord for all we have received.

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Presider’s Page for 8 July (Ordinary Time 14)

As weak and sinful people, we gather to ask the Lord’s mercy. We know his grace is sufficient for us. Together, we praise and thank our God for the constant care we receive. • (In Ireland) Today is the National Day of Commemoration of those who died in past wars…

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Presider’s Page for 1 July (Ordinary Time 13)

As summer takes hold of us, we give thanks to God for all the gifts we enjoy. We rejoice in God’s saving power: death itself is in his hand and all the living depend on God alone.

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Presider’s Page for 24 June (Birth of John the Baptist)

Just three birthdays are celebrated by the Church in the Liturgy each year – that of Jesus at the winter solstice, his mother’s on 8th September and that of his cousin John the Baptist near midsummer’s day. John’s birthday comes just after the longest day of the year, when the…

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Presider’s Page for 17 June (Ordinary Time 11—B)

Throughout these summer months, trees, plants and grasses grow and flourish.Our faith is also to grow and flourish during these Sundays of Ordinary Time. The green vestments worn signify continuing growth in faith. • Today is celebrated as Father’s Day, so in the Mass we remember and pray for the…

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Presider’s Page for 10 June (Ordinary Time 10—B)

Now that Easter and all the feasts that follow it have been celebrated, the journey through the Sundays of the year starts again. From now until next Advent, we will listen to St Mark’s Gospel most Sundays, and discover Jesus through the eyes of Mark, whose account was the first…

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Presider’s Page for 3 June (Corpus Christi)

Today we honour the Body and Blood of Christ, the food that sustains us on our pilgrimage through life.

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Presider’s Page for 27 May (Trinity Sunday)

We celebrate Trinity Sunday today. The feast gives us an opportunity to reflect on the mystery of God, who creates, redeems and makes us holy.

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Presider’s Page for 20 May (Pentecost Sunday)

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the second climax of the Easter season. We celebrate ‘the great beginning of the Church’, the day the Holy Spirit first came to confused and frightened disciples.

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Presider’s Page for 13 May (Ascension of the Lord)

The Ascension of the Lord is celebrated today. The Church also calls this Sunday ‘World Communications Day’. As he left his disciples, Jesus sent them out to spread the Good News. This is our task too. We ask for the grace we need.

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Presider’s Page for 6 May (Easter VI)

We gather for this Easter celebration in the love of God, redeemed in the death and resurrection of Jesus. We are people with a mission, challenged to grow in love each day. We ask God for divine help with this mission, today and during the coming week.

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Presider’s Page for 29 April (Easter 5)

Like branches of one tree, we are held together by our faith in Christ. Because we are all part of this one living plant, we come together in thanksgiving and praise.

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Presider’s Page for 22 April (Easter 4)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is often called Good Shepherd Sunday, because the readings are about the care we receive from Christ, our true shepherd, a care Christians are invited to copy. Today is also the day of prayer for vocations.

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Presider’s Page for 15 April (Easter 3)

We’re two weeks into the Easter season now, but the Good News of the season continues to reverberate in the Liturgy. Joyfully we worship God who raised our Saviour from the dead.

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Presider’s Page for 25 March (Palm Sunday)

Today’s liturgy gives a preview of the events we will celebrate between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. These events are also the focus of this and every Sunday celebration. We ask for God’s help in understanding their significance.

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Presider’s Page for 18 March (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

In just over ten days time, the Easter Triduum will begin, at sunset on Holy Thursday. Today we pray for all the baptised for whom Easter brings renewal: may we be fit and ready to renew our promises when this Lent is over.

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Presider’s Page for 11 March (Fourth Sunday of Lent / Laetare Sunday / Mothers’ Day)

This Sunday we come to the midpoint of Lent. The season is half over, and the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus is nearer to us. On this midway Sunday, it is traditional to honour mothers, praying for those still with us and remembering those who have died.

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Presider’s Page for 4 March (Third Sunday of Lent)

We gather in cold weather for worship this March Sunday in Ireland, praying that God will warm our hearts with love during the Lenten spring. The Lord has the message of eternal life: we come to know this message and deepen our relationship with our Saviour.

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Presider’s Page for 25 February (Second Sunday of Lent)

The gospel of the transfiguration is read on this lenten Sunday each year, to remind us to hold firm to a vision of glory, on dark days. Easter and its joy will follow this season of penance, just as the resurrection followed the passion and death of Jesus.

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Presider’s Page for 18 February (First Sunday of Lent)

Today we celebrate the first Sunday of Lent. All over the world today, people of all ages are beginning their preparation period for baptism at the Easter Vigil. Like them, we begin our own preparations for Easter, looking forward to renewing our baptismal vows and being blessed with Easter water.

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Presider’s Page for 11 February (Ordinary Time 6 / World Day of the Sick)

‘Whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God.’ The words are St Paul’s, from today’s second reading. We gather here to give glory to God, praying for the sick, marking the Day of Prayer for Temperance and preparing for the Lenten Spring.

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Presider’s Page for 4 February (Ordinary Time 5)

As we Christians come together for worship, each of us brings worries, anxieties and fears. We gather them all together and entrust them to the one who heals his suffering people.

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Presider’s Page for 28 January (Ordinary Time 4)

We come together to listen to God’s word and share the bread of life together. As God’s family here, we praise the one who has rescued us from sin and darkness, and brought us the hope of heaven.

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Presider’s Page for 21 January (Ordinary Time 3)

The calling of Andrew and his brother Peter is described in today’s Gospel. Like those early disciples, we too are called. As believers, we gather here to listen to God’s word, resolving to put it into practice in the coming week. • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues till…

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Presider’s Page for 14 January (Ordinary Time 2)

Now that the Christmas season is behind us and we are moving into the New Year, the liturgy challenges us to reflect on what following Christ means. We gather as God’s people, called to follow the Lamb of God and we praise God, with thanksgiving. • This is the World Day…

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Presider’s Page for 7 January (Baptism of the Lord)

Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord: it’s the last day of the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus marked the end of his quiet years in Nazareth and the start of his public ministry.

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Presider’s Page for 6 January (Epiphany of the Lord)

Opening Comment On this feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the three wise men reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

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Presider’s Page for 31 December (Holy Family)

On this first Sunday after Christmas Day, we honour the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We entrust our families to their patronage, and pray for all who have been part of our families, those still alive and those whom we hope have joined the great family of God…

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Presider’s Page for 25 December (Day Mass)

We celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God shares our nature, he has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh.

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Presider’s Page for 24 December (Night Mass)

In the dark of this winter night, we proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus, salvation is ours.

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Presider’s Page for 17 December (Advent 3, GAUDETE)

We’re two thirds of the way through Advent. Traditionally, today is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing.’ The reason for celebration is that the day of the Lord’s coming is very near.

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Presider’s Page for 9 December (Second Sunday of Advent)

John the Baptist is the focus of the liturgy on the Second Sunday of Advent each year. His challenge to us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’ is at the heart of the Advent message. We worship the one who will surely come to us.

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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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Presider’s Page for 26 November (Christ the King)

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. At the end of time, this king will come in glory to judge the living and the dead. He will ask how we treated the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the naked, those sick or in prison.

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Presider’s Page for 19 November (Ordinary Time 33)

The beginning of the Advent season is coming closer, and the Liturgy invites us to look further into the future, towards the end of time, to be ready when the Day of the Lord comes. Today’s gathering will help us on our way, by teaching us how to live and…

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Presider’s Page for 12 November (Ordinary Time 32)

Songs at Mass (Suggestions) ‘Sing a New Song Unto the Lord’; ‘My Soul is Longing for your Peace’; Only in God’; ‘Be Not Afraid’. Opening Comment At this time of year, our deceased relatives and friends are often in our minds. Our faith tells us that we needn’t grieve over…

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Presider’s Page for 5 November (Ordinary Time 31)

God’s message is still a living power among us, so we gather this Sunday to listen and be challenged by it.

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Presider’s Page for 2 November 2017 (All Souls Day)

On All Saints Day and today, we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today we pray for all souls, for the faithful departed still on the journey to their heavenly home.

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Presider’s Page for 1 November 2017 (All Saints Day)

Today and tomorrow we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today’s feast celebrates the saints in heaven, holy men and women of every time and place: we hope some of our people are among them.

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Presider’s Page for 29 October 2017 (Ordinary Time 30)

There’s a reminder of the two great commandments in today’s celebration: we are called to love God and our neighbour: friend, visitor and stranger alike.

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Presider’s Page for Mission Sunday, 22 October (Ordinary Time 29)

As God’s family in this place, we gather to worship. God is our king, we heed his Word and share the Bread of Life.

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Presider’s Page for 15 October (Ordinary Time 28)

We gather as fellow-pilgrims at this Sunday’s Eucharist, all journeying to the great banquet of heaven. In our Communion today, we get a taste of what is to come.

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Presider’s Page for 8 October (Ordinary Time 27)

Songs at Mass (Suggestions) ‘Praise to the Holiest’; ‘Eat This Bread’; ‘Holy God We Praise Thy Name’; ‘Make me a Channel of your Peace’. Opening Comment There are reassuring sentiments for us in God’s Word, with Paul reminding us that there is no need for us to worry. If there…

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Presider’s Page for 1 October (Ordinary Time 26)

Songs at Mass (Suggestions) ‘Here I Am, Lord’; ‘Be Not Afraid’; ‘Make me a Channel of Your Peace’; “How Great Thou Art”. Opening Comment God’s love is displayed for us in the life and death of Jesus. We rejoice in this love, and celebrate the victory over sin and death won…

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Presider’s Page for 24 September (Ordinary Time 25)

Songs at Mass (Suggestions) ‘Be Thou my Vision’; ‘Ag Críost an Síol’; ‘Now Thank We All Our God’; ‘Seek ye first….’ Opening Comment God’s ways are not our ways. God’s love and generosity are beyond our understanding. We acknowledge all God has done for us, and ask for the grace…

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Presider’s Page for 17 September (Ordinary Time 24)

Forgiveness is one of the great qualities of Christianity. We are challenged to forgive each other as readily as God forgives us. We celebrate God’s mercy, and ask for the grace to pass it on to those who hurt us.

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Presider’s Page for 10 September (Ordinary Time 23)

Suggested Songs for Mass: ‘Love is His Word’; ‘Ag Críost an Síol’; ‘This is My Will’; ‘How Great Thou Art’. Opening Comment We gather as God’s family, concerned for each other, supporting one another in sadness and joy. The challenge of living as part of the Christian family is laid…

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Presider’s Page for 3 September (Ordinary Time 22)

We gather to praise God and to ask for help and grace. We know the difficulties that can come when we try to live the right way. Often the road of life is like the way of the cross.

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Presider’s Page for 27 August (Ordinary Time 21)

This hour of worship brings us into the presence of the God whose mystery we can never comprehend. All we have comes from the Lord, and we can only bow down in awe, and bring forward the praise that is due to the Almighty.

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Presider’s Page for 20 August (Ordinary Time 20)

Everyone is welcome in God’s house, everyone who loves God’s name. We gather for Mass to experience the warmth of this embrace.

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Presider’s Page for 13 August (Ordinary Time 19)

We gather to celebrate our beautiful God, who was revealed to Elijah as a gentle breeze and who calmed the storm on the lake. We are grateful that this God takes our fears away and gives rest to our souls.

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Presider’s Page for 6 August (Transfiguration)

The Transfiguration of the Lord is celebrated on 6 August each year, so we mark that feast today. It is also the date on which the first atomic bomb was exploded, on Hiroshima in 1945. We pray to be delivered from nuclear war.

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Presider’s Page for 30 July (Ordinary Time 17)

God has given us many gifts, including the promise that we will share in Christ’s glory. We give thanks for these treasures, as we continue on our journey to the fullness of the kingdom of heaven.

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Presider’s Page for 23 July (Ordinary Time 16)

We have been called together by the Spirit of God to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. The Spirit teaches us to pray, and moves us to glorify the Lord’s name.

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Presider’s Page for 16 July (Ordinary Time 15)

We gather as pilgrims on a journey, asking God to keep us steadfast until we reach our eternal home. In the Spirit, let us worship God who cares for us according to our needs.

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Presider’s Page for 9 July (Ordinary Time 14)

There is much good news in today’s Gospel. We’re told we can bring all our troubles to Jesus and find rest. God will make our burden light. We praise God for the care promised us.

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Presider’s Page for 2 July (Ordinary Time 13)

We’re told in today’s readings that hospitality is a gift that brings a great reward. As we gather to thank God for the many gifts we’ve received, we ask for the grace to be hospitable to the visitors who will come our way this summer.

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Presider’s Page for 25 June (Ordinary Time 12)

Opening Comment Now that Easter and all the feasts that follow it have been celebrated, the journey through the ‘Sundays of the year’ starts again. From now until next Advent, we will listen to St Matthew’s Gospel each Sunday, and discover Jesus through the eyes of Matthew, the tax collector…

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Presider’s Page for 18 June (Corpus Christi)

Opening Comment Today’s liturgy invites us to reflect on God’s care for the family of faith, especially through the gift of divine nourishment on our pilgrimage through life. Christ gives us his flesh to eat and his blood to drink: he will raise us up on the last day. • This…

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Presider’s Page for 11 June (Trinity Sunday)

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Presider’s Page for 4 June (Pentecost Sunday)

Today we celebrate ‘the great beginning of the Church,’ the day the Holy Spirit first came to confused and frightened disciples. We praise God for this great Gift, and ask for a new outpouring in our day.

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Presider’s Page for 28 May (Ascension Day)

We celebrate the Ascension of Jesus today. We remember his sending out of the disciples, and his promise to remain with us until the end of time.

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Presider’s Page for 21 May (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

Each Sunday in Easter time, we celebrate the gifts we have received in Baptism and Confirmation. We rejoice that the Spirit is our Advocate, who continues to support us in the difficulties of life.

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Presider’s Page for 14 May (Fifth Sunday of Easter)

Today’s liturgy puts the life-giving words of Jesus before us. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the one in whom we can place all our trust. Because we believe these things, we gather to praise God.

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Presider’s Page for 7 May (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

Opening Comment The fourth Sunday of Easter is often called Good Shepherd Sunday, because the readings are about the care we receive from Christ, our true shepherd. Today is also the day of prayer for vocations. Penitential Rite Knowing the God cares for us every step of the way, we…

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Presider’s Page for 30 April (Third Sunday of Easter)

During the Easter season the Church continues to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Today, we join together to worship God, who has brought about this great victory over sin and death.

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Presider’s Page for 23 April (Second Sunday of Easter)

Even though Easter Week is now behind us, this Sunday’s liturgy still overflows with the joy of Jesus’ resurrection. Christians continue to celebrate that great event for the next six weeks, until Pentecost Sunday on 4 June, the fiftieth and final day of Easter.

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Presider’s Page for 16 April (Easter Sunday)

This Easter morning we celebrate the central mystery of our faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He suffered on the cross and died for us, but now he is risen!

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Presider’s page for 15 April (Easter Vigil)

We gather around the Easter candle on this cold Easter night, celebrating the Lord’s resurrection. With that light to illumine our way and to warm our hearts, we listen to God’s word at the Easter Vigil and prepare to renew our baptism an make a new start in the Easter…

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Presider’s Page for 13 April (Holy Thursday)

The liturgy that begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday continues until we reach Easter. We are at the start of a three-day celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We journey from the Last Supper to Gethsemane tonight, from there to Calvary tomorrow,…

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Presider’s Page for 9 April (Palm Sunday)

Opening Comment (for Mass without Procession or Solemn Entrance) Today’s liturgy gives us a preview of the events we will celebrate in the Easter Triduum later this week. The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are the focus of this and every Sunday celebration. Penitential Rite As we prepare ourselves…

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Presider’s Page for 2 April (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Opening Comment In just over ten days time, the Easter Triduum will begin, on Holy Thursday evening. The time when baptism is celebrated is now very close. We ask God’s help for all the adults and children preparing for baptism this Easter, and pray that we may be fit and…

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Presider’s Page for 26 March (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

Traditionally, this Sunday is called Laetare Sunday, which means ‘a day for joy’. Lent is half over, and the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus is nearer. At this midpoint of Lent, it is traditional to honour mothers, treasuring those still with us and praying for those we…

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Presider’s Page for 17 March (Lá Fhéile Pádraig – Gaeilge & Béarla)

In the heart of Lent, we keep the feast of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. We mark the day by praising God the creator, who sustained Patrick, and who sustains the Church, in good times and bad.

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Presider’s Page for 19 March (Third Sunday of Lent)

The readings in this Sunday’s celebration about water and thirst remind us that this is a baptismal season. During Lent, many people all over the world look forward to their baptism, while those already baptised prepare to renew their promises.

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Presider’s Page for 12 March (Second Sunday of Lent)

Now that we are ten days into the season of Lent, our goal is clarified in today’s liturgy. The Gospel of the Transfiguration reminds us that we are destined for glory. Like the disciples, we keep this glimpse of glory in our hearts in the dark days ahead. Resurection will…

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Presider’s Page for 5 March (First Sunday of Lent)

We celebrate the first Sunday of Lent. All over the world today, men and women are beginning a period of preparation for their baptism at the Easter Vigil. Like them, we spend Lent preparing to renew our baptismal vows at Easter, looking forward to our blessing with Easter water and…

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Presider’s Page for Ash Wednesday (1 March 2017)

Welcome to the season of Lent. Today we begin the journey of penance and reflection that will bring us to the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter time. On Ash Wednesday, we pray for the grace to keep Lent faithfully.

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Presider’s Page for 26 February (8th Sun. Ordinary Time)

The Lord gathers us in to his loving embrace, the Lord who invites us not to worry about tomorrow. Setting our hearts on his kingdom, we entrust all our tomorrows to him and ask him to help us live for this, his day. Today, the last Sunday before Lent, is…

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Presider’s Page for 19 February (7th Sun. Ordinary Time)

Loving the enemy and praying for those who make life difficult are two marks of a Christian, or so Jesus teaches us today. We gather, aware of how difficult love can be, yet united by the saving mercy of God, on which we rely.

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Presider’s Page for 12 February (6th Sun. Ordinary Time)

Today’s readings ask for decisions, challenging Christians to choose the right path. We gather to worship God, who can help us in all our choices.

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Presider’s Page for 5 February (5th Sun. Ordinary Time)

Over these Sundays, we listen to what Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount. In today’s liturgy, we hear that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Rejoicing in this calling, we praise God who sustains us all our days.

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Presider’s Page for 29 January (4th Sun. Ordinary Time)

Catholics gather this Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of the Saviour and to remember his beautiful teachings. In the Beatitudes, which are read at Mass today, Jesus describes the kinds of people who are blessed in God’s eyes. We hope to join the company of all these saints in the…

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Presider’s page for 15 January (2nd Sun. Ordinary Time)

The Christmas Season ended last Sunday, and we have entered Ordinary Time, moving slowly from winter to spring. The season of Lent begins on the first day of March: between now and then, we learn a little more each Sunday about the life and techings of Jesus. Today is World Day…

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Presider’s Page for Sunday 8 January (Baptism of the Lord)

This feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the last day of Christmas. At his baptism Jesus sees how much he is loved by God and is given the power to go out and spread the news. We share that power through our baptism.

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Presider’s Page for Friday 6 January (Epiphany)

On this feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the wise men reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

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Presider’s Page for 1 January 2017 (Mary, Mother of God)

Happy New Year! On this first day of the Year of Our Lord 2017, we acclaim Mary as Mother of God and ask her to mind us and those we love during this new year. Today is also World Peace Day, a day during which we pray for peace.

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Presider’s Page for 25 December (Christmas Day Mass)

Opening Comment We celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God has taken human flesh, has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh. Penitential Rite As we prepare ourselves…

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Presider’s Page for 24 December (Christmas Night Mass)

In the dark of this winter night, we proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus, salvation is ours.

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Presider’s Page for 18 December (Advent 4)

The Season of Advent ends next Saturday, so the celebration of the birth of Christ is now quite close. We gather in preparation for that great event, worshipping God who was made flesh to bring us to glory.

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Presider’s Page for 11 December (Advent 3 – Gaudete)

Songs for today’s Mass (Suggestions) O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; Rejoice in the Lord always;  Wait for the Lord (Taizé); Christ, be our Light. Opening Comment Traditionally, this Sunday is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing’. Advent is about half over, and the day of the Lord’s…

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Presider’s Page for 8 December (Immaculate Conception)

Our preparations for Christmas always include Mary, the Mother of God. Today’s feast celebrates her conception free from sin, a miracle that displays God’s power for believers. We worship the God of Mercy, for whom everything is posssible.

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Presider’s page for 4 December (Advent 2)

Songs at Mass (Suggestions) O Come O Come Emmanuel; The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor; The Lord Will Heal the Broken Heart; Christ be our Light. Opening Comment John the Baptist is the focus of the Gospel reading on the Second Sunday of Advent each year. His words…

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Presider’s Page for 27 November (Advent 1)

The season of Advent begins today. During the next 27 days we will look forward in hope. We will watch for the end times, when Christ will come in glory, Christ whose birthday we will celebrate very soon.

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Presider’s Page for 20 November (Christ the King)

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King this Sunday, remembering that our king’s life ended on a cross. Today we worship this wounded and resurrected God, who promises us a place in Paradise.

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Presider’s Page for 13 November (Ordinary Time 33)

SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions) ‘Abide with Me’; ‘Ag Críost an Síol’; ‘Be Not Afraid’; ‘How Great Thou Art’. Opening Comment The readings this Sunday focus on the end of the world, though we are also reassured that people of faith have nothing to fear. (Today is also Prisoners’ Sunday). Penitential…

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Presider’s Page for 6 November (Ordinary Time 32)

SONGS THIS SUNDAY (Suggestions): ‘Be Not Afraid’ / ‘Abide with Me’; ‘Ag Criost an Siol’; On Eagles Wings’; ‘How Great Thou Art’. Opening Comment At this time of remembrance, our dead are often in our minds. Today’s readings challenge us to believe in eternal life after death. We worship God…

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Presider’s Page for 30 October (Ordinary Time 31)

SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions) ‘Abide with Me’; ‘The Lord Will Heal the Broken Heart’; ‘Grant to Us, O Lord’; ‘How Great Thou Art’. Opening Comment Zacchaeus is the star of today’s Gospel, the man who has been called ‘everybody’s favourite underdog’. Zacchaeus took Jesus at his word and changed his…

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Presider’s Page for 23 October (World Mission Sunday)

SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions): ‘Be Thou My Vision’; ‘Ag Críost an Síol’; ‘’O The Love of My Lord’; ‘The Lord hears the Cry of the Poor’; ‘Go Tell Everyone’. Opening Comment Today is World Mission Sunday and its theme is “Every Christian is a Missionary”. The Gospel story in the…

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Presider’s page for 16 October (Ordinary Time 29)

SONGS THIS SUNDAY (Suggestions) ‘Be Thou My Vision’; ‘Ag Críost an Síol’; ‘’O The Love of My Lord’; ‘Go Tell Everyone’. Opening Comment If you want results, pray without ceasing, says Jesus. God will listen and help. Penitential Rite As we prepare ourselves for this celebration, let us call to…

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Presider’s Page for 9 October (Ordinary Time 28)

Songs this Sunday (Suggestions) Holy God, We Praise Thy Name; Glory and Praise to our God; Ag Críost an Síol; Now Thank We All Our God Opening Comment The Gospel gives the story of the ten lepers, of whom only one came back to thank Jesus. We praise and thank…

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Presider’s Page for 2 October (Ordinary Time 27)

SONGS FOR TODAY’S MASS The Lord’s My Shepherd; Ag Chríost an Síol; Eagles Wings; Holy God We Praise Thy Name. Opening Comment The Spirit of God lives in us, inspiring and guarding. In the Spirit, we worship our creator and entrust ourselves to the Lord’s loving care. (‘Day for Life’…

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Presider’s Page for 25 September (Ordinary Time 26)

SONGS FOR TODAY’S MASS Lord of all Hopefulness; Ag Críost an Síol; O The Love of My Lord; Praise My Soul the King of Heaven. Opening Comment Today’s readings remind us that God is on the side of the poor, defending their rights. Penitential Rite We gather to praise God’s…

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Presider’s Page for 18 September (Ordinary Time 25)

SONGS FOR TODAY’S MASS Sing a New Song; The Lord hears the Cry of the Poor; Be Not Afraid; Praise my Soul the King of Heaven. Opening Comment We gather to worship the Lord of glory, asking for help to be God’s servants before all else. Penitential Rite Before we…

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Presider’s Page for 11 September (Ordinary Time 24)

SONGS FOR TODAY’S MASS God of Mercy and Compassion; Grant to Us, O Lord; Be Not Afraid; Lord of all Hopefulness Opening Comment Our God seeks out sinners to forgive them. At this gathering, we worship our loving and compassionate God. Penitential Rite As we enter into the celebration, we…

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Presider’s Page for 4 September (Ordinary Time 23)

SONGS FOR TODAY’S MASS Praise My Soul the King of Heaven; Ag Críost an Síol; Take and Eat: City of God. Opening Comment We gather to listen to God’s challenging words and to ask the grace of repentance from God who loves us first. Penitential Rite Sure of God’s merciful…

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Presider’s Page for 31 July (Ordinary Time 18)

God’s Word calls us to recognise the transience of life, to keep our eyes on what is lasting: we gather in that spirit today.

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Presider’s Page for 19 June (Ordinary Time 12)

As Christians called to follow Christ in good times as well as bad, we gather to praise our God who sustains us on that journey. (Today is celebrated as Father’s Day, so in the Mass we remember and pray for our fathers.)

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Presider’s Page for 12 June (Ordinary Time 11)

God’s forgiveness sweeps away all that holds us back. God, who forgave King David and who through the ages took away the sins of everyone who asked, invites us to expererience that same healing power today.

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Presider’s Page for 5 June (Ordinary Time 10)

God’s power is absolute: God is not defeated by death. Jesus shows divine power in today’s Gospel, raising the widow’s son from the dead. We celebrate his compassion and pray for the grace to imitate it.

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Presider’s Page for 1 May (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

Opening Comment The Ascension of Jesus will be celebrated next Sunday. As the Easter Season moves towards its second climax at Pentecost, we take heed of the Lord’s final words to his disciples, and look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Church. Penitential Rite As we…

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Presider’s Page for 20 March (Palm Sunday)

Opening Comment (for Mass without Procession – otherwise as in Missal) A week from now we will be celebrating Easter. But before we reach that feast, we must recall the suffering and death of the Lord, both today and on Good Friday. Penitential Rite To prepare ourselves to listen to…

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Presider’s Page for 17 March (Lá ‘le Pádraig)

Opening Comment As we journey through the fifth week of Lent, we pause to keep the feast of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. We mark the day by praising God the creator, who sustained Patrick, and who sustains the Church, in good times and bad. Penitential Rite To prepare…

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Presider’s Page for 13 March (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Opening Comment We gather to worship our compassionate God, who heals our sinfulness and challenges us to leave sinfulness behind. Penitential Rite: To prepare ourselves for this celebration, let us call to mind our sins: (pause) I confess… Opening Prayer (from 1998 ICEL Missal) God of power, God of mercy,…

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Presider’s Page for 6 March (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

Opening Comment We have reached the midway point of the season of Lent. The joy of Easter is within our reach and the parent of the prodigal son encourages us to rely on divine mercy. (Sunday morning Masses: On this Mother’s Day, we honour the mothers of the community, and…

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Presider’s Page for 28 February (Lent 3)

Opening Comment Today, as we gather to listen to the Lenten call to repentance, we worship our God of kindness who, like a patient gardener, always gives people a second chance. Penitential Rite We recall the areas of life where we most need to experience God’s compassion: (pause) I confess……

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Presider’s Page for 21 February (Lent 2)

Opening Comment In today’s Liturgy, we praise the Lord of glory, who leads us through the darkness of Lent to the light of Easter. Penitential Rite To prepare ourselves for this act of worship, let us call to mind our sins: (pause) You raise the dead to life in the…

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Presider’s Page for 14 February (Lent 1)

Opening Comment The 40-day pilgrimage to Easter that began on Ash Wednesday is just a few days old. We pray that God, who sustained Jesus in his 40 days of temptations and suffering, will support us on our journey also. Penitential Rite As we start out on that journey, let…

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Presider’s Page for 7 February (Ordinary Time 5)

Everyone who believes God’s word is called to pass on the Good News. Like many who have gone before us, including the prophet Isaiah and the apostles Peter and Paul, we may not feel up to the task. But God helps us every day. • Today, the last Sunday before…

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Presider’s Page for 31 January (Ordinary Time 4)

We gather as people loved by God, people called to pass on the love we have received. The love God has put into the world will never fail, but will last as long as humanity lasts. We praise God for the gifts lavished on us. (Today is the first day…

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Presider’s Page for 24 January (Ordinary Time 3)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues until this Monday. With Christians all over the world, we ask God to give us the unity for which Christ prayed.

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Presider’s Page for 17 January (Ordinary Time 2)

There are echoes of the Christmas season in today’s liturgy, particularly in the Gospel story of the wedding feast of Cana, in which God’s glory becomes visible in Jesus, as it did at his Epiphany and Baptism.

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Presider’s Page for 10 January (Baptism of the Lord)

Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord: it’s the last day of the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus marked the end of his quiet years in Nazareth and the start of his public ministry.

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Presider’s Page for Sunday 3 January (Christmas 2)

We gather to celebrate the first Sunday of 2016, with thankfulness for the year just gone. We ask God for continuing care and protection as face this New Year, not knowing what it will bring.

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Presider’s Page for 27 December (Holy Family)

Today is part of the continuing Christmas celebration. In today’s Mass, we honour the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. As during this week we say goodbye to 2015, we entrust our families to their patronage, and pray for God’s help in the New Year.

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Presider’s Page for Christmas Night (24/25 December)

In the dark of Christmas night, Christians proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus, salvation is ours.

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Presider’s Page for Christmas Day (25 December)

Christians celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God shares our nature, he has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh.

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Presider’s Page for 20 December (Advent 4)

Advent draws to a close this week, so we have just a couple of days left to prepare for the birth of Christ. On this Sunday, we’re invited to follow Mary’s example of concern for others.

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Presider’s Page for 13 December (Advent 3 – Gaudete)

Traditionally, today is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing.’ The reason for celebration is that the day of the Lord’s coming is nearer.

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Presider’s Page for 6 December (Advent 2)

It’s just one week since the season of Advent began. Our time of waiting continues. We try to prepare a way for the Lord, encountering John the Baptist, his messenger, during this Sunday’s liturgy.

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Presider’s Page for 29 November (Advent 1, C)

Advent begins today. During these days, we look forward, waiting in hope. We watch for the end times, when Christ will come in glory, Christ who was born for us just a little over 2,000 years ago.

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Presider’s Page for 22 November (Christ the King)

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King today, acclaiming Jesus as our king, the one who died for us and rose triumphant. We offer praise and worship — and ask for the grace to live as worthy citizens of his kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace.

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Presider’s Page for 15 November (Ordinary Time 33)

As we move into the darker times of the year, the readings at Mass remind us more and more of the end of time, and the glory awaiting believers. We trust that God stays with us always.

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Presider’s Page for 8 November (Ordinary Time 32)

Gathering together in the Lord’s house, we bring simple gifts into God’s presence – our love, our care for each other, our worshipping hearts and voices. We ask for the grace to continue to show love through the coming week.

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Presider’s Page for 25 October (Ordinary Time 30)

We come to God, who gives the blind new sight. We praise our creator for the gracious care we receive and ask for the strength to continue on our pilgrim journey to the Father’s house.

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Presider’s Page for 18 October (Mission Sunday)

This year’s Mission Sunday theme is summed up in two words: ‘Abundant Life’. This theme brings to mind the scope of the mission of Christians, which is to give something to eat, somewhere to sleep and something to believe in to those without.

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Presider’s Page for 11 October (Ordinary Time 28)

On our journey through life, we pause today for a while, offering God worship and praise. We remember the divine goodness and ask for the gift of wisdom as we continue to hurry towards the Kingdom.

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Presider’s Page for 4 October (Ordinary Time 27)

October is Mission Month. In two weeks time we will honour the work of missionaries on Mission Sunday; throughout the month, we pray that all may have ‘abundant life’, the theme of this year’s Mission Sunday. • Today is Day for Life in Ireland, with the theme “Cherishing Life, Accepting…

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Presider’s Page for 27 September (Ordinary Time 26)

All are welcome in this place: anyone who is not against us is for us. All may gather here to worship God our Saviour.

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Presider’s Page for 20 September (Ordinary Time 25)

We gather to remember the passion and death of Jesus, and to celebrate his resurrection with joy. He calls us to move beyond rivalry and conflict, to be true followers of the Christian way.

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Presider’s Page for 13 September (Ordinary Time 24)

In our journey through life we walk the path Jesus walked, so it is hard for us to escape suffering, no more than he could. We remember his suffering and death, knowing that it brought him glory and that it will do the same for us.

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Presider’s Page for 6 September (Ordinary Time 23)

God’s healing power was seen in the ministry of Jesus, and continues in the sacraments, in advances in medicine and in the work of the caring professions. Today we pray for strength, trusting that God will continue to show compassion to the whole world

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Presiders’ Page 30 August (Ordinary Time 22)

As we move from summer to autumn, we praise God who sustains us all year round. We ask for help with new undertakings and perseverance with continuing projects, knowing that nothing will work well without God’s grace.

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30th August. 22nd Sunday, Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 Listening to God’s word brings life and wisdom So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is…

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Presiders’ Page 23 August (Ordinary Time 21)

We gather as people who have chosen to serve the Lord, chosen to walk the Christian way. We worship God who leads us on — and ask for strength to continue as we have begun.

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Presiders Page 16 August (Ordinary Time 20)

Whoever eats the flesh of the Lord and drinks his blood will live for ever. We celebrate Jesus’ promise, believing we will share the eternal destiny of all who have this divine life in them.

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Presiders Page 15 August (Assumption of the BVM)

We worship God who brought Mary to the glory of heaven this day. We celebrate her Assumption, the tangible reminder that the resurrection of Jesus brings victory over death for all who believe.

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Presiders Page 9 August (Ordinary Time 19)

This Sunday, Christians gather together as friends, called by the Lord to forgive each other as quickly as God forgives us.

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Presiders Page 2 August (Ordinary Time 18)

From the days when the Jewish people wandered in the desert to this very day, God has been food to the hungry and meaning to those who lose their way. We celebrate our Lord’s loving-kindness.

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Presider’s Page 26 July (Ordinary Time 17)

United with Christians all over the world, we acknowledge one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God as our Father. We worship as one family, and pray for greater charity and love among all the baptised.

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Presider’s Page 19 July (Ordinary Time 16)

Our God is like a shepherd who always looks after the flock: the Lord cares for us in all our needs.

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Presider’s Page 12 July (Ordinary Time 15)

God has blessed us in very many ways: God has showered grace upon us. During today’s gathering, we give thanks to the Lord for all we have received.

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Presider’s Page 5 July (Ordinary Time 14)

As weak and sinful people, we gather to ask the Lord’s mercy. We know his grace is sufficient for us. Together, we praise and thank our God for the constant care we receive.

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Presider’s Page 28 June (Ordinary Time 13)

As summer takes hold, we give thanks to God for all the gifts we enjoy. We rejoice in God’s saving power: death itself is in his hand and all the living depend on God alone.

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Presider’s Page for 21 June (Ordinary Time 12)

The sight of people being rescued from ricketty boats in the Mediterranean brings home the plight of immigrants and refugees; seeing rescuers coming to their aid inspires us. God is master of the deep; Jesus stilled the storm. May all in need of help be saved through his power today….

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Presider’s Page for 14 June (Ordinary Time 11)

This is the first Sunday on which green vestments have been worn at Mass since last February. Green is the colour of growth: the Kingdom of God grows slowly in our world and in our hearts…

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Presider’s Page for 7 June (Corpus Christi)

Today we honour the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the food which sustains us on our journey through life

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Trinity Sunday – Bidding prayers

Today is Trinity Sunday. We worship God who creates, redeems and sanctifies: three persons, one God.

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Presider’s Page for 24 May (Pentecost)

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the second climax of the Easter season. We celebrate ‘the great beginning of the Church’, the day the Holy Spirit first came to confused and frightened disciples.

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Presider’s Page for 17 May (Ascension Day)

The Ascension of the Lord is celebrated today. The Church also calls this Sunday ‘World Communications Day’. As he left his disciples, Jesus sent them out to spread the Good News. This is our task too. We ask for the grace we need.

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Presider’s Page for 10 May (Easter 6)

We gather in the love of God this Sunday, redeemed in the death and resurrection of Jesus. We are people with a mission, challenged to grow in love each day. We ask God for divine help with this mission, today and during the coming week.

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Presider’s Page for 3 May (Easter 5)

Like branches of one tree, we are held together by our faith in Christ. Because we are all part of this one living plant, we come together in thanksgiving and praise.

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Presider’s Page for 26 April (Easter 4)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is often called Good Shepherd Sunday, because the readings are about the care we receive from Christ, our true shepherd — a care Christians are invited to copy. Today is also the Day of Prayer for Vocations.

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Presider’s Page for 19 April (Easter 3)

Throughout the Easter season, the Church continues to announce and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

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Presider’s Page for 29 March (Palm Sunday)

Opening Comment (for Mass without Procession or Solemn Entrance) Today’s liturgy gives a preview of the events we will celebrate between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. These events are also the focus of this and every Sunday celebration. We ask for God’s help…

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Presider’s Page for 22 March (Lent 5)

In just over ten days time, the Easter Triduum will begin, at sunset on Holy Thursday. Today we pray for all the adults and children who will be baptised at Easter. And we ask that we may be fit and ready to renew our own baptismal promises.

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Presider’s Page for 17 March (Lá ‘le Pádraig)

Today we in Ireland pause from our lenten penances to honour Patrick, the apostle of the Irish. In our celebration of this solemn feast, we worship God, creator, redeemer and sanctifier, who brought our ancestors into the Christian fold through the preaching of St Patrick.

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Presider’s Page for 15 March (Lent 4)

This Sunday we come to the midpoint of Lent. The season is half over, and the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus is nearer to us. On this midway Sunday, it is traditional to honour mothers, praying for those still with us and remembering those who have died.

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Presider’s Page for 8 March (Lent 3)

The Lord has the message of eternal life: in Lent we come to know this message and deepen our relationship with the Saviour of the world.

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Presider’s Page for 1 March (Lent 2)

As we continue to celebrate Lent, it’s important that we keep the goal of our journey before us. The gospel of the transfiguration is read on this lenten Sunday each year, to remind us to hold firm to a vision of glory, on dark days. Easter and its joy will…

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Presider’s Page for 22 February (Lent 1)

Today we celebrate the first Sunday of Lent. All over the world today, people of all ages are beginning their preparation period for baptism at the Easter Vigil. Like them, we begin our own preparations for Easter, looking forward to renewing our baptismal vows and being blessed with Easter water.

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Presider’s Page for 15 February (Ordinary Time 6)

‘Whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God.’ The words are St Paul’s, from today’s second reading. We gather here to give glory to God , marking the Day of Prayer for Temperance and preparing for the Lenten Spring.

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Presider’s Page for 8 February (Ordinary Time 5)

As we come together for worship, each of us brings worries, anxieties and fears. We gather them all together and entrust them to the one who heals his suffering people.

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Presider’s Page for 1 February (Ordinary Time 4)

We come together to listen to God’s word and share the bread of life together. As God’s family here, we praise the one who has rescued us from sin and darkness, and brought us the hope of heaven.

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Presider’s Page for 25 January (Ordinary Time 3)

The calling of Andrew and his brother Peter is described in today’s Gospel. Like those early disciples, we too are called. As believers, we gather here to listen to God’s word, resolving to put it into practice in the coming week.

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Presider’s Page for 18 January (Ordinary Time 2)

Now that the Christmas season is behind us and we are moving into the New Year, the liturgy challenges us to reflect on what following Christ means. We gather as God’s people, called to follow the Lamb of God and we praise God, with thanksgiving.

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Presider’s Page for 11 January (Baptism of the Lord)

Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord: it’s the last day of the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus marked the end of his quiet years in Nazereth and the start of his public ministry.

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Presider’s Page for 6 January (Epiphany)

On this feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the three wise men reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

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Presider’s Page for 4 January 2015 (Christmas 2)

We gather to celebrate the first Sunday of 2015, with thankfulness for the year just gone. We ask God for continuing care and protection as face this New Year, not knowing what it will bring.

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Presider’s Page for 28 December (Holy Family)

On this first Sunday after Christmas, we honour the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We entrust our families to their patronage, and pray for all who have been part of our families, those still alive and those whom we hope have joined the great family of God in…

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Presider’s Page for 21 December (Advent 4)

Advent is drawing to a close, so we have just a few days left to prepare for the birth of Christ. On this Sunday, we’re invited to follow Mary’s example and imitate her faith.

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Presider’s Page for 14 December (Advent 3)

We’re half way through Advent. Traditionally, today is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for rejoicing.’ The reason for celebration is that the day of the Lord’s coming is nearer.

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Presider’s Page for 8 December (Immaculate Conception)

Our preparations for Christmas always include Mary, the Mother of God. Today’s feast celebrates her conception free from sin, a miracle that displays God’s power for believers. We worship God, for whom everything is posssible.

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Presider’s Page for 7 December (Advent 2)

John the Baptist is the focus of the liturgy on the Second Sunday of Advent each year. His challenge to us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’ is at the heart of the Advent message. We worship the one who will surely come to us.

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Presider’s Page for 30 November (Advent 1, Year B)

Advent begins today. During the first part of the season, the Church focuses on the end of time, when Christ will come in glory. Then, for the last week of Advent, we will prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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Presider’s Page for 23 November (Christ the King)

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. At the end of time, this king will come in glory to judge the living and the dead. He will ask how we treated the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the naked, those sick or in prison, promising a great reward…

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Presider’s Page for 16 November (Ordinary Time 33)

The beginning of the Advent season is coming closer, and the Liturgy invites us to look further into the future, towards the end of time, when the Day of the Lord comes. Today’s gathering will help us on our way, teaching us how t