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The martyr who gave up worldly fame for the scaffold

Saint of the week

St Ralph Sherwin (December 1)

Daily Readings November 29 to December 4

The week ahead

Ordinary Form Divine Office Week I Monday, November 29: Weekday of Advent Is 4:2-6; Ps 122; Mt 8:5-11 Tuesday, November 30: St Andrew, Apostle, patron of Scotland Rom 10:9-18; Ps 19; Mt 4:18-22 Wednesday, December 1: Weekday of Advent Is 25:6-10a; Ps 23; Mt 15:29-37 Thursday, December 2: Weekday of Advent Is 26:1-6; Ps 118; […]

For Christians Advent is time to bring hope to the world

The word this week

First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

The pope who warned Corinthians over their braggadocio

There is a tradition that Clement was a Roman consul

Saint of the week

St Clement of Rome (November 23) is traditionally classified as the fourth pope (90-100)

Daily readings: November 21 – 27

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

To recognise Christ as King is to surrender our lives to his service

The word this week

Christ the King: 2 Sam 5:1-3; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43

St Albert the Great, one of the best scientists of the Middle Ages

Cologne, where St Albert established his reputation

Saint of the week

St Albert the Great (November 15) recognised no division between science and theology

Daily readings: November 14 – 20

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The last Sundays of the liturgical year should be a spiritual health check

The word this week

Thirty Third Sunday of the Year: Malachi 3: 19-20; 2 Thess 3: 7-12; Luke 21: 5-19

The priest whose preaching turned Piacenza upside down

A statue of St Andrew Avellino in Milan

Saint of the week

St Andrew Avellino (November 10) adopted an ecclesiastical tonsure as a young man to escape the temptations from women