23Mar “Why are you killing me?”

On the eve of Holy Thursday Pádraig McCarthy reminds us of the cost of true discipleship in many parts of the world with reports of the death of Fr. Vincent Machozi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Coming so soon after the murder in Yemen of four religious sisters, Sisters Anselm, Marguerite, Regina, and Judith, of the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa, it highlights the immense dangers now faced by so many Christians who seek to practice their faith in a very disturbed world. Twelve others who worked with the sisters as volunteer aides were killed on 04 March by members of ISIS.

23Mar 23/03, 2016. Wednesday in Holy Week

1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9

The Suffering Servant trusts in God for rescue

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens, … Read the rest

22Mar 22/03, 2016. Tuesday in Holy Week

1st Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6

The life of God’s servant seems a failure, but it bears great fruit

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

21Mar Faith Formation: Take it out of schools altogether

Sean O'Conaill argues that with the continuity of Catholic faith in Ireland now seriously in question - and with controversy growing over equal access to primary schooling for all - it is time to abandon school-centred Catholic faith formation as a catastrophic failure.

21Mar The date of the first Good Friday

Pádraig McCarthy writes about an unusual “co-incidence” in the date of Good Friday this year. It won’t occur again until 2157.

Happy Spring Equinox and Holy Week.

21Mar 21/03, 2016. Monday in Holy Week

Mary of Bethany’s impulsive, loving gesture done for Jesus is so inspirational that it makes us wonder why more has not been made of it in the Church, to honour the prophetic power of women disciples… Today it is tole
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20Mar Presider’s Page for 20 March (Palm Sunday)

Opening Comment (for Mass without Procession – otherwise as in Missal)
A week from now we will be celebrating Easter. But before we reach that feast, we must recall the suffering and death of the Lord, both today and on … Read the rest

20Mar 20/03, 2016. Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7

The Suffering Servant will not be put to shame

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he … Read the rest

19Mar Gabriel Daly, The Church: Always in Need of Reform

We regularly receive recommendations that Gabriel Daly's The Church: Always in Need of Reform should receive as much publicity as possible.
We include a number of relevant links.

19Mar 19/March 2016. Feast of Saint Joseph

1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:4-6, 12-14, 16

From king David’s offspring will come the universal spiritual King

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are … Read the rest

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