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.



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.

03Feb Presider’s Page for 3 February (Ordinary Time 4)

Presider’s Page for 3 February (Ordinary Time 4)

February 3rd, 2019

We gather as people loved by God, people called to pass on the love we have received. The love God has put into the world will never fail, but will last as long as humanity lasts. We praise God for the gifts lavished on us.

27Jan Presider’s Page for 27 January (Ordinary Time 3)

Presider’s Page for 27 January (Ordinary Time 3)

January 27th, 2019

The Word of God is the focus this Sunday, read by Ezra the priest in the Old Testament reading, and by Jesus in the Gospel. By his Word, God reassures the people of his closeness, especially in the Word made flesh, Jesus of Nazereth.

20Jan Presider’s Page for 20 January (Ordinary Time 2)

Presider’s Page for 20 January (Ordinary Time 2)

January 20th, 2019

There are echoes of the Christmas season in today’s liturgy, particularly in the Gospel story of the wedding feast of Cana, in which God’s glory becomes visible in Jesus, as it did at his Epiphany and Baptism. (Today is also the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.)

13Jan Presider’s Page for 13 January (Baptism of the Lord)

Presider’s Page for 13 January (Baptism of the Lord)

January 13th, 2019

Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord: it’s the last day of the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus marked the end of his quiet years in Nazareth and the start of his public ministry.

06Jan Presider’s Page for 6 January 2019 (Epiphany)

Presider’s Page for 6 January 2019 (Epiphany)

January 6th, 2019

On this feast of the Epiphany, Roman Catholics celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the three 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.




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