03/12/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend we have a priest from UNBOUND talking at all the Masses. I know it is a very busy weekend and there are lots of things going on in all our lives. We are challenged as Christians to look at all the needs of our fellow citizens. I…

03/05/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today is the first Sunday of Lent. During Lent there will be two Masses on a Friday one at 9.15am and one at 6.30 pm with a reflection on some of the Stations of the Cross. During Lent we will be trying as a parish to read Bishop Robert…

02/26/2017

The Gift of Spirituality Dear Parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Parish, I received a note from Sandra Book telling me that my booklet, The Gift of Spirituality, will be given out for parish Lenten reading. Know that I will hold you in prayer as you all journey to the Easter mysteries. Lent is a beautiful…

02/19/2017

Brothers and Sisters, One of the noblest forms of witness that we Catholics give in our contemporary society is to stand up for the dignity of human beings as children of God. We feel a special commitment to the most vulnerable and the most innocent of all: children in the womb. Of course, unborn children…

02/12/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. John Paul 2 designated February 11th her feast day as world day of the sick. On the weekend closest to the feast the sacrament of the anointing of the sick is offered in a lot of parishes. I…

01/29/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, February 1st in Ireland is the Feast of St Brigid of Kildare one of the three patron saints of Ireland. She does not get the same attention as St Patrick, but in Irish tradition St Brigid’s day is also the first day of spring, yes I wrote spring. To…

01/22/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The early Christians gathered in each other’s homes to celebrate Eucharist. Later they modified what had been pagan temples as their places of worship. In many mission areas Mass was celebrated under a tree or in a school building. Very often the Church building was multipurpose. There was a Sunday and…

01/15/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We have celebrated Christmas and New Year. We have made and probably broken our resolutions. We are back to ordinary time in the liturgical and in the everyday activities of our lives. It is in the ordinary that our lives are lived. In the challenges that going to school…

01/08/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. Jesus is shown to the Gentiles. In many countries gifts are given on this day because of the gifts the Magi brought to Jesus. In Ireland when I was growing up there were many names for January 6th Women’s Christmas (NOLLAIG…

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A poem we might use for reflection as we enter a New Year God Knows And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness…