11Dec Presider’s Page for 11 December (Advent 3 – Gaudete)

Songs for today’s Mass (Suggestions)
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; Rejoice in the Lord always;  Wait for the Lord (Taizé); Christ, be our Light.

Opening Comment
Traditionally, this Sunday is called Gaudete Sunday, which means ‘a day for …

11Dec Councils of Priests – are they relevant?

Tim Hazelwood, reflecting on his own experiences, questions the role and function of the 'Council of Priests' in dioceses.
Tim feels this is of particular relevance in light of the letter from the bishops to the ACP following a meeting last May.
Tim says that 'My experience is that the Council of Priests does not want to deal with the concerns of priests...... For diocesan priests the council is irrelevant in our lives. We get on with it as best we can as the work and weight of expectation grows, dreading the next edict to come from the council or the diocesan office to add to our busy work schedule.'

11Dec 11 December, 3rd Sunday of Advent

How hard it is for those in authority to tolerate dissent… and people (or “whistle-blowers”) who dare to criticise the powers-that-be can expect to be harshly treated. At great risk to his life, John the Baptist castigated the authorities of …




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