22Jan Presider’s Page for 22 January (3rd Sun. Ordinary Time)

This Sunday falls within the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, when the Church prays that all Christians may grow closer together. As we join with Christians all over the world today to honour the death and resurrection of Jesus, we pray that the journey to full unity may soon be complete.

15Jan Presider’s page for 15 January (2nd Sun. Ordinary Time)

The Christmas Season ended last Sunday, and we have entered Ordinary Time, moving slowly from winter to spring. The season of Lent begins on the first day of March: between now and then, we learn a little more each Sunday about the life and techings of Jesus.
Today is World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which this year focuses especially on children who migrate, vulnerable and voiceless.

08Jan Presider’s Page for Sunday 8 January (Baptism of the Lord)

This feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the last day of Christmas. At his baptism Jesus sees how much he is loved by God and is given the power to go out and spread the news. We share that power through our baptism.

06Jan Presider’s Page for Friday 6 January (Epiphany)

On this feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the wise men reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

01Jan Presider’s Page for 1 January 2017 (Mary, Mother of God)

Happy New Year! On this first day of the Year of Our Lord 2017, we acclaim Mary as Mother of God and ask her to mind us and those we love during this new year. Today is also World Peace Day, a day during which we pray for peace.

25Dec Presider’s Page for 25 December (Christmas Day Mass)

Opening Comment
We celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God has taken human flesh, has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of …

24Dec Presider’s Page for 24 December (Christmas Night Mass)

In the dark of this winter night, we proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus, salvation is ours.

18Dec Presider’s Page for 18 December (Advent 4)

The Season of Advent ends next Saturday, so the celebration of the birth of Christ is now quite close. We gather in preparation for that great event, worshipping God who was made flesh to bring us to glory.

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 …

08Dec Presider’s Page for 8 December (Immaculate Conception)

Our preparations for Christmas always include Mary, the Mother of God. Today’s feast celebrates her conception free from sin, a miracle that displays God’s power for believers. We worship the God of Mercy, for whom everything is posssible.

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