Ordinary Time 2016
There are several seasons during the Liturgical Year: Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. For the other Sundays of the year we celebrate Ordinary Time.
This year Ordinary Time began on Monday, 11 January 2016, immediately after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This period lasted until Ash Wednesday – 10 February – when we began the season of Lent.
We then had the Easter season and, earlier in June, we ‘returned’ to Ordinary Time in June.
As Christians – followers of Christ through our Baptism – we are called on to make Christ present in our own lives and in the lives of others.
As we read the Sacred Scripture during the different seasons of the Liturgical Year may we pray in our hearts:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
2nd Sunday of Easter 2017 – Year A
23 April 2017 Acts of Apostles 2.42-47 1 Peter 1.3-9 John 20.19-31 Some time ago I was speaking to a young man in his late 20’s. He wanted to make a decision. He had been going with his girlfriend for the previous two years and he felt the time had come for him to decide...
Easter Sunday 2017 – Year A
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Holy Thursday 2017 – Year A
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Palm Sunday 2017 – Year A
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Fifth Sunday of Lent 2017 – Year A
2 April 2017 Ezekiel 37:12-14 Romans 8:8-11 John11.1-45 A number of years ago my father called me, as he had to go into hospital and said: “I might not come out alive as I have a serious blood complaint”. A few nights later the nurse went to see him and she said: “There is a priest...