Chris McDonnell CT 2nd September 2016 To have and to hold and to give
Two weeks ago I wrote a few words about a good man, Bishop Edward Daly who went to the Lord on August 8th. In recent days there has been an appreciation of his life published on the website of the Association of Catholic Priests, ACP, the forum of Irish priests that has been a voice for reform within the Irish Church. Written by Fr. Paddy O’Kane, who knew Edward Daly, his words reflect on the many facets of his life, a well-rounded man in his appreciation of others.
ACTA was born in June 2012 when a group of seven priests wrote a letter to The Tablet calling for greater openness and discussion in the Church. The group will celebrate its 4th Annual Conference on 26th November. What is ACTA and what is it trying to achieve?
May the angels lead FrJacques Hamel (86) to Paradise, where the Lord will say, well done my good and faithful servant. This act and all recent atrocities are the work of the devil and pure evil. We must redouble our prayer and invoke the Prince of Peace to be with us all. Eternal rest to all those who have died recently.
Please find the Roman Missal of 1998 which was approved by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales. These have recently been added since the link to the documents had been broken.
Most Roman Catholics appear not to be aware that in 1998 there was an excellent new English translation of the Roman Missal. The first translation had been released in 1973. In in the mid 1980s translation work began again. It was to be more accurate. There was international cooperation among bishops, scholars, liturgists, Latinists, and other experts. It received the approval of all the English-speaking conferences of the world; in ten of the eleven conferences, its approval was unanimous or near-unanimous.
a personal reflection by Bishop Emeritus Christopher Budd in Newton Abbot
Around 40 people attended an event organised by the local ACTA group on 16th July. We heard Bishop Christopher encourage us make space in our lives for some contemplation about God and His loving mercy, recognising that judgmentalism can be a common fault in all our lives. He spoke about the delight and joy which God has in us, and how we can reflect this, hopefully, in our own daily lives, in how we feel about ourselves and relate to other people.
Bishop Christopher then highlighted some of the key points about the Year of Mercy which Pope Francis has written and spoken about, the concept of the “holy door”, pilgrimage and sacrament of reconciliation which all provide opportunities for renewal/new start in our lives. He also spoke of the importance of being open to the needs of the poor.
He concluded by emphasising that the Jubilee Year of Mercy would end on the Feast of Christ the King, but that we all need to carry forward the clear messages it has brought into the rest of our lives, or as he memorably said, “all our tomorrows”. The burst of applause and chatter which followed were clear demonstrations of how helpful and stimulating the address had been, and after some thoughtful questions from “the floor” the afternoon concluded with a short and effective prayer service which organisers had prepared. Many thanks to all involved.