12Dec 3rd Sunday in Advent

Theme: Society finds it so hard to tolerate dissent that those who step out of line are often harshly treated and even risk their lives. At great risk, John the Baptist spoke out for justice, against the corrupt authorities of …

11Dec Advent Week 2 – Saturday

Sirach 48:1ff. Lyrical praise of the great Elijah, a prophet whose word burned like a torch.Matthew 17:9ff. John the Baptist was the "Elijah" - the fore-runner, before the Messiah's arrival.

10Dec Advent Week 2 – Friday

Isaiah 48:17ff.If you heeded my commandments, your name would last foreverMatthew 11:16ff. Jesus criticises the people of his generation, who listened neither to John the Baptist nor to himself.

09Dec Advent Week 2 – Thursday

Isaiah 41:13ff. The Lord says to his dispirited people, "Do not fear, for I will help you. "Matthew 11:11ff. The greatness of John the Baptist, but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

08Dec Report from Cork and Ross meeting of APC

Cork and Ross Diocese

Meeting of A.C.P.  held on Tuesday, November 30th 2010.

2.30pm – 4.00pm

Ovens Parish Centre.

Difficulties with travel because of snow and ice on roads meant that serious consideration was given to deferring the meeting. …

08Dec Advent Week 2 – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Gen 3:9-20. After their sin, our First Parents tried to move the blame on to each other, and to the serpent. God puts enmity between the serpent and the woman, between its offspring and hers.

Eph 1:3ff. An enthusiastic hymn …

07Dec Advent Week 2 – Tuesday

Isaiah 40:1ff. "Comfort ye my people!" - the beginning of Second Isaiah, on the promised return of the exiles from Babylon.Matthew 18:12ff. The shepherd rejoices to find the lost sheep.

06Dec Derek Reeve; retired priest in England

I am very interested in this Association and would dearly love to see something similar established here in England. Our National Council of Priests failed for much the same reasons as the Irish Council and, as a retired priest, i …

06Dec Advent Week 2 – Monday

Isaiah 35:1ff. In a glorious future they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the ransomed exiles shall return to Zion

Luke 5:17ff. Jesus heals the paralysed man, let down through the roof, for “the Son of Man has …

05Dec 2nd Sunday in Advent

Theme: John the Baptist’s life work was preparing the way for Christ. Once Christ came, it only remained for John to disappear gracefully. Like John, we should make way for Christ in our own life, and then perhaps we can …

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