Today's Homily Resource

15 July. 15th Sunday

1st Reading: Amos (7:12-15)

Amos is called by God to be a prophet

Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, …



12Jul The curious case of the Archbishop’s comments.

The curious case of the Archbishop’s comments.

July 12th, 2018

Brendan Hoban writing in the Western People suggests that "Part of the problem we have in the Irish Catholic Church is that little respect was given to the critical voices that time and again warned against the icebergs stalking our voyage. A lack of vision, a failure in leadership and an inability to cope with the complexities of a changing world meant that the uncritical voices, especially those that echoed official thinking, were given an inordinate influence in the last few decades. And anyone who didn’t subscribe to the old conservatism was taken out in some shape or form."

08Jul A Broken Dream

A Broken Dream

July 8th, 2018

Chris McDonnell  writing in the Catholic Times on Friday 06 July comments on the shattering of the 'American Dream'.
"The current argument in the US is not between Democrats and Republicans; it is between decency and autocracy."
""It is a time when the Christian voice of compassion and care must be strong in defence of those who have little, whose strength is insufficient to meet the challenge that they face."

08Jul “Always say …… Always say”

“Always say …… Always say”

July 8th, 2018

Reflecting on his life's experiences Brian Fahy reminds us how so many people who were strong and experienced in so many theatres of life were reduced to silence simply by the fact that the Church loomed too large in its authority.
"Let us encourage one another to speak and say how we feel and not allow the often, unconscious forces of power to suppress or stifle the truth that needs to be said and heard."

06Jul ‘You are the sunshine of my life.’

‘You are the sunshine of my life.’

July 6th, 2018

We marvel that in Ireland the sun still shines after a couple of weeks of summer weather and Seamus Ahearne gets in the humour to write.
"The sun shines. Faces smile. Hearts are lifted.  There is warmth in the air. There is chatter in the companionship of life. We feel better. We walk with a spring in our steps. The world around us is a revelation of mystery ............. In the dull days of faith, we need to catch the beauty and brightness of God among us. Faith cannot be fearful. God cannot be dour."

04Jul ACP Public Meetings – “What do we need to say to Pope Francis about the Irish Church?”

ACP Public Meetings – “What do we need to say to Pope Francis about the Irish Church?”

July 4th, 2018

The ACP  will host 4 public regional meetings ahead of the Papal visit.
The theme  of the meetings is  “What do we need to say to Pope Francis about the Irish Church?”
These meetings are open to everybody.

02Jul The annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP)

The annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP)

July 2nd, 2018

The National Catholic Reporter has a story on the annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP). It says the conference "heard calls for the church to focus on young Catholics, embrace the pastoral theology of Pope Francis, and affirm the Second Vatican Council's theological spadework.
In both his opening evening welcome and homily during the June 27 Mass, Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, lauded the group, calling it 'a wonderfully powerful and necessary voice' and 'voice of hope and joy.' "

02Jul Fr. Patrick Burke R.I.P.

Fr. Patrick Burke R.I.P.

July 2nd, 2018

Updated with a tribute by Brendan Hoban and with a tribute broadcast on Mid West Radio's Faith Alive Programme by Monica Morley and Brendan Hoban.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden death on Monday 25 June of our colleague Patrick Burke, priest of Tuam Archdiocese and curate in Westport Parish and Pastoral Co-ordinator of Clare Island and Inishturk.

30Jun July presiders pages published

July presiders pages published

June 30th, 2018

To facilitate people going on holidays, the entire set of July Presiders Page has now been published. These pages can be used by priests at Sunday Mass, or may be printed out as a courtesy to visting priests. (Each contains …

28Jun Pastoral Theology for a Post-Modern World

Pastoral Theology for a Post-Modern World

June 28th, 2018

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy delivered an important speech at the 2018 assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests meeting in Albuquerque June 25-28, 2018. l

27Jun Ordination of women; Why not ?

Ordination of women; Why not ?

June 27th, 2018

Chris McDonnell , writing in the Catholic Times, Friday June 22  says that when it comes to the issue of the ordination of women "Just to say 'it can't happen'is not good enough, the position requires greater justification than that."




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