St Patrick's Parish Guildford
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 2016-2017 Liturgical Year A


Sing Alleluia!


Augustine says rightly, 'Singing is for one who loves', and there is also an ancient proverb: 'Whoever sings well prays twice over.'

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal 39



Silence in the Liturgy

Silence is an integral    element of liturgy. 

The whole way in which liturgy is celebrated should foster reflectiveness.  In addition, the dialogue between God and his people, which happens through the power of the Holy Spirit, requires short intervals of silence.

Words are crucial to the liturgy:

  • words of the songs we sing.
  • words of the Scripture readings that we hear,
  • words of the prayers that we pray together.
God addresses God's Word to us. and we address words to God and to each other. But silence is what helps us discover the meaning and power of all these words. Silence  is a way for the many words of the liturgy to 'sink in', to be absorbed into our minds and hearts like rain falling upon ground well-prepared to receive it.  Silence opens our minds and hearts to hear what the prophet Elijah heard at Mount Horeb: the tiny, whispering sound of God's  voice addressed to each of us (see 1 Kings 10:12)


The Liturgy of the Word is to be celebrated in such a way as to favour mediation, and so, any kind of haste such as hinders recollection is clearly to be avoided.  After  each of the Scripture readings and the homily, a period of silence helps us make the message our own.   Under the action of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God may be grasped by the heart and and a response may through prayer.

Liturgical Season: Ordinary Time


21 January: third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

First Reading

Jonah 3:1-5. 10

Jonah is sent to save Nineveh.


Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 24:4-9. R. v.4

(R) Teach me your ways, O Lord.


Second Reading

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

The time is short.


Gospel Acclamation

Mark 1:15 



Mark 1:14-20

Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee, calls the Apostles.




Feastdays This Week:

  • Monday, 22 January: Saint Vincent, Deacon and Martyr
  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018: Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
  • Thursday, 25 January 2018: The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle
  • Friday, 26 January 2018: Australia Day
  • Saturday, 27 January 2018: Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops
  • Saturday, 27 January 2018: Saint Angela Merici, Virgin

OnLine sites offering daily prayer and reflections on daily readings.  

Living Space: A site managed by the Irish Jesuits offering reflections on daily readings.

Pray.Com.Au: An online prayer space offered by Jesuit Communications (Australia) - Richmond Vic

Sacred Space: An online prayer space produced by the Jesuits of Ireland
Prayer Room: An online prayer space created by the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. 
Pray-As-You-Go: Download daily prayers for your mp3 player. Produced by the UK Jesuits

3 Minute Retreat: Daily reflections by Loyola Press (a Jesuit Ministry)

Lectio Divina: Daily Readings reflections by the Carmelites.