26Apr Presider’s Page for 26 April (Easter 4)

Opening Comment

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is often called Good Shepherd Sunday, because the readings are about the care we receive from Christ, our true shepherd — a care Christians are invited to copy. Today is also the Day …

19Apr Presider’s Page for 19 April (Easter 3)

Throughout the Easter season, the Church continues to announce and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

12Apr Presider’s Page for 12 April (Easter 2)

Even though Easter Week is now behind us, this Sunday’s liturgy still overflows with the joy of Jesus’ resurrection. Christians continue to celebrate that great event for the next six weeks, until Pentecost Sunday on 19 May, the fiftieth and final day of Easter.

05Apr Presider’s Page for 5 April (Easter Sunday)

This Easter morning we celebrate the central mystery of our faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He suffered on the cross and died for us, but now he is risen!

04Apr Presider’s page for 4 April (Easter Vigil)

We gather around the Easter candle on this cold Easter night, celebrating the Lord’s resurrection. With that light to illumine our way and to warm our hearts, we listen to God's word at the Easter Vigil and prepare to renew our baptism an make a new start in the Easter springtime.

02Apr Presider’s Page for 2 April (Holy Thursday)

The liturgy that begins with the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday continues until we reach Easter. We are at the start of a three-day celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We journey from the Last Supper to Gethsemane tonight, from there to Calvary tomorrow, and from the tomb to resurrection and new life at the Vigil of Easter Sunday.

29Mar Presider’s Page for 29 March (Palm Sunday)

Opening Comment (for Mass without Procession or Solemn Entrance)
Today’s liturgy gives a preview of the events we will celebrate between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. These events are also the focus of …

22Mar Presider’s Page for 22 March (Lent 5)

In just over ten days time, the Easter Triduum will begin, at sunset on Holy Thursday. Today we pray for all the adults and children who will be baptised at Easter. And we ask that we may be fit and ready to renew our own baptismal promises.

17Mar Presider’s Page for 17 March (Lá ‘le Pádraig)

Today we in Ireland pause from our lenten penances to honour Patrick, the apostle of the Irish. In our celebration of this solemn feast, we worship God, creator, redeemer and sanctifier, who brought our ancestors into the Christian fold through the preaching of St Patrick.

15Mar Presider’s Page for 15 March (Lent 4)

This Sunday we come to the midpoint of Lent. The season is half over, and the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus is nearer to us. On this midway Sunday, it is traditional to honour mothers, praying for those still with us and remembering those who have died.