19Dec Church faces priest shortage as pandemic pause on retirements to end

Paschal Sheehy, RTÉ Southern Editor reports:

The Catholic Church in Ireland is facing huge change, as an effective pause on retirements in response to the pandemic comes to an end.

The church expects many priests who delayed retirement over the … Read the rest

19Dec Presider’s Page for 19 December (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

In less than a week's time, this year's Advent will draw to a close; we have just a few days left to prepare our souls for the birth of Christ. On this Sunday, we rejoice that the promise made to Mary by the Lord has been fulfilled.

19Dec Sunday December 19 2021. Fourth Sunday in Advent

When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.