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…

05/15/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago I got a request from the daughter of friends of mine. Would I please say a Mass in her sister’s house? I asked what the occasion is. She told me her parents were too frail to be able to go to their youngest grandchild’s first…

05/08/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On Friday 29th of April we had our first dinner dance. It was fun standing in the entrance area of the Golf club, watching people coming in. Some were very recognizable and others were so spruced up that I had to take a second look. Thanks to our committee…

05/01/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, During the month of May we honor Mary under her various titles. On the south wall of the Church we have a shrine to the Mother of God and the image of our Lady of Guadalupe. I have been gathering in my office other images of Mary approved by…

04/24/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters, On the weekend of April 30th/ May 1st we will celebrate the First Communions of around forty children from the parish. There will be a number receiving at all the Masses. At Baptism their parents promised to bring them up in the faith and to be the first teachers of the…

04/17/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I was growing up my home parish in this time after Easter held its forty hours adoration. In fact most parishes in the city had a similar devotion. It was in fact a form of perpetual adoration but not continuously in one place.. During the year we would…