30Jun 30th June. Tuesday in the 13th Week

The First martyrs of the Church in Rome.

Since 1969, the anonymous “proto-martyrs” who died under emperor Nero in the 60s are commemorated as a group on June 30. Since Peter and Paul both died in this persecution, the others

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29Jun 29th June (Monday). Saints Peter and Paul

In these two apostles, we see how the faith can spread through the life of generous, faithful hearts. We get a glimpse of each of them in turn, in prison for the faith, prepared for martyrdom for the Gospel of

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28Jun Presider’s Page 28 June (Ordinary Time 13)

As summer takes hold, we give thanks to God for all the gifts we enjoy. We rejoice in God’s saving power: death itself is in his hand and all the living depend on God alone.

28Jun 28th June. 13th Sunday, Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24

All that God does is wholesome, and he intends us to enjoy a blessed immortality.

God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. For he created all … Read the rest

27Jun ‘Laudato Si’ – condensed version

Pádraig McCarthy has produced a condensed version of 'Laudato Si’ of about 7,000 words, to encourage people to try it, and then perhaps to refer to the full text for more on each section.
Padraig's versions are available for down loading.

27Jun 27th June. Saturday in the 12th Week

1st Reading: Genesis 18:1-15

Abraham becomes a paradigm of hospitality, as he entertains the travellers

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. … Read the rest

26Jun The children of this age are more shrewd …

Brendan Hoban writing in his Western People weekly column suggests that church authorities need to re-evaulate how they sometimes dispose of church assets and resources to civic authorities.
" I get the feeling that sometimes civic authorities are laughing behind their hands at the gullibility and innocence of church authorities, especially when there is so little credit given for the donation of sites that run into millions of euros. "

26Jun 26th June. Friday in the 12th Week

1st Reading: Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22

Abram’s name is changed. The promised child will be God’s special gift.

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram again, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before … Read the rest

25Jun 25th June. Thursday in the 12th Week

1st Reading: Genesis 16:1-12, 15-16

Hagar is driven out, but an angel is sent to rescue her

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar, and Sarai said to Abram, “You … Read the rest

24Jun 24th June. Tuesday. Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

1st Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6

The Lord called me before I was born; in my mother’s womb he named me.

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while … Read the rest