Sunday 24th January : 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark presents the gospel of salvation within the context and plan of the life of Jesus Christ. That life is the story of the suffering Messiah, now seen in the light of the Resurrection. The faithful learn that the path to victory is by suffering discipleship. But the "between times" are difficult and there is no other way. The call to follow Christ is the call to repent and believe.

Monday 25th January : Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle

St. Paul preached the power of God at work in the lives of each one of us. His own conversion shows that power in his life. Out of a persecutor God made a preacher and teacher of the peoples. Paul never ceased to express thanks and wonder of this grace, but he still prayed for perseverance.

Tuesday 26th January : Ss Timothy and Titus

They were close to St. Paul as followers and later in their work with him.
Tradition makes Timothy the first bishop of Ephesus. From Paul's advice to him to take some wine for his stomach's sake, he had been invoked as a patron in cases of stomach complaint.
Titus was sent to organise the Church in Crete.

Wednesday 27th January : St. Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Founder of the Ursulines, devoted herself to Christian education based on love, kindness with firmness, and concern for the individual.

Thursday 28th January : St. Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274)

He was born in Italy. Thomas taught that Christian revelation and human knowledge are aspects of a single truth and cannot be in conflict with one another. One of the greatest theologians, he is patron of schools, universities, students and booksellers.

Saturday 30th January : St. Aidan (or Maedoc or Mogue)

He was born around 550, probably in Co. Cavan. He studied under David in Wales, and on his return he founded a monastery at Ferns. He became bishop there and was renowned for is generosity and kindness. He died in 626 and his Lives testify to his popularity both in Cavan and in Ferns.