Today's Homily Resource

4th July. Saturday of Week 13

Saint Elisabeth of Portugal.

Elizabeth (Isabel) of Aragon (1271-1336) became wife of King Denis of Portugal, with whom she had a son and a daughter. During her time as queen she proved an effective conciliator between opposing factions.



29Jun Presider’s Pages for July published

Presider’s Pages for July published

June 29th, 2015

To facilitate those taking summer holidays, the presider’s pages for all of July have now been published on the ‘Bidding Prayers’ Page. The ACP wishes presiders and liturgy teams a restful summer.…

27Jun ‘Laudato Si’ – condensed version

‘Laudato Si’ – condensed version

June 27th, 2015

Pádraig McCarthy has produced a condensed version of 'Laudato Si’ of about 7,000 words, to encourage people to try it, and then perhaps to refer to the full text for more on each section.
Padraig's versions are available for down loading.

26Jun The children of this age are more shrewd …

The children of this age are more shrewd …

June 26th, 2015

Brendan Hoban writing in his Western People weekly column suggests that church authorities need to re-evaulate how they sometimes dispose of church assets and resources to civic authorities.
" I get the feeling that sometimes civic authorities are laughing behind their hands at the gullibility and innocence of church authorities, especially when there is so little credit given for the donation of sites that run into millions of euros. "

22Jun Lecture on The Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, and its implications for Church and Society.

Lecture on The Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, and its implications for Church and Society.

June 22nd, 2015

Lecture
The Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, and its implications for Church and Society.

Venue: Trinity College Chapel, Dublin
Date: Monday, June 29th

Time: 8.00pm.

19Jun Caring for our common home

Caring for our common home

June 19th, 2015

Sean McDonagh tells us that Pope Francis' encyclical is ' one of the most important documents to come from a Pope in the past one hundred-and-twenty years.'
'Pope Francis is the first to acknowledge the magnitude of the ecological crisis, the urgency with which it must be faced and the irreversible nature of ecological damage.'
Sean reminds us though that while 'this is a most exciting document, it is only a beginning. Real efforts and resources have to be placed behind it if this concern is to find its rightful place at the heart of Christian ministry.'

18Jun “Praise be to you, my Lord”

“Praise be to you, my Lord”

June 18th, 2015

ENCYCLICAL LETTER
LAUDATO SI’
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

18Jun Re-admitting women to the ordained Diaconate

Re-admitting women to the ordained Diaconate

June 18th, 2015

Phyllis Zagano in an article in the National Catholic Reporter gives a very interesting analysis of recent developments concerning the questions of re-admitting women to the order of deacon and that of ordaining married men to the order of priest.
Could it be that two Irish Bishops may give a lead to the universal church on these issues?

16Jun Does marriage mean exactly what we want it to mean?

Does marriage mean exactly what we want it to mean?

June 16th, 2015

Brendan Hoban writing in the Western People wonders if marriage really only means what we want it to mean. Brendan says 'The Catholic Church, it could be argued, has a similar problem. It makes a distinction between two kinds of marriage: ‘sacramental’ and ‘natural’.
However this 'may be an important one to remember when the October Synod reassembles in Rome. In short, marriage doesn’t have to be sacramental to be accepted by the Catholic Church.'

16Jun Listening rather than hearing

Listening rather than hearing

June 16th, 2015

Chris McDonnell reminds us that hearing is not listening. 'Listening demands that we pay attention, that we concentrate, that for a while we are silent.' When we really listen the results can be surprising and transforming.

16Jun Changing reality for marriage discussed with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Changing reality for marriage discussed with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

June 16th, 2015

Association of Catholics in Ireland met with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to discuss the changing reality for marriage and the family in Ireland.