WMF2018 is a call to renew the Church – Archbishop Martin

Thousands pour into Knock as countdown to World Meeting of Families next year begins and preparatory programme is launched.

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New WMF2018 icon to visit all 26 dioceses

The icon, which was written by Mihai Cucu, will be accompanied by petition boxes, and contemplative communities around Ireland have agreed to take petitions collected from families and to pray for them during the coming year.

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Syrian White Helmets to receive Tipperary Peace Award

“We are very happy to receive this peace prize because it means that there are still people around the world who support our mission to protect lives, and that the voices for peace are much stronger than the voices for war with guns and bombs.”

World Meeting of Families media chief appointed

Helping people to connect with the preparations for the World Meeting will be vital and Brenda Drumm is especially well placed to manage this role with energy, creativity and commitment.

Thought for today Saint of the day Today's Readings Sunday's Readings
Thought for today

A Prayer.


You watch over your creation,
a shepherd
with whom all living things are safe.
You know us all
and keep us
wherever we move.
O God, do this,
we ask you,
all the days of our lives –
may we never want
and may we enter your rest
and know your peace.
Today and every day
of our lives.

Source: “Your Word is Near, Contemporary Christian Prayers” by Huub Oosterhuis.

Saint of the day

Aug 22 - The Queenship of Mary

Queen MaryOne could ask if the title of Queen is not a bit out of line with the contemporary preference for democracy and one could ask the same question about the title Christ the King. Mary's Queenship is probably best seen as a consequence of her Assumption. The feast occurs a week after 15th August. Patrick Duffy explains some of its  perspectives.

Link with Assumption
The link between Mary's Assumption and the feast of her Queenship is recognised in article 59 of the Vatican II Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium: "The Immaculate Virgin... was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords (cf Rev 19:16) and conqueror of sin and death".

Formerly on 31st May
The institution of this feast was requested at Marian Congresses in Lyons (1900), Fribourg (1902), Einsiedeln (1906); it was again requested after the institution of the feast of Christ the King in 1925. In the centenary year of the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception (1954), Pope Pius XII instituted the feast with his encyclical Ad coeli reginam. At that time it was celebrated on the last day of May. Since 1969 it takes place a week after the Assumption.

queen mary 2"You will reign with Christ forever"
The antiphon of the Magnificat at Evening Prayer links Mary's queenship with her acceptance of he motherhood of Christ: "Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, because you believed in all the things which were told you by the Lord: you will reign for ever with Christ".

Many beautiful hymns
There are many well-known and beautiful hymns saluting Mary as queen: Ave Regina caelorum, Salve Regina and Regina caeli.

Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary
We also celebrate the Queenship of Our Lady in the Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.
Today's Readings
First Reading                Isaiah 9:1-6
A son is given to us.

The people that walked in darkness
has seen a great light;
on those who live in a land of deep shadow
a light has shone.
You have made their gladness greater,
you have made their joy increase;
they rejoice in your presence
as men rejoice at harvest time,
as men are happy when they are dividing the spoils.

For the yoke that was weighing on him,coronation
the bar across his shoulders,
the rod of his oppressor,
these you break as on the day of Midian.

For all the footgear of battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
is burnt
and consumed by fire.
For there is a child born for us,
a son given to us
and dominion is laid on his shoulders;
and this is the name they give him:
Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God,
Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace.
Wide is his dominion
in a peace that has no end,
for the throne of David
and for his royal power,
which he establishes and makes secure
in justice and integrity.
From this time onwards and for ever,
the jealous love of the Lord of hosts will do this.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm  Ps 112
Reponse:                         May the name of the Lord be blessed for evermore!
or                                Alleluia!

1. Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
May the name of the Lord be blessed
both now and for evermore!                   Response

2. From the rising of the sun to its setting
praised be the name of the Lord!
High above all nations is the Lord,
above the heavens his glory.                   Response

3. Who is like the Lord, our God,
who has risen on high to his throne
yet stooped from the heights to look down,
to look down upon heaven and earth? Response

4. From the dust he lifts up the lowly,
from the dungheap he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes,
yes, with the princes of his people.        Response

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!
Blessed art thou amongst women.

Gospel                           Lk 1:26-38
You are to conceive and bear a son.

Mary Icon theotikus.j1pgI
n the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and said to her, 'Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.' She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.' Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?' 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you' the angel answered 'and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God,' 'I am the handmaid of the Lord,' said Mary.' 'let what you have said be done to me.' And the angel left her.

The Gospel of the Lord.    


Gospel Reflection           Tuesday             Queenship of Mary        Luke 1:26-28

Today we celebrate the memorial of the Queenship of Mary. Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Queenship of Mary as a feast of the universal church at the close of the Marian Year of 1955. The feast is placed on this date, August 22, to stress its connection with the feast of the Assumption, exactly a week earlier. We find this link expressed in the joyful mysteries of the rosary, with the fourth mystery being the Assumption and the fifth mystery being the Coronation of Mary as Queen of heaven. Today’s gospel reading, the Annunciation to Mary, is the first joyful mystery. That first joyful mystery in Mary’s life underpins the fifth joyful of her life. If she reigns with her Son in heaven it is because she first shared in his complete surrender to God’s purpose for his life. As Jesus said in the Garden of Gethsemane, ‘not my will but yours be done’, Mary said in Nazareth, ‘let what you have said be done to me’. That surrender to God’s purpose did not come easy to Jesus in the garden; he had first prayed ‘Take this cup from me’. It did not come easy to Mary either. According to today’s gospel reading, she was initially deeply disturbed and full of questions. Today’s feast invites us to share in Mary’s willingness to both seek out God’s purpose for our lives and to surrender to it. This surrender won’t always come easy to us, no more than it came easy to Mary. Our own small purposes can get in the way of God’s greater purpose for our lives. Yet, Mary can help us to be as open and responsive to God’s will for our lives as she was, which is why we need to pray, ‘Mary, pray for us, sinners, now, and at the hour of our death’.


The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with permission of the publishers.
The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS: To know the love of Christ 2016/2017 by Martin Hogan published by  The Messenger c/f




An Chéad Léacht           Íseáia 9:1-6
Óir rugadh leanbh dúinn, tugadh mac dúinn.

An pobal a bhí ag siúl sa dorchadas,
chonaic siad solas mór;
agus ar mhuintir na tíre gruama
tá solas ag lonrú.
Chuir tú go mór lena n-áthas,
mheadaigh tú ar a lúcháir;
tá siad ag déanamh gairdis os do chomhair,
mar a dhéanann in aimsir an fhómhair,
amhail an gairdeas lena roinntear an chreach.

Óir an chuing a bhí anuas orthu,
an choirb ar a nguaillí,coronation
agus slat an aintiarna,
déanann tú smionagar díobh mar a rinne tú lá briste Mhidián.

Óir gach coisbheart catha,
agus gach fallaing a tumadh san fhuil,
tá siad loiscthe,
tá siad dóite le tine.
Óir rugadh leanbh dúinn,
tugadh mac dúinn;
tá an tiarnas ar a ghualainn,
agus is é ainm atá air:
“Comhairleoir iontach”, “Dia láidir”,
“Athair síoraí”, “Prionsa na síochána”.
Níl teorainn lena thiarnas
ná críoch lena shíocháin
ar chathaoir ríoga Dháiví
agus ar a ríogacht,
ag cur bun agus taca leo,
sa cheart agus san fhíréantacht feasta go brách.
– Díograis dhílis an Tiarna a chuirfidh sin i gcrích.

Sin é Briathar Dé.  

Psalm le Freagra:       Sm 112
Freagra                            Moladh le hainm an Tiarna choíche!

1. Tugaigí moladh, a lucht freastail an Tiarna;
molaigí ainm an Tiarna!
Moladh le hainm an Tiarna
i láthair na huaire agus choíche!                 Freagra

2. Ó éirí go luí na gréine,
go raibh ainm an Tiarna á mholadh!
Tá an Tiarna os cionn na gciníocha uile,
agus a ghradam os cionn na bhflaitheas.  Freagra

3. Cé is cosúil leis an Tiarna, ár nDia;
atá ina shuí ar a ríchathaoir in airde?
Cromann sé ó na harda anuas
chun féachaint ar neamh agus ar talamh. Freagra

4. Tógann sé an t-íseal aníos as an deannach;
ardaíonn sé den charn aoiligh an duine dealbh,
á chur ina shuí i bhfochair a phrionsaí,
ar aon chéim le prionsaí a phobail              Freagra

An Soiscéal                   Lk 1:26-38
Gabhfaidh tú gin agus béarfaidh tú mac.

Mary Icon theotikus.j1pgSa séú mí, cuireadh an t-aingeal Gaibriéil ó Dhia go dtí cathair sa Ghailíl darbh ainm Nazarat chun maighdine a bhí luaite le fear de theaghlach Dháiví darbh ainm Iósaef, agus b’é ab ainm don mhaighdean, Muire. Agus ar a theacht isteach chuici dúirt: “Sé do bheatha, atá lán de ghrásta, tá an Tiarna leat; is beannaithe tú idir mná.” Ach bhí buaireamh uirthi de chionn na cainte, agus bhí sí ag machnamh cén sort beannachadh é seo. Ach dúirt an t-aingeal léi: “Ná bíodh eagla ort, a Mhuire, óir fuair tú gean ó Dhia. Agus féach, gabhfaidh tú gin agus béarfaidh tú mac agus tabharfaidh tú Íosa mar ainm air. Beidh sé mór, agus glaofar Mac an Té is airde air, agus tabharfaidh an Tiarna Dia dó ríchathaoir Dháiví a athair, agus beidh sé ina Rí ar theaghlach Iacóib go brách, agus ní bheidh deireadh lena ríocht.” Dúirt Muire leis an aingeal: “Conas a bheidh seo amhlaidh, agus gan cuid agam d’fhear chéile?” Agus dúirt an t-aingeal á freagairt: “Tuirlingeoidh an Spiorad Naomh ort, agus beidh cumhacht an té is airde ina scáil anuas ort, agus sin é an fáth a mbeidh an leanbh naofa; glaofar Mac Dé air. Agus féach, Eiliosaibeit do bhean ghaoil, ghabh sise mac freisin ina seanaois, agus is é seo an séú mí aici siúd a dúradh a bheith aimrid. Óir níl ní ar bith dodhéanta ag Dia.” Dúirt Muire: “Féach, mise banóglach an Tiarna; déantar liom de réir d’fhocail.” Agus d’imigh an t-aingeal uaithi.

Sin é Soiscéal Dé.


Sunday's Readings

Scripture Theme
Because of Peter’s faith the promise is given to him. It is through faith that the Church at all times can have trust in the promise of God’s protecting power. So encouraged, we can meet the difficulties and human weaknesses that are part of the Church’s life. Each member must search for deeper faith through study of the Scriptures and the teaching of the Church, and by more fervent prayer.


First Reading                Isaiah 22:19-23
I place the key of the House of David upon his shoulder.

Thus says the Lord of hosts to Shebna, the master of the palace:

I dismiss you from your office,
I remove you from your post,
and the same day I call on my servant
Eliakim son of Hilkiah.
Key-To-The-Kingdom invest him with your robe,
gird him with your sash,
entrust him with your authority;
and he shall be a father
to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
and to the House of Judah.
I place the key of the House of David
on his shoulder;
should he open, no one shall close,
should he close, no one shall open.
I drive him like a peg into a firm place;
he will become a throne of glory
for his father's house.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm   Ps 137
Response :                      Your love, O Lord, is eternal, discard not the work of your hands.

1. I thank you, Lord, with all my heart,
you have heard the words of my mouth.
Before the angels I will bless you.
I will adore before your holy temple.             Response

2. I thank you for your faithfulness
and love which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered;
you increased the strength of my soul.          Response

3. The Lord is high though he looks on the lowly
and the haughty he knows from afar
Your love, O Lord, is eternal,
discard not the work of your hands.               Response

god's eyeSecond Reading          Romans 11:33-36
All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him.

How rich are the depths of God - how deep his wisdom and knowledge - and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? Who could ever be his counsellor? Who could ever give him anything or lend him anything? All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him. To him be glory for ever! Amen.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation   2 Cor 5:19
Alleluia, alleluia!
God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself
and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled.

or                                                 Mt 16:16
Alleluia, alleluia!
You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.
And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.

Gospel                                Matthew 16:13-20
You are Peter, and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

peteWhen Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of Man is?' And they said, 'Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets'.
'But you,' he said 'who do you say I am?' Then Simon Peter spoke up, 'You are the Christ,' he said 'the Son of the living God'.

Jesus replied, 'Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.
And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.'

Then he gave the disciples strict orders not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
An Chéad Léacht          Íseáia 22:19-23
Leagaim eochair theach Dháiví ar a ghualainn.

Seo mar a deir Tiarna na Slua le Seabna, máistir an ph’aláis:
Brisfidh mé as do phost thú,
as d’ionad stróicim thú anuas;
agus an lá céanna glaoim ar mo sheirbhíseach,
Eiliácaím mac Hilciá.
Key-To-The-KingdomTá mé chun a ghléasadh i d’ionarsa,
chun é a fheistiú le do shursaing,
agus tugaim do chumhacht isteach ina láimh,
agus beidh sé ina athair ag muintir Iarúsailéim,
agus ag teaghlach Iúdá.
Tá mé ag leagan eochair theach Dháiví ar a ghualainn;
má osclaíonn sé, ní dhúnfar;
má dhúnann, ní osclófar.
Cuirim i bhfostú é mar bheadh tairne in áit dhaingean:
déanfar cathaoir onóra de i gcomhair theaghlach a athar.

Sin é Briathar Dé.  
Salm le Freagra            Sm 137
Freagra                            A Thiarna, maireann do mhaitheas go síoraí; na tréig obair do lámh.

1. Gabhaim buíochas leat, a Thiarna, ó mo chroí go hiomlán
mar gur éist tú le briathra mo bhéil.
I bhfianaisé na n-aingeal móraim thú;
sléachtáim i dtreo do theampaill naofa.               Freagra

2. Gabhaim buíochas leat as ucht do mhaitheasa is do dhílsé,
mar gur mó fós do gheallúint ná do chlú.
Nuair a ghlaoigh mé ort d'éist tú liom,
agus thúg tú neart breisé do m'anam.                  Freagra

3. Dá airde é an Tiarna, is cúram dó an t-íséal;
ach breathnaíonn sé an t-uaibhreach i bhfad uaidh.
A Thiarna, maireann do mhaitheas go síoraí;
na tréig obairdo lámh.                                             Freagra

god's eyeAn Dara Léacht           Rómhánaigh 11:33-36
Is uaidh agus tríd agus dó gach uile ní dá bhfuil ann.

Cad é doimhneas ollmhaitheasaí agus eagna agus eolas Dé! Nach do-thuigthe atá a bhreithiúnais agus nach dorianta atá a bhealaí! 34 “Cé a thuig aigne an Tiarna? Nó cé a bhí riamh ina chomhairleoir aige?” 35 Nó “Cé a thug rud riamh dó go bhfaighidh sé a chúiteamh?” Mar is uaidhsean agus trídsean agus dósan gach uile ní dá bhfuil ann. Glóir go deo leis. Amen.

Sin é Briathar Dé. 

Alleluia Véarsa             Mth 16: 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
Deirimse leatsa gurtú Peadar agus is ar an gcarraig seo a thógfaidh mé m’eaglais,
agus ní bhuafaidh geataí ifrinn uirthi.

An Soiscéal                     Matha 16:13-20
Is tü Peadar, agus bhéarfaidh mé duit eochracha ríocht na bhflaitheas.

pete San am sin ar theacht isteach i gceantar Chéasaráia Philib dó, d’fhiafraigh Íosa dá chuid deisceabal:
“Cé hé a deir na daoine Mac an Duine?”Dúirt siad: “Deir cuid acu Eoin Baiste; cuid eile acu Éilias; tuilleadh acu Irimia nó duine de na fáithe.”

Dúirt sé leo: “Ach cé a deir sibhse mé?” Dúirt Síomón Peadar á fhreagairt: “Is tú an Críost, Mac Dé bheo.”
D’fhreagair Íosa agus dúirt sé leis: “Is méanar duit, a Shíomóin Bar Ióna, óir ní fuil agus feoil a d’fhoilsigh duit é ach m’Athair atá ar neamh. Agus deirimse leatsa gur tú Peadar agus is ar an gcarraig seo a thógfaidh mé m’eaglais, agus ní bhuafaidh geataí ifrinn uirthi. Agus tabharfaidh mé duit eochracha ríocht na bhflaitheas; rud ar bith a cheanglaíonn tú ar talamh beidh sé ceangailte ar neamh, agus rud ar bith a scaoileann tú ar talamh beidh sé scaoilte ar neamh.”

Chuir sé mar acht ar na deisceabail ansin gan a rá le duine ar bith gurbh é féin an Críost.

Sin é Soiscéal Dé. 

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