22Apr Good Friday

It is Consummated

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? ... In the words of that haunting song, sometimes it does indeed cause me to tremble.... when I hear those words from the cross, "It is Consummated!" Consummated - completed - achieved to the last degree - engraved forever on the memory of mankind. "I have come to seek and to save what was lost.... The Son of Man came, not to be served but to serve."

21Apr Holy Thursday

Feast of The Lord's Supper

Holy Week is focussed on the central mysteries of our Christian faith. Beginning the Sacred Triduum with the Mass of the Lord's Supper, we highlight the gift of the Eucharist re-presenting the Lord's Paschal Mystery, the very heart of the Church's existence...

21Apr Holy Thursday – Liturgy preparation

The liturgy that begins at the Mass of the Lord's Supper continues until Easter begins. At the Mass, 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 the first night, from there to Calvary on the second day, and from the tomb to resurrection and new life on the third day, which ends with the Vigil of Easter Sunday.

21Apr Report on meeting of ACP in Cork

About twenty five priests attended the meeting in Ovens on 12 April, as did Tony Flannery from the Leadership Team. It was a lively, energetic meeting, with plenty of contributions from the people present. The first item on the agenda was a report on the survey conducted among ACP members in Munster in preparation for the Apostolic Visitors. Respondents said that their own personal morale was high, but that they believed that priests' morale generally was low....

20Apr Two Items from Scottish Priest, Mike Fallon, relating to liturgical texts

Some time ago we published here an open letter written by Fr. Mike Fallon to the Bishops of Scotland relating to the liturgical texts.  He received no reply from any of them, so he has decided to write a second letter.  We publish this here, and also the text of an interview he gave on the subject.  For those of us involved in the issue here, there is a ring of familiarity about his experience.

20Apr Wednesday in Holy Week

Saved from Fear and Shame

When Isaiah says, “I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard,” he’s talking about that same place. It was usual in Isaiah’s day for Hebrew men to wear full beards, and pulling out a beard, besides being quite painful, was an attack on a man’s dignity.

20Apr Holy Week Penance Service – Liturgy Preparation

This liturgy, for use in parishes in Holy Week, is a celebration of God’s forgiveness, and of our reconciliation with God and one another. The service has four parts. After a brief introduction (the first part), people listen to God’s word and reflect on it. Then all  celebrate the Rite of Reconciliation, during which everyone will have the opportunity of going to Confession. The service ends with an Act of Thanksgiving.

19Apr Gerry O’Hanlon’s address to Milltown Seminar (abridged)

The breakdown in trust in the Catholic Church, and the crisis which has accompanied it, is due in the first place to the scandal of clerical child sexual abuse and its even more scandalous mishandling by Church authorities. However, as Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has stated on so many occasions, the abuse issue has opened peoples’ eyes ‘to a much deeper crisis....

19Apr Tuesday in Holy Week

Two apostles who denied Christ

The Gospel for today treats the two Apostles who denied Christ. One, of course was Judas Iscariot who swiftly left the Last Supper room to do his dastardly deed and the other, of course, was Simon Peter, who...

18Apr Monday in Holy Week

Short-term Gain

The three gospel texts leading up to Holy Thursday deal with Judas Iscariot and his path to damnation. In the first reading, Isaiah records in Isaiah 42:1 "My chosen one with whom I am pleased." Our Lord wanted so much to say this about his apostle, Judas, but no matter what he would say, Judas had his eyes on worldly gain rather than heavenly riches...

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