07/24/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I was wandering down nostalgia lane a few weeks ago looking at family photos of long ago. Among them were a number of wedding photos. At my father’s sister’s wedding in London in 1952 I notice in my mother’s hand a black prayer book. In it there were always…

07/17/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Shortly after I came to Chicago, my mother came to visit. We were invited out to dinner one night with a couple called John and Mary. John was from my home town and he wanted to get all the latest news. Mary was a perfectionist and I knew the…

07/10/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters, A simple question “who is my Neighbor” leads to one of the best known stories in the Gospels. It’s a story that has as much relevance today as it had 2000 years ago. The Samaritans were the outcasts of society looked down on and despised. It’s a Samaritan that Jesus casts…

07/03/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Every year there are those who start their July 4th celebration before the rest of us. You hear the solitary fireworks going off. I wonder are they celebrating the fact that they got across the Stateline undetected with fireworks or the 4th. In every one of us there is…

06/26/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I was growing up we lived within a mile of a railway station. The line was eventually closed only to be reopened many years later as a tramline for commuters. We also lived very near to a fruit farm which employed seasonal workers during the summer to pick…

06/19/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Summer has come. I realized that last Saturday when I celebrated the 4.30pm Mass and wondered where are they. Are they at a lake somewhere? Have the kids’ games or have they gone to visit the grandparents? Whatever you were doing it brought back memories of childhood, of trips to the…

06/12/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Memorial Day weekend I buried my last Aunt. She was 96. Her family came from far and wide for her funeral she was the last of her family. She had been born in 1919 just after Christmas in a place called Ballytarsna, Abbeyleix Queens County which after independence revered…

06/05/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, June 4th is the Anniversary of my ordination. As I look back to a Sunday in June many years ago when a group of twelve walked from the College to the local Church St Mary’s Kilamoate Co Wicklow. Eleven of us were ordained that morning. One was ordained later….

05/29/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ ( Corpus Christi). Jesus tells us in John’s Gospel that unless we eat His Body and drink His Blood we cannot have life. At the last supper he instituted the Eucharist and said do this in memory of…

05/22/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost, the beginnings of the Church and the disciples going out and proclaiming boldly the message Christ has died, is risen and will come again. The religious education program formally ended for the school year. Does that mean that we don’t do any more religion…