30Jun Presider’s Page for 30 June (Ordinary Time 13)

Now that the great feasts of Easter and the Sundays following it are behind us, we return to Ordinary Time and reflect on the challenges to disciples found in the Gospel of Luke. At today’s gathering, we’re challenged us to look carefully at our commitment to our faith. We worship God who gives us the grace we need.

30Jun 30 June 2019. 13th Sunday (C)

Persevering in following him; keeping our hands firmly on the plough, and looking forward, not back.

29Jun 29 June 2019. Saints Peter and Paul, apostles. (Solemnity)

As we associate St Peter with inspirational leadership, Paul's preaching spread the faith among the pagans...

28Jun 28 June 2019. The Sacred Heart of Jesus

This feast invites us to be glad, to have full confidence in God's constant love for us as a shepherd cares for the sheep of his flock. ...

27Jun 27 June 2019. Thursday of Week 12

After years of childless marriage, Sarah turned in desperation to the local custom of getting a surrogate to bear her a child...

26Jun 26 June 2019. Wednesday of Week 12

The long testing of Abram's confidence in the Lord was getting the better of him. Why keep on hoping against hope?...

25Jun 25 June 2019. Tuesday of Week 12

People often seem to flourish better while working hard on a meaningful project, than with having too much leisure ....

24Jun 24 June 2019. Nativity of St. John the Baptist

John forms a kind of boundary between the two Testaments, Old and New. The Lord himself says, The Law and the prophets were until John...

23Jun Women and the Diaconate

We are indebted to Sharon Tighe-Mooney who has written this article for us about the very topical issue of women and the diaconate.
Sharon clearly outlines what has been the stumbling block for the hierarchy - "the fear that including women to any extent would lead to a call for admission to the priesthood", ... "Fear, which is signified by the prioritising of the preservation of the self, has been the dominant feature in the Vatican’s response, both to the exposure of its faults as well as to the challenges that are a normal part of the human evolutionary experience. That is why a perfectly reasonable proposition, to restore women to a formal ministry within their own church, has floundered."

23Jun Presider’s Page for 23 June (Corpus Christi)

Since the beginning of time, God has always nourished his people. Today we celebrate our creator’s kindness in giving us the Body and Blood of Christ to our food.