25Jan 25/01. The Conversion of St Paul, Apostle

The great conversion: Paul’s recognition of the risen Christ transformed his value system. No longer were the claims of Jesus the blasphemous pretensions of a madman, but utter truth; and Jesus was Messiah and Saviour.

1st Reading: Acts 22:3-16


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24Jan Presider’s Page for 24 January (Ordinary Time 3)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues until this Monday. With Christians all over the world, we ask God to give us the unity for which Christ prayed.

24Jan 24/01. 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Theme: We celebrate as Christ’s Body in which we all, laity and clergy, belong. We use our God-given talents to enhance the lives of others.

1st Reading: Nehemiah 8:2-6, 8-10

Ezra the Scribe set out to re-instate the Jewish Laws

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23Jan 23/01. Saturday, Week 2

1st Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1-4 etc

David’s grief at the death of Saul and Jonathan

After the death of Saul, when David had returned from defeating the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag. On the third day, a man … Read the rest

22Jan 22/01. Friday, Week 2

1st Reading: 1 Samuel 24:3-21

David refrains from killing Saul, and gains the moral high ground

He came to the sheepfolds beside the road, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his … Read the rest

21Jan Law catching up with practice, again.

Fr. Anthony Ruff writes in his praytellblog.com about the change of rules concerning the washing of feet on Holy Thursday.
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments now says that female feet may be washed!
Anthony asks 'is too much being made about a rather insignificant matter?'
We could add why has it taken Rome so long to catch up with what has been common practice in most parishes for many years.

21Jan 21/01. Thursday, Week 2

Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr, optional memorial

1st Reading: 1 Samuel 18:6-9 etc

Saul’s jealousy threatens David, but Jonathan helps to reconcile them

As they were coming home, when David returned from killing the Philistine, the women came out of … Read the rest

20Jan Dublin Diocese 2030 – Quo vadis?

The Council of Priests of Dublin Diocese commissioned a report by Towers Watson to estimate the number of active Priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin in 2030 and estimate the Mass attendance numbers and number of people presenting for sacraments in 2030.
The report having made this estimate then puts forward some suggested ways of coping with the projected situation. These suggestions are to be discussed by the Council of priests.
How similar is it to projections made by others dioceses?
Are there any new imaginative suggestions as to how the Church in Ireland should respond to the impending virtual disappearance of priests from most communities?

20Jan 20/01. Wednesday, Week 2

Saints Fabian and Sebastian, martyrs (optional memorial)

1st Reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-33, etc

David kills Goliath, and saves his people

David said to Saul, “Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this … Read the rest

19Jan 19/01. Tuesday, Week 2

1st Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

In Bethlehem Samuel anoints David (Jesse’s youngest son)  as king

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with … Read the rest

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