30Nov Another Irish bishop calls for Synodality in the Church

William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, speaking to the priests of that diocese told them that in his recent teaching Pope Francis emphasises 'that an effective Christian communion requires that we embrace the concept of Synodality in the everyday life of the Church.  It is both the concept and reality of journeying with people.  It is to trust in the “sensus fidei” '.
Bishop Crean also reminded his audience of the good done in the past by religious and priests but also stated 'The long lens of hindsight enables us to identify the poor pastoral practice of many of our predecessors.  Though well-intentioned a narrow moralistic focus made for a distorted and dysfunctional spiritual vision/understanding of Christian living.  We live with both the riches and the baggage of our past.'

30Nov 30 November. St Andrew, apostle

1st Reading: Romans (10:9-18)

How will they hear the faith, unless it be preached?

If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. … Read the rest

29Nov 29 November. Thursday, Week 34

1st Reading: Revelation (18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9)

The happy guests at the Lamb’s wedding feast

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority; and the earth was made bright with his splendour. He called out … Read the rest

28Nov Exploring our parishes today – Conference of Laity and Priests of the Diocese of Ossory

An interesting address by Dermot Farrell, Bishop of Ossory, at the Conference with Laity and Priests in the Diocese of Ossory;
"Pope Francis is constantly putting his synodal vision of the church before us. The question he is asking, and that we should ask ourselves, is what kind of church is God calling the priests and all Catholics to be in the longer term – perhaps less self-referential and more a community of missionary disciples, less clerical and more synodical, "......

"We have fallen off a cliff edge in regard to vocations to the priesthood.   Many speak of a crisis in this regard.......This time of reduced numbers may well afford us an opportunity to be creative and to reimagine the institutional church."

28Nov Rushing back to the past

Seamus Ahearne and his congregation find inspiration in the sporting figures of the past week and get a little distracted by royalty.
He wonders because the newly appointed Irish soccer team manager Mick McCarthy is back. "He once was the past. Now he is the future." With regard to church Seamus tells us "We cannot get lost in the past. The past has to be distilled. The best has to be retained. The packaging can be discarded."

28Nov 28 November. Wednesday, Week 34

1st Reading: Revelation (15:1-4)

The seven plagues sent by the wrath of God

Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and amazing: seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is … Read the rest

27Nov 27 November. Tuesday, Week 34

1st Reading: Revelation (14:14-19)

The grapes are thrown into the wine-press of God’s wrath

Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like the Son of Man, with a golden crown on … Read the rest

26Nov 26 November. Monday, Week 34

1st Reading: Revelation (14:1-3a, 4-5

Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! And with him were one hundred forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard … Read the rest

25Nov Presider’s Page for 25 November (Christ the King)

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King today, acclaiming Jesus as our king, the one who died for us and rose triumphant. We offer praise and worship — and ask for the grace to live as worthy citizens of his kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace.

25Nov 25 November. Christ the King of the Universe

1st Reading: Daniel (7:13-14)

A vision of the glorious Son of Man

As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and … Read the rest