10Dec Presider’s Page for 9 December (Second Sunday of Advent)

John the Baptist is the focus of the liturgy on the Second Sunday of Advent each year. His challenge to us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’ is at the heart of the Advent message. We worship the one who will surely come to us.

08Dec The New Missal; “Appalling Texts”

There is an interesting letter in this week’s The Tablet from the retired bishop of Portsmouth, Crispian Hollis.
It confirms the worst suspicions about the lack of attention that was paid by bishops when the ‘new missal’ was being foisted on us.

08Dec Presider’s Page for Friday 8 December (Immaculate Conception of Mary)

Our preparations for Christmas always include Mary, the Mother of God. Today’s feast celebrates her conception free from sin, a miracle that displays God’s power for believers. We worship God, for whom everything is posssible.

20Nov Ronan Drury

Pádraig McCarthy pays tribute to the late Ronan Drury

 

Ronan Drury, editor of The Furrow since 1977, died on 16 November 2017, at the age of 93. His funeral Mass took place on Monday 20 November in the College …

19Nov The Grace of Change

Gabriel Daly, on his ninetieth birthday, looks back at tumultuous change in the church.
Our best wishes to Gabriel on his birthday and our thanks for his permission to publish this article.
Thanks as well to Brendan Walsh, Editor of the Tablet, for permission to include this article on our site. It was first published in the 18 November edition of The Tablet.

12Nov Annual General Meeting 2017

Report of the 2017 AGM of the Association of Catholic Priests

A copy of an audio cd of our AGM is available from Eist Audio Productions by contacting Eist on 087 2789 390 or by emailing eist@eircom.net.

10Nov Welcome Dialogue

The ACP is happy to inform members that a meeting is being arranged between representatives of the ACP and the Irish Episcopal Conference, represented by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, President of the Irish Episcopal Conference.

09Nov New Zealand Bishops Committed to Exploring Alternative Missal Translation

praytellblog.com reports that New Zealand's bishops have welcomed Pope Francis' "Magnum Principium (the great principle)".
They state "We will be working in collaboration with English speaking Bishops’ Conferences around the world, as we seek to explore prudently and patiently the possibility of an alternative translation of the Roman Missal and the review of other liturgical texts."

07Nov Magnum Principium – The Great Principle

Maurice Taylor, a Scottish bishop who served for many years on the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), welcomes Pope Francis’ decision to change the criteria for liturgical translation.
Our thanks to Bishop Taylor and to Mary Cullen, editor of Open House, for their permission to publish this article.

08Oct Don’t let life get you down

Seamus Ahearne reflects on life and death, and threats of death, amid all the other day to day happenings in a busy life.
"The brush strokes of nature are also hints and whispers of life. They scatter the colours carelessly. They ask us to notice them and not to forget them. But maybe like nature and autumn, we need to throw around the unruly and incomplete brush strokes in our ministry. The unfinished days; the little celebrations; the Godliness of daily life; the laugher among us; the colours that we cannot take for granted. Possibly nature is talking to us. We too can be so serious (so immersed in the quicksand of problems). What are we doing to God’s world? Is that love song wasted on us?"




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