Posts tagged Pope Francis

Pope Francis’s Message for Lent 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 […]

Prayers for the Synod on the Family

Pope Francis has composed a Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod, and the Church also offers the following proposed intentions for use during the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass during the synod. These intentions can also be included in the petitions at Lauds and Vespers. The recitation of the Holy Rosary is […]

Two new Saints of the Church

The enrolment of new saints happens at the start of the Canonisation Mass, so that the newly-recognised saints are included in the Canon of the Mass and acknowledged throughout the celebration. At the Mass, the reading from 1 Peter 1:3–9 was read in Polish. The Order of Service has been published by the Vatican, and […]

Epiphany Reading: Reflections on Light.

I am still mulling over the physical nature of the Incarnation but noticed another theme coming through my Internet reading, that of Light. Two post on the Quantum Theology blog drew my attention to begin with; one within the Octave of Christmas that had the feel of and one a much more down to earth […]

Advent Adults 4: Watching Mary.

We began our last Adult group last week, by taking time to reflect on our Advent so far. Each of us has had a unique journey and, like so often we retain that uniqueness, while also contributing and sharing Advent together. We considered the themes of the three weeks so far, looking at the kingdom […]

Prayers of Thanksgiving and for Peace.

This Saturday is a big day for our group for it is when Deacon Philip is ordained to the sacred priesthood. It is also an important and thought-provoking day for the Church. The Holy Father has called on all Christians to join him in prayers for Syria. Between 7pm and midnight (Rome time) prayers will […]