26Sep 26 September. Monday, Week 26

Saints Cosmas and Damian, optional memorial

1st Reading: Job 1:6-22

Job’s patience is tested, first with loss of property and then with the death of his children

One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, …

25Sep Presider’s Page for 25 September (Ordinary Time 26)

Lord of all Hopefulness; Ag Críost an Síol; O The Love of My Lord; Praise My Soul the King of Heaven.

Opening Comment
Today’s readings remind us that God is on the side of the poor, …

25Sep 25 September. Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Amos 6:1, 4-7

Amos laments the wealthy who care nothing for the poor

Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria, the notables of the first of the …

24Sep Four Part Harmony of Gospel moments: There is hope.

Seamus Ahearne sees hope in the world and people about him, in the 40th anniversary celebration of priesthood, in each person's 'magnificat'.
Mary (Our lady) thanked God – by saying ‘He that is mighty has done great things for me; holy is his name.’
Seamus challenges us; "(we) are searching for words and whispers of God always. And God is always talking and always letting us know something new if we listen. It is an exciting life; a frustrating life and an infuriating life but wonderful, which means of course full of wonder. God is forever a teasing, taunting, torment. Is there a better life? Is there a more fulfilling life? For some of us – it is the right one. Why has God been so good to you and to us? Give us your magnficat. Don’t give us a weary God or shout about problems. There is always more."

24Sep 24 September. Saturday, Week 25


1st Reading: Qohelet 11:9,12:8

A wise man’s lament about the encroachments of old age.

Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Follow the inclination of your heart …

23Sep 23 September. Friday, Week 25

Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, memorial

1st Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

There is an appointed time for everything under the sun. Yearnings stir in the human heart.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:…

22Sep 22 September. Thursday, Week 25

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1st Reading: Ecclesiastes (Qohelet) 1:2-11

Nothing is new under the sun. Vanity of vanities; all is vanity!

Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What do people gain from all the toil …

21Sep Church faces ‘huge wake up call’

Noel Baker reports in the Irish Examiner on the The Irish Examiner / ICMSA Farming Poll that brought to light the latest views and opinions on religion and the priesthood among the farming community.
Taken among what is regarded as a very traditional group (69% of the respondents said they attended Mass every week), 82% of respondents agreed that priests should be allowed to marry.
Regarding the ordination of women 70% of those aged 34 and under supported such a move, but a higher percentage of older farmers backed the idea of women priests, from 75% of those aged over 65, to 87% of those aged 55 to 64. While 82% of men supported the idea of women priests, 76% of women were in favour.

Sean McDonagh commented “The most interesting thing is here are lay people and people of faith seeing that the present rules are not functioning and want to see a change to allow it to function better,”

The survey certainly shows a hierarchy with views at total odds with the laity.

Archbishop Brown, Papal Nuncio, said "allowing serving priests to marry or allowing women priests would not be following the Catholic tradition."

21Sep 21 September. Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

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1st Reading: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13

Of all gifts of God to the Church, the apostles have the task of spreading the faith

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of …

20Sep Affirmation of the Catholic Church’s Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality

Following the release of 'The ethics of using contraceptives' by the Wijngaards Institute another group of academics has released their own statement affirming Humanae Vitae during a press conference at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Dialogue and debate can only be good and informative.

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