Readings for Friday of the Second Week of Advent
Is 48:17-19. Ps 1:1-4, 6, R/ cf. Jn 8:12. Mt 11:16-19. www.catholicbishops.ie/readings.
Audio: Advent Thought for the Day
Each day during Advent we are bringing you an audio Thought for Today on a different theme. Today’s Thought for the Day is from Tom Long aged nine, a student in Dunboyne Senior Primary School. In today’s Thought for the Day Tom shares with us A Child’s Prayer for Parents and Family. Click below to listen to the audio.
The Words of Pope Francis
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope said, “has a specific message to communicate to us: it reminds us that in our lives, everything is a gift, everything is mercy.” Mary helps us to rediscover “divine mercy as the distinctive mark of the Christian . . . You cannot conceive of a true Christian who is not merciful, just as you cannot conceive of God without His mercy.” Mercy, he said, “is the key-word of the Gospel.” For that reason, “we should not be afraid: we should allow ourselves to be embraced by the mercy of God, who waits for us and forgives everything.”.
(Excerpt from the Pope’s Angelus address on 8 December 2015)
Pope Francis on Twitter
The family is a community of love where each of us learns to relate to others and to the world around us. – Pontifex.
Video: Blessing of the Christmas Tree in the Home
This is a short video which offers a blessing of the Christmas Tree in the home. Click here to watch the video.
Advent and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
The call to renewal of our Christian life is a central part of our preparation for the season of Christmas. The celebration of Advent, which began on Sunday last, should be an integral part of our preparation for the Feast of the birth of Our Saviour. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation (or Penance), we receive the gift of God’s mercy and forgiveness. Bishops strongly encourage all Catholics to make time to avail of the gift of God’s love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the season of Advent.
Friday Penance during Advent
Friday Penance: Make a special effort to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Abstain from meat or some otherfood.
By our actions, our words, our prayer, our example of love, we can be credible, if imperfect witnesses to Christ. (Share the Good News, 32)
Advent Prayer Intentions
1. For the poor, the hungry, the unemployed, for people without homes,
and all those still struggling to recover from natural disasters.
2. For the Church: that this Advent may be a time marked by simplicity, calmness and quietness
as we wait in hope and wonder for Jesus who is present in our lives now and whose future reign is coming.
Prayer for Grandparents written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord. This piece is an original setting by composer Brian J.Nelson. The performers in this selection are: David Adams – Cantor, Sunny J. Sun – Organ and the Saint Lawrence Choir. Click here to listen to the piece.