23Feb 23 Feb. Tuesday, Week 2 of Lent

Saint Polycarp, optional memorial

1st Reading: Isaiah 1:10, 16-20

A call to personal conversion, to remove our sins from God’s sight

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people … Read the rest

22Feb That was the week that was

Seamus Ahearne shares his reflections on a week of murder and funerals, politicians' promises and one pope's anger and another pope's letters, and sadly more deaths.
But in it all we were taken 'yet again to a mountain top and experienced that awesome presence of God and the dullness and dreariness of daily news was overwhelmed by grace and goodness.'

22Feb 22 Feb. (Mon) St Peter’s Chair in Rome

We commemorate the day when Saint Peter held his first service of worship in Rome. The marble cathedra by Bernini (c.1650) in St. Peter’s basilica surrounds a small wooden chair that tradition holds was that of Peter himself.

1st Reading:

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21Feb Rare Steak not rare enough

Seán McDonagh, drawing on the wisdom of 'Laudato Si’ brings to our attention the impact the consumption of meat is having on Humans and the Global Environment.
"We might think that this generation is merely following the tradition of our ancestors when it comes to eating meat. In reality the global meat industry has grown dramatically in recent decades. Between 1963 and 2014 meat production globally has grown from 78 million tons to 300 million tons."
"to reach a healthy level of meat consumption, citizens of the United States would have to cut their meat consumption by two-thirds, while in Britain and Ireland we should be eating half as much meat as we do."

21Feb Presider’s Page for 21 February (Lent 2)

Opening Comment
In today’s Liturgy, we praise the Lord of glory, who leads us through the darkness of Lent to the light of Easter.

Penitential Rite
To prepare ourselves for this act of worship, let us call to mind our … Read the rest

21Feb 21 Feb. Second Sunday of Lent

Theme: in celebrating Christ’s transfiguration, we reflect on how we too encounter Christ and how our lives can be transfigured.

1st Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18

The covenant with Abraham, basis of Israel’s religion of trust

He brought him outside and … Read the rest

20Feb 20 Feb. Saturday in the First Week of Lent

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 26:16-19

This very day the Lord your God is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances; so observe them diligently with all your heart and with all your soul. Today you have obtained the Lord’s agreement: … Read the rest

19Feb 19 Feb. Friday in the First Week of Lent

1st Reading: Ezekiel 18:21-28

Personal responsibility to replace the idea of shared guilt

But if the wicked turn away from all their sins that they have committed and keep all my statutes and do what is lawful and right, they … Read the rest

18Feb 18 Feb. Thursday in the First Week of Lent

1st Reading: Esther 4:29-42

Queen Esther’s prayer wins God’s help in a time of crisis

Queen Esther, seized with deadly anxiety, fled to the Lord. She prayed to the Lord God of Israel, and said: “O my Lord, you only … Read the rest

17Feb 17 Feb. Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

1st Reading: Jonah 3:1-10

When Jonah’s preaching at Nineveh bears fruit,God relents from his intended punishment

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it … Read the rest

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