31Jul 31st July. Friday, Week 17.

(Feast: Saint Ignatius of Loyola; see below)

1st Reading: Leviticus 23:1, 4-11 etc

Sacred festivals of Pasch, Pentecost, Atonement and Tabernacles.

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: These are the appointed festivals of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you …

30Jul 30th July. Thursday in Week 17

(Feast: Saint Peter Chrysologus; see below)

1st Reading: Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38

The tabernacle and its contents are consecrated and God’s glory settles there.

Moses did everything just as the Lord had commanded him. In the first month in the second …

29Jul 29th of July. St Martha of Bethany

Martha of Bethany

Martha is mentioned in the Gospels of Luke and John. She lived in the village of Bethany near Jerusalem with her siblings Lazarus and Mary. She welcomed Jesus and the disciples into her home, and was witness

28Jul 28th July. Tuesday in Week 17

1st Reading: Exodus 33:7-11; etc

Moses face to face with God, fasts 40 days and receives the Ten Commandments.

Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp; he called it …

27Jul 27th July. Monday in Week 17

1st Reading: Exodus 32:15-24 etc

Despite the scandal of the golden calf, Moses leads his people onward

Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain, carrying the two tablets of the covenant in his hands, tablets that were written …

26Jul Presider’s Page 26 July (Ordinary Time 17)

United with Christians all over the world, we acknowledge one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God as our Father. We worship as one family, and pray for greater charity and love among all the baptised.

26Jul 26th July. 17th Sunday, Ordinary Time

1st Reading: 2 Kings 4:42-44

Elisha provides food for a hundred men.

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack.…

25Jul Pallia, Pectoral Crosses and the Colour Purple.

A Poem by Michael Maginn

I have rarely felt the need of one
in more than thirty years of pastoral ministry,
but if our Shepherds want to wear a soutane
let them ditch the colour purple for simple black.

And …

25Jul Lets end Clericalism in the Church : Donald Cozzens

Clergy caught up in clericalism are incapable of seeing that it freezes their humanity—their ability to simply connect on a human level with the various sorts of God’s holy people.

By Father Donald Cozzens, a writer in residence at

25Jul Sat. 25th of July. Saint James, Apostle

(Ambition versus the need for humble service)

1st Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15.

The grace of God is like a treasure in a clay jar. Hope in spite of everything

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it …

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