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.
Fourth Sunday of Lent 2017 – Year A
26 March 2017 1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41 A young woman was engaged to be married. Her friends told her that she was crazy as her fiancé was an alcoholic. But she couldn’t see this. It seems her love for him blinded her from seeing his drink problem. Not too long before the marriage...
Third Sunday of Lent 2017 – Year A
19 March 2017 Exodus 17:3-7 Romans 5:1-2,5-8 John 4:5-42 One time a 12 year old girl was sent by her family, living in a semi desert area, to go to a well 3 miles away to get a bucket of water. On her way back a snake appeared almost under her feet. She jumped away from...
Feast of St Patrick
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Second Sunday of Lent 2017 – Year A
12 March 2017 Genesis 12:1-4 2 Timothy 1:8-10 Matthew 17:1-9 Many years ago a rich young Canadian was appointed as a professor in a famous university. Because of an experience he had in meeting people with special needs he gave up his university career and a great future. He took in two young men with...
First Sunday of Lent 2017 – Year A
5 March 2017 Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 Romans 5:12, 17-19 Matthew 4:1-11 Some years ago I spent some months in France to learn French. Whilst there I met a Catholic couple who were very helpful to me. One day the wife said to me that shortly after their marriage she told her husband that he would always...