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 …




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