30Sep September 30th.Wednesday, Week 26

Feast of Saint Jerome (See below)

1st Reading: Nehemiah 2:1-8

King Artaxerxes sends Nehemiah to Jerusalem, to restore its walls and graves

In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was served him, I … Read the rest

29Sep September 29th. Feast of the Archangels

Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Some angels have been attributed proper names to denote their special kind of service. Thus, Michael means “Who is like God”; Gabriel is “The Strength of God”; and Raphael is “God’s Healing.”

1st Reading: Daniel

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28Sep Protecting the Pope ……. from us.

The U.S. Secret Service kept Pope Francis safe during his recent travels in the U.S.A., even if some think their methods a little over enthusiastic for a man who prefers to travel in a small Fiat rather than an armoured SUV.
Seamus Ahearne suggests that maybe we now need to protect him from our need for a jamboree by expecting him to attend the Congress on the Family for 2018.
Seamus thinks Francis' time is precious and "I would much prefer that we respect the age of Pope Francis and conserve his energy and reduce his trips abroad. We should be caring for him and protecting him ...We need to keep him at home and let him do as much as he can, in enlivening the Church."

28Sep September 28th. Monday of Week 26

1st Reading: Zechariah 8:1-8

Jerusalem shall be filled with those who were scattered across the earth

The word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great … Read the rest

27Sep The laity has spoken and the Church must learn

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have published an extraordinarily candid piece of criticism of the Church taken from a summary of responses to a consultation conducted in preparation for the forthcoming international synod of bishops in Rome next month, on the subject of marriage and family life.
An editorial in The Tablet states that "they want a Church that engages with married life and its messy difficulties realistically and humanely, not one offering idealistic textbook answers."
One respondent is quoted as saying: “It would seem that right now the Church may well have more to learn from marriage and family life than to teach.”

27Sep Presider’s Page for 27 September (Ordinary Time 26)

All are welcome in this place: anyone who is not against us is for us. All may gather here to worship God our Saviour.

27Sep 27th September. 26th Sunday, Ordinary Time

St Vincent de Paul is not celebrated this year. (See below)

1st Reading: Numbers 11:25-29

Moses wants to shared leadership of God’s People with others who have gifts of prophecy

Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke … Read the rest

26Sep September 26th. Saturday, Week 25

Saints Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (see below)

1st Reading: Zechariah 2:5-11

Jerusalem will be a centre of peace where many will come to dwell

For I will be a wall of fire all around it, says the Lord, and I … Read the rest

25Sep September 25th. Friday, Week 25

St Finbarr (550-620) (See below)

1st Reading: Haggai 2:1-9

The Lord will make the new temple more glorious than Solomon’s

In the second year of King Darius, in the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word … Read the rest

24Sep Pope Francis speaks to the Joint Session of the United states Congress

Standing ovations for Francis from Congress but is anyone actually listening?
Are we, the church. listening?
Are Church administrators and curial officials listening?
Caroline Wyatt, BBC religious affairs correspondent, says in a report "Above all, Pope Francis in the US has challenged his audiences to think, and to cast aside ideological divisions in favour of unity and mercy - to reflect on how to help the poor and those without. ....... Then, he left in his small car that makes a big point about the environment, showing that sometimes, actions can speak louder than words."

Francis used the example of four people to highlight his points. "Three sons and a daughter of this land, four individuals and four dreams: Lincoln, liberty; Martin Luther King, liberty in plurality and non-exclusion; Dorothy Day, social justice and the rights of persons; and Thomas Merton, the capacity for dialogue and openness to God."

Liberty; liberty in plurality and non-exclusion; the rights of persons; the capacity for dialogue and openness to God:
They're as needed in our church as in U.S. society.
It's time for action.

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