28Nov Presider’s Page for 28 November (First Sunday of Advent, Year C)

Advent begins today. During these days, we look forward, waiting in hope. We watch for the end times, when Christ will come in glory, Christ who was born for us just over 2,000 years ago.

21Nov Presider’s Page for 21 November (Christ the King)

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King today, acclaiming Jesus as the Anointed One, who died for us and rose triumphant. We offer praise and worship — and ask for the grace to live as worthy citizens of his kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace.

14Nov Presider’s Page for 14 November (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

As we move into the darker times of the year, the readings at Mass remind us more and more of the end of time, and the glory awaiting believers. We trust that God stays with us always.
• Today is World Day of the Poor, with the theme 'The poor you will always have with you' (Mark 14:7)

07Nov Presider’s Page for 7 November (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Gathering together in the Lord’s house, we bring simple gifts into God’s presence - our love, our care for each other, our worshipping hearts and voices. We ask for the grace to continue to show love through the coming week.
• Today is Prisoners' Sunday in Ireland.

02Nov Presider’s Page for Tuesday 2 November (All Souls Day)

On All Saints Day and today, we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today we pray for all souls, for the faithful departed still on the journey to their heavenly home.

01Nov Presider’s Page for Monday 1 November (All Saints Day)

Today and tomorrow we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today’s feast celebrates the saints in heaven, the holy men and women of every time and place: we hope some of our people are among them.

29Oct Presider’s Page for 31 October (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

What is asked of us is simple - to love God and our neighbour. But our love also extends to our common home, as all eyes are on Glasgow, where the UN Climate Change Conference begins in Glasgow this Sunday — that Planet Earth may be spared from destruction.

24Oct Presider’s Page for Mission Sunday, 24 October (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

This year’s Mission Sunday theme suggests that "We cannot remain silent". Those were the brave words of St Peter and St John in the Acts of the Apostles, when even in the face of persecution, they insisted: "We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20). We pray to have their courage in our country, today.
In this Sunday's Mass, we come to God, who gives the blind new sight.

17Oct Presider’s Page for 17th October (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

We are called to serve as Christ served, but when that proves hard for us, we approach the throne of grace for mercy and assistance, knowing that God is on our side, encouraging us onwards.

10Oct Presider’s Page for 10 October (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

On our journey through life, we pause here for a while, to offer worship and praise. We remember God’s goodness and ask for the gift of wisdom as we continue to hurry towards the Kingdom.