10/16/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On the day of my installation as Pastor, Bishop Conlon said to me “now you need to build a rectory”. My reaction was not very positive as I had seen the figures and knew the amount of debt we had. But as I reflected on it I realized that…

10/02/2016

40 DAYS FOR LIFE Wednesday, September 28 – Sunday, November 6, 2016 The 40 Days for Life campaign is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program: Prayer and fasting, Peaceful vigil, and Community outreach. Volunteers are needed to pray at Abortion Clinics in the…

09/25/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This Sunday we begin the journey towards confirmation for some of our young people. The program for this year is slightly different. We are reminding them that our faith does not stop at the door of the church but involves other people particularly those who lives may not have…

09/18/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last weekend the first of our family centered faith formation classes began. It was good. The light house was a star attraction so different from the time machine of last year but a valuable tool in helping proclaim the gospel but like all tools it did not work the…

09/11/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It was nice on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning to see people sitting in their usual places. It was as if time had stood still but then I noticed some of the children and how they had grown and matured in one short month…. God help the parents…

09/04/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When I left for Ireland I had all sorts of plans. Most of them did not work out because of my brother’s continuing illness. I ended up visiting the hospital most evenings. The good side of all of the plans that did not come to pass was walking in places that…

08/28/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I have spent the last week Sunday 14th today Friday 19th with 20 of my colleagues, all of us ordained around the same time at a renewal/ reunion at St Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow. It was, when we were students a very isolated spot in the west…

08/21/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It has been an interesting week to say the least. During the week I visited the Motherhouse of the Medical Missionaries of Mary in Drogheda, Co. Louth. I was there for the funeral of a Medical Missionary, whom I have known for close to fifty years, Sister Bernadette Gilsenan….

08/07/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As the plane crossed Canada and then the ocean the only signs of human habitation I spotted were over Newfoundland. Like the gospels a light cannot be hidden. Most of the rest of the journey we were above the clouds. As we came into Dublin we went out over…

07/31/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As I take my first extended break from the parish since I first came here a little over a year ago, there are a few things I would like to say. When I came here a little over a year ago I came with a certain amount of reluctance….