30Nov Presider’s Page for 30 November (Advent 1, Year B)

Advent begins today. During the first part of the season, the Church focuses on the end of time, when Christ will come in glory. Then, for the last week of Advent, we will prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.

29Nov 30th November. First Sunday of Advent

Do you ever watch people at airports, waiting for loved ones to arrive from a flight? They often seem excited, eager for the first appearance of the familiar face, ready with the broad smile of greeting to embrace the returning traveller. We too wait for the Lord’s coming with eagerness, because we long for his presence.

29Nov Mass Readings, December 2014

Mass Readings for December 2014

29Nov 29th November. Saturday of Week 34.

Ending on a hopeful note: On this last day of the liturgical year we are told that while our passing from darkness to light is coming it may not come soon. Meanwhile we must live with faith in God's eternal plan for us and for the entire world. Whether in darkness or light, we are not alone but are united with all of God's holy ones who have gone before us...

29Nov 30 November. 1st Sunday of Advent

Like people at airports . . .
Do you ever watch people at airports, waiting for loved ones to arrive from a flight? They often seem excited, eager for the first appearance of the familiar face, ready with the smile of greeting to embrace the returning traveller. We too wait for the Lord’s coming with eagerness . . .

28Nov Brazilian Bishops Establish Commission on Married Priesthood

Anthony Ruff OSB has posted an interesting article on www.praytellblog.com of the Brazilian bishops beginning to respond to Pope Francis' challenge about the shortage of priests.
Any takers this side of the Atlantic?

28Nov 28th November. Friday of Week 34.

Colourful symbols for here and now. . . While the Revelation text is typical of apocalyptic literature and full of elaborate symbolism, today's gospel speaks in plainer language. From the example of the budding fig tree we know that summer is near; so when you see all the things happening, know that the reign of God is near....

27Nov ‘Secularisation’ – too easy a scapegoat for the sidelining of religion in Ireland

Brendan Hoban in his weekly Western People column states that ‘Secularisation is one of those short-hand boxes that church people tick to spread the blame for the decline of religion, even to explain away situations that are often their own fault. But it’s too heavy a brush to paint in the shades and counter shades of an accurate portrait of the place of religion in Irish life today.'

27Nov 27th November. Thursday of Week 34.

Memorial of Saint Fergal, bishop and missionary.

Fergal or Vergilius was a monk in the monastery of Aghaboe, Co. Laois, when in 745 he left Ireland on peregrination pro Christo (missionary pilgrimage for Christ). He settled first in France, later

26Nov November Sings the Blues

Here are some sentences taken from a poetic image-filled November-Advent reflection from the Sojourners website, by Catherine Woodiwiss.
Padraig McCarthy




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