31Oct Chicago conference of International Catholic Priest Movements and Reform Groups

Press statement from the Chicago conference of International Catholic Priest Movements and Reform Groups.

31Oct 31 October. Monday, Week 31

1st Reading: Philippians 2:1-4

Setting aside conceited rivalry, we should be generous to others

So then, my beloved brethren, if then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, … Read the rest

30Oct Presider’s Page for 30 October (Ordinary Time 31)

SONGS AT MASS (Suggestions) ‘Abide with Me’; ‘The Lord Will Heal the Broken Heart’; ‘Grant to Us, O Lord’; ‘How Great Thou Art’.

Opening Comment
Zacchaeus is the star of today’s Gospel, the man who has been called … Read the rest

30Oct 31st Sunday (Year C)

1st Reading: Wisdom 11:22-12:2

Wisdom makes us humble in God’s presence

In your sight, Lord, the whole world is like a grain of dust that tips the scales, like a drop of morning dew falling on the ground. Yet you … Read the rest

29Oct Liturgical hope?

Anthony Ruff OSB in his Praytell blog gives a round up of reactions to the sweeping changes made by Pope Francis to the Congregation for Divine Worship .

Dare we hope that the new appointees will address the disaster that is the “new translation” of the Roman Missal?

29Oct 29 October. Saturday, Week 30

Saint Colman, bishop, optional memorial

1st Reading: Philippians 1:18-26

Taking everything in stride, so that he may preach the Gospel

What does it matter, so long as Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or true; … Read the rest

28Oct Has Faith any chance in a tabloid culture?

Seamus Ahearne once again challenges us with his musings on the interaction, or lack of interaction, between our faith and modern culture.
"How can a tiring priesthood be pioneers of a new way of sensitising hearts, minds and imaginations? In a world devoted to celebrity culture and to tabloids and to Bake offs and to cheap politics – what hope is there for faith? Brexit and Trump are extremes of the crudity of our culture but they do infect us. Give me poetry. Give me art. Give me music. Give me the privileged half-door into the hearts of people. Give me God. May the colours of autumn stir our souls."

28Oct 28 October. Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

1st Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22

God has appointed apostles so that his people’s needs will be served

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, … Read the rest

27Oct 27 October. Thursday, Week 30

Saint Otteran, monk, optional memorial

1st Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20

Putting on the armour of God, for the struggle of life

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.
Put on the whole armour of God, … Read the rest

26Oct Honouring the Dead: More respect or just more rules?

The CDF has issued new instructions 'regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation.'
The text is included for your information.
Are these instructions needed or is the cdf instructing people on an issue they have long since decided for themselves? Will these instructions impinge on how priests interact with bereaved parishioners?

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