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Rejoice, the Lord is near!

On this ‘Gaudete’ Sunday, the liturgy begins with an invitation to ‘rejoice!’ Just as in the darkness of midwinter we long for light, so in the darkness of a world suffering the consequences of war and human greed, we long for the transforming light of Christ. But all...

A few personal words from Fr Joe…………………

For just the second time in 36 years I didn’t turn up for Mass on Sunday. Instead of being vested and ready for the Family Mass I was instead hobbling into a Swiftcare clinic. An arthritic flare up in my knee caused intense pain and made it impossible to stand at the...

‘Let us walk in the light of the Lord’

  This Sunday we enter into the beautiful season of Advent.  Our attitude at this time is one of watching and waiting, and the graces to pray for are joy and hope.  Our weary world is in so much need of this spirit, and of the light and peace of the coming...

A few words from Fr Joe……………………

Patrick’s Kavanagh’s poem Advent speaks to and from the religious culture of his own time, an era when penance was practiced and heartfelt hope in the power of Bethlehem offered redemption. The Advent darkened room he recalls was a place of dry black bread and...

For you the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays

As we approach the end of the Church’s year, today’s readings lead us to think about the passage of time and the end of the world. Though outwardly daunting, they provide a message of hope for those who stay faithful to God’s love. The prophet Malachi (First Reading)...

A few words from Fr Joe…………………

Walking through the church grounds the other day I stopped to watch the gardeners at work. One man was blowing the leaves into piles, while another shovelled them into blue bags. His friend was bent over digging small holes under a tree, preparing a place for bulbs...

A few words from Fr Joe

A priest from my local parish worked on the Missions. He came home every few years and was always a welcome visitor to our school and sometimes he said Mass in the parish. He was different from our regular priests, warm and friendly, full of life, always joyful and...

God be merciful to me, a sinner!

  Honesty and humility seem to go hand in hand, and our readings this week show how essential these attitudes are to our prayer. In our First Reading we learn that God listens with special care to the humble. In his justice, he is no respecter of ‘personages’:...

Sing a new song to the Lord!

  The scripture readings this week highlight the importance of gratitude.  It is shown to be that perfect response to the Lord’s constant goodness to us.  Whatever cleansing we are seeking or hardships we are bearing (First Reading), the Lord has been, is, and...

A few words from the Parish Priest …………..

Here are some words I wrote almost 10 years ago. It was at this time that we felt the need to start talking in Dublin about the direction we were beginning to move in. “An old teacher in the seminary told us there is no holiday in the spiritual life! Well that's as...