Since it first appeared, Flor McCarthy has listened closely to the comments and advice of priests who used this book. As a result, this new version of New Sunday and Holy Day Liturgies contains a lot of new material, including new homilies.There are two additional major improvements.
The first such improvement is the provision of better Scripture Notes, focussed on ensuring that they convey the essence of the readings. Flor McCarthy states: ‘Unless we understand the message of the Scriptures we really have no right to be preaching.’
The second improvement concerns parts of the Mass such as the Introduction, the Confiteor, the Prayer of the Faithful. These texts are now more closely related to the particular feast (or Sunday) that is being celebrated. The aim is to capture the ‘flavour’ of that feast, and to convey something of its meaning and spirit. They contain a good mix of comfort, inspiration, and challenge.
Flor McCarthy is a Salesian priest who has worked as a catechist in second level schools and has extensive parish experience in Ireland and the USA.