You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.
A Year in Review: 2015
We also have our annual review of the Church year looking at issues both local, national, global and papal.
- Crux - The Top 10 stories of a busy pope from 2015 PLUS: Another 10 stories worthy of honorable mention
- Crux - Francis winds up 2015 amid breakthroughs, high expectations
- Crux - In 2016, Francis may be a pope in search of a partner
- Rome Reports
Patron Saints 2016
The blog patron saint for 2016 is - St Bridget of Sweden whose feast day is July 23rd.
Bridget of Sweden (1303 – 23 July 1373); born as Birgitta Birgersdotter was a mystic and saint, and founder of the Bridgettines nuns and monks after the death of her husband of twenty years. Outside of Sweden, she was also known as the Princess of Nericia and was the mother of Catherine of Vadstena.
World Migrant and Refugee Sunday (Jan 17)
The World Day for Migrants and Refugees is celebrated every year in the month of January. The theme of the year is set out in a letter that is issued by the Holy Father prior to the celebration. This year the theme is in keeping with the Jubilee of Mercy.
Check out resources HERE.
Gospel - John 2:1-11
Three invitations from this gospel:
- Mary was paying attention and she noticed a need emerging. Once noticed, it was possible to help. In Sundays first reading Isaiah reminds us that that we will no longer be known as 'forsaken' but as ' my delight' ... Let us notice one another more this week: notice the joys but also notice where people are are struggling.
- Mary considered what was needed and asked Jesus for help. Mary was an older guest, she could easily have left the worrying to others but she recognised that she could offer something - she could bring her concern to Jesus. The second reading reminds us that 'there is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit'. No matter what age, ability or energy - we have some gift to offer as part of the Body of Christ. ... Let us notice how we can make a difference this week
- Once she had handed it over to Jesus, Mary let go. The Gospel account no longer mentions Mary after she had said 'Do whatever he tells you'. She didn't claim credit or stand in for a selfie! Instead Mary stood with everyone else in watching and learning from Jesus. ... Let us 'do whatever he tells us', and let the focus and the gratitude remain on Jesus.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical odds & ends
Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week
Saints of the Week
January 18th - St. Charles of Sezze
January 19th - Saint Fillan
January 20th - St Fabian
January 21st - St Agnes
January 22nd - St. Vincent of Zaragossa
January 23rd - St. Marianne Cope
Launch of the Mass of St Ita - check out our post here.
Priesthood - Come & See
Maybe you have been thinking about the priesthood as a way of life for you? Maybe you have felt you are being called? This event is an opportunity for you to ‘come and see’. Together with other men from Munster, we will gather in St. Patrick’s College, Thurles on February 5th with dinner at 6.30pm, followed by some time for prayer, meet others thinking of the priesthood and some recently ordained priests. Stay overnight February 6th prayer, breakfast, a brief talk on discerning a vocation, preparation for Mass, lunch, discussion, depart.
More information here.