12/27/2015

My father’s elder sister Harriet was small and petite and was very good looking. She had been widowed young and in difficult circumstances, but despite the adversity was full of fun. We always went to her house on the night after Christmas. We loved it because she was not house proud and would have all…

12/20/2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We live in a world that seems to be full of fear . Acts of terror robberies and lots of other events have created an atmosphere where people are looking for “security” Into this scene comes today’s gospel where Joseph is told not to be afraid. We are told…

12/13/2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I hope all of you who attended the parish mission enjoyed it. Fr Michael was very happy as he went back to Chicago Thank you for taking time out to reflect and journey in a different way. In today’s Gospel we hear the story of the Annunciation. It is…

12/06/2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Tuesday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. When I was a child it was the day the country Aunts came into the big city to do their Christmas shopping. Many in rural Ireland did that on the 8th of December. For us it meant there would be a…

11/29/2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This week our parish mission begins. It has been awhile since there has been a mission and my hope is that you will take a little time out of your busy lives to pray a little and reflect on what has been happening in your life. There will be…

11/22/2015

Brothers and Sisters, This week we celebrate Thanksgiving and for many years I have joined friends in Kansas City Mo for the holiday. The first time I was there were 80 people… Yes! 80. Many of them were college kids or foreign students learning English and friends of the family who had nowhere else to…

11/15/2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I spoke last week of generosity: of that spirit of generosity that transforms not only your life but the lives of the people around you. I often think of an Kenyan sister I knew who worked in a small mission hospital in a place called Kobujoi in Nandi Kenya. Kobujoi was…

11/08/2015

The gospel today reminds me to remember the generosity of all those who have been part of my life’s journey. Generosity comes in many forms. It’s the poor widow who donates her all, the volunteer who spends time with her parish or some other project that needs help, it’s the smile on a face that says…

11/01/2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Come join us in celebrating the harvest by generously donating food to fill the local food pantries. Harvest Weekend is an ecumenical effort with local churches in our community. Please consider serving a few hours of your time. Volunteers are needed of Nov 14th to help load and transport food to Holy Family. Volunteers are needed on…

10/25/2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I was listening to the Gospel last Sunday and heard the antics of James and John and the reaction of the other disciples and I asked myself as I have often done “how has the Church survived”. On a human level if you look at the Apostles and some of the…