31Dec Good Wishes for 2015

Happy New Year

31Dec 31st December. Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

Positive Thinking: Tomorrow we begin the new year 2015. Even though we are in mid winter, we know that each day is now that little bit longer than the previous one....

30Dec 30th December. 6th Day in the Octave of Christmas

The widow Anna in today's gospel is one of those lovely characters that feature in Luke's stories about Jesus' childhood. What distinguishes Anna from the others is her age, eighty four years old, and . .

29Dec Cancerland

In his weekly Western People column Brendan Hoban thanks God for another Christmas season almost done and for being able to face another new year. 'There’s nothing like a serious illness when the future hangs in the balance to give you a sense of the precious breadth and delicious texture of the ordinary bits and pieces of life.'

29Dec 29th December. (Monday) 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

Holding the Child: Babies are endlessly fascinating; they engage us at so many levels. There is something about holding this bundle of new life which is very special. We focus on them and...

28Dec Presider’s Page for 28 December (Holy Family)

On this first Sunday after Christmas, we honour the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We entrust our families to their patronage, and pray for all who have been part of our families, those still alive and those whom we hope have joined the great family of God in heaven.

28Dec 28th December. (Sunday) The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

A family tested and tried: While the family life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is put before us as a model to imitate, this does not mean that they were exempt from the problems and difficulties that every family must face . . .

27Dec 27th December (Sat.) Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

He who recognised: It is right to celebrate Saint John the evangelist soon after Christmas Day. The opening lines of his gospel sum up in a few words what we are celebrating at Christmas, 'the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.' This, the last of the four gospels to be written, is based on the...

26Dec 26th December. Saint Stephen, the First Martyr

The power of example: The one who would later become great missionary Saint Paul was present at the death of Stephen and entirely approved of the killing. Saul would go on to become the great apostle to the Gentiles. Perhaps the courageous witness of Stephen left some kind of impression on Saul and sowed a seed which would later bear much fruit...

25Dec 25th December. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Word of Life:
Words are important at this Christmas time of the year, both the spoken and the written word. This is especially clear in our efforts to speak to those close to us...