30Nov 30 November. 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. …

29Nov 29 November. Tuesday, Advent, Week 1

First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10

The Messiah will restore harmony and justice on earth.

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 on …

28Nov Visit of Pope Francis; Statement of the Association of Catholic Priests

Statement of the Association of Catholic Priests welcoming the proposed visit of Pope Francis

28Nov Taoiseach goes where bishops fear to tread?

RTE is reporting that An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, may have raised the issue of Irish priests who have been 'silenced' at a meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican.

28Nov Thinking for Ourselves

Brendan Hoban in his Western People column tells us that 'openness, transparency and respect are prerequisites for sustaining loyalty...... Adults will only give their loyalty if they are respected as adults.
Which is why infantilism – treating adults as children – no longer works in the modern world. And which is why the Catholic Church, in a more open and questioning society, is struggling so hard to maintain the loyalty of its members.'.

28Nov A call for homily resources from our readers

The Homily Notes proposed for all of December 2016 are now online.

Please see them as draft material to be amended & improved with your help. They can be accessed via our December Calendar, on the right of this screen.…

28Nov 28 November. Monday, Advent, Week 1

First Reading: Isaiah 2:4-6

Wisdom and peace when swords are beaten into ploughshares

Thus says the Lord: “On that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride …

27Nov Presider’s Page for 27 November (Advent 1)

The season of Advent begins today. During the next 27 days we will look forward in hope. We will watch for the end times, when Christ will come in glory, Christ whose birthday we will celebrate very soon.

27Nov 27 November. First Sunday of Advent

A call for homily resources from our readers

The Homily Notes proposed for all of December 2016 are now online. Please see them as draft material to be amended & improved with your help. The Notes can be accessed …

26Nov 26 November. Saturday, Week 34

1st Reading: Revelation 22:1-7

River of life; healing fruits and the Lamb who is to come

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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