27Aug Presider’s Page for 27 August (Ordinary Time 21)

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

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

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

02Aug Needing more than Needle and Thread

Seamus Ahearne looks at the week that was, raids ‘the pockets of God’ and "lifts us beyond the ordinary and the obvious and enables us to see the treasure and the pearl."

17Jul Rome, we’ve got a problem

Brendan Hoban, writing in the Western People, says that while it's good that there is now some recognition of the huge crisis facing the Irish church due to a lack of priests it is past time to take action.
."Regularly now, in what used to be a listing of priests’ changes in June, we have a listing of parishes who no longer will have a resident priest but will be serviced by a priest in an adjoining parish. Unless something practical is done, that will keep happening until there’s only one priest left with a helicopter trying to cover funerals, weddings and baptisms over several parishes leaving most churches in a diocese without Mass, Sunday or weekday."

11Jul ‘There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of, in your philosophy.’

Seamus Ahearne reflects on a recent meeting with some 60 of his fellow Augustinians and on the day to day happenings in his parish and community. "there is still a ladder going up to the heavens. Angels still ascend and descend. God is in this place. And sometimes we don’t sing and dance and laugh and enjoy it as if we knew. The dour Church is not an ambassador for Christ. The clown is a better image for most of us. Life presently needs fun and laughter. God has to be about that something which is more and different. Someone has to stir the music in our souls. I think that is our job."

10Jul Another side of Pope Francis

Brendan Hoban writes in his column in the Western People about the decisive actions of Pope Francis in facing down disobedience amongst some Cardinals.
Also included are links to;
La Croix International   Cardinal Müller’s self-delusion and sense of entitlement
www.tonyflannery.com         Muller complains of lack of due process in his sacking!!!!!!

01Jul New Prefect at CDF

America Magazine reports that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, a Spanish Jesuit, as the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and successor to Cardinal Gerhard Müller

25Jun ACP Regional Meeting: Wellbeing of priests: Cashel & Emly, Killaloe and Limerick

A report on the ACP Regional Meeting concerning the Wellbeing of priests for Cashel & Emly, Killaloe and Limerick dioceses.

26May Married priests: call for courageous conversation

Sarah Mac Donald writes in the NCR about recent comments by Bishop Crispian Hollis, the retired bishop of Portsmouth, concerning the ordination of married men to the priesthood which he says "needs to be explored openly within the church in England and Wales at national and diocesan levels."
With fewer than 40 students in the national seminary at Maynooth it is an issue that is crying out to be explored in Ireland as well.
Liamy McNally is quoted as saying "There is no priest shortage!" ..... "We have many priests, but they are married and so are not allowed to have a public ministry," ..... "in the early church those with a vocation to priesthood were married, whereas today, those who feel called to priesthood must also have a vocation to celibacy."

24May Manchester, Monday, 22 May 2017, 10.30 p.m.

Chris McDonnell reacts to the tragic events in Manchester

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