01/31/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters, You have no doubt watched some news reports, even quite recently, and wished you could have intervened to offer support to someone who is struggling, maybe even intervened to prevent a disaster. Jesus did in fact intervene frequently during his earthly life. A few examples include the man born blind, the…

01/24/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In today’s Gospel Jesus quotes from the prophet Isaiah and set out his mission statement of what he is about. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives…

01/17/2016

In the gospel today Mary makes a simple statement” They have no wine” She knew there was no store to run to. She knew the embarrassment and shame that would be caused to the bride and groom and their families when they ran out of wine. She knew her son. In that simple statement she…

01/10/2016

Today we celebrate the baptism of the Lord. In Baptism we have all become sons and daughters of God. Sometimes we forget that and we judge people, because of where they live or what they have or have not because of the color of their skin, their race or religion. Even for the apostles it…

01/03/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Once again we stand at the gate of the New Year. Like all new things it has promise and hope, but is there hope for those resolutions that we make. Is there hope for peace in our world? I would say that there is more hope for peace in…

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…