01Mar Presider’s Page for 1 March (First Sunday of Lent)

We celebrate the first Sunday of Lent. All over the world today, men and women are beginning a period of preparation for their baptism at the Easter Vigil. Like them, we spend Lent preparing to renew our baptismal vows at Easter, looking forward to our blessing with Easter water and to receiving the gift of a new start.

23Feb Presider’s Page for 23 February (Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Loving the enemy and praying for those who make life difficult are two marks of a Christian, or so Jesus teaches us today. We gather, aware of how difficult love can be, yet united by the saving mercy of God, on which we rely.

16Feb Presider’s Page for 16 February (Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Today’s readings ask for decisions, challenging Christians to choose the right path. We gather to worship God, who can help us in all our choices.

09Feb Presider’s Page for 9 February (Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Over these Sundays, we listen to what Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount. In today’s liturgy, we hear that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Rejoicing in this calling, we praise God who sustains us all our days.

02Feb Presider’s Page for 2 February (The Presentation of the Lord – Candlemas)

It’s forty days since we celebrated the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Today we remember his Presentation in the Temple. This feast is also called Candlemas; candles are blessed because today Jesus was revealed in the Temple as the light of all peoples.

26Jan Presider’s Page for 26 January (Third Sunday in Ordinary Time)

The people that walked in darkness has seen a great light: Jesus, the light of the world, walks among us, preaching a message of repentance. We gather to listen to him, to share the bread of life and to prepare to go out and build up his kingdom.

19Jan Presider’s Page for 19 January (Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)

The Christmas Season ended last Sunday, and we have entered Ordinary Time, moving slowly from winter towards spring. The season of Lent begins on the 26th February: between now and then, we learn a little more each Sunday about the life and teachings of Jesus, as St Matthew recorded them.

12Jan Presider’s Page for 12 January (Baptism of the Lord)

This feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the last day of Christmas. At his baptism Jesus sees how much he is loved by God and is given the power to go out and spread the news. We share that power through our baptism.

06Jan Presider’s Page for Monday 6 January (Epiphany of the Lord)

On this feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the wise men reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

05Jan Presider’s Page for 5 January (Second Sunday of Christmas)

We gather to celebrate the first Sunday of 2020, with thankfulness for the year just gone. We ask God for continuing care and protection as face this New Year, not knowing what it will bring.

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