31Dec 31 December. 7th Day of the Christmas Octave

Saint Sylvester, pope

1st Reading. 1 John 2:18-21

You have been anointed by the Holy One

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know … Read the rest

30Dec 30 December. The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Theme: Family life can be severely challenged, from various causes. This feast invites us to renew our commitment to family life.

1st Reading. Book of Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14

A practical application of the fourth commandment, to honour our parents

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29Dec Francis and Leonardo Boff

It used to be said that once one became an Irish bishop the new bishop would never have a bad dinner and never again hear the truth.
Going on comments made by Leonardo Boff it would seem that some in the Vatican are trying to ensure the second half of that theory becomes reality for the bishop of Rome by controlling what mail gets through to Pope Francis. "The pope told Boff not to send the materials directly to him, however, because Vatican underlings would grab it and it wouldn’t get to him. He advised Boff to send the materials to the Argentinian ambassador."
Praytellblog carried a report of an interview with Leonardo Boff that appeared on Christmas Day in the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Cologne.
'Asked about the lack of concrete church reforms under Pope Francis, Boff maintains that "Pope Francis is more interested in the survival of humanity and the future of the earth than he is in the church and its inner workings. He wants above all that Christianity make a contribution to these overarching problems". '

29Dec 29 December. 5th Day of the Christmas Octave

Saint Thomas a Becket

1st Reading: 1 John 2:3-11

The link between love and walking in the light of God

Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know … Read the rest

28Dec December 28th. The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

1st Reading. 1 John 1:5-2:2

We must not walk in darkness, but in the light of the Gospel

Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him … Read the rest

27Dec 27 December. Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

1st Reading. 1 John 1:1-4

What we have seen with our eyes, what we have touched with our hands

Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard,what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and … Read the rest

26Dec 26 December. St Stephen, First Martyr

1st Reading. Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59

Stephen is stoned outside the city, for proclaiming faith in Jesus

Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, … Read the rest

25Dec Presider’s Page for 25 December (Christmas Day Mass)

Opening Comment
We celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God has taken human flesh, has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of … Read the rest

25Dec 25 December, 2016. The Nativity of Our Lord

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1st Reading. Isaiah 9:2-7

God promises a saviour to rescue his people from darkness and

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24Dec Presider’s Page for 24 December (Christmas Night Mass)

In the dark of this winter night, we proclaim the new light that has shone on the world: Jesus Christ is born! With the angels, we worship God who saves us — for through the life, death and resurrection of this child Jesus, salvation is ours.