30Jun 30 June. Thursday, Week 13

1st Reading: Amos 7:10-17

Expelled from the Bethel sanctuary, Amos announces God’s Word

Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; … Read the rest

29Jun 29 June. Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

In these two apostles, we see how the faith can spread through the life of generous, faithful hearts. We get a glimpse of each of them in turn, in prison for the faith, prepared for martyrdom for the Gospel of

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28Jun All are Welcome

A monthly celebration of Sunday Mass in Avila Carmelite Centre, Bloomfield Avenue (off Morehampton Road), Donnybrook, Dublin 4, at which all are welcome, with a particular welcome for lgbt (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) people, their parents, family members, and friends.
Celebrants have included Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and diocesan and religious priests.

28Jun 28 June. Tuesday, Week 13

St Irenaeus, memorial

1st Reading: Amos 3:1-8. 4:11-12

Amos warns of the need for conversion

Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel,
against the whole family that I brought up out of the … Read the rest

27Jun 27 June. Monday, Week 13

Saint Cyril of Alexandria optional memorial

1st Reading: Amos 2:6-10, 13-16

Israel is condemned for neglecting the poor and the defenseless

Thus says the Lord: For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because … Read the rest

26Jun Church should apologise to gay people and others who were marginalised – Pope Francis

Pope Francis gave his customary press conference on his return flight following his trip to Armenia.
America magazine and the Catholic News Agency (CNA) among other news outlets are carrying reports of his comments.

26Jun Episcopal Moderator of our sister association, the AUSCP

At the request of the Leadership Team of the American Association of Catholic Priests (AUSCP), Jim Schexnayder, of Oakland Diocese, extended an invitation to Archbishop John Wester, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, to serve in the role of Episcopal Moderator … Read the rest

26Jun Sunday Eucharist is centrally important

Pádraig McCarthy reminds us, and the bishops, that St. John Paul II said "among the many activities of a parish, none is as vital or as community-forming as the Sunday celebration of the Lord's Day and his Eucharist".
John Paul also underlined the importance of “ensuring that parish assemblies are not without the necessary ministry of priests”, but according to Padraig 'the Church is not ensuring this.'
Time has run out for action to be taken but we wait, and wait, and wait......

26Jun 26 June. 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:16, 19-21

Elisha immediately answers his call; leaving all he follows Elijah

The Lord said to Elijah, “You shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat … Read the rest

25Jun The Place of Silencing in the Teaching of the Church

Soline Humbert brings to our attention a presentation by Sr Jeannine Gramick from 2000 about a document, relevant to the issue of silencing, that was produced by the Second General Assembly of the 1971 Synod of Bishops. Entitled Justice in the World . . .It says: “The Church recognizes everyone’s right to suitable freedom of expression and thought. This includes the right of everyone to be heard in a spirit of dialogue which preserves a legitimate diversity within the Church” (JW 44).
Soline says 'the importance of this document exceeds the importance of any document produced by a Vatican dicastery because it bears the weight of the world’s bishops in communion with the Bishop of Rome. This fact should be noted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [CDF], which has silenced theologians and pastoral workers even after Vatican II. A higher authority than the CDF has validated free expression and public debate on controversial theological issues."