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…

12/25/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In today’s world of excessive Christmas decorations the real message of Christmas can be lost. A couple of generations ago the decorations were much simpler and much more re- lated to the Birth of the Savior. In Ireland there was a cus- tom of placing a large candle that…

12/18/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are told in the gospel that after the Annunciation, Mary set out to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Many times in the scriptures after a divine intervention the recipient is challenged to set out and share the good news. After the resurrection the disciples set out to return to…

12/11/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A Little poem I came across a nice reflection for the season THE World is Mine….Author Unknown Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman and wished I were as beautiful. When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle. She had one…

12/04/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Over the last year if you have read my few words in the bulletin you will have noticed that I usually end my word with let the journey continue. What do I mean by that? I believe that our life as Christians is a pilgrimage or a journey. During…

11/28/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Every year when we begin Advent we begin again a journey of faith. Advent is not Christmas. It is a time to look at our lives and our values, to see how we can better help one another on our journey of faith. Prepare the way of the Lord…