31Jan Presider’s Page for 31 January (Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

We come together [on-line] this Sunday to listen to God’s word, believing that Jesus teaches us with authority: we have been rescued from sin and darkness, and given the hope of heaven.

31Jan January 31, 2021 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching-with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

30Jan We Are Church Zoom presentation: Fr John O’Brien on Women’s Ordination

John O’Brien

Women’s Ordination

Followed by Q & A  

7.30 – 9.00pm Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Online ZOOM event



Professor John O’Brien

Fr John O’Brien is a Spiritan priest who worked for 30 years in Pakistan. He is … Read the rest

30Jan January 30, 2021 Saturday, Week 3 in Ordinary Time – St Aiden, bishop (Ferns); Bl Margaret Ball and Francis Taylor, martyrs (Dublin and Meath). 

Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

29Jan January 29, 2021 Friday, Week 3 in Ordinary Time

"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."

28Jan Brendan Hoban – Survivors need action a lot more than words

Survivors need action a lot more than words

Western People 26.1.21

Many years ago in a parish in which I served, part of the collective memory of the people – from probably around the 1930s – was an incident at … Read the rest

28Jan Chris McDonnell’s ‘Catholic Times’ column: Future of the parish

An open door?

Chris McDonnell CT January 29th 2021

I make no apology for returning to a subject that I have mentioned a number of times in recent months, our parish life, for the parish is a place of … Read the rest

28Jan January 28, 2021 Thursday, Week 3 in Ordinary Time – St Thomas Aquinas

Jesus said to those who were with him, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen."

27Jan January 27, 2021 Wednesday, Week 3 in Ordinary Time

When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; so that 'they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.'"

26Jan A place for us: on being gay in the priesthood

Jim McDermott writes in NCRONLINE:

…For almost 30 years I’ve worked in the Catholic Church as a Jesuit seminarian and priest. It has been a tremendously rewarding life, filled with challenges to grow and inspiring people.

At the same time, … Read the rest