Liturgy Preparation

Liturgy pages composed by Fr Bernard Cotter PP, Newcestown, Bandon, Co Cork. They are offered to the hard-pressed presider as a resource — to be printed out and brought to the altar for Mass, a one-page tool to use in the Liturgy. The pages as previously published by Veritas Publications Ltd in Liturgy Preparation for 2007 (Year C) are added here weekly.



14Apr Presider’s Page for 14 April (Palm Sunday)

Presider’s Page for 14 April (Palm Sunday)

April 14th, 2019

Today’s liturgy gives a preview of the events we will celebrate between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. These events are also the focus of this and every Sunday celebration. We ask for God’s help in understanding their significance.

07Apr Presider’s Page for 7 April (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Presider’s Page for 7 April (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

April 7th, 2019

This fifth Sunday of Lent, we gather to worship our compassionate God, who heals our sinfulness and challenges us to leave our sinfulness behind.

31Mar Presider’s Page for 31 March (Lent 4 – Laetare)

Presider’s Page for 31 March (Lent 4 – Laetare)

March 31st, 2019

We have reached the midway point of the season of Lent. The joy of Easter is within our reach and the parent of the prodigal son encourages us to rely on divine mercy.

24Mar Presider’s Page for 24 March (Third Sunday of Lent)

Presider’s Page for 24 March (Third Sunday of Lent)

March 24th, 2019

Today, as we gather to listen to the Lenten call to repentance, we worship our God of kindness who, like a patient gardener, always gives people a second chance.

17Mar Presider’s Page for Sunday 17 March (Lá Fhéile Pádraig)

Presider’s Page for Sunday 17 March (Lá Fhéile Pádraig)

March 17th, 2019

As the second week of Lent begins in other countries, we pause from our lenten penances to honour Patrick, the apostle of the Irish. In our celebration of this solemn feast, we worship God, creator, redeemer and sanctifier, who brought our ancestors into the Christian fold through the preaching of St Patrick.

10Mar Presider’s Page for 10 March (Lent 1)

Presider’s Page for 10 March (Lent 1)

March 10th, 2019

The 40-day pilgrimage to Easter that began on Ash Wednesday is just a few days old. We pray that God, who sustained Jesus in his 40 days of temptations and suffering, will support us on our journey also.

03Mar Presider’s Page for 3 March (Ordinary Time 8)

Presider’s Page for 3 March (Ordinary Time 8)

March 3rd, 2019

Words matter. What we say has an effect on others, for good or ill. God’s word to us is spoken in Jesus, the Word made flesh, in whose name we gather this and every Sunday.

24Feb Presider’s Page for 24 February (Ordinary Time 7)

Presider’s Page for 24 February (Ordinary Time 7)

February 24th, 2019

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.

17Feb Presider’s Page for 17 February (Ordinary Time 6)

Presider’s Page for 17 February (Ordinary Time 6)

February 17th, 2019

Happy are they who their trust in the Lord: worry will not come their way, their lives will bear fruit. The prophet Jeremiah’s words are reflected in the Psalm, as we are invited to trust in the One who never disappoints.

10Feb Presider’s Page for 10 February (Ordinary Time 5)

Presider’s Page for 10 February (Ordinary Time 5)

February 10th, 2019

Everyone who believes God’s word is called to pass on the Good News. Like many who have gone before us, including the prophet Isaiah and the apostles Peter and Paul, we may not feel up to the task. But God helps us every day.




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