12/10/2017

On Friday December 8th we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. In my childhood it was the day the country folk came to town to do their Christmas shopping. They would go to early Mass and catch the train into the city. Sometimes my mother would meet up with her sisters but most times…

12/03/2017

It was good to be with family and friends but it is equally good to come back to family and friends. I was tired at all the Masses last weekend , but it was so nice to be welcomed back and to see familiar faces. The fact that it was hospitality Sunday made it all…

11/26/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, You do not visit Ireland for the weather, but these last few days in the middle of November have been lovely. This evening we have the wedding rehearsal a much more low key event than in the US. The sun has been shining. Yesterday my brother cut the grass and tided…

11/19/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am sitting at the kitchen table at my brother’s house in Dublin writing this piece. It is a damp November day, but it’s still above freezing. The garden still has tomato plants with ripening tomatoes on them. There are still flowers in bloom, and as my niece’s wedding is on…

11/12/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last Sunday I cut the ground for the new rectory and later that evening I headed for Ireland for my niece’s wedding. The wedding is next Saturday and it will be a happy occasion, when we will meet with cousins, family and friends that in the last few years we have…

11/05/2017

November – Month of Remembrance Bring Photos to Remember our Deceased Loved Ones. We begin the month with the observance of All Saints Day (Nov 1) and then the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day, Nov 2). These days allow us the opportunity to reflect upon family members and dears friends who have…

10/29/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Halloween, is an old English word. Hallow meaning holy and ween meaning evening. It means the eve of All Hallows / All Saints. Many of our Christian festivals, were originally pagan festivals that the early missionaries changed to Christian Festivals. They understood the culture and instead of fighting it…

10/22/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, You know it’s coming close to winter when you have the mu- sic director in your office planning music for All Saints, All Souls, Immaculate Conception, Christmas and New Year. Yes it’s that time of year and we have to plan. The difficulty with the over commercialization of all of our…

10/15/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This year we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima. In 1991 I was present for the final Mass of the Pilgrimage season on October 13th. For me it was one of the most moving of faith experiences. All week the ordinary Portuguese had…

10/08/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Fifteen years ago on October 6th St Francis Xavier Parish came into being. There was great optimism that this area was going to boom, but the good Lord had other plans, he wanted a community, one that cared ,that was welcoming and got to know the people that were…