Weekday Homily Resources

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.

29 June 2024 – Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

29 June 2024 – Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles 1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11 Peter is imprisoned, but an angel sets him free to continue leading the church About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed…

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28 June 2024 – Friday of Week 12

28 June 2024 – Friday of Week 12 Memorial: St Iraneus, lived just after the Apostles. Bishop of Lyons in Gaul. 1st Reading: 2 Kings 25:1-12 After Jerusalem revolts again, the Babylonians destroy the city and deports the survivors And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth…

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27 June 2024 – Thursday of Week 12

27 June 2024 – Thursday of Week 12 Optional Memorial: St Cyril of Alexandria, 370-444, patriarch of Alexandria, fought against Nestorianism (the independence of the divine and human natures of Christ) at the Council of Ephesus 431, which proclaimed Mary the Mother of God. 1st Reading: 2 Kings 24:8-17 The…

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26 June 2024 – Wednesday of Week 12

26 June 2024 – Wednesday of Week 12 1st Reading: 2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3 When Deuteronomy is rediscovered in the temple, it leads to reform The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.” When Hilkiah…

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25 June 2024 – Tuesday of Week 12

25 June 2024 – Tuesday of Week 12 1st Reading: 2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36 The Assyrians attack Jerusalem; but Isaiah promises that a remnant will be saved When the king heard concerning King Tirhakah of Ethiopia, “See, he has set out to fight against you,” he sent messengers…

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24 June 2024 – Birth of Saint John the Baptist

24 June 2024 – Birth of Saint John the Baptist 1st Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6 The Lord called me before I was born; in my mother’s womb he named me Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while…

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22 June 2024 – Saturday of Week 11

22 June 2024 – Saturday of Week 11 Optional Memorials: St Paulinus of Nola, bishop, 355-431; Ss John Fisher, bishop, 1469-1535 built Christ’s and St John’s Colleges, Cambridge as Vice-Chancellor. Bishop of Rochester, a lover of truth and Thomas More, martyrs, 1478-1535, the first commoner to be Lord Chancellor of England, martyred under…

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21 June 2024 – Friday of Week 11

21 June 2024 – Friday of Week 11 Memorial: St Aloysius Gonzaga, religious, born in Lombardy 1568, became a Jesuit in Rome, worked in teh plague hospital, caught the fever, died in 1591, aged 23. Patron of youth. 1st Reading: 2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20 The life of prince Joash…

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20 June 2024 – Thursday of Week 11

20 June 2024 – Thursday of Week 11 Memorial: The Irish Martyrs – see bottom of page for full details. 1st Reading: Sirach 48:1-14 Elijah arose, a prophet like fire, and his word burned like a torch. He brought a famine upon them, and by his zeal he made them…

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19 June 2024 – Wednesday of Week 11

19 June 2024 – Wednesday of Week 11 Optional Memorials: St Romauld, abbot in Tuscany. Died in 1027. (Cashel and Emly): Bl Dermot O’Hurley, bishop and Companions, martyrs – Bp Terence Albert O’Brien OP, John Kearney OFM and William Tirry OSA. Martyred in 1584 1st Reading: 2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 Elijah is…

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18 June 2024 – Tuesday of Week 11

18 June 2024 – Tuesday of Week 11 1st Reading: 1 Kings 21:17-29 Under Elijah’s warning, King Ahab repents and is forgiven Then word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying: Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in Samaria; he is now in the…

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17 June 2024 – Monday of Week 11

17 June 2024 – Monday of Week 11 1st Reading: 1 Kings 21:1-16 Ahab and Jezebel rob and kill Naboth the Jezreelite Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. And Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard, so that I…

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15 June 2024 – Saturday of Week 10

15 June 2024 – Saturday of Week 10 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:19-22 Elijah chooses Elisha as his attendant and successor Elijah set out and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was ploughing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed…

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14 June 2024 – Friday of Week 10

14 June 2024 – Friday of Week 10 Optional Memorial: St Davnet, lived and died at Tydavnet, Sliabh Beagh, Co Monaghan. a virgin and founder of a church (or monastery). 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:9-16 Elijah’s encounter with God, at the cave on Mount Horeb Elijah came to a cave,…

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13 June 2024 – Thursday, Week 10

Thursday 13 June 2024 Memorial: St Anthony of Padua, died in 1231, aged 36. Born in Portugal, joined the Frans and preached against heresy in France and italy. 1st Reading: 1 Kings 18:41-46 A small dark cloud develops into a heavy rainstorm Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and…

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12 June 2024 – Wednesday of Week 10

12 June 2024 – Wednesday of Week 10 1st Reading: 1 Kings 18:20-39 Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Ba’al [At Elijah’s prompting] Ahab sent to all the Israelites and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel. Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you…

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11 June 2024 – St Barnabas, apostle

11 June 2024 – St Barnabas, apostle Barnabas was born in Cyprus, one of the first converts in Jerusalem and taught at Antioch. A companion of St Paul on his first missionary journey, took part in the Council of Jerusalem. Returned to Cyprus where he died. 1st Reading: Acts 11:21-26;…

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10 June 2024 – Monday of Week 10

10 June 2024 – Monday of Week 10 Optional Memorials: St Ephrem, deacon and doctor of the church; St Columba (Colum Cille), born in Gartan, Co Donegal in 521 of royal lineage. Founded monasteries in Derry, Durrow, Iona and (possibly) Kells. Iona was teh principal foundation. Columba died on 9 June…

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08 June 2024 – The Immaculate Heart of Mary

08 June 2024 – The Immaculate Heart of Mary 1st Reading: Isaiah 61:9-11 I will greatly rejoice, my whole being shall exult in my God Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people…

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7 June 2024 – The Most Sacred Heart

7 June 2024 – The Most Sacred Heart, Year B 1st Reading: Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8-9 I have no wish to destroy Thus says the Lord: When Israel was a child I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. I myself taught Ephraim to walk, I took them…

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06 June 2024 – Thursday of Week 9

06 June 2024 – Thursday of Week 9 Optional Memorials: St Norbert, 1080-1134, AB of Magdeburg, founder of the Norbertine Canons. St Jarlath, (Feast in Tuam), disciple of St Enda, taught by St Benignus. Was an abbot bishop of the monastery he founded in Tuam in the sixth century.   1st…

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05 June 2024 – Wednesday of Week 9

05 June 2024 – Wednesday of Week 9 Memorial: St Boniface, 673-754, born in Devonshire, a missionary in Germany, founded monasteries in Bavaria, including Fulda in 735. 1st Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12 Rekindle the flame of your vocation, and endure for the Gospel Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus…

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04 June 2024 – Tuesday of Week 9

04 June 2024 – Tuesday of Week 9 Memorial: Ss Charles Lwanga and Companions, 22 Ugandan youths martyred in 1886. 1st Reading: 2 Peter 3:12-15, 17-18 We are waiting for the coming of the day of God We are waiting for the coming of the day of God, because of…

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03 June 2024 – Monday of Week 9

03 June 2024 – Monday of Week 9 Memorial (Feast, Dublin): St Kevin, settled in Glendalough where a monastic settlement grew after his death in 618. 1st Reading: 2 Peter 1:2-7 God has given us all we need to live well, sharing in divine life May grace and peace be…

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1 June 2024 – Saturday of Week 8

1 June 2024 – Saturday of Week 8 Memorial: St Justin, martyred c 165, born in the holy Land and settled in Rome, remembered for his defence of Christian belief and practice. 1st Reading: Epistle of Jude, verses 17; 20-25 Persevere in God’s love, and welcome the mercy of Our…

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31 May 2024 – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

31 May 2024 – 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…

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30 May 2024 – Thursday of Week 8

30 May 2024 – Thursday of Week 8 1st Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-5; 9-12 Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation — if indeed you have tasted that…

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29 May 2024 – Wednesday of Week 8

29 May 2024 – Wednesday of Week 8 Optional Memorial: St Paul V1, 1897-1978, elected pope in 1963 and continued Vat 11. 1st Reading: 1 Peter 1:18-25 We are ransomed with the precious blood of Christ You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors,…

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28 May 2024 – Tuesday of Week 8

28 May 2024 – 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…

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27 May 2024 – Monday of Week 8

27 May 2024 – Monday of Week 8 Optional Memorial: St Augustine of Canterbury, a Roman monk who set up his see at Canterbury and was successful at conversions in the south of England. 1st Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Peter praises the saving mercy of God, on the occasion of…

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25 May 2024 – Saturday of Week 7

25 May 2024 – Saturday of Week 7 Optional Memorials: St Bede, 673-735, monk of Jarrow, historian, biblical scholar and patron of scholars. St Gregory V11, 1028-85, was hildebrand of Tuscany, a Cluniac monk in Rome who became pope, worked for reform and died in exile in Salerno. St Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, 1566-1607,…

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24 May 2024 – Friday of Week 7

24 May 2024 – Friday of Week 7 Day of Prayer for the Church in China 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…

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23 May 2024 – Thursday of Week 7

23 May 2024 – 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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22 May 2024 – Wednesday of Week 7

22 May 2024 – Wednesday of Week 7 Optional Memorial: St Rita of Cascia, 1386-1452, a widow who entered the Augustinian convent in Cascia and spent 40 years in prayer and charity, and working for peace in the region. 1st Reading: James 4:13-17 We do not know what kind of…

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21 May 2024 – Tuesday of Week 7

21 May 2024 – Tuesday of Week 7 Optional Memorial: Ss Christopher Magallánes, priest, and Companions, martyrs. These 25 priests and laymen were executed in 1927 in Mexico. 1st Reading: James 4:1-10 Recommendation to sincerity, shunning worldliness and selfishness Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from?…

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20 May 2024 – Monday – The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

20 May 2024 – Monday – The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church 1st Reading: Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Enmity between the serpent and the woman But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”He said, “I heard the sound of you in the…

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18 May 2024 – Saturday of Week 7 of Easter

18 May 2024 – Saturday of Week 7 of Easter Optional Memorial: St John 1, first Bishop of Rome to visit Constantinople, died in 526. 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…

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17 May 2024 – Friday of Week 7 of Easter

17 May 2024 – Friday of Week 7 of Easter 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 to welcome Festus. Since they were staying there several days, Festus laid Paul’s…

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16 May 2024 – Thursday of Week 7 of Easter

16 May 2024 – Thursday of Week 7 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Brendan (Kerry, Clonfert), abbot, Kerryman, born in 486, studied under Finnian. Founded a monastery in Clonfert in 568, died there in 578. 1st Reading: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 Paul is cross-examined by the Jewish Council, in Jerusalem The…

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15 May 2024 – Wednesday of Week 7 of Easter

15 May 2024 – Wednesday of Week 7 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Carthage (Lismore), bishop born in Kerry. Set up a monastery in Rahan in 595, moved to Lismore. Died in 638. 1st Reading: Acts 20:28-38 Paul’s final advice to the church leaders: shepherd the church of God [Paul…

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14 May 2024 – Saint Matthias, Apostle

14 May 2024 – Saint 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 2024 – Monday of Week 7 of Easter

13 May 2024 – Monday of Week 7 of Easter Optional Memorial: Our Lady of Fatima – apparitions took place in 1917. 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…

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11 May 2024 – Saturday of Week 6 Easter

11 May 2024 – Saturday of Week 6 Easter 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…

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10 May 2024 – Friday of Week 6 of Easter

10 May 2024 – Friday of Week 6 of Easter Optional Memorials: St Comgall born c 516 in Antrim. Studied under Finnian of Moville, priested and established a monastery at Bangor c 555-8 and Tiree in Scotland. Died c 602-5. St John of Avila, 1499-1569, priest, apostle of Andalucia, great preacher. 1st Reading:…

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09 May 2024 – Thursday of Week 6 of Easter

09 May 2024 – Thursday of Week 6 of Easter 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 named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had…

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08 May 2024 – Wednesday of Week 6 of Easter

08 May 2024 – Wednesday of Week 6 of Easter Optional Memorial: Bl John Sullivan, convert, born in Dublin 1861, ordained SJ 1907 then to Clongowes Wood College, Kildare, a man of prayer. Died 19 Feb 1933, declared blessed on 13 May 2017 in St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St,…

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07 May 2024 – Tuesday of Week 6 of Easter

07 May 2024 – Tuesday of Week 6 of Easter 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 their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods….

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06 May 2024 – Monday of Week 6 of Easter

06 May 2024 – Monday of Week 6 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 16:11-15 When Paul reaches Philippi, Lydia becomes his first European convert We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading…

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04 May 2024 – Saturday of Week 5 Easter

04 May 2024 – Saturday of Week 5 Easter Optional Memoria; St Conleth (Kildare), abbot and bishop, friend of Brigid. 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…

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03 May 2024 – Saints Philip and James, Apostles

03 May 2024 – 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 are…

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02 May 2024 – Thursday of Week 5 of Easter

02 May 2024 – Thursday of Week 5 of Easter Memorial: St Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the church, born 295, Alexandria. 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…

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01 May 2024 – Wednesday of Week 5 of Easter

01 May 2024 – Wednesday of Week 5 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Joseph the Worker (optional readings Lect 11: 1013 – see commentary and readings below) 1st Reading: Acts 15:1-6 The Council of Jerusalem, on what is needed for salvation Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching,…

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30 April 2024 – Tuesday of Week 5 of Easter

30 April 2024 – Tuesday of Week 5 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Pius V, 1504-72, Dominican elected pope in 1565, a reformer of the Breviary, Catechism and Missal.   1st Reading: Acts 14:19-28 Paul is stoned and left for dead; but survives to continue his ministry Jews came over…

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29 April 2024 – Saint Catherine of Siena

29 April 2024 – 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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27 April 2024 – Saturday of Week 4

27 April 2024 – Saturday of Week 4 Optional Memorial: St Asicus, in charge of Elphin church, founded by St Patrick, an expert craftsman in metal work for the patron saint. 1st Reading: Acts 13:44-52 After failing to convert Jews, Paul and Barnabas turn to the Gentiles The next sabbath…

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26 April 2024 – Friday of Week 4 of Easter

26 April 2024 – Friday of Week 4 of Easter 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 family, and others who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has…

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25 April 2024 – Saint Mark, Evangelist

25 April 2024 – Saint Mark, Evangelist 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 accept…

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24 April 2024 – Wednesday of Week 4 of Easter

24 April 2024 – Wednesday of Week 4 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Fidelis of Sigmaringen, 1578-1622, a Capuchin, killed extremists.   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…

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23 April 2024 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Easter

23 April 2024 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Easter Optional Memorials: St George, martyred c 300. Patron of England. St Andalbert, born 956, Bp of Prague, martyred 997. 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…

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22 April 2024 – Monday of Week 4 of Easter

22 April 2024 – 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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20 April 2024 – Saturday of Week 3

20 April 2024 – 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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19 April 2024 – Friday of Week 3 of Easter

19 April 2024 – 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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18 April 2024 – Thursday of Week 3 of Easter

18 April 2024 – Thursday of Week 3 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Laserian, abbot of Leighlin in 7th century, died in 639. 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…

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17 April 2024 – Wednesday of Week 3 of Easter

17 April 2024 – 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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16 April 2024 – Tuesday of Week 3 of Easter

16 April 2024 – Tuesday of Week 3 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 7:51-8:1 Stephen’s temple-criticism stirs up the mob, who put him to death by stoning “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are forever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. Which…

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15 April 2024 – Monday of Week 3 of Easter

15 April 2024 – Monday of Week 3 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 6:8-15 Stephen’s preaching stirs the crowd: Is he against Moses? Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen as…

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13 April 2024 – Saturday of Week 2

13 April 2024 – Saturday of Week 2 Optional Memorial: St Martin I, elected pope in 649, died in 655. 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…

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12 April 2024 – Friday of Week 2 of Easter

12 April 2024 – Friday of Week 2 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 5:34-42 Gamaliel prudently advises his colleagues against condemning Jesus’ followers a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside…

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11 April 2024 – Thursday of Week 2 of Easter

11 April 2024 – Thursday of Week 2 of Easter Memorial: St Stanislaus, Bp of Krakow, murdered in 1097 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 them, saying,…

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10 April 2024 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Easter

10 April 2024 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Easter 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 filled with jealousy, arrested the apostles…

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09 April 2024 – Tuesday of Week 2 of Easter

09 April 2024 – 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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08 April 2024 – Annunciation of the Lord 

08 April 2024 – Annunciation of the Lord (in place of 25 March) 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;…

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06 April 2024 – Easter Saturday

06 April 2024 – 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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05 April 2024 – Easter Friday

05 April 2024 – 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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04 April 2024 – Easter Thursday

04 April 2024 – 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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03 April 2024 – Easter Wednesday

03 April 2024 – 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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02 April 2024 – Easter Tuesday

02 April 2024 – 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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1 April 2024 – Easter Monday

1 April 2024 – 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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30 Mar 2024 – Holy Saturday

30 Mar 2024 – Holy Saturday 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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29 Mar 2024 – Good Friday

29 Mar 2024 – 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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28 Mar 2024 – Holy Thursday

28 Mar 2024 – Holy Thursday (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 son; and when she saw that…

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27 Mar 2024 – Wednesday of Holy Week

27 Mar 2024 – 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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26 Mar 2024 – Tuesday of Holy Week

26 Mar 2024 – 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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25 Mar 2024 – Monday of Holy Week

25 Mar 2024 – Monday of Holy Week Solemnity of the Annunciation is transferred to Monday 8 April (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…

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23 Mar 2024 – Saturday of Week 5 of Lent

23 Mar 2024 – Saturday of Week 5 of Lent Optional memorial: St Turibius of Mogrovejo, 1538-1606, Archbishop of Lima. (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…

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22 Mar 2024 – Friday of Week 5 of Lent

22 Mar 2024 – Friday of Week 5 of Lent Optional memorial: St Macartan (Clogher), first Bishop of Clogher, St Patrick’s ‘strong man’. (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…

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21 Mar 2024 – Thursday of Week 5 of Lent

21 Mar 2024 – Thursday of Week 5 of Lent Optional memorial: St Enda, one of the three great late vocations in Ireland. Associated with Cill Áine, Co Louth, Boyne Valley and Árainn, Co Galway. Died c 520. (1) Genesis 17:3-9 Abraham believe in God’s promises, despite delays and disappointments…

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20 Mar 2024 – Wednesday of Week 5 of Lent

20 Mar 2024 – 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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19 Mar 2024 – Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin

19 Mar 2024 – 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…

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18 Mar 2024 – Monday of Week 5 of Lent

18 Mar 2024 – Monday of Week 5 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Cyril of Jerusalem, 315-86, Bishop of Jerusalem. (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…

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16 Mar 2024 – Saturday of Week 4

16 Mar 2024 – 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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15 Mar 2024 – Friday of Week 4 of Lent

15 Mar 2024 – 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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14 Mar 2024 – Thursday of Week 4 of Lent

14 Mar 2024 – 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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13 Mar 2024 – Wednesday of Week 4 of Lent

13 Mar 2024 – 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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12 Mar 2024 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Lent

12 Mar 2024 – 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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11 Mar 2024 – Monday of Week 4 of Lent

11 Mar 2024 – Monday of Week 4 of Lent Optional memorial: St Aengus, bishop and abbot in Clonenagh, Laois, composed two martyrologies. Died c 824. (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…

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09 Mar 2024 – Saturday of Week 3 of Lent

09 Mar 2024 – Saturday of Week 3 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Frances of Rome, died 1440, founded a society of women and live din it after her husband’s death. (1) Hosea 6:1-6 God wants our love more than ritual sacrifice “Come, let us return to the Lord; for…

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08 Mar 2024 – Friday of Week 3 of Lent

08 Mar 2024 – Friday of Week 3 of Lent Optional Memorials: St John of God, 1495-1550, patron saint of nurses, the sick, heart patients, printers and booksellers. St Senan, a Clareman, anamchara to Ciarán of Clonmacnoise and Brendan; died in 544 (1) Hosea 14:2-10 How God supports those who…

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07 Mar 2024 – Thursday of Week 3 of Lent

07 Mar 2024 – Thursday of Week 3 of Lent Optional Memorial: Ss Perpetua and Felicity, martyred in Carthage in 203 (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…

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06 Mar 2024 – Wednesday of Week 3 of Lent

06 Mar 2024 – Wednesday of Week 3 of Lent (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 live to enter and occupy the…

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05 Mar 2024 – Tuesday of Week 3 of Lent

05 Mar 2024 – Tuesday of Week 3 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Kieran, pre-Patrician saint, patron of Ossory. (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 counselors, “Was it not three…

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04 Mar 2024 – Monday of Week 3 of Lent

04 Mar 2024 – Monday of Week 3 of Lent Optional memorial: St Casimir, 1458-84, a peacemaker, patron saint of Poland. (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…

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02 Mar 2024 – Saturday of Week 2 of Lent

02 Mar 2024 – Saturday of Week 2 of Lent (1) Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 Israel’s God is a God of mercy Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock that belongs to you, which lives alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them feed in…

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01 Mar 2024 – Friday of Week 2 of Lent

01 Mar 2024 – Friday of Week 2 of Lent Optional Memorial: St David, patron of Wales, 6th century abbot, died c 601. Several Irish monks were his students and he influenced monastic development in Ireland. (1) Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13 17-28 Jacob’s sons envy their brother Joseph, and sell him…

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29 Feb 2024 – Thursday of Week 2 of Lent

29 Feb 2024 – Thursday of Week 2 of Lent (1) Jeremiah 17:5-10 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord rather than in mere mortal power Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from…

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28 Feb 2024 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Lent

28 Feb 2024 – 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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27 Feb 2024 – Tuesday of Week 2 of Lent

27 Feb 2024 – Tuesday of Week 2 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Gregory of Narek, c 950-1003, monk of Armenian Church, mystic and poet, wrote Lamentations (aka Narek), a collection of prayers, abbot and doctor. (1) Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 A call to personal conversion, to remove our sins from…

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26 Feb 2024 – Monday of Week 2 of Lent

26 Feb 2024 – 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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24 Feb 2024 – Saturday of Week 1 of Lent

24 Feb 2024 – Saturday of 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…

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23 Feb 2024 – Friday of Week 1 of Lent

23 Feb 2024 – Friday of Week 1 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Polycarp, bishop (Smyrna-Izmir in modern Turkey) and martyr, born c 69, disciple of St John, martyred in 155 (1) Ezekiel 18:21-28 Personal responsibility to replace the idea of shared guilt But if the wicked turn away from…

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22 Feb 2024 – Chair of St Peter the Apostle

22 Feb 2024 – 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…

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21 Feb 2024 – Wednesday of Week 1 of Lent

21 Feb 2024 – Wednesday of Week 1 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Peter Damian, 1007-72, a hermit, later Cardinal Bishop of Ostia, a church reformer. (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,…

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20 Feb 2024 – Tuesday of Week 1 of Lent

20 Feb 2024 – Tuesday of Week 1 of Lent (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 until they have watered the earth, making it…

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19 Feb 2024 – Monday of Week 1 of Lent

19 Feb 2024 – Monday of Week 1 of Lent (1) 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 holy, for I the Lord…

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17 Feb 2024 – Sat after Ash Wednesday

17 Feb 2024 – Sat after Ash Wednesday (1) 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 remove the yoke from…

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16 Feb 2024 – Fri after Ash Wednesday

16 Feb 2024 – Fri after Ash Wednesday (1) Isaiah 58:1-9 True religion differs from 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 day after day they seek…

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15 Feb 2024 – Thurs after Ash Wednesday

15 Feb 2024 – Thurs after Ash Wednesday (1) Deuteronomy 30:15-20 A warm call to fidelity. Choose life, that you and your offspring 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 ways, and…

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14 Feb 2024 – Ash Wednesday

14 Feb 2024 – Ash Wednesday (1) 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 the…

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13 Feb 2024 – Tuesday of Week 6

13 Feb 2024 – 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…

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12 Feb 2024 – Monday of Week 6

12 Feb 2024 – Monday of Week 6 1st Reading: James 1:1-11 The testing of your faith produces endurance My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have…

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10 Feb 2024 – Saturday of Week 5

10 Feb 2024 – Saturday of Week 5 Memorial: St Scholastica, died c 543, sister of St Benedict. Patron of convulsive children. 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…

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09 Feb 2024 – Friday of Week 5

09 Feb 2024 – Friday of Week 5 1st Reading: 1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19 The prophet Ahijah announces the breakup of David’s kingdom When Jeroboam was leaving Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road. Ahijah had clothed himself with a new garment. The two of them…

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08 Feb 2024 – Thursday of Week 5

08 Feb 2024 – Thursday of Week 5 International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Optional Memorials: St Jerome Emiliani, d 1537, founder of The Clerks Regular of Somaschi for the care of orphans and the poor. Patron saint of orphans. St Josephine Bakhita, 1868-1947, native of Sudan,…

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07 Feb 2024 – Wednesday of Week 5

07 Feb 2024 – Wednesday of Week 5 Optional Memorial: St Mel (Feast in Ardagh and Clonmacnoise), died in 488, like Patrick, a Briton who came to Ireland, with whom he worked until he was ordained in Ardagh. Gave the religious veil to St Brigid. (A Visit to the renovated…

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06 Feb 2024 – Tuesday of Week 5

06 Feb 2024 – Tuesday of Week 5 Memorial: Ss Paul Miki and Companions martyred at Nagasaki, Japan in 1597. The six Franciscans, seventeen Franciscan Tertiaries and three jesuits died suspended on crosses. 1st Reading: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30 The temple dedication ends with a beautiful prayer Then Solomon stood…

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05 Feb 2024 – Monday of Week 5

05 Feb 2024 – Monday of Week 5 Memorial: St Agatha, third-century martyr from Catania in Sicily. Patron of Bell-founders. 1st Reading: 1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13 A cloud of divine splendour fills the sanctuary of the new Temple Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of…

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03 Feb 2024 – Saturday of Week 4

03 Feb 2024 – Saturday of Week 4 Optional Memorials: St Ansgar, 9th century French born Archbishop of Hamburg who preached in Denmark and Sweden. Apostle of Scandinavia and Patron of Denmark.      St Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste, martyred in Armenia in 315. A physician and patron of people…

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02 Feb 2024 – The Presentation of Our Lord

02 Feb 2024 – 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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01 Feb 2024 – Saint Brigid of Kildare

01 Feb 2024 – 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…

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31 Jan 24 – Wednesday of Week 4

31 Jan 24 – Wednesday of Week 4 Memorial: St John Bosco 1815-88, born in Piedmont, founded the Salesians, to educate boys for life. Patron saint of youth and Catholic publishers. 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17 Having sinned by counting the people, David wants to pay the price himself…

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30 Jan 24 – Tuesday of Week 4

30 Jan 24 – Tuesday of Week 4 Optional Memorials: St Aidan (Feast in Ferns), aka Maedoc (Mogue) born c 550 probably in Cavan, Studied in Wales, returned and founded a monastery in Ferns where he became Bishop. Died there in 626.                 …

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29 Jan 24 – Monday of Week 4

29 Jan 24 – Monday of Week 4 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 gone after Absalom.” Then David said…

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27 Jan 24 – Saturday of Week 3

27 Jan 24 – Saturday of Week 3 Optional Memorial: St Angela Merici, 1474-1540, founder of the Ursulines. 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-7, 10-17 Nathan warns David; his sin with Bathsheba will be punished within his own family The Lord sent Nathan to David. He went to him, and said…

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26 Jan 24 – Ss Timothy and Titus, Bishops

26 Jan 24 – Ss Timothy and Titus, Bishops Both died toward the end of the first century. Disciples and associates of Saint Paul the apostle, who seem to have attended the Council of Jerusalem with him. Timothy represented Saint Paul to various communities and, according to tradition, was eventually…

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25 Jan 24 – The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

25 Jan 24 – The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle 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 the feet of Gamaliel, educated strictly…

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24 Jan 24 – Wednesday of Week 3

24 Jan 24 – Wednesday of Week 3 Memorial: St Francis de Sales, 1567-1622, Bishop of Geneva, founder of the Visitation Sisters. Worked hard to rebuild the Catholic faith after the Reformation. Patron of writers, editors and journalists – ‘writers and critics who prophesize with your pen…’ 1st Reading: 2…

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23 Jan 24 – Tuesday of Week 3

23 Jan 24 – Tuesday of Week 3 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19 David dances before the ark being brought into Jerusalem. The celebration ends with a sacred banquet King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of…

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22 Jan 24 – Monday of Week 3

22 Jan 24 – Monday of Week 3 Optional Memorial: St Vincent, deacon of Saragossa, Spain, martyred in 304. 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…

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20 Jan 24 – Saturday of Week 2

20 Jan 24 – Saturday of Week 2 Optional Memorials: St Fabian, pope and martyr, died under Decius in 250. St Sebastian, martyr, a soldier (?) in the persecution of Diocletian. 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1-4 etc David’s grief at the death of Saul and Jonathan After the death of…

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19 Jan 24 – Friday of Week 2

19 Jan 24 – Friday of Week 2 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 David and his men were…

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18 Jan 24 – Thursday of Week 2

18 Jan 24 – Thursday of Week 2 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 Jan) starts today. The theme is based on a text from the Gospel of St Luke, with material prepared by an ecumenical team from Burkina Faso, West Africa, facilitated by the local Chemin Neuf Community. …

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17 Jan 24 – Wednesday of Week 2

17 Jan 24 – Wednesday of Week 2 Memorial: St Anthony, died 356, ‘Father of monasticism’ whose life in solitude attracted many to form communities of hermits. A special blessing on all our lay preachers and leaders today… Gentle reminder – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts tomorrow -…

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16 Jan 24 – Tuesday of Week 2

16 Jan 24 – Tuesday of Week 2 Optional Memorial: St Fursa, Irish-born but brought the Gospel abroad, with his brothers Foillan and Ultan to East Anglia. Went to France c 644, died c 650 in Mézerolles and is buried in Péronne. 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 In Bethlehem Samuel…

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15 Jan 24 – Monday of Week 2

15 Jan 24 – Monday of Week 2 Memorial: St Ita (Feast in Limerick), Waterford born, founded a monastery in Killeedy, Co Limerick. Known as ‘Foster-Mother of the Saints of Ireland, she died in 570. 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 15:16-23 For disobeying the prophet Samuel, Saul is deposed as king…

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13 Jan 24 – Saturday of Week 1

13 Jan 24 – Saturday of Week 1 Optional Memorial: St Hilary, c. 315-67, Bishop of Potiers, took a strong stand against Arianism. Exiled, where he wrote major works including De Trinitate, a study of the Trinity. 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-4, 12-19; 10:1 Saul is anointed by Samuel as…

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12 Jan 24 – Friday of Week 1

12 Jan 24 – Friday of Week 1 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 sons do…

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11 Jan 24 – Thursday of Week 1

11 Jan 24 – Thursday of Week 1 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, and Israel went out to battle against…

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10 Jan 24 – Wednesday of Week 1

10 Jan 24 – Wednesday of Week 1 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 etc 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 not…

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09 Jan 24 – Tuesday of Week 1

09 Jan 24 – Tuesday of Week 1 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:9-20 Eli promises that Hannah 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 on the seat beside the…

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08 Jan 24 – Monday of Week 1

08 Jan 24 – Monday of Week 1 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 son of Jeroham son of Elihu son of…

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6 Jan 2024 – The Epiphany of the Lord

6 Jan 2024 – The Epiphany of the Lord (or the Sunday between 2 January and 8 January) 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 In those days the Messiah will reveal his glory to all the nations Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen…

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5 Jan 2024 – Friday Before Epiphany

5 Jan 2024 – Friday Before Epiphany Optional Memorial: Saint Charles St  Charles of Mt. Argus, Dublin, Priest, Religious. Charles John Houben (1821-1893), was a Dutch Passionist priest who served in Dublin in the late 19th-century. He showed extraordinary compassion for the sick and those in need of guidance. Many came…

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4 Jan 2024 – Thursday Before Epiphany

4 Jan 2024 – Thursday Before Epiphany 1st Reading: 1 John 3:7-10. How we are 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;…

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3 Jan 2024 – Wednesday Before Epiphany

3 Jan 2024 – Wednesday Before Epiphany Optional Memorials: The Holy Name of Jesus; St Munchin (Feast in Limerick), seventh century, patron of Limerick. 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…

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2 January 2024 – Tuesday Before Epiphany

2 January 2024 – Tuesday Before Epiphany Memorial: Ss Basil the Great, 330-379, Bishop of Caesarea  and theologian of note;    and Gregory Nazianzen, 329-89, friend of Basil, Bishop of Sasima, and later of Constantinople. 1st Reading: 1 John 2:22-28 The Holy Spirit received from Jesus, teaches you all things…

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01 Jan 2024 -Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

01 Jan 2024 -Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God 1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27 A new-year prayer for God to bless and protect his people The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, The…

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30 Dec 2023 – 6th Day in the Octave of Christmas

30 Dec 2023 – 6th Day in the Octave of Christmas 1st Reading: 1 John 2:12-17 Do not be absorbed by the world or the things in the world I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to…

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29 Dec 2023 – 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

29 Dec 2023 – 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas Optional Memorial: Thomas a Becket (1118-1170) from Cheapside in London, was appointed first as chancellor and then archbishop (1162) by order of his friend, King Henry II. As archbishop he sided with the pope on the respective authority of…

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28 Dec 2023 – Thursday – The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

28 Dec 2023 – Thursday – The Holy Innocents, Martyrs 1st Reading: 1 John 1:5-2:2 Those who walk in darkness, and those who walk in the light Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there…

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27 Dec 2023, Wednesday – Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

27 Dec 2023, Wednesday – Saint 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…

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December 26: Feast of St. Stephen, the First Martyr

December 26: Feast of St. Stephen, the First Martyr 1st Reading: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 The martyrdom of Stephen the deacon, according to Luke Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and…

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Christmas Day (25 December)

Christmas Day (25 December) Theme: We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in our world, though he was with God the Father before all ages. His birth opens up for us a glorious new identity, as children of God. 1st Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10 The joy of the watchmen, at seeing…

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23 Dec 2023 – Sat Advent Week 3

23 Dec 2023 – Sat Advent Week 3 Optional Memorial: St john of Kanty, 1390-1473, theologian and scripture scholar in Uni of Krakow, Poland. 1st Reading: Malachiah 3:1-4, 4,4-6 God will send a fore-runner to prepare for the final day The Lord God says this: “See, I am sending my…

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22 Dec 2023 – Fri Advent Week 3 

22 Dec 2023 – Fri Advent Week 3 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:24-28 Hannah dedicates her young son to a life of service to God When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine….

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21 Dec 2023 – Thurs Advent Week 3 

21 Dec 2023 – Thurs Advent Week 3 Optional Memorial: St Peter Canisius, 1521-97, Dutch Jesuit, drew up a 211 question (and answers!) catechism in 1555, priest and doctor of the Church. 1st Reading: Song of Songs (2:8-14 Lyrical love-poetry from king Solomon, about the beloved who is coming The…

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20 Dec 2023 – Wed Advent Week 3

20 Dec 2023 – Wed Advent Week 3 Kilfenora Feast: St Fachanan, bishop, founded a monastery in and patron of Kilfenora, part of Galway diocese. 1st Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14 King Ahaz refuses to ask a sign of the Lord; Isaiah promises a child to be called Immanuel Again the Lord…

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19 Dec 2023 – Tuesday Advent Week 3

19 Dec 2023 – Tuesday Advent Week 3 1st Reading: Judges (13:2-7, 24-25 Manoah’s wife yearns for a son. Samson will be dedicated to God There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren, having borne no children….

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18 Dec 2023 – Monday, 3rd Week of Advent

18 Dec 2023 – Monday, 3rd Week of Advent Killaloe Feast: St Flannan, 7th century renowned preacher. 1st Reading: Jeremiah 23:5-8 A righteous Branch who will rule with wisdom and justice “The days are surely coming,” says the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and…

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16 Dec 2023 – Saturday of Advent, Week 2

16 Dec 2023 – Saturday of Advent, Week 2 1st Reading: Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 Lyrical praise of Elijah, whose prophetic word burned like a torch Then Elijah arose, a prophet like fire, and his word burned like a torch. He brought a famine upon them, and by his zeal he…

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15 Dec 2023 – Friday of Advent, Week 2

15 Dec 2023 – Friday of Advent, Week 2 1st Reading: Isaiah 48:17-19 If you kept my commandments, your name would last forever Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads you…

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14 Dec 2023 – Thursday of Advent, Week 2

14 Dec 2023 – Thursday of Advent, Week 2 Memorial: St John of the Cross, 1542-91, Carmelite reformer, writer, doctor of the Church and poet – With the divinest Word / The Virgin made pregnant / Down the road comes walking / If you’ll grant her a room in your…

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13 Dec 2023 – Wednesday of Advent, Week 2

13 Dec 2023 – Wednesday of Advent, Week 2 Memorial: St Lucy, martyred in 304 in Sicily. 1st Reading: Isaiah 40:25-31 Encouragement for the weary people, from God, who strengthens the powerless To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up…

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12 Dec 2023 – Tuesday of Advent, Week 2

12 Dec 2023 – Tuesday of Advent, Week 2 Optional Memorials: Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron of the Americas; Hymn to Our Lady of Guadalupe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO1xFFVnISA   St Finnian, settled in Clonard, Co Meath c 520, taught Canice, Colum Cille and Brendan, died in 549. Known as the Tutor of…

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12 Dec 2023 – Wednesday of Advent, Week 2

12 Dec 2023 – Wednesday of Advent, Week 2 Memorial: St Lucy, martyred in 304 in Sicily 1st Reading: Isaiah 40:25-31 Encouragement for the weary people, from God, who strengthens the powerless To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up…

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11 Dec 2023 – Monday of Advent, Week 2

11 Dec 2023 – Monday of Advent, Week 2 Optional Memorial: St Damascus 1, c 304-384, pope who commissioned St Jerome to prepare the Vulgate version of the Bible. 1st Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10 They shall see the glory of the Lord, and the ransomed exiles shall return to Zion The…

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09 Dec 2023 – Saturday of Advent, Week 1

09 Dec 2023 – Saturday of Advent, Week 1 Optional Memorial: St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, 1474-1548, saw the vision of our Lady of Guadalupe in December 1531. 1st Reading: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26 Future days of blessed enlightenment, when the people turn aside from idolatry. Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants…

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08 Dec 2023 – The Immaculate Conception

08 Dec 2023 – The Immaculate Conception 1st Reading: Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Enmity between the serpent and the woman But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I…

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07 Dec 2023 – Thursday of Advent, Week 1

07 Dec 2023 – Thursday of Advent, Week 1 Memorial: St Ambrose, 339-97, patron of Milan, beekeepers and domestic animals. 1st Reading: Isaiah 26:1-6 A hymn of confidence in the Lord God, our everlasting rock On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have…

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06 Dec 2023 – Wednesday of Advent, Week 1

06 Dec 2023 – Wednesday of Advent, Week 1 Optional Memorial: St Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (Turkey), patron of Russia, sailors, pawnbrokers and children. 1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10 “God will wipe away the tears from all faces.” — a Messianic vision of the final age. On this mountain the Lord…

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05 Dec 2023 – Tuesday of Advent, Week 1

05 Dec 2023 – Tuesday of Advent, Week 1 1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest…

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04 Dec 2023 – Monday of Advent, Week 1

04 Dec 2023 – Monday of Advent, Week 1 Optional Memorial: St John Damascene, 675-749, a Syrian theologian and priest in the monastery of St Sabas near Jerusalem. 1st Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 In the Messiah’s day, they shall beat their swords into ploughshares The word that Isaiah son of Amoz…

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02 Dec 2023 – Saturday of Week 34

02 Dec 2023 – Saturday of Week 34 1st Reading: Daniel 7:15-27 Daniel begs for an explanation of the vision. The persecuted saints will receive the kingdom As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me. I approached one of the…

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01 Dec 2023 – Friday Week 34

01 Dec 2023 – Friday Week 34 First Reading Daniel 7: 2-14 In the vision I saw during the night, suddenly the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea, from which emerged four immense beasts, each different from the others. The first was like a lion, but with…

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30 Nov 2023 – St Andrew, Apostle

30 Nov 2023 – St Andrew, Apostle 1st Reading: Romans 10:9-18 How will they hear the faith, unless it be preached? If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes…

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29 Nov 2023 – Wednesday of Week 34

29 Nov 2023 – Wednesday of Week 34 1st Reading: Daniel 5:1-6 etc The writing appears on the wall and Daniel interprets its meaning King Belshazzar made a great festival for a thousand of his lords, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand. Under the influence…

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28 Nov 2023 – Tuesday of Week 34

28 Nov 2023 – Tuesday of Week 34 1st Reading: Daniel 2:31-45 In a vision, Daniel sees four kingdoms destroyed by a stone falling from the mountain, which proceeds to fill the whole earth Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar, “You were looking, O king, and lo! there was a great statue….

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27 Nov 2023 – Monday of Week 34

27 Nov 2023 – Monday of Week 34 Optional Memorial: St Fergal (Virgil), lived in France, then Bavaria, appointed bishop of Salzburg, c 754 and died in 784 – a reputation for learning and holiness. 1st Reading: Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20 Daniel and his companions are more respected than all magicians…

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25 Nov 2023 – Saturday of Week 33

25 Nov 2023 – Saturday of Week 33 Optional Memorial: St Catherine of Alexandria, martyred c 310.                                  St Clement, third successor of St Peter as bishop of Rome (88-97), exiled and martyred, his relics…

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24 Nov 2023 – Friday of Week 33

24 Nov 2023 – Friday of Week 33 Memorial: Ss Andrew Dūng-Lac, priest, and Companions – in 17th, 18th and 19th centuries many were martyred in Vietnam – 117 (96 native Vietnamese men and women, 11 Dominican missionaries from Spain and 10 French missionaries) were canonised in 1988 by Pope…

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23 Nov 2023 – Thursday of Week 33

23 Nov 2023 – Thursday of Week 33 Memorial: St Columban, aka Columbanus, c. 543-615, monk in Bangor, went to Burgundy with 12 companions in 591, established monasteries at Annagray, Luxeil and Fontaine, also Bregenz in Austria and Bobbio, near Genoa, where he died. One of the greatest of Irish…

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22 Nov 2023 – Wednesday of Week 33

22 Nov 2023 – Wednesday of Week 33 Optional Memorial: St Cecilia, patron of music…s/he who sings, prays twice!                  St Medb: The late twelfth-century Martyrology of Gorman notes: Medb of Ard-achad whilst at November 22 the early seventeenth-century Martyrology of Donegal lists: Medhbh of…

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21 November 2023 – Presentation of Our Lady

21 November 2023 – Presentation of Our Lady 1st Reading: Zechariah 2:14-17 Rejoice, O daughter Zion! For I will dwell in your midst Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst, says the Lord. Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord…

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20 Nov 2023 – Monday of Week 33

20 Nov 2023 – Monday of Week 33 1st Reading: 1 Maccabees (1:10-15 etc The Jews suffering under persecution by Antiochus Epiphanes There arose from them a sinful root, Antiochus Epiphanes, son of King Antiochus; he had been a hostage in Rome. He began to reign in the one hundred…

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17 Nov 2023 – Friday of Week 32

17 Nov 2023 – Friday of Week 32 Memorial: St Elizabeth of Hungary, 1207-31, Franciscan tertiary, exiled queen, a woman of prayer and service to the poor. 1st Reading: Wisdom 13:1-9 The beauty of created things can lead us to their Maker For all people who were ignorant of God…

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16 Nov 2023 – Thursday of Week 32

16 Nov 2023 – Thursday of Week 32 Optional Memorials: St Margaret of Scotland, 1045-90, wife of Malcolm 111, King of   Scotland, church reformer.                                                     …

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15 Nov 2023 – Wednesday of Week 32

15 Nov 2023 – Wednesday of Week 32 Optional Memorial: St Albert the Great, c. 1206-80, Dominican theologian who taught in Cologne, called ‘The Universal Doctor’. Patron of scientists. 1st Reading: Wisdom 6:1-11 God, as Creator of everything, provides for all alike Listen, O kings, and understand; learn, O judges…

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14 Nov 2-23 – Tuesday of Week 32

14 Nov 2-23 – Tuesday of Week 32 Optional Memorial: St Laurence O’Toole, 1128-80, Patron of Dublin archdiocese. Glendalough monk, Archbishop of Dublin, reformer, held many synods, died on a mission of mediation with King Henry 11 and the Irish rulers of Eu, Normandy 1st Reading: Wisdom 2:23-3:9 The dead…

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13 Nov 2023 – Monday of Week 32

13 Nov 2023 – Monday of Week 32 1st Reading: Wisdom 1:1-7 Think of the Lord constantly, and seek his guidance truly Love righteousness, you rulers of the earth, think of the Lord in goodness and seek him with sincerity of heart; because he is found by those who do…

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10 Nov 2023 – Friday of Week 31

10 Nov 2023 – Friday of Week 31 Memorial: St Leo the Great, died 461, taught the two natures of Christ, human and divine, at the Council of Chalcedon, 451, and teh primacy of the See of Peter. 1st Reading: Romans 15:14-21 Paul marvels at what God has done through…

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09 November 2023 – Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

09 November 2023 – Dedication of the Lateran Basilica 1st Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-10, 12 Ezekiel sees life-giving river flows out from the Jerusalem temple, to bring new life to the desert Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below the…

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08 Nov 2023 – Wednesday of Week 31

08 Nov 2023 – Wednesday of Week 31 1st Reading: Romans 13:8-10 Paul’s summary of all God’s commandments,”love one another.” Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder;…

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07 Nov 2023 – Tuesday of Week 31

07 Nov 2023 – Tuesday of Week 31 Optional Memorial: St Willibrord, 658-739, Northumbrian born, Benedictine, studied in Carlow, ordained Archbishop of Utrecht, founded a monastery in Luxembourg, where he died. 1st Reading: Romans 12:5-16 Though many, we are one body in Christ, with a variety of gifts We who…

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06 November 2023 – All the Saints of Ireland

06 November 2023 – All the Saints of Ireland 1st Reading: Hebrews 11:2 12:1-4, 15, 13:1 Celebrate the faith of our ancestors It was by faith our ancestors received approval. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and…

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04 Nov 2023 – Saturday of Week 30

04 Nov 2023 – Saturday of Week 30 Optional Memorial; St Charles Borromeo, 1538-84, bishop of Milan, drafted the catechism of the Council of Trent. Patron of catechists and seminarians. 1st Reading: Romans 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29 The paradoxical status of God’s people, when they reject Him I ask, then, has…

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03 Nov 2023 – Friday of Week 30

03 Nov 2023 – Friday of Week 30 Feast (Armagh, Down & Connor): St Malachy, 1094-1148, Bishop of Down, later Armagh, reformer, founded Cistercian monastery at Mellifont (1142). Died at Clairvaux in the arms of St Bernard en route to meet the Pope. 1st Reading: Romans 9:1-5 Paul would endure…

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02 November 2023 – All The Faithful Departed

02 November 2023 – All The Faithful Departed (Any Readings from the Masses for the Dead, Lectionary, vol. 4) 1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9 A vision of hope for the future, when God will restore his people to happiness On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples…

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01 November 2023 – Feast of All Saints

01 November 2023 – Feast of All Saints 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…

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31 Oct 2023 – Tuesday of Week 30

31 Oct 2023 – Tuesday of Week 30 Optional Memorial: Bl Dominic Collins, martyr, born c 1566 in Youghal, Cork. Hanged by the English after he refused to renounce his faith in Youghal 31 Oct 1602. 1st Reading: Romans 8:18-25 Eternal life is already begun within us, like a seed…

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30 Oct 2023 – Monday of Week 30

30 Oct 2023 – Monday of Week 30 1st Reading: Romans 8:12-17 In the Spirit, we are God’s children; he is our “Aba–Father” So then, my brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh–for if you live according to the flesh, you…

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28 Oct 2023 –  Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

28 Oct 2023 –  Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles 1st Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22 God has appointed apostles so that his people’s needs will be served So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built…

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27 Oct 2023 – Friday of Week 29

27 Oct 2023 – Friday of Week 29 Feast – Waterford: St Otteran, identified as Odhran who preceded Columba to Iona. Patron Waterford City and diocese. 1st Reading: Romans 7:18-25 Who can resolve my inner conflict? Only God, through Jesus Christ For I know that nothing good dwells within me,…

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26 Oct 2023 – Thursday of Week 29

26 Oct 2023 – Thursday of Week 29 1st Reading: Romans 6:19-23 Freed from sin and now serving God, and destined for eternal life If I may speak in human terms because of your natural limitations, just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater…

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25 Oct 2023 – Wednesday of Week 29

25 Oct 2023 – Wednesday of Week 29 Cloyne, Cork & Ross Memorial: Bl Thaddeus MacCarthy, bishop, born in 1455, died in 1492 at Ivrea in Italy. 1st Reading: Romans 6:12-18 Serve God and you will come from death to life Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal…

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24 Oct 2023 – Tuesday of Week 29

24 Oct 2023 – Tuesday of Week 29 Optional Memorial: St Anthony Mary Claret, bishop, 1807-70, founded the Claretians in Spain. 1st Reading: Romans 5:12, 17-21 Through Adam, sin and death came to us all; through Jesus Christ, grace far surpasses all sin Just as sin came into the world…

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23 Oct 2023 – Monday of Week 29

23 Oct 2023 – Monday of Week 29 Optional Memorial: St John of Capistrano, priest, 1386-1456, Franciscan, patron of jurists and military chaplains. 1st Reading: Romans 4:20-25 Like Abraham’s faith, our faith will be credited to us by God No distrust made Abraham waver concerning the promise of God, but…

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21 Oct 2023 – Saturday of Week 28

21 Oct 2023 – Saturday of Week 28 1st Reading: Romans 4:13, 16-18 Hoping against hope, Abraham became the father of many nations The promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For…

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20 Oct 2023 – Friday of Week 28

20 Oct 2023 – Friday of Week 28 1st Reading: Romans 4:1-8 For the believer, faith is credited as justice. This is how Abraham was justified What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he…

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19 Oct 2023 – Thursday of Week 28

19 Oct 2023 – Thursday of Week 28 Optional Memorials: Ss John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, slain with six companions by the Huron and Iroquois Indians in 1646/9; St Paul of the Cross, 1694-1775 founder of the Passionists, tended the sick, dying and the lapsed. 1st Reading: Romans 3:21-30…

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18 Oct 2023 – Saint Luke, Evangelist

18 Oct 2023 – Saint Luke, Evangelist 1st Reading: 2 Timothy 4:10-17 Only Luke is with Paul, at this final stage in his imprisonment Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone…

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17 Oct 2023 – Tuesday of Week 28

17 Oct 2023 – Tuesday of Week 28 Memorial: St Ignatius of Antioch, bishop, died in Rome c 107, preached Christian unity through the Eucharist and around the local bishop. 1st Reading: Romans 1:16-25 Refusal to worship the true God leads to immorality I am not ashamed of the gospel;…

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16 Oct 2023 – Monday of Week 28

16 Oct 2023 – Monday of Week 28 Optional Memorials: St Hedwig, 1174-1243; St Margaret Mary Alacoque, 1647-1690, famous for devotion to the Sacred Heart; St Gall, companion of Columbanus, set up monastery of St Gallen, died around 630. 1st Reading: Romans 1:1-7 Jesus, descendant of David is recognised as…

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14 Oct 2023 – Saturday of Week 27

14 Oct 2023 – Saturday of Week 27 Optional Memorial: St Callistus 1, became Pope in 217, opposed by Hippolytus, died at teh hands of a mob in 222. 1st Reading: Joel 4:12-21 A time of peace and prosperity will come to God’s holy mountain The Lord says: “Let the…

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13 Oct 2023 – Friday of Week 27

13 Oct 2023 – Friday of Week 27 1st Reading: Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2 A call to fasting and prayer, for the day of the Lord is near Priests, put on sackcloth and lament; wail, you ministers of the altar. Come, pass the night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God!…

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12 Oct 2023 – Thursday of Week 27

12 Oct 2023 – Thursday of Week 27 1st Reading: Malachi 3:13-18 Religion seems to brings no benefit. Yet on the day of the Lord all will be revealed You have spoken harsh words against me, says the Lord. Yet you say, “How have we spoken against you?” You have…

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11 Oct 2023 – Wednesday of Week 27

11 Oct 2023 – Wednesday of Week 27 Optional Memorials: St John XX111, 1881-1963, elected Pope 28 Oct 1958. Called the Second Vatican Council. St Canice, born in Derry c527, died in 603. Friend of Columba, set up churches, most notably Aghaboe, Ossory, replaced centuries later by his church in Kilkenny….

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10 Oct 2023 – Tuesday of Week 27

10 Oct 2023 – Tuesday of Week 27 1st Reading: Jonah 3:1-10 At Jonah’s preaching, the Ninevites and their king repent and so their city is spared The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to…

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09 Oct 2023 – Monday of Week 27

09 Oct 2023 – Monday of Week 27 Optional Memorials: St John Henry Newman, canonised 13 Oct 2019, received into the Catholic Church on 9 Oct 1845, associated with the Catholic University of Ireland where he was Rector 1854-58. St Denis and Companions Rusticus and Eleutherius martyred in 258 in…

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07 Oct 2023 – Our Lady of the Rosary

07 Oct 2023 – Our Lady of the Rosary This feast commemorates the Christian naval victory over the Turks (at Lepanto 1571). Our Lady is daily honoured in the Rosary, which invites us to meditate the mysteries of the life, death and resurrection of Christ her son. 1st Reading: Acts…

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06 Oct 2023 – Friday of Week 26

06 Oct 2023 – Friday of Week 26 Optional Memorial: St Bruno, 1032-1101, founded the Carthusians at La Grande Chartreuse. 1st Reading: Baruch 1:15-22 From our time in Egypt until now, we have disregarded the voice of the Lord The Lord our God is in the right, but there is…

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05 Oct 2023 – Thursday of Week 26

05 Oct 2023 – Thursday of Week 26 Optional Memorial: St Faustina, Polish, 1903-38, Sister of Our Lady of Mercy. Inspired the worldwide Divine Mercy movement. 1st Reading: Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7-12 Ezra gets his people to renew their loyalty to God and to share their gifts In the seventh…

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04 Oct 2023 – Wednesday of Week 26

04 Oct 2023 – Wednesday of Week 26 SYNOD LAUNCHES IN ROME TODAY… Memorial: St Francis 1181-1226, founded the Friars Minor, and with St Clare, The Poor Clares. Patron of ecologists. 1st Reading: Nehemiah 2:1-8 King Artaxerxes sends Nehemiah to Jerusalem, to restore its walls and graves In the month…

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03 Oct 2023 – Tuesday of Week 26

03 Oct 2023 – Tuesday of Week 26 Optional Memorial: Bl Columba Marmion, born in Dublin 1858, ordained in Rome 1881, CC Dundrum, Prof in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, entered Abbey of Maredsous, Belgium 1886, Abbatial blessing 3 Oct 1909, died 30 Jan 1923. Beatified 3 Sept 2000. Wrote Christ, the…

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02 Oct 2023 – The Holy Guardian Angels

02 Oct 2023 – The Holy Guardian Angels 1st Reading: Exodus 23:20-23 I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way The Lord spoke to Moses and the people during their journey across the desert desert: ‘I am going to send an…

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30 Sept 2023 – Saturday of Week 25

30 Sept 2023 – Saturday of Week 25 Memorial: St Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church, 340-420, translated the Bible into Latin, (the Vulgate) and wrote commentaries of Sacred Scripture. Patron of librarians. 1st Reading: Zechariah 2:1-4, 10-11 Jerusalem will be a centre of peace where many will come…

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29 September 2023 – The holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

29 September 2023 – The holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael 1st Reading: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 The vision of the Ancient One and the Son of Man, in glorious splendour As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne, his clothing was white as…

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28 Sept 2023 – Thursday of Week 25

28 Sept 2023 – Thursday of Week 25 Optional Memorials; Ss Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, martyred in Nagasaki, Japan 1633-7. Also St Wenceslaus, 907-29, prince of Bohemia, killed by his brother. Patron of brewers. 1st Reading: Haggai 1:1-8 Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the temple…

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27 Sept 2023 – Wednesday of Week 25

27 Sept 2023 – Wednesday of Week 25 Memorial: St Vincent de Paul, 1581-1660, priest and founder of the Vincentians and the Daughters of Charity (1633). Patron of all charitable works. 1st Reading: Ezra 9:5-9 At the time of the evening sacrifice, Ezra declares God’s mercy At the evening sacrifice…

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26 Sept 2023 – Tuesday of Week 25

26 Sept 2023 – Tuesday of Week 25 Optional Memorial: Ss Cosmos and Damian, early Syrian martyrs, patrons of physicians. 1st Reading: Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20 How the Jews rebuilt and rededicated their temple King Darius decreed: “Do not impede the work on this house of God; let the governor…

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25 Sept 2023 – Monday of Week 25

25 Sept 2023 – Monday of Week 25 Optional Memorial: St Finbarr, bishop, lived in Gougane Barra as a hermit, later moved to Cork. 1st Reading: Ezra 1:1-6 Cyrus lets the Jews return home and makes their neighbours help them rebuild the temple In the first year of King Cyrus…

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23 Sept 2023 – Saturday of Week 24

23 Sept 2023 – Saturday of Week 24 Memorial: St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), d 23 Sept 1968, Capuchin friar, stigmatist, confessor, friend of all who suffer. 1st Reading: 1 Timothy 6:13-16 Live without reproach until Jesus Christ returns in glory In the presence of God, who gives life…

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22 Sept 2023 – Friday of Week 24

22 Sept 2023 – Friday of Week 24 1st Reading: 1 Timothy 6:2-12 The value of good order, detachment from wealth and living one’s faith These are the duties you must teach and urge the community to follow. Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of…

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21 September 2023 – Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

21 September 2023 – Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist 1st Reading: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 The Church is one body, under the leadership of the apostles I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all…

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20 Sept 2023 – Wednesday of Week 24

20 Sept 2023 – Wednesday of Week 24 Memorial: Ss Andrew Kim Tae-gôn, priests, Paul ChôngHa-sang and Companions, martyrs – the first Korean priest and a catechist, and 101 others were martyred 1839-67. 1st Reading: 1 Timothy 3:14-16 The church is entrusted with the mystery of salvation, meant for the…

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19 Sept 2023 – Tuesday of Week 24

19 Sept 2023 – Tuesday of Week 24 Optional Memorial: St Januarius, bishop and martyr. 1st Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-13 Qualities needed in church officials–hospitable, respected, truthful, skilled managers The saying is sure: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task. Now a bishop must be above…

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18 Sept 2023 – Monday of Week 24

18 Sept 2023 – Monday of Week 24 1st Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Prayers for the civil authorities, for peaceful governance First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may…

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16 Sept 2023 – Saturday of Week 23

16 Sept 2023 – Saturday of Week 23 Memorial: St Cornelius, pope (in 251) – patron of cattle and domestic animals. Also St Cyprian, 210-58, bishop of Carthage – martyred. 1st Reading: 1 Timothy 1:15-17 Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. All are called The saying is…

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15 September 2023 – Our Lady of Sorrows

15 September 2023 – Our Lady of Sorrows 1st Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9 Even Jesus learned obedience through what he suffered In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he…

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14 September 2023 – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

14 September 2023 – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross 1st Reading: Numbers 21:5-9 When the serpents bit the people, the statue of a bronze serpent brought them healing The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the…

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13 Sept 2023 – Wednesday of Week 23

13 Sept 2023 – Wednesday of Week 23 Memorial: St John Chrysostom 347-407, Greek, the ‘Golden Mouthed Preacher’, was AB of Constantinople. Die din exile. Patron saint of preachers. 1st Reading: Colossians 3:1-11 You have been raised with Christ, so set your heart where Christ is If you have been…

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12 Sept 2023 – Tuesday of Week 23

12 Sept 2023 – Tuesday of Week 23 Optional Memorials: The Most Holy Name of Mary – use Gal 4:4-7 or Eph 1:3-6; Ps Lk 1:46-55; Lk 1: 39-47 – Lect 11:1438, 1432, 1444. St Ailbe, died in 528, founded monastery at Emly. A 9th century Rule bears his name. 1st…

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11 Sept 2023 – Monday of Week 23

11 Sept 2023 – Monday of Week 23 1st Reading: Colossians 1:24-2:3 To spread the faith, Paul suffers on behalf of the Church I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of…

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09 Sept 2023 – Saturday of Week 22

09 Sept 2023 – Saturday of Week 22 Memorial: St Ciarán, abbot, born c 512 in Roscommon, founded Clonmacnoise monastery, died aged 33 during its construction. 1st Reading: Colossians 1:21-23 Hold the faith firmly, to come before God free of all blame You who were once estranged and hostile in…

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08 Sept 2023 – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

08 Sept 2023 – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Micah 5:1-4 Now you are walled around with a wall; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the ruler of Israel upon the cheek. But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little…

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07 Sept 2023 – Thursday of Week 22

07 Sept 2023 – Thursday of Week 22 1st Reading: Colossians 1:9-14 We can endure whatever comes, being rescued from the power of darkness For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge…

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06 Sept 2023 – Wednesday of Week 22

06 Sept 2023 – Wednesday of Week 22 1st Reading: Colossians 1:1-8 Paul commends “love to the saints” and Christian growth Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to…

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05 Sept 2023 – Tuesday of Week 22

05 Sept 2023 – Tuesday of Week 22 1st Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11 The day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. Be ready Concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves…

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4 Sept 2023 – Monday of Week 22

4 Sept 2023 – Monday of Week 22 Optional Memorial: St Mac Nissi, 5th-6th century, baptised by St Patrick, set up a hermitage in Connor (Down & Connor). 1st Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 We will be reunited with our deceased when Christ returns We do not want you to be…

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2 Sept 2023 – Saturday of Week 21

2 Sept 2023 – Saturday of Week 21 1st Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11 To live lovingly and responsibly Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed…

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1 Sept 23 – Friday of Week 21

1 Sept 23 – Friday of Week 21 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Pope Francis has established 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home. The day is inspired by Pope…

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31 Aug 2023 – Thursday of Week 21

31 Aug 2023 – Thursday of Week 21 Optional Memorial: St Aidan of Lindisfarne, monk of Irish descent in Iona. Headed to Lindisfarne at the invitation of the King of Northumbria and died there in 651. 1st Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:7-13 Paul recalls the faith of the Thessalonians and prays…

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30 Aug 2023 – Wednesday of Week 21

30 Aug 2023 – Wednesday of Week 21 Optional memorial: St Fiacre, Irish monk, travelled to Normandy and met Faro, patron of Irish pilgrims at Meaux. Fiacre was given a hermitage near Breuil and stayed until his death c 651. 1st Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 The gospel is no mere…

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29 Aug 23 – The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

29 Aug 23 – The Passion of Saint John the Baptist 1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:17-19 Like Jeremiah, we must speak out against domineering rulers But as for you, gird up your loins; stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not break down before them, or I…

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28 Aug 2023 – Monday of Week 21

28 Aug 2023 – Monday of Week 21 Memorial: St Augustine, 354-430, Bishop of Hippo and a serious theologian! Big on grace and left a a huge theological influence on the Church. Patron of theologians. 1st Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8-10 Paul recalls the dramatic conversion of the people of…

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26 Aug 2023 – Saturday of Week 20

26 Aug 2023 – Saturday of Week 20 1st Reading: Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17 How Ruth the foreigner came to become king David’s great grandmother Naomi had a kinsman on her husband’s side, a prominent rich man, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabite…

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25 Aug 2023 – Friday of Week 20

25 Aug 2023 – Friday of Week 20 Optional Memorials: St Louis of France, 1214-70, King of France, father of 11 children, Franciscan tertiary, died in Tunisia on his second Crusade. Patron French monarchy and military, and barbers. St Joseph Calasanz, 1556-1648, founded the Piarists to run free schools. Patron of…

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24 Aug 23 – Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

24 Aug 23 – Saint Bartholomew, Apostle 1st Reading: Revelation 21:9-14 The City of God has 12 gates, representing the 12 apostles Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the…

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23 Aug 2023 – Wednesday of Week 20

23 Aug 2023 – Wednesday of Week 20 Optional Memorials: St Rose of Lima, 1586-1617, Dominican tertiary, seen as originator of social services in Peru.                                                   …

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22 Aug 2023 – The Queenship of Mary

22 Aug 2023 – The Queenship of Mary 1st Reading: Isaiah 9:1-6 God’s promise of joy and restoration to those who sat in darkness There will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land…

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21 Aug 2023 – Monday of Week 20

21 Aug 2023 – Monday of Week 20 Memorial: St Pius X, 1835-1914, Cardinal Patriarch of Venice before he became Pope in 1903. 1st Reading: Judges 2:11-19 The era of the Judges alternates between falling away and being restored Then Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the…

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19 Aug 2023 – Saturday of Week 19

19 Aug 2023 – Saturday of Week 19 Optional Memorial: St John Eudes, 1601-1680, from Normandy, France, founded a congregation and Sisters of Our Lady of Charity and Refuge, promoted the Sacred Heart. 1st Reading: Joshua 24:14-29 At the covenant ceremony at Shechem, the whole people promise loyalty to God…

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18 Aug 2023 – Friday Week 19 (1)

18 Aug 2023 – Friday Week 19 (1) 1st Reading: Joshua 24:1-13 Joshua narrates God’s help to Israel, from the patriarchs to entering the Promised Land Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and…

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17 Aug 2023 – Thursday of Week 19 Memorial: Our Lady of Knock – Readings, Lect 11: 1421-1449 ‘I saw everything distinctly. The figures were full and round as if they had a body and were alive. They said nothing, but as we approached, they seemed to go back a little…

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16 Aug 2023 – Wednesday of Week 19

16 Aug 2023 – Wednesday of Week 19 Optional Memorial: St Stephen of Hungary, 975-1038, first King of Hungary and teh country’s patron saint. 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 The great Moses dies within sight of the Promised Land Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to…

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15 August 2023 – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

15 August 2023 – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1st Reading: Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 The woman and the dragon depicted the persecuted church; but came to include the Assumption of our Lady Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen…

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14 Aug 2023 – Monday of Week 19

14 Aug 2023 – Monday of Week 19 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 10:12-22 God’s chosen people must show mercy to foreigners, the orphan and the widow And Moses said to th people, “So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your…

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12 Aug 2023 – Saturday of Week 18

12 Aug 2023 – Saturday of Week 18 (Feast in Achonry): St Attracta – 6th or 7th century, great healer who had convents noted for hospitality and charity for the poor.                                       …

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11 Aug 2023 – Friday of Week 18

11 Aug 2023 – Friday of Week 18 Memorial: St Clare, 1193-1253, follower of St Francis, founder of the Poor Clares. Patron of television. 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 4:32-40 Moses calls the people to appreciate God’s works and keep God’s commands Moses said to the people: “Ask now about former ages,…

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10 Aug 2023 – St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

10 Aug 2023 – St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr Readings: 2 Cor 9:6-10; Ps 111:1-2, 5-9, R/ v5. John 12: 24-26 First Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give…

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9 Aug 2023 – Saint Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)

9 Aug 2023 – Saint Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein) 1st Reading: Hosea 2:16-17; 21-22 God’s love for his people, Israel, is like a husband’s love for a wife On that day, says the Lord, you will call me, “My husband,” and no longer will you call me, “My Baal.” For…

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8 Aug 2023 – Tuesday of Week 18

8 Aug 2023 – Tuesday of Week 18 Memorial: St Dominic, 1170-1221, a Spaniard who founded the Dominicans the Order of Preachers – OPs) 1st Reading: Numbers 12:1-13 Despite the envy of Aaron and Miriam God appoints Moses as supreme leader of his people Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses…

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7 Aug 2023 – Monday of Week 18

7 Aug 2023 – Monday of Week 18 Optional Memorials: Ss Sixtus 11, pope, and Companions, martyrs – died in 258.            St Cajetan, 1480-1547, founded the Theatines to renew sacramental life in the Church. 1st Reading: Numbers 11:4-15 A rebellion during the Exodus from Egypt…

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5 Aug 2023 – Saturday of Week 17

5 Aug 2023 – Saturday of Week 17 Optional Memorial: Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major, built by Pope Sixtus 111 after the Council of Ephesus (431), the first church in the West named in honour of the Mother of God. Alternative readings: Apoc 21: 1-5. Ps Jdt…

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4 Aug 2023 – Friday of Week 17

4 Aug 2023 – Friday of Week 17 Memorial: St John Mary Vianney 1786-1859, the Curé d’Ars. Patron of priests. 1st Reading: Leviticus 23:1, 4-11 etc Sacred festivals of Pasch, Pentecost, Atonement and Tabernacles The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: These are the appointed festivals of the Lord, the holy…

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3 Aug 2023 – Thursday of Week 17

3 Aug 2023 – Thursday of Week 17 1st Reading: Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38 The tabernacle and its contents are consecrated and God’s glory settles there Moses did everything just as the Lord had commanded him. In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month,…

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2 Aug 2023 – Wednesday of Week 17

2 Aug 2023 – Wednesday of Week 17 World Youth Day – 1-6 August, Lisbon, Portugal. Optional Memorials: St Eusebius of Vercelli, preacher against Arianism. St Peter Julian Eymard 1811-68, established the Blessed Sacrament Fathers and (with help from Marguerite Guillot) the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, 1st Reading: Exodus…

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1 Aug 2023 – Tuesday of Week 17

1 Aug 2023 – Tuesday of Week 17 Memorial: St Alphonsus Liguoiri 1696-1787, founder of the Reds, popular preacher and influential writer of theology. 1st Reading: Exodus 33:7-11; etc Moses face to face with God, fasts 40 days and receives the Ten Commandments Now Moses used to take the tent…

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31 July 2023 – Monday of Week 17

31 July 2023 – Monday of Week 17 Memorial: St Ignatius of Loyola 1491-1556, Spanish, founder of the Jesuits, wrote the Spiritual Exercises. 1st Reading: Exodus 32:15-24 etc Despite the scandal of the golden calf, Moses leads his people on toward the Promised Land Then Moses turned and went down…

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29 July 2023 – Saturday of Week 16 

29 July 2023 – Saturday of Week 16 Memorial: Ss Mary, Martha and Lazarus 1st Reading: 1 John 4:7-16 Anyone who really loves is born of God and knows God Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever…

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28 July 2023 – Friday of Week 16

28 July 2023 – Friday of Week 16 1st Reading: Exodus 20:1-17 On Mount Sinai God gives the Commandments to Moses Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall…

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27 July 2023 – Thursday of Week 16

27 July 2023 – Thursday of Week 16 1st Reading: Exodus 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20 On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of…

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26 July 2023 – Wednesday of Week 16

26 July 2023 – Wednesday of Week 16 Memorial: Ss Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 1st Reading: Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15 The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim; and Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the…

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25 July 2023 – St James, Apostle

25 July 2023 – St James, Apostle 1st Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 Although only a “clay jar” Paul is willing to die, that others may live But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does…

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24 July 2023 – Monday of Week 16

24 July 2023 – Monday of Week 16 Optional Memorials: St Declan, pre-Patrician saint, of noble birth, ordained in Europe, maybe a bishop, settled in Ardmore, Waterford, evangelised the Déise gang! St Sharbel Makhlüf, Lebanese monk, ordained in 1859, a hermit from 1875, died in 1898, great devotion to the…

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22 July 23 – St Mary Magdalene

22 July 23 – St Mary Magdalene 1st Reading (Option 1): Song of Songs (3: 1-4 I have found him whom my heart loves. The bride says this: On my bed, at night, I sought him whom my heart loves. I sought but did not find him. So I will…

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21 July 2023 – Friday of Week 15

21 July 2023 – Friday of Week 15 Optional Memorial: St Lawrence of Brindisi, 1559-1619, Counter-Reformation preacher. 1st Reading: Exodus 11:10-12:14 Passover is a reminder of our deliverance from slavery and death Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did…

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20 July 2023 – Thursday of Week 15

20 July 2023 – Thursday of Week 15 Optional Memorial: St Apollinaris, second century martyr, bishop of Classis. 1st Reading: Exodus 3:13-20 The name Yahweh : I am who/what I am Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors…

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19 July 2023 – Wednesday of Week 15

19 July 2023 – Wednesday of Week 15 1st Reading: Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12 Revelation to Moses at the burning bush, at Mount Horeb/Sinai Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of…

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18 July 2023 – Tuesday of Week 15

18 July 2023 – Tuesday of Week 15 1st Reading: Exodus 2:1-15 Moses flees from the Egyptian court to the desert after killing an Egyptian A man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that…

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17 July 2023 – Monday of Week 15

17 July 2023 – Monday of Week 15 1st Reading: Exodus 1:8-14, 22 A new Pharaoh enslaves the Israelites and threatens them with extinction Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more…

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15 July 2023 – Saturday of Week 14

15 July 2023 – Saturday of Week 14 Memorial: St Bonaventure, 1221-74, born in Tuscany, Minister General of the Frans, became Cardinal AB of Albano, theologian at the Council of Lyons. 1st Reading: Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26 Then Jacob gave his sons this charge, “I am about to be gathered to…

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14 July 2023 – Friday of Week 14

14 July 2023 – Friday of Week 14 Optional Memorial: St Camillus de Lellis, 1550-1614, a gambling soldier, used to rough and rowdy ways, converted at 25, worked with the sick, founded hospitals. Patron of nurses, hospitals and the sick. 1st Reading: Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30 Jacob joyfully meets his long-lost…

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13 July 2023 – Thursday of Week 14

13 July 2023 – Thursday of Week 14 Optional Memorial: St Henry, 973-1024, Duke of Bavaria and later emperor, a just, humble and prayerful reformer. 1st Reading: Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5 After Judah’s report, Joseph reveals himself to his brothers Judah went up to [his brother Joseph] and said, “O…

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12 July 2023 – Wednesday of Week 14

12 July 2023 – Wednesday of Week 14 1st Reading: Genesis 41-42 When Joseph’s brothers come to buy grain, he sends them back for for Benjamin When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph;…

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Tues 11 July 23 – Saint Benedict of Nursia

July 11. Saint Benedict of Nursia 1st Reading: Proverbs (2:1-10 The value of wisdom, devotion and fear of the Lord, so exemplified in Saint Benedict My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to…

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10 July 2023 – Monday of Week 14

10 July 2023 – Monday of Week 14 1st Reading: Genesis 28:10-22 Jacob dreams of a ladder stretching between heaven and earth, with angels ascending and descending Jacob left Beer-sheva and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had…

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8 July 2023 – Saturday of Week 13

8 July 2023 – Saturday of Week 13 Optional Memorial: St Killian, born in Mullagh, Kilmore (Ronan Drury country!), left here and became known as the Apostle of Thuringia (central Germany) and eastern Franconia (Bavaria). Martyred in 689 with Kolonat and Totnan. Strong devotion in Würzburg (and Bavaria) where his…

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7 July 2023 – Friday of Week 13

7 July 2023 – Friday of Week 13 Optional Memorial: St Maelruain, bishop and abbot, founded the monastery at Tallaght, Dublin in 774. Introduced the Célí Dé reform, died in 792. 1st Reading: Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67 The burial of Sarah. Abraham finds a wife for Isaac Sarah lived…

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6 July 2023 – Thursday of Week 13

6 July 2023 – Thursday of Week 13 Optional Memorials: St Maria Goretti, 1890-1902, stabbed to death in defence of her virtue; St Moninne of Killeavy, died c 517, founded a community in Sliabh Gullion, Armagh, living an eremitical life based on Elijah and St John the Baptist. 1st Reading:…

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5 July 2023 – Wednesday of Week 13

5 July 2023 – Wednesday of Week 13 Optional Memorial: St Anthony Zaccaria, 1502.-39, founded the Barnabites 1st Reading: Genesis 21:5, 8-20 Abraham drives out the slave-wife Hagar and her son Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham playing with her son Isaac; so she…

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4 July 2023 – Tuesday of Week 13

4 July 2023 – Tuesday of Week 13 Optional Memorial: St Elizabeth of Portugal, 1271-1336. 1st Reading: Genesis 19:15-29 Before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, God saved Lot and his family When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Get up, take your wife and your two daughters away from here,…

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Monday, July 3, 2023 – St Thomas, Apostle (Feast)

Monday, July 3, 2023 – St Thomas, Apostle (Feast) First reading Ephesians 2:19-22 In Christ you are no longer aliens, but citizens like us You are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building…

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1 July 2023 – Saturday of Week 12

1 July 2023 – Saturday of Week 12 Memorial: St Oliver Plunkett, ordained in Rome in 1654, AB of Armagh in 1669. Hanged, drawn and quartered in Tyburn, London on 1 July 1681, the last Catholic to die for the faith at Tyburn. Beatified in 1920, canonised by Pope Paul…

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30 June 2023 – Friday of Week 12

30 June 2023 – Friday of Week 12 Optional Memorial: The First Martyrs of Rome, in addition to Ss Peter and Paul, died under Nero in 64. 1st Reading: Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 Abram’s name is changed. The promised child will be God’s special gift When Abram was ninety-nine years…

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Thursday 29 June 2023 – Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Thursday 29 June 2023 – Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles 1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11 Peter is imprisoned, but an angel sets him free to continue leading the church About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John,…

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28 June 2023 – Wednesday of Week 12

28 June 2023 – Wednesday of Week 12 Memorial: St Iranaeus lived just after teh Apostles, Bishop of Lyons in Gaul, bishop and martyr. 1st Reading: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 God’s promise of descendants to Abraham is renewed The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not…

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27 June 2023 – Tuesday of Week 12

27 June 2023 – Tuesday of Week 12 Optional Memorial: St Cyril of Alexandria, c 376-444, bishop and doctor of the church. Fought against Nestorianism at the Council of Ephesus, which proclaimed Mary teh Mother of God. 1st Reading: Genesis 13:2, 5-18 The herdsmen of Abram and Lot quarrel, and…

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26 June 2023 – Monday of Week 12

26 June 2023 – Monday of Week 12 1st Reading: Genesis 12:1-9 God calls Abram to “go to the land that I will show you.” This brings a blessing on all mankind Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to…

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24 June 2023 – Birth of Saint John the Baptist

24 June 2023 – Birth of Saint John the Baptist (Vigil Mass: Jer 1:4-10. Ps 70:1-6, 15, 17, R/ v 6; 1 Pet 1:8-12; Lk 1:5-15.        Lect 1:973 or 11:1070)  1st Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6 The Lord called me before I was born; in my mother’s womb he…

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23 June 2023 – Friday of Week 11

23 June 2023 – Friday of Week 11 1st Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30 Paul boasts about his hardships in carrying out his ministry My brethren, since many others boast according to human standards, I will also boast. To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that….

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22 June 2023 – Thursday of Week 11

22 June 2023 – Thursday of Week 11 Optional Memorials: St Paulinus of Nola, 355-431, bishop. St John Fisher 1469-1535, and built Christs’ and St johns’ Colleges, Cambridge as Vice-Chancellor. Bishop of Rochester, martyred. Thomas More 1478-1535, the first commoner to be Lord Chancellor of England, martyred under Henry VIII….

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21 June 2023 – Wednesday of Week 11

21 June 2023 – Wednesday of Week 11 1st Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 Reaping what we sow Brothers and sisters, here is the point: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you must give as you…

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20 June 2023 – Tuesday of Week 11

20 June 2023 – Tuesday of Week 11 Memorial: The Irish Martyrs – see Ordo page 188 for list. 1st Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 Those who generously helped to finance Paul’s mission were richly blessed We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been…

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19 June 2023 – Monday of Week 11

19 June 2023 – Monday of Week 11 Optional Memorial: St Romuald, monk who established monasteries in Tuscany, died in 1027. Bl Dermot O’Hurley and Companions: AB of Cashel martyred in 1584. His companions are Bp Terence Albert O’Brien OP, John Kearney OFM and William Tirry OSA. 1st Reading: 2…

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17 June 2013 – The Immaculate Heart of Mary

17 June 2013 – The Immaculate Heart of Mary 1st Reading: Isaiah 61:9-11 I will greatly rejoice, my whole being shall exult in my God Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people…

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16 June 2023 – Friday, The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Year A

16 June 2023 – Friday, The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Year A 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 7:6-11 God has chosen you because he loves you Moses said to the people: ‘You are a people consecrated to the Lord your God; it is you that the Lord our God has chosen…

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15 June 2023 – Thursday of Week 10

15 June 2023 – Thursday of Week 10 1st Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:15-4:1, 3-6 God has shone in our minds to radiate the light of God’s glory My brethren, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; but when one turns to the Lord,…

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14 June 2023 – Wednesday of Week 10

14 June 2023 – Wednesday of Week 10 Optional Memorial: St Davnet, lived and died at Tydavet at Sliabh Beagh, Co Monaghan, virgin and founder of a church or monastery. A bachall (staff) of hers has been preserved and was used as a test for truth 1st Reading: 2 Corinthians…

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13 June 2023 – Tuesday of Week 10

13 June 2023 – Tuesday of Week 10 Memorial: St Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor of the Church 1st Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 God has reconciled us and given us the ministry of reconciliation For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has…

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12 June 2023 – Monday of Week 10

12 June 2023 – Monday of Week 10 1st Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7 God comforts us in our troubles so we may comfort others Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is in Corinth, including all…

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10 June 2023 – Saturday of Week 9

10 June 2023 – Saturday of Week 9 Optional Memorial: St Ephrem the Syrian c. 306-373, native of Mesopotamia, moved to Edessa in Turkey, Scripture commentator, defender against Arianism, devoted to Our Lady. 1st Reading: Tobit 12:1, 5-15 etc The wedding of Tobias and Sarah When the wedding celebration was…

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9 June 2023 – Feastday of St Columba (Colum Cille) 

9 June 2023 – Feastday of St Columba (Colum Cille) Feast: St Columba, Abbot, Missionary. Columba, also known as Colum Cille, was born in Gartan, County Donegal in 521 and was of royal lineage. He studied under Finnian of Moville and Finnian of Clonard. He founded monasteries in Deny, Durrow,…

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8 June 2023 – Thursday of Week 9

8 June 2023 – Thursday of Week 9 1st Reading: Tobit 6-8 (passim The marriage celebration of Tobias and Sarah, and their devout partnership When he entered Media and was approaching Ecbatana, Raphael said to the young man, “Brother Tobias.” “Here I am,” he answered. Then Raphael said to him,…

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7 June 2023 – Wednesday of Week 9

7 June 2023 – Wednesday of Week 9 Optional Memorial: St Colman (Mocholmos) spent most of his life in Dromore, Co Down. 1st Reading: Tobit 3:1-17 Tobit and Sarah pray to God in deepest anguish; they beg God to let them die Then with much grief and anguish of heart…

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6 June 2023 – Tuesday of Week 9

6 June 2023 – Tuesday of Week 9 Optional Memorials: St Norbert 1080-1134, founder of the Norbertine Canons.         St Jarlath, disciple of St Enda, also taught by St Benignus, became abbot bishop of the monastery he founded in Tuam in the 6th century. Patron of Tuam Archdiocese….

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5 June 2023 – Monday of Week 9

5 June 2023 – Monday of Week 9 Optional Memorial: St Boniface c. 675-754, born in Devonshire, educated in English monastery schools, founded monasteries in Bavaria, including Fulda in 735. 1st Reading: Tobit 1:3; 2:1-8 In exile far from home, Tobit still cares for his neighbours I, Tobit, walked in…

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3 June 2023 – Saturday of Week 8

3 June 2023 – Saturday of Week 8 Memorial: St Kevin, native of Leinster, grew up in Kilnamanagh, moved to Glendalough, settled in Disert Caoimhghin. Died in 618. 1st Reading: Sirach 51:12-20 In praise of Wisdom You of Lord saved me from destruction and rescued me in time of trouble….

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2 June 2023 – Friday of Week 8

2 June 2023 – Friday of Week 8 Optional Memorial : Ss Marcellinus and Peter, martyred under Diocletian in 304. 1st Reading: Sirach 44:1, 9-13 Remembering our ancestors with respect Let us now sing the praises of famous men, our ancestors in their generations. But of others there is no…

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1 June 2023 – Thursday of Week 8

1 June 2023 – Thursday of Week 8 Optional Memorial: St Justin – born in the holy Land, settled in Rome, martyred c 165. 1st Reading: Sirach 42:15-25 God fills the universe with an infinite variety of life, strange and marvellous In his majesty he gives the clouds their strength,…

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Wed 31 May 2023 – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wed 31 May 2023 – 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,…

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30 May 2023 – Tuesday of Week 8

30 May 2023 – Tuesday of Week 8 1st Reading: Sirach 35:1-12 The wise person is generous to the poor and abhors extortion The one who keeps the law makes many offerings; one who heeds the commandments makes an offering of well-being. The one who returns a kindness offers choice…

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29 May 2023 – Monday – The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

29 May 2023 – Monday – The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church 1st Reading: Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Enmity between the serpent and the woman But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”He said, “I heard the sound of you in the…

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27 May 2023 – Saturday of Week 7 of Easter

27 May 2023 – Saturday of Week 7 of Easter 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 was guarding him. Three days later he called together…

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26 May 2023 – Friday of Week 7 of Easter

26 May 2023 – Friday of Week 7 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Philip Neri, 1515-1595, founded the Congregation of the Oratory to foster good preaching and promote priestly holiness. 1st Reading: Acts 25:13-21 Paul, in prison at Caesarea, explains his predicament to king Agrippa After several days had passed,…

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25 May 2023 – Thursday of Week 7 of Easter

25 May 2023 – Thursday of Week 7 of Easter Optional Memorials: St Bede the Venerable, 673-735, monk of Jarrow, historian and biblical commentator. Patron of scholars. St Gregory V11, c1025-1085, Hildebrand of Tuscany was a Cluniac monk in Rome, became a reforming pope who died in exile in Salerno….

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24 May 2023 – Wednesday of Week 7 of Easter

24 May 2023 – Wednesday of Week 7 of Easter World Day of Prayer for the Church in China 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 church] ” Keep watch over yourselves and over…

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23 May 2023 – Tuesday of Week 7 of Easter

23 May 2023 – Tuesday of Week 7 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 20:17-27 Paul’s testament to church leaders, on his way to Jerusalem From Miletus Paul sent a message to Ephesus, asking the elders of the church to meet him. When they came to him, Paul said: “You yourselves…

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22 May 2023 – Monday of Week 7 of Easter

22 May 2023 – Monday of Week 7 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Rita of Cascia, 1386-1457, a widow who entered the Augustinian convent, spending 40 years in prayer and charity, and working for peace. 1st Reading: Acts 19:1-8 In Ephesus, followers of John the Baptist become full members of…

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20 May 2023 – Saturday of Week 6

20 May 2023 – Saturday of Week 6 Optional Memorial: St Bernardine, 1380-1444, a Franciscan preacher who promoted devotion to The Holy Name and to St Joseph. 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…

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19 May 2023 – Friday of Week 6 of Easter

19 May 2023 – Friday of Week 6 of Easter 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 I am…

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18 May 2023 – Thursday of Week 6 of Easter

18 May 2023 – Thursday of Week 6 of Easter Optional Memorial: St John 1, pope and martyr, first Bishop of Rome to visit Constantinople. Involved in Arian controversies, imprisoned at Ravenna, where he died in 526. 1st Reading: Acts 18:1-8 The early days of Paul’s mission in Corinth, and…

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17 May 2023 – Wednesday of Week 6 of Easter

17 May 2023 – Wednesday of Week 6 of Easter 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; and after being asked to have Silas and Timothy join…

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16 May 2023 – Tuesday of Week 6 of Easter

16 May 2023 – Tuesday of Week 6 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Brendan, a Kerryman born in 486, went to Scotland and probably further. Founded a monastery in Clonfert in 568, died there in 578. 1st Reading: Acts 16:22-34 By their courage, Paul and Barnabas win new converts, in…

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15 May 2023 – Monday of Week 6 of Easter

15 May 2023 – Monday of Week 6 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Carthage (or Mochuta), Kerry bishop who moved to Lismore. Died in 638. 1st Reading: Acts 16:11-15 When Paul reaches Philippi, Lydia becomes his first European convert We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to…

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13 May 2023 – Saturday of Week 5

13 May 2023 – Saturday of Week 5 Optional Memorial: Our Lady of Fatima Is 61:9-11. Ps 44:11-12, 14-17, R/ v11. Jn 15:18-21 Lect 11: 1431, 1426, 1448. Apparitions to three children began on 13 May 1917. Final apparition was on 13 Oct when the ‘Lady’ identified herself as Our…

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12 May 2023 – Friday of Week 5 of Easter

12 May 2023 – Friday of Week 5 of Easter Optional Memorials: Ss Nereus and Achilleus, martyred in 304 under Diocletian; Roman soldiers who refused service after conversion. St Pancras, a 14 year-old boy martyred in Rome at the same time, 304. 1st Reading: Acts 15:22-31 The decision of the…

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11 May 2023 – Thursday of Week 5 of Easter

11 May 2023 – 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…

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10 May 2023 – Wednesday of Week 5 of Easter

10 May 2023 – Wednesday of Week 5 of Easter Optional Memorials: St Comghall, established a monastery at Bangor 555-8 which Columbanus visited. Also founded a monastery in Tiree, Scotland. Died c 605. St John of Avila 1499-1569, priest, honoured as apostle of Andalusia. 1st Reading: Acts 15:1-6 The Council…

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9 May 2023 – Tuesday of Week 5 of Easter

9 May 2023 – Tuesday of Week 5 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 14:19-28 Paul is stoned and left for dead; but survives to continue his ministry Jews came over from Antioch and Iconium and won over the crowds. Then they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,…

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8 May 2023 – Monday of Week 5 of Easter

8 May 2023 – Monday of Week 5 of Easter Optional memorial: Bl John Sullivan, SJ, 1861-1933 was an (Gardiner St, Dublin community) Irish Jesuit priest who was known for his life of deep prayer and personal sacrifice. He is recognised for his dedicated work with the poor and afflicted,…

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6 May 2023 – Saturday of Week 4

6 May 2023 – Saturday of Week 4 1st Reading: Acts 13:44-52 After failing to convert Jews, Paul and Barnabas turn to the Gentiles The next sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with…

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5 May 2023 – Friday of Week 4 of Easter

5 May 2023 – Friday of Week 4 of Easter Optional Memorial: Bl Edmund Rice, 1762-1844, from Callan, Co Kilkenny, joined other men after his wife died, took vows to work for the Catholic education of boys – CBS. 1st Reading: Acts 13:26-33 Jesus was put to death, but raised…

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4 May 2023 – Thursday of Week 4 of Easter

4 May 2023 – Thursday of Week 4 of Easter Optional memorial: St Conleth, born in Wicklow, priested for Brigid and her community in Kildare. Buried beside Brigid. 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…

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3 May 2023 – Saints Philip and James, Apostles

3 May 2023 – 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 are…

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2 May 2023 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Easter

2 May 2023 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the Church, born at Aleaxandria c 295, ardent against the Arian heresy. 1st Reading: Acts 11:19-26 Barnabas goes to Antioch and sees the grace of God at work Those who were scattered…

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May 1st – Monday of Week 4 of Easter (St Joseph the Worker)

May 1st – Monday of Week 4 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Joseph the Worker (Gen 1:26-2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23024. Ps 89:2-4, 12-14, 16, R/ v 17. Mt 13:54-58. Lect 11:1013 – See below 1st Reading: Acts 11:1-18 By inspiration, Peter baptises the first pagan converts The apostles and…

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29 April 2023 – Saint Catherine of Siena

29 April 2023 – 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 2023 – Friday of Week 3 of Easter

28 April 2023 – Friday of Week 3 of Easter Optional Memorials: St Peter Chanel, 1803-41, priests and first martyr of Oceania. St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, 1673-1716, priests preacher who wrote about Mary and promoted the daily rosary. 1st Reading: Acts 9:1-20 On the road to Damascus, Saul…

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27 April 2023 – Thursday of Week 3 of Easter

27 April 2023 – Thursday of Week 3 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Asicus, accompanied St Patrick and was his metal work craftsman. In charge of Elphin church, founded by Patrick. 1st Reading: Acts 8:26-40 Philip’s joyful spreading of the faith Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip,…

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26 April 2023 – Wednesday of Week 3 of Easter

26 April 2023 – 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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25 April 2023 – Saint Mark, Evangelist

25 April 2023 – Saint Mark, Evangelist 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 accept…

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24 April 2023 – Monday of Week 3 of Easter

24 April 2023 – Monday of Week 3 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Fidelis of Sigmaringen, 1578-1622, a Capuchin who preached to the Calvinists in Switzerland, where he was killed by extremists. 1st Reading: Acts 6:8-15 Stephen’s preaching stirs the crowd: Is he against Moses? Stephen, full of grace and…

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22 April 2023 – Saturday of Week 2

22 April 2023 – Saturday of Week 2 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 the daily distribution of food. And…

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21 April 2023 – Friday of Week 2 of Easter

21 April 2023 – Friday of Week 2 of Easter Optional Memorial: St Anselm from Lombardy, died in 1109. 1st Reading: Acts 5:34-42 Gamaliel prudently advises his colleagues against condemning Jesus’ followers a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood…

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20 April 2023 – Thursday of Week 2 of Easter

20 April 2023 – Thursday of Week 2 of Easter 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 them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in…

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19 April 2023 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Easter

19 April 2023 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Easter 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 filled with jealousy, arrested the apostles…

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18 April 2023 – Tuesday of Week 2 of Easter

18 April 2023 – 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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17 April 2023 – Monday of Week 2 of Easter

17 April 2023 – Monday of Week 2 of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 4:23-31 The first Christian community prays for help to survive the threatened persecution After they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they…

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15 April 2023 – Easter Saturday

15 April 2023 – 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 realised that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognised them as companions…

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14 April 2023 – Easter Friday

14 April 2023 – 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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13 April 2023 – Easter Thursday

13 April 2023 – 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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12 April 2023 – Easter Wednesday

12 April 2023 – 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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11 April 2023 – Easter Tuesday

11 April 2023 – 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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10 April 2023 – Easter Monday

10 April 2023 – 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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08 April 2023 – Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Readings

08 April 2023 – Holy Saturday 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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07 April 2023 – Good Friday

07 April 2023 – 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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6 April 2023 – Holy Thursday, Years A, B, C

6 April 2023 – Holy Thursday, Years A, B, C (1) Exodus 12:1-2, 11-14 Israel’s departure from Egypt — 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 son; and when she saw…

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05 April 2023 – Wednesday of Holy Week

05 April 2023 – 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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04 April 2023 – Tuesday of Holy Week

04 April 2023 – 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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03 April 2023 – Monday of Holy Week

03 April 2023 – 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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1 April 2023 – Saturday of Week 5 of Lent

1 April 2023 – Saturday of Week 5 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Ceallach, born in 1080, abbot of Armagh and priests. A reformer who presided at the Synod of Rathbreasil in 1111. Died in 1129 and buried in Lismore. (1) Ezekiel 37:21-28 I will bring them back, and I…

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31 Mar 2023 – Friday of Week 5 of Lent

31 Mar 2023 – 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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30 Mar 2023 – Thursday of Week 5 of Lent

30 Mar 2023 – 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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29 Mar 2023 – Wednesday of Week 5 of Lent

29 Mar 2023 – 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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28 Mar 2023 – Tuesday of Week 5 of Lent

28 Mar 2023 – Tuesday of Week 5 of Lent (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 Edom; but the people became impatient on…

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27 Mar 2023 – Monday of Week 5 of Lent

27 Mar 2023 – Monday of Week 5 of Lent (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 Susanna, the daughter of Hilkiah, a very beautiful woman…

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Sat 25 Mar 2023 – The Annunciation of the Lord

Sat 25 Mar 2023 – 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…

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24 Mar 2023 – Friday of Week 4 of Lent

24 Mar 2023 – Friday of Week 4 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Macartan, First Bishop of Clogher, known as Patrick’s ‘Strong Man; for his dedication and faithfulness. (1) Wisdom 2:1, 12-22 Malice against the good foreshadows the Passion of Jesus Foolish people reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves, “Short and…

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23 March 2023 – Thursday of Week 4 of Lent

Thursday of Week 4 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Turibus of Mongrovejo, 1538-1606, a layman appointed Bishop fo Lima, Peru by King Philip 11. (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…

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22 Mar 2023 – Wednesday of Week 4 of Lent

22 Mar 2023 – 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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21 Mar 2023 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Lent

21 Mar 2023 – Tuesday of Week 4 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Enda, associated with Louth and Aran. Died c 520, one of the early models of Irish ascetic monasticism. (1) Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 Life-giving water flows out from the Temple of God Then he brought me back to…

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March 20 Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin

March (19) 20 – 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:…

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18 Mar 2023 – Saturday of Week 3 of Lent

18 Mar 2023 – Saturday of Week 3 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Cyril of Jerusalem, 315-386, catechist and administrator, suffered exile for his fight against Arianism. (1) Hosea 6:1-6 God wants our love more than ritual sacrifice “Come, let us return to the Lord; for it is he who…

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17 March: St Patrick, Patron of Ireland

17 March: St Patrick, Patron of Ireland 1st Reading: Sirach 39:6-10 Filled with the spirit of understanding If the great Lord is willing, he will be filled with the spirit of understanding; he will pour forth words of wisdom of his own and give thanks to the Lord in prayer….

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16 Mar 2023 – Thursday of Week 3 of Lent

16 Mar 2023 – Thursday of Week 3 of Lent (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 the way that I…

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15 Mar 2023 – Wednesday of Week 3 of Lent

15 Mar 2023 – Wednesday of Week 3 of Lent (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 live to enter and occupy the…

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14 Mar 2023 – Tuesday of Week 3 of Lent

14 Mar 2023 – 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 counselors, “Was it not three men that we threw bound into the fire?” They…

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13 Mar 2023 – Monday of Week 3 of Lent

13 Mar 2023 – Monday of Week 3 of Lent Tenth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. (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…

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11 Mar 2023 – Saturday of Week 2 of Lent

11 Mar 2023 – Saturday of Week 2 of Lent Optional memorial: St Aengus composed two martyrologies. A monk in Cloneragh, Co Laois (and Tallaght) who died c 824. (1) Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 Israel’s God is a God of mercy Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock that belongs…

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10 Mar 2023 – Friday of Week 2 of Lent

10 Mar 2023 – Friday of Week 2 of Lent (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 old age; and he had made…

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9 Mar 2023 – Thursday of Week 2 of Lent

9 Mar 2023 – Thursday of Week 2 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Frances of Rome, died 1440. Founded a society of women following the Rule of St Benedict and joined it after her husband died. (1) Jeremiah 17:5-10 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord rather than in…

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8 Mar 2023 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Lent

8 Mar 2023 – Wednesday of Week 2 of Lent Optional Memorials: St John of God, 1495-1550, patron saint of nurses, the sick, heart patients, printers and booksellers. St Senan, anamchara to Ciarán and Brendan, died in 544. Monastic foundation on Scattery Island near Kilrush (birthplace). (1) Jeremiah 18:18-20 In…

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7 Mar 2023 – Tuesday of Week 2 of Lent

7 Mar 2023 – Tuesday of Week 2 of Lent Optional Memorial: Ss Perpetua and Felicity, martyred in Carthage in 203. (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…

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6 Mar 2023 – Monday of Week 2 of Lent

6 Mar 2023 – Monday of Week 2 of Lent Optional Memorial (except Ossory): St Kieran, pre-Patrician Saint born in Cape Clear, Cork. Missioned abroad, returned as a hermit to Ossory where Saigir became a well-known monastery. (1) Daniel 9:4-10 Daniel’s prayer of shame and repentance I prayed to the…

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4 Mar 2023 – Saturday of Week 1 of Lent

4 Mar 2023 – Saturday of Week 1 of Lent Optional Memorial: St Casimer, 1458-84, patron saint of Poland, a peacemaker. (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…

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3 Mar 2023 – Friday of Week 1 of Lent

3 Mar 2023 – Friday of Week 1 of Lent (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 and right, they shall…

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2 Mar 2023 – Thursday of Week 1 of Lent

2 Mar 2023 – 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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1 Mar 2023 – Wednesday of Week 1 of Lent

1 Mar 2023 – Wednesday of Week 1 of Lent Optional Memorial: St David, Patron of Wales, died c 601. (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,…

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28 Feb 2023 – Tuesday of Week 1 of Lent

28 Feb 2023 – Tuesday of Week 1 of Lent (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 until they have watered the earth, making it…

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27 Feb 2023 – Monday of Week 1 of Lent

27 Feb 2023 – Monday of Week 1 of Lent Optional memorial: St Gregory of Narek, c950-1003, Armenian Church monk. mystic and poet. A Church doctor, Lamentations is his best known work, 95 ‘conversations with God’ prayers. (1) Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 Practical guidance for worship and for social compassion The Lord spoke…

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25 Feb 2023 – Sat after Ash Wednesday

25 Feb 2023 – Sat after Ash Wednesday (1) 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 remove the yoke from…

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24 Feb 2023 – Fri after Ash Wednesday

24 Feb 2023 – Fri after Ash Wednesday Worldwide Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse (1) Isaiah 58:1-9 True religion differs from merely external observance Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the…

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23 Feb 2023 – Thurs after Ash Wednesday

23 Feb 2023 – Thurs after Ash Wednesday Optional Memorial: St Polycarp, Bishop fo Smyrna, disciple of St John. Martyred in 155. (1) Deuteronomy 30:15-20 A warm call to fidelity. Choose life, that you and your offspring may live! Keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I am…

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22 Feb 2023 – Ash Wednesday (Cycle 1)

22 Feb 2023 – Ash Wednesday (1) 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 the…

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21 Feb 2023 – Tuesday of Week 7

21 Feb 2023 – Tuesday of Week 7 Optional Memorial: St Peter Damian 1007-72, bishop, doctor of the church, hermit, later Cardinal Bishop of Ostia. Reformer of Church life and discipline. 1st Reading: Sirach 2:1-11 Those who hope in the Lord are not forsaken My child, when you come to…

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20 Feb 2023 – Monday of Week 7

20 Feb 2023 – Monday of Week 7 1st Reading: Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10 All wisdom comes from God and returns to him All wisdom is from the Lord, and with him it remains forever. The sand of the sea, the drops of rain, and the days of eternity, who can count…

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18 Feb 2023 – Saturday of Week 6

18 Feb 2023 – Saturday of Week 6 Saturday Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1st Reading: Hebrews 11:1-7 By faith we understand that the world is ruled by God’s will Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our…

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17 Feb 2023 – Friday of Week 6

17 Feb 2023 – Friday of Week 6 Optional Memorials: early thirteenth century in Florence, Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order, known as the Servants of Mary, they followed the Rule of St Augustine. St Fintan d 603, born in Leinster, foundation in Clonenagh, Co Laois. 1st Reading: Genesis…

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16 Feb 2023 – Thursday of Week 6

16 Feb 2023 – Thursday of Week 6 1st Reading: Genesis 9:1-13 The rainbow, a perpetual sign of God’s covenant with Noah and the human race God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you…

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15 Feb 2023 – Wednesday of Week 6

15 Feb 2023 – Wednesday of Week 6 1st Reading: Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22 The Lord promises never again to destroy the earth At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro…

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14 Feb 2023 –  Saints Cyril and Methodius

14 Feb 2023 –  Saints Cyril and Methodius Cyril and Methodius were brothers born in Byzantine Thessalonika, northern Greece, in the 9th century, who brought Christianity to the Slavic peoples of modern Czech Republic and Hungary. For their work they were declared co-patrons of Europe in 1999, by Pope John…

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13 Feb 2023 – Monday of Week 6

13 Feb 2023 – Monday of Week 6 1st Reading: Genesis 4:1-15 Cain’s jealousy leads to his murder of Abel Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.” Next she bore his brother…

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11 Feb 2023 – Saturday of Week 5 – World Day of the Sick

11 Feb 2023 – Saturday of Week 5 – World Day of the Sick Optional Memorials: Our Lady of Lourdes – Is 66:10-14. Ps Jud 13:18-19, R/15:19. Jn 2:1-11 Lect 11:955. Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous (14) on this day in 1858 – “I am the Immaculate Conception.” World Day of…

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10 Feb 2023 – Friday of Week 5

10 Feb 2023 – Friday of Week 5 Memorial: St Scholastica died c543, sister of St Benedict. Patron of convulsive children. 1st Reading: Genesis 3:1-8 Woman and man disobey God and try to hide from him in the garden The serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that…

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9 Feb 2023 – Thursday of Week 5

9 Feb 2023 – Thursday of Week 5 1st Reading: Genesis 2:18-25 Woman stands equal to man, as they are joined as one flesh 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…

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8 Feb 2023 – Wednesday of Week 5

8 Feb 2023 – Wednesday of Week 5 – International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. Optional Memorials: St Jerome Emiliani d 1537, military man, founded the Clerks Regular of Somaschi for the care of orphans and the poor. Patron saint of orphans. St Josephine Bakhita 1868-1947, Sudan…

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7 Feb 2023 – Tuesday of Week 5

7 Feb 2023 – Tuesday of Week 5 Optional Memorial: St Mel (Ardagh & Clonmacnoise), d 488, a Brit who arrived with Patrick, gave the religious veil to Brigid. 1st Reading: Genesis 1:20, 2:4 After forming man and woman to the divine likeness, God rested on the seventh day God…

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6 Feb 2023 – Monday of Week 5

6 Feb 2023 – Monday of Week 5 1st Reading: Genesis 1:1-19 God creates light, sky, earth and sun, moon and stars, in the act of creation In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of…

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4 Feb 2023 – Saturday of Week 4

4 Feb 2023 – Saturday of Week 4 1st Reading: Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21 God raised up Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep Through him, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do…

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3 Feb 2023 – Friday of Week 4 – St Blaise

3 Feb 2023 – Friday of Week 4 Optional Memorials: St Ansgar, French born, ninth century, AB of Hamburg, preached in Denmark and Sweden. Apostle of Scandinavia. Patron of Denmark. St Blaise, d 315, bishop (of Sebaste) and martyr, physician, patron saint of people who suffer from disease of the…

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2 Feb 2023 – Presentation of Our Lord

2 Feb 2023 – Presentation of Our Lord World Day for Consecrated Life 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….

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1 Feb 2023 – Saint Brigid of Kildare

1 Feb 2023 – Saint Brigid of Kildare, Secondary Patron of Ireland 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,…

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31 Jan 2023 – Tuesday of Week 4

31 Jan 2023 – Tuesday of Week 4 Memorial: St John Bosco 1815-88, founder of the Salesians. Patron youth and Catholic publishers. 1st Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 Around us a cloud of witnesses, and Jesus himself, to encourage us Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,…

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30 Jan 2023 – Monday of Week 4

30 Jan 2023 – Monday of Week 4 Optional Memorial: St Aidan, aka Maedoc (Mogue), born c 550, founded a monastery at Ferns, died 626. Bl. Margaret Ball, died in Dublin Castle in 1584. Imprisoned for teaching Catholicism, harbouring priests and having Mass celebrate din her home. Bl. Francis Taylor…

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28 Jan 2023 – Saturday of Week 3

28 Jan 2023 – Saturday of Week 3 Memorial: St Thomas Aquinas 1224-1274, theologian of note! Patron of schools, universities, students and booksellers. 1st Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Divine blessing on Abraham and his descendants Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed,…

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27 Jan 2023 – Friday of Week 3

27 Jan 2023 – Friday of Week 3 Optional Memorial: St Angela Merici 1474-1540, founder of the Ursulines 1st Reading, Hebrews 10:32-39 Do not abandon hope, but trust in God’s promises Remember those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being…

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26 January 2023 – Thursday Week 3 in Ordinary Time – Saints Timothy and Titus

26 January 2023 – Thursday Week 3 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…

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25 Jan 2023 – The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

25 Jan 2023 – The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle 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 the feet of Gamaliel, educated strictly…

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24 Jan 2023 – Tuesday of Week 3

24 Jan 2023 – Tuesday of Week 3 Memorial: St Francis de Sales 1567-1622, bishop of Geneva, founder of the Visitation Sisters. Patron saint of writers, editors and journalists. 1st Reading: Hebrews 10:1-10 The temple rituals were a type of the new covenant, brought by Jesus for all Since the…

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23 Jan 2023 – Monday of Week 3

23 Jan 2023 – Monday of Week 3 1st Reading: Hebrews 9:15, 24-28 Jesus as the mediator of a new covenant Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from…

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21 Jan 2023 – Saturday of Week 2

21 Jan 2023 – Saturday of Week 2 Memorial: St Agnes, martyred in early 4th century. Patron of engaged couples, gardeners and young girls. 1st Reading: Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14 Jesus enters the Holy of Holies, so we can serve the living God A tent was constructed, the first one, in…

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20 Jan 2023 – Friday of Week 2

20 Jan 2023 – Friday of Week 2 Optional Memorials: St Fabian, martyred when Pope in 250. St Sebastian: martyred under Diocletian. 1st Reading: Hebrews 8:6-13 Mediator of a new covenant Jesus has now obtained a more excellent ministry, and to that degree he is the mediator of a better…

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19 Jan 2023 – Thursday of Week 2

19 Jan 2023 – Thursday of Week 2 1st Reading: Hebrews 7:25-8:6 Jesus our high priest serves in the true tabernacle of heaven Jesus he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was…

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18 Jan 2023 – Wednesday of Week 2

18 Jan 2023 – Wednesday of Week 2 1st Reading: Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17 The priesthood of Jesus is mysterious and eternal, like Melchisedek’s King Melchizedek of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him; and to him Abraham…

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17 Jan 2023 – Tuesday of Week 2

17 Jan 2023 – Tuesday of Week 2 Memorial: St Anthony, died 356 – ‘father of monasticism’ who lived a life of solitude. 1st Reading: Hebrews 6:10-20 Abraham’s long-delayed son. A lesson in patience God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed…

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16 Jan 2022 – Monday of Week 2

16 Jan 2022 – Monday of Week 2 Optional Memorial: St Fursa, Irish missionary who settled in East Anglia before moving to France in 644. Died c650 at Mézerolles and buried in Péronne. 1st Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10 Jesus is our Priest, and the source of eternal salvation for all Every…

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14 Jan 2022 – Saturday of Week 1

14 Jan 2022 – Saturday of Week 1 1st Reading: Hebrews 4:12-16 Our merciful high priest has passed into heaven Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the…

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13 Jan 2023 – Friday of Week 1

13 Jan 2023 – Friday of Week 1 Optional memorial: St Hilary c.315-c.367, bishop and doctor of the church. 1st Reading: Hebrews 4:1-5, 11 Through faith we shall enter into God’s day of rest While the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none…

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12 Jan 2023 – Thursday of Week 1

12 Jan 2023 – Thursday of Week 1 1st Reading: Hebrews 3:7-14 Hearts opened to God, not hardened by sin Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, as on the day of testing in the desert,…

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11 Jan 2023 – Wednesday of Week 1

11 Jan 2023 – Wednesday of Week 1 1st Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18 Jesus shared our flesh and blood and so is able to help us in our trials Since the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the…

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10 Jan 2023 – Tuesday of Week 1

10 Jan 2023 – Tuesday of Week 1 1st Reading: Hebrews 2:5-12 Jesus, crowned with glory, having been tested through suffering Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of…

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9 Jan 2023 – Monday of Week 1

9 Jan 2023 – Monday of Week 1 (Note: Sunday Cycle A, Weekday Cycle 1 – 1st Week in Ordinary Time) 1st Reading: Hebrews 1:1-6 God spoke in many and varied ways, but now through Jesus, his Son and heir Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and…

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7 January 2023 – Saturday after Epiphany

7 January 2023 – Saturday after Epiphany Optional Memorial: St Raymond of Penafort, 1175-1275, Dominican lawyer and Archbishop of Tarragona. 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…

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6 January 2023, Friday, The Epiphany of the Lord

6 January 2023, Friday, The Epiphany of the Lord (or the Sunday between 2 January and 8 January) 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 In those days the Messiah will reveal his glory to all the nations Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen…

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5 January 2023 – Thursday Before Epiphany

5 January 2023 – Thursday Before Epiphany Optional Memorial: St Charles of St Andrew – John Andrew Houben (1821-1893) from Munstergeleen, Holland, was briefly the Dutch army before being called to religious life with the Passionists in 1845, in Belgium, taking the name Charles. After ordination he was sent to…

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4 January 2023 – Wednesday Before Epiphany

4 January 2023 – Wednesday Before Epiphany 1st Reading: 1 John 3:7-10. How we are 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;…

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3 January 2023 – Tuesday Before Epiphany

3 January 2023 – Tuesday Before Epiphany Optional Memorials: The Holy Name of Jesus (Phil 2: 1-11. Ps 8:4-9. Lk 2:21-24.)     St Munchin (Mainchin) (Limerick), patron Limerick. 1st Reading: 1 John 2:29 – 3:6 We are God’s children now; when he is revealed, we will be like him If…

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2 January 2023 – Monday before Epiphany

2 January 2023 – Monday before Epiphany 1st Reading: 1 John 2:22-28 The Holy Spirit received from Jesus, teaches you all things Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. No…

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31 December 2022 – 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas

31 December 2022 – 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas Optional memorial: Saint Sylvester, pope. Sylvester (250-335) was born in Rome in the mid-3rd century and served as a priest under pope Marcellinus before the persecution under Diocletian (303). After the victory of emperor Constantine in 312 he succeeded Melchiades…

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30 December 2022 – 6th Day in the Octave of Christmas – Feast of the Holy Family

30 December 2022 – 6th Day in the Octave of Christmas Feast of the Holy Family Theme: Family life can be severely challenged, from various causes. This feast invites us to renew our commitment to family life. 1st Reading. Book of Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 A practical application of the fourth…

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29 December 2022 – Thursday, 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

29 December 2022 – Thursday, 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas Optional Memorial: Saint Thomas a Becket, Thomas a Becket (1118-1170) from Cheapside in London, was appointed first as chancellor and then archbishop (1162) by order of his friend, King Henry II. As archbishop he sided with the pope…

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28 Dec 2022 – Wednesday,  The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

28 Dec 2022 – Wednesday,  The Holy Innocents, Martyrs 1st Reading: 1 John 1:5-2:2 Those who walk in darkness, and those who walk in the light Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is…

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27 Dec 2022 – Tuesday, Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

27 Dec 2022 – Tuesday, Saint 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…

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26 Dec 2022 – Monday, St Stephen, First Martyr

26 Dec 2022 – Monday, St Stephen, First Martyr 1st Reading: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 The martyrdom of Stephen the deacon, according to Luke Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and…

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24 December 2022 – Saturday of 4th Week of Advent

24 December 2022 – Saturday of 4th Week of Advent 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 David is promised a “house” or dynasty Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said…

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23 December 2022 – Friday of 4th Week of Advent

23 December 2022 – Friday of 4th Week of Advent Optional Memorial: St John of Kanty, 1390-1473, Kraków, Poland, a theologian. 1st Reading: Malachiah 3:1-4, 4,4-6 God will send a fore-runner to prepare for the final day The Lord God says this: “See, I am sending my messenger to prepare…

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22 December 2022 – Thursday of 4th Week of Advent

22 December 2022 – Thursday of 4th Week of Advent 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:24-28 Hannah dedicates her young son to a life of service to God When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin…

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21 Dec 2022 – Wednesday of 4th Week of Advent 

21 Dec 2022 – Wednesday of 4th Week of Advent Optional Memorial: St Peter Canisius, 1521-97, Holland born Jesuit who produced a 211 questions/answers catechism in 1555. 1st Reading: Song of Songs (2:8-14 Lyrical love-poetry from king Solomon, about the beloved who is coming The voice of my beloved! Look,…

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20 Dec 2022 – Tuesday of 4th Week of Advent 

20 Dec 2022 – Tuesday of 4th Week of Advent Feast (Kilfenora): St Fachanan, sixth century patron of Kilfenora, part of Galway. 1st Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14 King Ahaz refuses to ask a sign of the Lord; Isaiah promises a child to be called Immanuel Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz,…

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19 December 2022 – Monday of 4th Week of Advent

19 December 2022 – Monday of 4th Week of Advent 1st Reading: Judges (13:2-7, 24-25 Manoah’s wife yearns for a son. Samson will be dedicated to God There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren, having borne…

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17 Dec 2022 – Saturday of 3rd Week of Advent

17 Dec 2022 – Saturday of 3rd Week of Advent The Roman Church has been singing The O Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn…

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16 Dec 2022 – Friday of 3rd week of Advent

16 Dec 2022 – Friday of 3rd week of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 56:1-3, 6-8 Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast,…

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15 Dec 2022 – Thursday 3rd Week of Advent

15 Dec 2022 – Thursday 3rd Week of Advent Reading: Isaiah 54: 1-10 Sing, O barren one who did not bear; burst into song and shout, you who have not been in labour! For the children of the desolate woman will be more than the children of her that is…

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14 Dec 2022 – Wednesday of Advent, Week 3

14 Dec 2022 – Wednesday of Advent, Week 3 Memorial: St John of the Cross, 1542-1591, Carmelite poet and doctor of the Church. With the divinest Word, the Virgin Made pregnant, down the road Comes walking, if you’ll grant her A room in your abode… ~St. John of the Cross…

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13 Dec 2022 – Tuesday of Advent, Week 3

13 Dec 2022 – Tuesday of Advent, Week 3 Memorial: St Lucy, martyred in 304 in Sicily under Diocletian. 1st Reading: Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13 The people’s future conversion: the humble shall seek refuge in the Lord. Ah, soiled, defiled, oppressing city! It has listened to no voice; it has accepted…

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12 Dec 2022 – Monday of Advent, Week 3

12 Dec 2022 – Monday of Advent, Week 3 Optional Memorials: Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron of the Americas; St Finnian: established a famous school in Clonard, Meath c 520. Tutor of Canice, Colm Cille and Brendan. Died in 549. Monday of Advent, Week 3 1st Reading: Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17…

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10 Dec 2022 – Saturday of Advent, Week 2

10 Dec 2022 – Saturday of Advent, Week 2 Optional Memorial: Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto See link to decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/10/31/191031e.html 1st Reading: Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 Lyrical praise of Elijah, whose prophetic word burned like a torch Then Elijah arose, a prophet like fire,…

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9 Dec 2022 – Friday of Advent, Week 2

9 Dec 2022 – Friday of Advent, Week 2 Optional Memorial: St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, 1474-1548, saw the vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531. 1st Reading: Isaiah 48:17-19 If you kept my commandments, your name would last forever Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of…

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8 December 2022 – The Immaculate Conception

8 December 2022 – The Immaculate Conception 1st Reading: Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Enmity between the serpent and the woman But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I…

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7 Dec – Wednesday of Advent, Week 2

7 Dec – Wednesday of Advent, Week 2 Memorial: St Ambrose, 339-397, patron of Milan, beekeepers and domestic animals. 1st Reading: Isaiah 40:25-31 Encouragement for the weary people, from God, who strengthens the powerless To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One….

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6 Dec 2022 – Tuesday of Advent, Week 2

6 Dec 2022 – Tuesday of Advent, Week 2 Optional Memorial: St Nicholas – Feast in Galway, Solemnity in City of Galway. Fourth century Bishop of Myra. Patron of Russia, sailors, pawnbrokers and children. 1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11 Comfort ye my people! — the promised return of the exiles from…

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5 Dec 2022 – Monday of Advent, Week 2

5 Dec 2022 – Monday of Advent, Week 2 1st Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10 They shall see the glory of the Lord, and the ransomed exiles shall return to Zion The desert and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom…

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3 Dec 2022 – Saturday of Advent, Week 1

3 Dec 2022 – Saturday of Advent, Week 1 1st Reading: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26 Future days of blessed enlightenment, when the people turn aside from idolatry. Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of…

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2 Dec 2022 – Friday of Advent, Week 1

2 Dec 2022 – Friday of Advent, Week 1 1st Reading: Isaiah 29:17-24 A promise of good times, when deaf shall hear and blind shall see Shall not Lebanon in a very little while become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be regarded as a forest? On that day…

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1 Dec 2022 – Thursday of Advent, Week 1

1 Dec 2022 – Thursday of Advent, Week 1 1st Reading: Isaiah 26:1-6 A hymn of confidence in the Lord God, our everlasting rock On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; he sets up victory like walls and bulwarks….

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30 Nov 2022 – Wednesday of Advent, Week 1

30 Nov 2022 – Wednesday of Advent, Week 1 1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10 “God will wipe away the tears from all faces.” — a Messianic vision of the final age. On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of…

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29 Nov 2022 – Tuesday of Advent, Week 1

29 Nov 2022 – Tuesday of Advent, Week 1 1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest…

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28 Nov 2022 – Monday of Advent, Week 1

28 Nov 2022 – Monday of Advent, Week 1 1st Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 In the Messiah’s day, they shall beat their swords into ploughshares The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as…

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26 Nov 2022 – Saturday of Week 34

26 Nov 2022 – Saturday of Week 34 1st Reading: Revelation 22:1-7 The river of life, the healing fruits and the Lamb who is coming soon Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the…

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25 Nov 2022 – Friday of Week 34

25 Nov 2022 – Friday of Week 34 Optional Memorials: St Catherine of Alexandria, martyred in 310, honoured in monastery on Mount Sinai. St Clement 1, 88-97, third successor St Peter. St Colman, c530, bard and priest, main foundation at Cloyne. 1st Reading: Revelation 20:1-4; 21:1-2 Those who reject the…

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24 Nov 2022 – Thursday of Week 34

24 Nov 2022 – Thursday of Week 34 Memorial: Ss Andrew Dūng-Lac and Companions, martyrs in Vietnam in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. 1st Reading: Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9 The happy guests at the Lamb’s wedding feast I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great…

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23 Nov 2022 – Wednesday of Week 34

23 Nov 2022 – Wednesday of Week 34 Memorial: St Columban, c543-615, Bangor monk, missionary to Annegray, Luxeuil, Fontaine and Bobbio – one of the greatest Irish missionary monks. 1st Reading: Revelation 15:1-4 The seven plagues sent by the wrath of God Then I saw another portent in heaven, great…

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22 Nov 2022 – Tuesday of Week 34

22 Nov 2022 – Tuesday of Week 34 Memorial: St Cecilia, early Roman Christian martyr. Patron of Music and musicians. 1st Reading: Revelation 14:14-19 The grapes are thrown into the winepress of God’s wrath Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one…

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21 Nov 2022 – Presentation of Our Lady

21 Nov 2022 – Presentation of Our Lady 1st Reading: Zechariah (2:14-17 Rejoice, O daughter Zion! For I will dwell in your midst Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst, says the Lord. Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord…

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19 Nov 2022 – Saturday of Week 33

19 Nov 2022 – Saturday of Week 33 1st Reading: Revelation 11:4-12 The two prophets were killed as martyrs, possibly Peter and Paul, but are taken up to heaven in glory I, John, heard a voice saying: “These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before…

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18 Nov 2022 – Friday of Week 33

18 Nov 2022 – Friday of Week 33 Optional Memorial: Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss Peter and Paul. 1st Reading: Revelation 10:8-11 The scroll that was sweet on the tongue but sour in the stomach I, John, heard the voice that I had heard from heaven speak to me…

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17 Nov 2022 – Thursday of Week 33

17 Nov 2022 – Thursday of Week 33 Memorial: St Elizabeth of Hungary 1207-31, queen, widow, exile, Franciscan tertiary and woman of prayer. 1st Reading: Revelation 5:1-10 The Lamb who was killed opens the seals of the Book of Life I, John, saw in the right hand of the one…

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16 Nov 2022 – Wednesday of Week 33

16 Nov 2022 – Wednesday of Week 33 Optional Memorials: St Margaret of Scotland, 1045-93, Church reformer. St Gertrude, 1256-1302, Benedictine nun devoted to the Sacred Heart and advocated frequent Holy Communion. 1st Reading: Revelation 4:1-11 The twenty-four elders before God’s throne In my vision I looked, and there in…

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15 Nov 2022 – Tuesday of Week 33

15 Nov 2022 – Tuesday of Week 33 Optional Memorial: St Albert the Great, c1206-80, Dominican theologian in Cologne. Patron of scientists. 1st Reading: Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22 Those who are lukewarm will be spat out I, John, heard the Lord say to me, “To the angel of the church in…

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14 Nov 2022 – Monday of Week 33

14 Nov 2022 – Monday of Week 33 Optional Memorial: St Laurence O’Toole (Dublin), 1123-1180, Glendalough monk who was the first native Archbishop of Dublin. Attended the Third Lateran Council in 1179, returned as Papal Legate and held synods on reform. Died at Eu in Normandy. 1st Reading: Revelation Apocalypse)…

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12 Nov 2022 – Saturday of Week 32

12 Nov 2022 – Saturday of Week 32 Memorial: St Josaphat, 1580-1623, Bishop of Polotz who worked for the reunion of Ukrainian Catholics. His murder by those who opposed him brought about many conversions. 1st Reading: 3 John verses 5-8 It is well to provide hospitality for traveling missionaries Beloved,…

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11 Nov 2022 – Friday of Week 32

11 Nov 2022 – Friday of Week 32 Memorial: St Martin of Tours, 316-397, Bishop of Tours. Patron of France, soldiers, beggars and innkeepers. 1st Reading: 2 John verses 4-9 Love one another and acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come incarnate in the flesh I was overjoyed to find some…

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10 Nov 2022 – Thursday of Week 32

10 Nov 2022 – Thursday of Week 32 Memorial: St Leo the Great, elected Bishop of Rome 440, taught the two natures of Christ – human and divine – at the Council of Chalcedon, 451, and the primacy of Peter. 1st Reading: Philemon (verses 7-20 Philemon must welcome back his…

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9 Nov 2022 – The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

9 Nov 2022 – The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica 1st Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-10, 12 Ezekiel sees life-giving river flows out from the Jerusalem temple, to bring new life to the desert Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below…

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8 Nov 2022 – Tuesday of Week 32

8 Nov 2022 – Tuesday of Week 32 1st Reading: Titus 2:1-8, 11-14 Guidelines for living, while awaiting the return of our Saviour As for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine. Tell the older men to be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and in…

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7 November 2022 – Monday of Week 32

7 November 2022 – Monday of Week 32 Optional Memorial: St Willibrord, 658-739, born in Northumbria, studied at Rath Melsigi, Co Carlow, went with 11 companions to evangelise Frisia, made bishop of Utrecht. 1st Reading: Titus 1:1-9 The blessings of the faith and the qualities of a church leader From…

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5 November 2022 – Saturday of Week 31

5 November 2022 – Saturday of Week 31 Optional Memorial; St Martin de Porres, 1579-1639, renowned for caring for the sick and his devotion to the Eucharist. 1st Reading: Philippians 4:10-19 Thanks to the community who helped Paul in his imprisonment I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at…

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4 November 2022 – Friday of Week 31

4 November 2022 – Friday of Week 31 Optional Memorial: St Charles Borromeo, 1538-1584, patron of catechists and seminarians. 1st Reading: Philippians 3:17—4:1 We should be guided by the cross of Christ, because our citizenship is in heaven Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live…

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3 November 2022 – Thursday of Week 31

3 November 2022 – Thursday of Week 31 Optional Memorial: St Malachy (Armagh, Down and Connor), 1094-1148, a reformer, died in the arms of Bernard at Clairvaux, where he is buried. 1st Reading: Philippians 3:3-8 We who are the real people of the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of…

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2 November 2022 – Wednesday – All Souls 

2 November 2022 – Wednesday – All Souls (Any Readings from the Masses for the Dead, Lectionary, vol. 4) 1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9 A vision of hope for the future, when God will restore his people to happiness On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples…

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1 November 2022 – Tuesday – All Saints

1 November 2022 – Tuesday – All Saints 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…

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31 Oct 2022 – Monday of Week 31

31 Oct 2022 – Monday of Week 31 Optional Memorial: Bl Dominic Collins (Cloyne), c1566-1602. A Jesuit Brother who was hanged in Youghal on 31 October 1602. 1st Reading: Philippians 2:1-4 Setting aside rivalry or conceit, all should be generous to others If there is any encouragement in Christ, any…

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29 Oct 2022 – Saturday of Week 30

29 Oct 2022 – Saturday of Week 30 Optional Memorial: St Colman, from Kilmacduagh, Galway; Studied on Oileán Árainn and founded two churches on Inis Mór. 1st Reading: Philippians 1:18-26 Paul takes everything in stride, so that he may preach the Gospel What does it matter, except that Christ be…

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28 October 2022 – Friday – Ss Simon and Jude, Apostles

28 October 2022 – Friday – Ss Simon and Jude, Apostles 1st Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22 God has appointed apostles so that his people’s needs will be served So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of…

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27 Oct 2022 – Thursday of Week 30 Optional Memorial: St Otteran, d 548, patron of Waterford city and diocese. 1st Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20 Putting on the armour of God, for the struggle of life Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the…

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26 Oct 2022 – Wednesday of Week 30

26 Oct 2022 – Wednesday of Week 30 1st Reading: Ephesians 6:1-9 Practical advice for parents and children, masters and servants Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “honour your father and mother”. This is the first commandment accompanied with a promise: “so that it may…

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25 Oct 2022 – Tuesday of Week 30

25 Oct 2022 – Tuesday of Week 30 Memorial (Cloyne, Cork and Ross): Bl Thaddeus MacCarthy, 1455-1492. 1st Reading: Ephesians 5:21-33 Love between spouses mirrors Christ’s love for the church Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to…

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24 Oct 2022 – Monday of Week 30

24 Oct 2022 – Monday of Week 30 Optional Memorial: St Anthony Mary Claret, 1807-1870, founded the Claretians in Spain. 1st Reading: Ephesians 4:32—5:8 Be kind to one another, forgiving as our merciful Father is Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven…

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22 Oct 2022 – Saturday of Week 29

22 Oct 2022 – Saturday of Week 29 Optional Memorial; St John Paul II, pope from 1978 to 2 April 2005. 1st Reading: Ephesians 4:7-16 The church led by apostles and evangelists, to teach and unify its members Each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s…

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21 Oct 2022 – Friday of Week 29

21 Oct 2022 – Friday of Week 29 1st Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6 One body and one spirit, a warm ideal of church unity I, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness,…

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20 Oct 2022 – Thursday of Week 29

20 Oct 2022 – Thursday of Week 29 1st Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21 May you grasp the depth of Christ’s love, beyond all knowledge I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name, praying that, according to the riches of his…

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19 Oct 2022 – Wednesday of Week 29

19 Oct 2022 – Wednesday of Week 29 Optional Memorials: St John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, slain with six Jesuit companions in 1647/8. St Paul of the Cross, 1694-1775, founded the Passionists. 1st Reading: Ephesians 3:2-12 Paul preaches to the gentiles the rich mystery of Christ Surely you have…

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18 October 2022 – Tuesday – St Luke, Evangelist

18 October 2022 – Tuesday – St Luke, Evangelist 1st Reading: 2 Timothy 4:10-17 Only Luke is with Paul, at this final stage in his imprisonment Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens…

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17 Oct 2022 – Monday of Week 29

17 Oct 2022 – Monday of Week 29 Memorial: St Ignatius of Antioch, martyred in Rome c107. 1st Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10 We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the…

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15 Oct 2022 – Saturday of Week 28

15 Oct 2022 – Saturday of Week 28 Memorial: St Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582, doctor of the Church, established Carmelite convents under a reformed rule. Patron of lacemakers and headache sufferers. 1st Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23 May God enlighten your vision to see the hope you are called to I have…

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14 Oct 2022 – Friday of Week 28

14 Oct 2022 – Friday of Week 28 Optional Memorial: St Callistus 1, pope in 217, died in 222. 1st Reading Ephesians 1:11-14 We are sealed with the Holy Spirit, the down-payment God has made to his people In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according…

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13 Oct 2022 – Thursday of Week 28

13 Oct 2022 – Thursday of Week 28 1st Reading: Ephesians 1:1-10 God chose us in Christ before the world began, to be holy in his sight Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ…

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12 Oct 2022 – Wednesday of Week 28

12 Oct 2022 – Wednesday of Week 28 1st Reading: Galatians 5:18-25 The symptoms or fruits of the flesh contrasted with those of the spirit If you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,…

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11 Oct 2022 – Tuesday of Week 28

11 Oct 2022 – Tuesday of Week 28 Optional Memorials: St John XX111, pope, 1881-1963. Called the Second Vatican Council. St Canice (Kilkenny), c527-603. 1st Reading: Galatians 5:1-6 In Christ Jesus, circumcision no longer counts; only faith acting through love For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore,…

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10 Oct 2022 – Monday of Week 28

10 Oct 2022 – Monday of Week 28 1st Reading: Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1 Through faith we are born free. It was for liberty that Christ freed us It is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and the other by a free woman. One, the…

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8 Oct 2022 – Saturday of Week 27

8 Oct 2022 – Saturday of Week 27 1st Reading: Galatians 3:22-29 In Christ, all the baptized are equally children of God The scripture has imprisoned all things under the power of sin, so that what was promised through faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe….

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7 Oct 2022 – Our Lady of the Rosary

7 Oct 2022 – Our Lady of the Rosary This feast commemorates the Christian naval victory over the Turks (at Lepanto 1571). Our Lady is daily honoured in the Rosary, which invites us to meditate the mysteries of the life, death and resurrection of Christ her son. 1st Reading: Acts…

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6 Oct 2022 – Thursday of Week 27

6 Oct 2022 – Thursday of Week 27 Optional Memorial: St Bruno, 1033-1101, founded the Carthusians at La Grande Chartreuse. 1st Reading: Galatians 3:1-5 Is the Spirit received by law-abidingness or by trusting faith? You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was…

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5 Oct 2022 – Wednesday of Week 27

5 Oct 2022 – Wednesday of Week 27 Optional Memorial: St Faustina, 1905-1938, inspired Divine Mercy movement. 1st Reading: Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14 Paul openly corrects Peter for compromising the principle of the equality of all believers Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus…

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4 Oct 2022 – Tuesday of Week 27

4 Oct 2022 – Tuesday of Week 27 Memorial: St Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226, patron of ecologists. 1st Reading: Galatians 1:13-24 Paul once persecuted the church but later met Cephas (Peter) in Jerusalem You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church…

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3 Oct 2022 – Monday of Week 27

3 Oct 2022 – Monday of Week 27 1st Reading: Galatians 1:6-12 Paul’s Gospel message came to him directly from the Lord I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel, not that…

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1 Oct 2022 – Saturday of Week 26

1 Oct 2022 – Saturday of Week 26 Memorial: St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Lisieux, The Little Flower, doctor of the Church, died on 30 Sept 1897, patron of missions, florists, aviators and France. 1st Reading: Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17 After Job stops complaining, he is blessed more than…

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30 Sept 2022 – Friday of Week 26

30 Sept 2022 – Friday of Week 26 Memorial: St Jerome, 340-420, translated the Bible into Latin, known as the Vulgate, patron of librarians 1st Reading: Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5 Only if Job is himself divine can he challenge God’s ways Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:…

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29 Sept 2022 – The Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

29 Sept 2022 – The Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael 1st Reading: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 The vision of the Ancient One and the Son of Man, in glorious splendour As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne, his clothing was white as…

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28 Sept 2022 – Wednesday of Week 26

28 Sept 2022 – Wednesday of Week 26 Optional Memorials: St Wenceslaus, 905-25, patron of brewers; St Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, martyred in Nagasaki from 1633-37. 1st Reading: Job 9:1-12, 14-16 God’s omnipotent control of the universe and his mysterious guidance of life When Bildad had finished speaking Job answered:…

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27 Sept 2022 – Tuesday of Week 26

27 Sept 2022 – Tuesday of Week 26 Memorial: St Vincent de Paul, 1580-1660, founder of the Vincentians and Daughters of Charity. Patron of all charitable works. 1st Reading: Job 3:1-3 Job’s anguished lament at the misfortunes heaped upon him Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his…

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26 Sept 2-22 – Monday of Week 26

26 Sept 2-22 – Monday of Week 26 Optional Memorial: Ss Cosmas and Damian, early Syrian martyrs, patrons of physicians. 1st Reading: Job 1:6-22 Job’s patience is tested to the uttermost One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The…

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24 Sept 2022 – Saturday of Week 25

24 Sept 2022 – Saturday of Week 25 1st Reading: Qohelet 11:9,12:8 A wise man’s lament about the encroachments of old age Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Follow the inclination of your heart and the desire…

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23 Sept 2022 – Friday of Week 25

23 Sept 2022 – Friday of Week 25 Memorial: St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio); (St Eunan (Adomnán) in Raphoe). 1st Reading: Qohelet 3:1-11 There’s a time for everything as we go through life For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time…

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22 Sept 2022 – Thursday of Week 25

22 Sept 2022 – Thursday of Week 25 1st Reading: Qohelet 1:2-11 There’s nothing new under the sun. Vanity of vanities Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher. Vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun? A generation…

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21 Sept 22 – Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

21 Sept 22 – Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist 1st Reading: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 The Church is one body, under the leadership of the apostles I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all…

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20 Sept 2022 – Tuesday of Week 25

20 Sept 2022 – Tuesday of Week 25 Memorial: St Andrew Kim Tae-gõn, the first Korean priest, and Paul Chõng Ha-Sang, a catechist, and 101 others were martyred during the persecutions in Korea, 1839-67. 1st Reading: Proverbs (21:1-6, 10-13 Advice about self-control from Solomon’s proverbs The king’s heart is a…

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19 Sept 2022 – Monday of Week 25

19 Sept 2022 – Monday of Week 25 Optional Memorial: St Januarius, martyred in Naples in 305 with six companions. 1st Reading: Proverbs (3:27-34 Practical guidelines for dealing justly with one’s neighbour Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to…

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Saturday 17 Sept 2022 – Week 24

Saturday 17 Sept 2022 – Week 24 Optional Memorials: St Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179, musician, composer, writer, mystic and doctor of the Church; St Robert Bellarmine, 1542-1621, Jesuit, cardinal and patron of catechists. 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49 What is sown and dies rises to new, incorruptible life. Our…

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Friday 16 Sept 2022 – Week 24

Friday 16 Sept 2022 – Week 24 Memorial: Ss Cornelius and Cyprian 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Belief in the Lord’s resurrection is not superfluous, but a vital basis for hope If Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no…

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Thurs 15 Sept 2022 – Our Lady of Sorrows

Thurs 15 Sept 2022 – Our Lady of Sorrows 1st Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9 Even Jesus learned obedience through what he suffered In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and…

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14 Sept 2022 – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

14 Sept 2022 – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross 1st Reading: Numbers 21:5-9 When the serpents bit the people, the statue of a bronze serpent brought them healing The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the…

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13 Sept 2022 – Tuesday of Week 24

13 Sept 2022 – Tuesday of Week 24 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31 Many gifts, all at the service of the community, the body of Christ Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so…

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12 Sept 2022 – Monday of Week 24

12 Sept 2022 – Monday of Week 24 Optional Memorials: The Holy Name of Mary; St Ailbe: died in 528. Founded a monastery at Emly. 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33 The Eucharistic meal can be profaned by divisions based on class and wealth In the following instructions I do…

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10 Sept 2022 – Saturday of Week 23

10 Sept 2022 – Saturday of Week 23 Optional Memorial: St Peter Claver SJ, born in Catalonia in 1580, worked in Colombia among the slaves at a slave trade centre until his death in 1654. He is reputed to have baptised more than 300,000 people. 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:14-22…

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9 Sept 2022 – Friday of Week 23

9 Sept 2022 – Friday of Week 23 Optional Memorial: St Ciarán, borin in Roscommon circa 512. Founded a monastery in Clonmacnois in 545. Died aged 33 while it was still being built. 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-27 Paul’s total dedication to his preaching ministry If I preach the…

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8 Sept 2022 – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

8 Sept 2022 – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Micah 5:1-4 Now you are walled around with a wall; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the ruler of Israel upon the cheek. But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little…

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7 Sept 2022 – Wednesday of Week 23

7 Sept 2022 – Wednesday of Week 23 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:25-31 Christians are free to marry or not, but remember anyway that this world is passing About the unmarried, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy…

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6 Sept 2022 – Tuesday of Week 23

6 Sept 2022 – Tuesday of Week 23 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 A people saved by Jesus must have high standards of love and respect When one of you has a grievance against a brother, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Do…

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5 Sept 2022 – Monday of Week 23

5 Sept 2022 – Monday of Week 23 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 Applying church discipline to a scandalous case (incest) It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s…

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3 Sept 2022 – Saturday of Week 22

3 Sept 2022 – Saturday of Week 22 Memorial: St Gregory the Great, 540-604. Roman noble who became a monk and pope. 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:6-15 By his his lifestyle and manner, Paul seeks to win back the loyalty of the Corinthians I have applied all this to myself…

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2 Sept 2022 – Friday of Week 22

2 Sept 2022 – Friday of Week 22 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 As God’s servant, Paul must not be judged by mere human judgment This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required of stewards that…

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1 Sept 2022 – Thursday of Week 22

1 Sept 2022 – Thursday of Week 22 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:18-23 All things are yours, you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age,…

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31 Aug 2022 – Wednesday of Week 22

31 Aug 2022 – Wednesday of Week 22 Optional Memorial: St Aidan of Lindisfarne, of Irish descent, monk of Iona, honoured in Northumbria. Died in 651. 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Avoiding envy and strife; collaboration should marks God’s co-workers Brethren, I could not address you as spiritual men, but…

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30 Aug 2022 – Tuesday of Week 22

30 Aug 2022 – Tuesday of Week 22 Optional Memorial: St Fiacre, Irish missionary associated with Normandy, who settled in a hermitage in Breuil, where he died circa 670. 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 If taught by the Spirit of God we can judge rightly and know our inmost self…

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29 Aug 2022 – The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

29 Aug 2022 – The Passion of Saint John the Baptist 1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:17-19 Like Jeremiah, we must speak out against domineering rulers But as for you, gird up your loins; stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not break down before them, or I…

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27 Aug 2022 – Saturday of Week 21

27 Aug 2022 – Saturday of Week 21 Memorial: St Monica, 332-387. Mother of St Augustine. Patron saint of mothers. 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 God chose the world’s despised, so that our wisdom, justice, and holiness would centre on Jesus For consider your call, brethren; not many of you…

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26 Aug 2022 – Friday of Week 21

26 Aug 2022 – Friday of Week 21 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25 The mystery of the cross is wiser and stronger than us My brothers and sisters, Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ…

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25 Aug 2022 – Thursday of Week 21

25 Aug 2022 – Thursday of Week 21 Optional Memorials: St Louis of France, 1214-1270. Patron of French monarchy and military, and barbers. St Joseph Calasanz, 1556-1648. Patron of Catholic schools. 1st Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Paul acknowledges the Corinthians’ gifts and prays for them Paul, called by the will…

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24 Aug 2022 – St Bartholomew, Apostle

24 Aug 2022 – St Bartholomew, Apostle 1st Reading: Revelation 21:9-14 The City of God has 12 gates, representing the 12 apostles Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the…

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23 Aug 2022 – Tuesday of Week 21

23 Aug 2022 – Tuesday of Week 21 Optional Memorials: St Eugene (Derry, feast); St Rose of Lima 1st Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 14-17 Do not be unduly excited about the second coming of the Lord As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together…

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22 Aug 2022 – Our Lady Queen and Mother

22 Aug 2022 – Our Lady Queen and Mother First Reading: Is 9: 1-6 But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will…

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20 Aug 2022 – Saturday of Week 20

20 Aug 2022 – Saturday of Week 20 Memorial: St Bernard, 1090-1153, Cistercian, Abbot of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church, patron of Gibraltar and beekeepers. 1st Reading: Ezekiel 43:1-7 The glory of the Lord returns to dwell in the Jerusalem temple Then he brought me to the gate, the gate…

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19 Aug 2022 – Friday of Week 20

19 Aug 2022 – Friday of Week 20 Optional Memorial: St John Eudes, 1601-80, French. 1st Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14 The valley full of dry bones will be revived The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me…

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18 Aug 2022 – Thursday of Week 20

18 Aug 2022 – Thursday of Week 20 1st Reading: Ezekiel 36:23-28 The exiles return to their land, purified and enabled to keep God’s law I will sanctify my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations shall know…

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17 Aug 2022 – Wednesday of Week 20

17 Aug 2022 – Wednesday of Week 20 Memorial: Our Lady of Knock 1st Reading: Ezekiel 34:1-11 Allegory of the evil shepherds who neglect the sheep and care only for themselves The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to…

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16 Aug 2022 – Tuesday of Week 20

16 Aug 2022 – Tuesday of Week 20 Optional Memorial; St Stephen of Hungary 1st Reading: Ezekiel 28:1-10 God warns the wealthy seaport metropolis of Tyre to beware of pride The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God:…

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Mon 15 Aug 2022 – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mon 15 Aug 2022 – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1st Reading: Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 The woman and the dragon depicted the persecuted church; but came to include the Assumption of our Lady Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was…

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13 Aug 2022 – Saturday of Week 19

13 Aug 2022 – Saturday of Week 19 Optional Memorials: Ss Pontian and Hippolytus; St Facthna (Ross, feast), founder of Ross Carbery monastery, West Cork. 1st Reading: Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13, 30-32 Each individual is responsible to God, for his or her own actions The word of the Lord came to…

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12 Aug 2022 – Friday of Week 19

12 Aug 2022 – Friday of Week 19 Optional Memorials: St Jane de Chantel (Congregation of the Visitation); St Muredach (Killala, feast); St Attracta (Achonry, feast); St Lelia (Liadain). 1st Reading: Ezekiel 16:1-15 Israel is like a baby girl, neglected but later espoused and loved by God The word of…

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11 Aug 2022 – Thursday of Week 19

11 Aug 2022 – Thursday of Week 19 Memorial: St Clare, 1193-1253, founder of the Poor Clares. 1st Reading: Ezekiel 12:1-12 Ezekiel mimes going into exile, as a warning to the people The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, you are living in the midst of a rebellious…

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10 Aug 2022 – St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

10 Aug 2022 – St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr Readings: 2 Cor 9:6-10; Ps 111:1-2, 5-9, R/ v5. John 12: 24-26 St Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr He died at Rome on this day in 258, four days after Saint Sixtus II, with whom he was closely associated. Honoured for his almsgiving….

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9 Aug 2022 – Tues – Feast of Sister Teresa Benedicta (1891-1942) (Edith Stein)

9 Aug 2022 – Tues – Feast of Sister Teresa Benedicta (1891-1942) (Edith Stein), Patron of Europe Also St Nathy (Achonry), St Felim (Kilmore).   1st Reading: Hosea 2:16-17; 21-22 God’s love for his people, Israel, is like a husband’s love for a wife On that day, says the Lord,…

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8 Aug 2022 – Monday of Week 19

8 Aug 2022 – Monday of Week 19 Memorial: St Dominic, 1170-1221, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). 1st Reading: Ezekiel 1:2-5, 24-28 The vision of the four cherubim, bearing God’s glory on the wing On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the…

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Sat 6 Aug 2022 – The Transfiguration of the Lord

Sat 6 Aug 2022 – The Transfiguration of the Lord Theme: Three apostles were privileged to witness the inner life of Christ, revealed to them in splendour on the holy mountain. We pray for a deeper experience of God in our own lives, and to share in his divine life 1st…

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5 Aug 2022 – Friday of Week 18

5 Aug 2022 – Friday of Week 18 Optional Memorial: Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major. This basilica, erected by Pope Sixtus III (432-440) on the Esquiline Hill in Rome, in honour of the Holy Mother of God, is the oldest church in the west dedicated to the…

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4 Aug 2022 – Thursday of Week 18

4 Aug 2022 – Thursday of Week 18 Memorial: St John Mary Vianney – Curé d’Ars 1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 The new covenant will not be inscribed on rock but on the flesh of the heart; all will know the Lord and be forgiven their sins The days are surely…

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3 Aug 2022 – Wednesday of Week 18

3 Aug 2022 – Wednesday of Week 18 1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:1-7 Jeremiah foretells the joyful reunion of Israel’s northern tribes with Jerusalem At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus says the Lord:…

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2 Aug 2022 – Tuesday of Week 18

2 Aug 2022 – Tuesday of Week 18 Optional Memorial: St Eusebius of Vercelli 1st Reading: Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22 After the exile the Israelites will return home to their land The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Write in…

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1 Aug 2022 – Monday of Week 18

1 Aug 2022 – Monday of Week 18 Optional Memorial: St Alphonsus Ligouri, 1696-1787, founder of the Reds and popular preacher. 1st Reading: Jeremiah 28:1-17 By word and gesture Jeremiah predicts the end of his people’s exile In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah…

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1 Aug 2022 – Monday of Week 18

1 Aug 2022 – Monday of Week 18 1st Reading: Jeremiah 28:1-17 By word and gesture Jeremiah predicts the end of his people’s exile In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hananiah…

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30 July 2022 – Saturday of Week 17

30 July 2022 – Saturday of Week 17 Optional Memorial: St Peter Chrysologus, +450, Bishop of Ravenna, famous for preaching. 1st Reading: Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24 In spite of threats, Jeremiah stands by his threats against Jerusalem and its temple Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and…

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29 July 2022 – Friday of Week 17

29 July 2022 – Friday of Week 17 Memorial: Ss Martha, Mary and Lazarus – Martha and her siblings Lazarus and Mary lived in the village of Bethany near Jerusalem. She welcomed Jesus and the disciples into her home, and was witness to the raising of her brother, Lazarus. 1st…

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28 July 2022 – Thursday of Week 17

28 July 2022 – Thursday of Week 17 1st Reading: Jeremiah 18:1-6 Like a potter, God re-forms Israel from clay that was previously formless The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So…

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27 July 2022 – Wednesday of Week 17

27 July 2022 – Wednesday of Week 17 1st Reading: Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21 Jeremiah’ lament and the Lord’s reply Woe is me, my mother, that you ever bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of…

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26 July 2022 – Tuesday of Week 17

26 July 2022 – Tuesday of Week 17 Memorial: Ss Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (See Prayer for Grandparents below). 1st Reading: Jeremiah 14:17-22 Jeremiah laments his people’s destruction and begs God for mercy You shall say to them this word: Let my eyes run down with…

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25 July 2022 – Feast of St James, Apostle

25 July 2022 – Feast of St James, Apostle 1st Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 Although only a “clay jar” Paul is willing to die, that others may live But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God…

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23 July 2022 – Feast of St Bridget of Sweden, Patron of Europe

23 July 2022 – Feast of St Bridget of Sweden, Patron of Europe Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373) was a mystic also given to works of charity and founder of the Bridgettine nuns after the death of her husband, to whom she had borne eight children. She is one of the…

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22 July 2022 – Feast of St Mary Magdalene

22 July 2022 – Feast of St Mary Magdalene 1st Reading (Option 1): Song of Songs (3: 1-4 I have found him whom my heart loves. The bride says this: On my bed, at night, I sought him whom my heart loves. I sought but did not find him. So…

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21 July 2022 – Thursday of Week 16

21 July 2022 – Thursday of Week 16 Optional Memorial: St Lawrence of Brindisi, 1559-1619, a Counter-Reformation man. 1st Reading: Jeremiah 2:1-2; 7-8; 12-13. They dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water The word of the Lord came to me, saying: Go and proclaim in the hearing…

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20 July 2022 – Wednesday of Week 16

20 July 2022 – Wednesday of Week 16 Optional Memorial: St Apollinaris, Bishop of Classis, martyred in the second century. 1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10 The prophet’s vocation to speak God’s word The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of…

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19 July 2022 – Tuesday of Week 16

19 July 2022 – Tuesday of Week 16 1st Reading: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 Israel’s God is always faithful and forgiving Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock that belongs to you, which lives alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them feed in Bashan…

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18 July 2022 – Monday of Week 16

18 July 2022 – Monday of Week 16 1st Reading: Micah 6:1-4, 6-8 Micah’s famous summary of the Torah: on walking humbly with your God Hear what the Lord says: ‘Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.’ Hear, you mountains, the controversy of…

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16 July 2022 – Saturday of Week 15

16 July 2022 – Saturday of Week 15 Optional Memorial: Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Readings: Zec 2:14-17; Ps Lk 1:46-55, R/ v49; Mt 12:46-50.  1st Reading: Micah 2:1-5 When the wealthy covet and steal the lands of others, their own land will fall to their captors Alas for…

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15 July 2022 – Friday of Week 15

15 July 2022 – Friday of Week 15 Memorial: St Bonaventure, 1221-74, born in Tuscany, Minister General of the Franciscans, Cardinal Archbishop of Albano, Theologian of the Council of Lyons. 1st Reading: Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22 King Hezekiah is cured of illness; as a sign of full health God turns the…

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14 July 2022 – Thursday of Week 15

14 July 2022 – Thursday of Week 15 Optional Memorial: St Camillus de Lellis, 1550-1614, a rough tempered gambling soldier who was converted, priested and worked with the sick. Patron of nurses, hospitals and the sick. 1st Reading: Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 A prayer of quiet confidence, awaiting the dawn…

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13 July 2022 – Wednesday of Week 15

13 July 2022 – Wednesday of Week 15 Optional Memorial: St Henry, 973-1024, Duke of Bavaria, later emperor – reformer. 1st Reading: Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16 Assyria was used to punish Israel but later was discarded for interfering with God’s plans for his people Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger,…

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12 July 2022 – Tuesday of Week 15

12 July 2022 – Tuesday of Week 15 1st Reading: Isaiah 7:1-9 During a national crisis people must first turn to a deeper faith in God In the days of Ahaz son of Jotham son of Uzziah, king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and King Pekah son of Remaliah…

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11 July 2022 – Feast of St Benedict, Patron of Europe

11 July 2022 – Feast of St Benedict, Patron of Europe 1st Reading: Proverbs 2:1-10 The value of wisdom, devotion and fear of the Lord, so exemplified in Saint Benedict My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom…

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9 July 2022 – Saturday of Week 14

9 July 2022 – Saturday of Week 14 Optional Memorial: Ss Augustine Zhao Rong (+1815) and 119 Companions, martyred in China over several centuries. 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8 While praying in the temple, Isaiah is called to his great prophetic ministry In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw…

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8 July 2022 – Friday of Week 14

8 July 2022 – Friday of Week 14 Optional Memorial: St Kilian, born in Mullagh, Co Cavan (Kilmore). Became the apostle of Thuringia and eastern Franconia. Put to death in 689. Strong devotion to him in Würzburg, where his remains lie, and throughout Bavaria. 1st Reading: Hosea 14:2-9 A call…

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7 July 2022 – Thursday of Week 14

7 July 2022 – Thursday of Week 14 Optional Memorial: St Maelruain (Maolruain), founded the monastery of Tallaght, Dublin in 774 – part of the Célí Dé reform movement. 1st Reading: Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9 In tender imagery, God declares motherly care for his beloved child, Israel When Israel was a…

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6 July 2022 – Wednesday of Week 14

6 July 2022 – Wednesday of Week 14 Optional Memorials: St Maria Goretti;                                                                      St Monnine of…

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5 July 2022 – Tuesday of Week 14

5 July 2022 – Tuesday of Week 14 Optional Memorial: St Anthony Zaccaria 1st Reading: Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13 As penalty for their sins, they shall return to slavery in Egypt They made kings, but not through me; they set up princes, but without my knowledge. With their silver and gold…

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4 July 2022 – Monday of Week 14

4 July 2022 – Monday of Week 14 Optional Memorial: St Elizabeth of Portugal 1st Reading: Hosea 2:16-18, 21-22 Israel will again show loving fidelity to her God On that day, says the Lord, you will call me, “My husband.” For I will remove the names of the Baals from…

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2 July 2022 – Saturday of Week 13

2 July 2022 – Saturday of Week 13 1st Reading: Amos 9:11-15 The Davidic dynasty will be restored, and the land will be blessed with fertility On that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins, and…

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1 July 2022 – Friday of Week 13

1 July 2022 – Friday of Week 13 Memorial: St Oliver Plunkett 1st Reading: Amos 8:4-6, 9-12 If glaring injustices remain unchecked, a famine for meaning will blight our lives Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will…

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30 June 2022 – Thursday of Week 13

30 June 2022 – Thursday of Week 13 Optional Memorial: The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church 1st Reading: Amos 7:10-17 Expelled from the Bethel sanctuary, Amos announces God’s Word Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in…

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29 June 2022- Ss Peter and Paul – Apostles

29 June 2022- Ss Peter and Paul – Apostles 1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11 Peter is imprisoned, but an angel sets him free to continue leading the church About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed…

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28 June 2022 – Tuesday of Week 13

28 June 2022 – Tuesday of Week 13 Memorial: St Irenaeus 1st Reading: Amos 3:1-8. 4:11-12 Amos warns of the need for conversion Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of…

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27 June 2022 – Monday of Week 13

27 June 2022 – Monday of Week 13 Optional Memorial: St Cyril of Alexandria 1st Reading: Amos 2:6-10, 13-16 Israel is condemned for neglecting the poor and the defenceless Thus says the Lord: For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell…

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25 June 2022 – The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sat 25 June 2022 – The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary First Reading. Is 61:9-11 Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed. I will greatly…

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24 June 2022 – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

24 June 2022 – Sacred Heart, Year C 1st Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16 The Lord God will search for His sheep and pasture them For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are…

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23 June 2022 – Birth of Saint John the Baptist

23 June 2022 – Birth of Saint John the Baptist Note: The Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist is observed on 23 June this year as the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on 24 June. 1st Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6 The Lord called me…

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22 June 2022 – Wednesday of Week 12

22 June 2022 – Wednesday of Week 12 Optional Memorials: St Paulinus; St John Fisher and St Thomas More 1st Reading: 2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3 When Deuteronomy is rediscovered in the temple, it leads to reform The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the book…

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21 June 2022 – Tuesday of Week 12

21 June 2022 – Tuesday of Week 12 Memorial: St Aloysius Gonzaga 1st Reading: 2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36 The Assyrians attack Jerusalem; but Isaiah promises that a remnant will be saved When the king heard concerning King Tirhakah of Ethiopia, “See, he has set out to fight against…

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20 June 2022 – Monday of Week 12

Monday of Week 12 Memorial: The Irish Martyrs- Seventeen Irish men and women, cleric and lay, were martyred for their faith between 1579 and 1654. 1st Reading: 2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18 Exile of the ten northern tribes of Israel, for not listening to the prophets Then the king of…

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18 June 2022 – Saturday of Week 11

Saturday of Week 11 1st Reading: 2 Chronicles 24:17-25 King Joash murders the son of the priest who had saved his life After Jehoiada’s death the officials of Judah came and did obeisance to king Joash and the king listened to their advice. They abandoned the house of the Lord,…

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17 June 2022 – Friday of Week 11

Friday of Week 11 1st Reading: 2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20 The life of prince Joash is saved from Athaliah’s fury When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she set out to destroy all of the royal family. But Jehosheba, King Joram’s daughter and Ahaziah’s…

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16 June 2022 – Thursday of Week 11

Thursday of Week 11 1st Reading: Sirach 48:1-14 Elijah arose, a prophet like fire, and his word burned like a torch. He brought a famine upon them, and by his zeal he made them few in number. By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens, and also…

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15 June 2022 – Wednesday of Week 11

Wednesday of Week 11 1st Reading: 2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 Elijah is carried up to heaven in a chariot of fire When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here;…

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14 June 2022 – Tuesday of Week 11

Tuesday of Week 11 Optional Memorial: St Davnet 1st Reading: 1 Kings 21:17-29 Under Elijah’s warning, King Ahab repents and is forgiven Then word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying: Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in Samaria; he is now in the…

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13 June 2022 – Monday of Week 11

Monday of Week 11 Memorial: St Anthony of Padua 1st Reading: 1 Kings 21:1-16 Ahab and Jezebel rob and kill Naboth the Jezreelite Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. And Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard, so that…

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11 June 2022 – St Barnabas, apostle

St Barnabas, apostle 1st Reading: Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3 The zealous beginnings of the church in Antioch The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent…

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10 June 2022 – Friday of Week 10

Friday of Week 10 Optional Memorial: St Ephrem 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:9-16 Elijah’s encounter with God, at the cave on Mount Horeb Elijah came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He…

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09 June, 2022  – St Columba (Colum Cille)

09 June, 2022  St Columba (Colum Cille) abbot and missionary, secondary patron of Ireland 1st Reading: Romans 12:1-2, 9-13 Offer to God your spiritual worship I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your…

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8 June 2022 – Wednesday of Week 10

Wednesday of Week 10 1st Reading: 1 Kings 18:20-39 Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Ba’al [At Elijah’s prompting] Ahab sent to all the Israelites and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel. Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two…

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7 June 2022 – Tuesday of Week 10

Tuesday of Week 10 Optional Memorial: St Colman (Feast in Dromore) 1st Reading: 1 Kings 17:7-16 The widow of Zarephath provides for Elijah, so her own food-supply lasts to the end of the famine After a while the wadi dried up, because there was no rain in the land. Then…

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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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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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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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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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18 May 2022 – Wednesday of Week 5 of Easter

The Council of Jerusalem, on what is needed for salvation

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’