30Jun 30 June, 2018. Sat. of Week 12

1st Reading: Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19)

A survivor of Jerusalem’s destruction laments in mournful tones

The Lord has destroyed without mercy all the dwellings of Jacob; in his wrath he has broken down the strongholds of daughter Judah; he has … Read the rest

29Jun 29 June, 2018. Ss Peter and Paul, Apostles. (Solemnity)

1st Reading: Acts (2:1-11)

Peter is imprisoned, but an angel sets him free to continue leading the church

About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, … Read the rest

28Jun Pastoral Theology for a Post-Modern World

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy delivered an important speech at the 2018 assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests meeting in Albuquerque June 25-28, 2018. l

28Jun 28 June, 2018. Thurs. of Week 12

(St Irenaeus, bishop & martyr (Memorial)

1st Reading: 2 Kings (24:8-17)

Nebuchadnezzar’s first deportation of the Jews to Babylon, c. 597 BCE

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign; he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s … Read the rest

27Jun Ordination of women; Why not ?

Chris McDonnell , writing in the Catholic Times, Friday June 22  says that when it comes to the issue of the ordination of women "Just to say 'it can't happen'is not good enough, the position requires greater justification than that."

27Jun 27 June, 2018. Wed. of Week 12

1st Reading: 2 Kings (22:8-13; 23:1-3)

When Deuteronomy is rediscovered in the temple, it leads to reform

The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.” … Read the rest

26Jun 26 June, 2018. Tue. of Week 12

1st Reading: 2 Kings (19:9-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36)

The Assyrians attack Jerusalem; but Isaiah promises that a remnant will be saved

When the king heard concerning King Tirhakah of Ethiopia, “See, he has set out to fight against you,” he … Read the rest

25Jun 25 June, 2018. Monday day of Week 12

1st Reading: 2 Kings (17:5-8, 13-15, 18)

Exile of the ten northern tribes of Israel, for not listening to the prophets

The king of Assyria invaded all the land and came to Samaria; for three years he besieged it. In … Read the rest

24Jun Presider’s Page for 24 June (Birth of John the Baptist)

Just three birthdays are celebrated by the Church in the Liturgy each year - that of Jesus at the winter solstice, his mother’s on 8th September and that of his cousin John the Baptist near midsummer’s day. John’s birthday comes just after the longest day of the year, when the light begins to decline — just as Jesus’ birthday is just after the shortest day. The placing of these two feasts summarises John the Baptist’s mission: ‘I must decrease, he must increase.’

24Jun 24 June, 2018. Birthday of St. John the Baptist

1st Reading: Isaiah (49:1-6)

The Lord called me before I was born; in my mother’s womb he named me

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while … Read the rest