31Dec 31/12. 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas

Saint Sylvester, pope. Optional memorial.

1st Reading: 1 John 2:18-21

A Christian community in crisis, yet still trusting in the Holy Spirit

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists … Read the rest

30Dec The Ring of Gyges – The Issue of Anonymity

Mattie Long, moderator of the comments on this site, raises the issue of anonymous comments being published on the ACP website.
"It would appear to me that doing so encourages less than charitable, and less than Christian, instincts to get the better of some people who otherwise would see themselves as Christian in word and in deed".

30Dec 30/12. 6th Day in the Octave of Christmas

1st Reading: 1 John 2:12-17

Do not be absorbed by the world or the things in the world

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, … Read the rest

29Dec 29/12. 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

Saint Thomas a Becket. optional memorial

1st Reading: 1 John 2:3-11

The link between love and walking in the light of God.

Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, … Read the rest

28Dec Part-time Administrative Secretary

The Association of Catholic Priests

is seeking applications for the following position:


28Dec 28/12. The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

1st Reading: 1 John 1:5-2:2

Those who walk in darkness, and those who walk in the light

Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there … Read the rest

27Dec Presider’s Page for 27 December (Holy Family)

Today is part of the continuing Christmas celebration. In today’s Mass, we honour the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. As during this week we say goodbye to 2015, we entrust our families to their patronage, and pray for God’s help in the New Year.

27Dec 27/12. The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

1st Reading: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14

Honour your parents when they are old

The Lord honors a father above his children,
and he confirms a mother’s right over her children.
Those who honor their father atone for sins,
and those who … Read the rest

26Dec 26/12. Saint Stephen, the First Martyr

1st Reading: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59

The martyrdom of Stephen the deacon,  according to Luke

Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, … Read the rest

25Dec Presider’s Page for Christmas Night (24/25 December)

In the dark of Christmas night, Christians proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus, salvation is ours.