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Common sense dreamers
Anthony Towey

In his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, ‘with a Father’s heart’, Pope Francis has declared this a year dedicated to St Joseph. It recalls his establishment as Patron of the Universal Church by Pius IX in 1870, and his feast of 19 March was augmented by Pius XII who famously instituted the celebration of St Joseph the Worker in 1955 as a counterpoint to Communism’s international Mayday celebrations. Boasting (I am reliably informed) more statues in Catholic churches than any other saint, one might question why Joseph needs any more publicity.
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Mar 31 2021
EditorialCommon sense dreamers
Anthony Towey In his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, ‘with a Father’s heart’, Pope Francis has declared this a year dedicated to St Joseph. It  ...
FOCUS: Acolytes and lectors - what next?Welcoming the witness: A change in Canon Law and new opportunities for lay ministry
An important change to Canon Law was made by Pope Francis at the beginning of this year. This change is examined by Ashley Beck, Dean of Studies of  ...
Installed lectors and acolytes: Are women deacons next?
Phyllis Zagano, Senior Research Associate-in-Residence at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, and a member of the original Pontifical Commission  ...
Leadership & ministryThe new lectionary: For whose needs?
Thomas O’Loughlin asks whether a single translation of the lectionary can answer our liturgical needs, or do we need different translations for the  ... 
Apartheid in my backyard? Ministry among the forsaken: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
Clive Dudbridge, Chief Executive Officer of the Margaret Clitherow Trust, writes of the alienation from the Church felt by many Gypsy, Roma and  ... 
Building dementia-friendly parish communities after Covid-19
How can parishes learn to welcome and affirm people living with dementia and their families and carers? Pia Matthews and Theresa Power look at ways  ...
Theology TodayWhat is Man? Biblical insights for a new age
In the first of two articles, Adrian Graffy offers a study guide to What is Man?, the official 2019 statement of the Pontifical Biblical Commission  ... 
The visible poor and food poverty
This article looks at the rise in poverty in the United Kingdom with specific focus on the increase in food poverty and calls for a renewed  ... 
Humble, inclusive, brave and confident: The Catholic Church in Indonesia
Ignatius Suharyo is Archbishop of Jakarta. He studied biblical studies in Rome and subsequently taught for many years in the seminary in Yogyakarta,  ...
John Rawls, justice and Catholic social teaching
The work of the American political philosopher John Rawls on justice, especially for the most disadvantaged members of society, can be a resource for  ... 
SpiritualitySt Matthew and the name of Jesus
Gerald O’Collins SJ, professor emeritus of the Gregorian University, Rome, considers the power of the name of Jesus. In the final chapter of his  ... 
The Samaritan woman at the well – Highway 61 Revisited
David Fincham reflects on the moments and places we encounter Jesus and how those experiences can enrich us spiritually. At the beginning of his  ... 
St Joseph – the patron saint we need in this pandemic
James Martin SJ, editor at large of America and author of several books on prayer, spirituality and the saints, invites us to reconsider St Joseph,  ... 
Belonging/believing – navigating the tension
Thomas O’Loughlin reflects on why and how belonging to life-giving communities is fundamental not only to our lives of faith but to being human. A  ... 
Resources for MinistryPrayer in school
Bernard Howell, a counsellor and lay chaplain at St Thomas More Catholic School in Willenhall, writes about the importance of prayer in the life of  ... 
Who says we won’t see Christ this year?
A poem which emerged online in last year’s locked-down Holy Week helps us to find God all around, writes Gemma Simmonds CJ. ‘Christ plays in ten  ... 

Breaking The Word
Weekdays in April, May, June 2021

Thursday 1 April
Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12.1–8,11–14
Psalm 115
1 Corinthians 11.23–26
John 13.1–15
The earliest account of the Institution Narrative of the Last Supper is that of First Corinthians, composed c. AD 53. Crucially, Paul begins by explaining what he has received – the traditio (Latin verb: tradere – to hand over – from which is derived 'tradition'), and this is what he has been handing down ...

Sunday 4 April
Easter Sunday
Acts 10.34,37–43
Psalm 147
Psalm 117
Colossians 3.1–4
John 20.1–9

It is easy to understand why people wrote and read the Apocryphal Gospels when we look at the Resurrection of the Lord in our canonical Gospels. The Gospel of Peter and the Acts of Pilate have far more exciting and dramatic accounts of what happened at the tomb ...

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Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017


Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rev. Professor Michael Hayes editor of the Pastoral Review.

Many friends and readers of the Pastoral Review and The Tablet will have been shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Michael Hayes early on Easter Saturday.   Read More