Today's Homily Resource

December 3rd. Saturday in Week 1 of Advent

Saint Francis Xavier

1st Reading. Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26

The coming days of enlightenment, when the people turn aside from idolatry

Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more.
He will surely be gracious to you …



02Dec Tony Flannery and Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland

Tony Flannery and Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland

December 2nd, 2016

Tony Flannery has published, on his own blog, a short correspondence that passed between himself and the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown following the appearance of The Nuncio on RTE’s “The Meaning of Life”.

02Dec Pope Francis in dialogue with Jesuits

Pope Francis in dialogue with Jesuits

December 2nd, 2016

Pádraig McCarthy directs our attention to a meeting held on 24 October between Pope Francis and Jesuits who had gathered in Rome for their 36th General Congregation. Pope Francis conducted a “cordial dialogue” with delegates who asked him questions which Francis did not want to see beforehand.

02Dec On-going media coverage of our AGM

On-going media coverage of our AGM

December 2nd, 2016

Sarah Mac Donald reports on our recent AGM in the National Catholic Reporter.
The stark, and all too real, picture painted by Brendan Hoban is extensively quoted. We can only hope that this article and other media coverage will encourage all to conduct 'a reasonable conversation' and consider the "right to consideration, acknowledgement, support, encouragement and, above all, respect," that priests are entitled to.
Brendan is further quoted; "Priests who have served the church for so long deserve no less and it's time to start a reasonable conversation about this."

28Nov Visit of Pope Francis; Statement of the Association of Catholic Priests

Visit of Pope Francis; Statement of the Association of Catholic Priests

November 28th, 2016

Statement of the Association of Catholic Priests welcoming the proposed visit of Pope Francis

28Nov Taoiseach goes where bishops fear to tread?

Taoiseach goes where bishops fear to tread?

November 28th, 2016

RTE is reporting that An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, may have raised the issue of Irish priests who have been 'silenced' at a meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican.

28Nov Thinking for Ourselves

Thinking for Ourselves

November 28th, 2016

Brendan Hoban in his Western People column tells us that 'openness, transparency and respect are prerequisites for sustaining loyalty...... Adults will only give their loyalty if they are respected as adults.
Which is why infantilism – treating adults as children – no longer works in the modern world. And which is why the Catholic Church, in a more open and questioning society, is struggling so hard to maintain the loyalty of its members.'.

28Nov A call for homily resources from our readers

A call for homily resources from our readers

November 28th, 2016

The Homily Notes proposed for all of December 2016 are now online.

Please see them as draft material to be amended & improved with your help. They can be accessed via our December Calendar, on the right of this screen.…

24Nov The “new” Missal; We can do better

The “new” Missal; We can do better

November 24th, 2016

The issues with the 'new' Missal are ongoing for us in the ACP. Difficulties continue to be experienced by so many people with the "new translation" of the Roman Missal. The ACP has decided to highlight the fact that there was, and is, a ready alternative available.
The ACP is making available the prayers for the Advent and Christmas seasons along with the Order of the Mass from the 1998 Missal in a printed format. The opening prayer, prayer over gifts, prefaces and prayer after communion are also available at the weekly 'Liturgy Preparation' page on our site.

18Nov Irish priests: Guilt by association is unfair and unjust (Irish Times)

Irish priests: Guilt by association is unfair and unjust (Irish Times)

November 18th, 2016

The editorial in today's Irish Times, following the Annual General Meeting of the ACP, is interesting and is to be welcomed, even if it is, to be honest, somewhat of a surprise.

18Nov Isolation; the experiences of clergy

Isolation; the experiences of clergy

November 18th, 2016

In her address to the AGM Marie Keenan made reference to the work and research carried out by Alan Hilliard.

Alan has kindly made his work available to the ACP website for the benefit of those who may wish to follow up on Marie Keenan’s presentation in Athlone.




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