The Eternal City of God

Father Terry writes: In our opening prayer today, we ask of God: ‘Hear the pleading of your people, and bestow your peace on our times’. To which I would think we would all heartily say: Amen. Only 25 years ago we were hoping for a new era of peace. Apartheid had been overcome. The Berlin Wall had been torn down. Northern Ireland was making more and more progress. It seemed that we could spend money on vanquishing hunger and disease rather than building weapons. Alas, at the start of 2019 this seems a distant dream. The world seems a fragile place once more. We ought to take heart from the first reading (Isa. 62.1-5). What you need to know is that at the time those words were writ

Second Sunday (Year C ) 20th January 2019

Second Sunday (Year C ) 20th January 2019 MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 19th Jan 6 pm Vigil Mass May Brennan, intns Sun 20th Jan 8.30 am People of the parish 10 am Agnes O’Boy and Nancy O’Boy, RIP 12 noon Intentions of the donor Mon 21st Jan 11 am Funeral Mass of Christine Cunningham Tue 22nd Jan 10 am Sister Avis, intns Wed 23rd Jan 10 am Mary Cronin, intns Thurs 24th Jan St Francis de Sales, bishop 10 am Patricia Campbell, RIP

Courage and commitment

Father Terry writes: I remember once seeing in the newspaper a photograph of Korean children doing physical exercises in the snow. They were shirtless, despite the freezing cold. The caption said that their parents paid for them to do this course in order to give them mental and physical stamina. In suburban London we would worry at such dangerous exposure to the winter cold. But it is thought-provoking. As children grow up they will have to overcome obstacles and rise to challenges, and parents sometimes worry about how their children will cope with life. Initiation ceremonies around the world often hint at this need for courage in our daily living. You find it in our baptism ceremony

Baptism of the Lord (Year C ) 13th January 2019

Baptism of the Lord (Year C ) 13th January 2019 MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 12th Jan 6 pm Vigil Mass People of the parish Sun 13th Dec 8.30 am Brother Michael Brennan, intns 10 am Karen and Santana, intns 12 noon Winnie Fallon, RIP Mon 14th Jan 10 am Annette O’Gorman, 1st anniv Tue 15th Jan 10 am John and Bridie Carolan, intns Wed 16th Jan 10 am Tom Lobo, RIP Thurs 17th Jan 10 am Joseph and Noeleen Brennan, intns Fri 18th Jan 10 am

Family Life

Father Terry writes: A friend in America recently sent me a kind of questionnaire about family life, not so much questions as observations. One of them went as follows: Your car contains the cartons of at least four drive-thru restaurants but you haven't sat down for a meal as a family all week. Well when I read that I made a mental note to clear the cartons and crisp packets out of my car. But it also set me thinking. The point, as you can see, was to say that we are under pressure. I am so aware of how much under pressure families are. You have obligations to work. You have commitments to do things for your children's school. The Church, of course, wants to see you at Mass, at least

Holy Family (Year C ) 30th December 2018

Holy Family (Year C ) 30th December 2018 MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 29th Dec 6 pm Vigil Mass John O’Callaghan, anniv Sun 30th Dec 8.30 am People of the parish 10 am Patrick Mackessy, RIP 12 noon Spellman family, intentions Mon 31st Dec 12 noon Marie Bloom, intentions Tue 1st Jan Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 12 noon For God’s blessing on the parish Wed 2nd Jan Ss Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen 10 am Torres family, intentio

Life Quickens

Father Terry writes: In the final trimester of a woman's pregnancy, the life quickens within her. The baby kicks and makes its presence felt in many ways. Some mothers will tell you that near the time of birth, their baby seems to respond to external sounds. So it makes perfect sense to read in the gospel today that the infant John within Elizabeth responds to the sound of Mary’s voice. Mary’s greeting must have contained an exultancy that reached even the child carried in Elizabeth’s womb. The gospel today is all about the quickening of life. Elizabeth's child leaps in her womb. Mary carries within her the life that will be the light of the world. What about us? I think we can say t

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 23rd December 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 23rd December 2018 MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 22nd Dec 6 pm Vigil Mass Veronica Filippin, anniversary Sun 23rd Dec 8.30 am People of the Parish 10 am Mary Marshall, intentions 12 noon A private intention Mon 24th Dec NB no morning Mass 6 pm John McGrory, anniversary 10 pm For the People of the Parish Tue 25th Dec Christmas Day 10 am For the People of the Parish 12 noon For the Peopl

Rejoice!

Father Terry writes: We read in the gospel today that a feeling of expectancy had grown among the people (Luke 3.15). It was a time when they were wondering whether the Messiah might have already come, whether he was hidden in their midst and was about to make himself known. And people were already beginning to reform their lives, in the expectation that at any moment the Christ might be revealed right next to them. What power is hidden in that simple phrase about a feeling of expectancy. They believed that God could and would do great things. Where there is great faith there can be great works. There is a challenge to us in this. As Advent progresses and Christmas draws near, we are r

Third Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 16th December 2018

Third Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 16th December 2018 MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 15th Dec 6 pm Vigil Mass Sean & Margaret Byrne, intentions Sun 16th Dec 8.30 am People of the Parish 10 am Patrick Giblin, anniversary 12 noon Lily Murphy, intentions Mon 17th Dec 10 am Funeral Mass of Maurice Lane Tue 18th Dec 10 am Funeral Mass of Noel Kilduff 7.30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Wed 19th Dec 10 am Agnes and Richard Ikueke, RIP Thurs 20t

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