27May 27 May, 2018. The Most Holy Trinity

(Saint Augustine of Canterbury is not celebrated this year)

1st Reading: Deuteronomy (4:32-34, 39-40)

The great God of heaven and earth guides us by his word

For ask now about former ages, long before your own, ever since the day … Read the rest

26May 26 May, 2018. Sat. of Week 7

(Saint Philip Neri, priest)

1st Reading: James (5:13-20)

The place of anointing and of mutual instruction in the community of faith

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any … Read the rest

25May 25 May, 2018. Fri. of Week 7

(Saint Bede the Venerable, doctor of the Church; Saint Gregory VII, pope; Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin)

1st Reading: James (5:9-12)

Take the prophets as models of courage and speaking the truth

Beloved, do not grumble against one another, … Read the rest

24May 24 May, 2018. Thurs. of Week 7

1st Reading: James (5:1-6)

Those who get rich by injustice will suffer at the final judgment

Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are … Read the rest

23May 23 May, 2018. Wednesday Week 7

(Saint Bede the Venerable; Saint Gregory VII; Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi)

1st Reading: James (4:1-10)

A call to sincerity, humility and fidelity, avoiding selfishness

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come … Read the rest

22May Biafra: Misean Dearmadta (Forgotten Mission)

Aoife Kelly in the Irish Independent reports that a "new Irish documentary reveals how Irish missionaries risked their lives to save millions from starvation during the Nigerian Civil War."
Biafra: Misean Dearmadta (Forgotten Mission) airs on TG4 on Wednesday at 9.30pm.

22May 22 May, 2018. Tue. of Week 7

(Saint Rita of Cascia, religious)

1st Reading: James (4:1-10)

A call to sincerity and fidelity, and to set aside selfishness

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your ravings that are … Read the rest

21May ‘God made you like this’

Stephanie Kirchgaessner writes in The Guardian about a reported conversation between Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, and Pope Francis where according to Juan Carlos Cruz the pope told him "‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this ... "

21May 21 May, 2018. The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

 1st Reading: Acts of the Apostles (1:12-14)

Mary the mother of Jesus among the disciples after the Ascension

After Jesus had been taken up to heaven, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, … Read the rest

20May Presider’s Page for 20 May (Pentecost Sunday)

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the second climax of the Easter season. We celebrate ‘the great beginning of the Church’, the day the Holy Spirit first came to confused and frightened disciples.