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‘Peace be with you!’

‘Peace be with you!’

Pentecost, seen as the birthday of the Christian Church, is the culmination of Eastertide. It is the day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the start of the Church’s mission to the world – a mission to bring people to God. We hear of this in the Gospel,...

A PENTECOST REFLECTION OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN

After his resurrection, at the moment in which he returned to his Father, Jesus pours out the Spirit upon his disciples and makes them sharers in his own mission.  Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the disciples went out on the first Pentecost Sunday and began to...

Fr. Joe Message

Fr. Joe Message

It’s never easy to ask for money, least of all in a time when many are coping with reduced income and loss of employment. I was a little hesitant to ask for your support for the Easter Dues recently. As I explained in the letter sent to all who are on the parish...

All these joined in continuous prayer …

In this time of worldwide fear and uncertainty, we are called to a deepening faith in our Lord, our stronghold and hope. As Christians, we also try to be a beacon of light for our fellow human beings. The First Reading picks up the early Christian story immediately...

Speak out with a voice of joy … the Lord has set his people free!

Even though we remain conscious of the real trauma that many continue to struggle with today, there is a sense of joy in this week’s readings. We hear of it arising from the marvellous acts of the apostles (today’s First Reading), and also in the Psalm, a hymn...

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One day recently, when the church was open for a funeral, a parishioner slipped in to light a candle. As I passed by, her immediate response was to apologise for doing this. I lifted my hands in a “no problem” gesture. She then explained the reason for her visit, a...

Ring out your joy to the Lord!

Ring out your joy to the Lord!

This week’s readings speak powerfully of faith, hope and trust in God. During the coming week and for the weeks ahead, God’s word inspires, sustains and encourages us as we continue to live with the impacts of current events. We learn how the early church devised a...

Opening the Church for Private Prayer:

As we enter the first phase of relaxing the restrictions caused by the COVID 19 virus on May 18th many people have told me how much they would like to have the church open for private prayer. I am totally in agreement with that idea. There are a variety of opinions on...

Thank you to everyone who has dropped in Easter dues, your generosity is appreciated. If you would still like to donate, you can now do so  here using the donate button on the top right hand corner of the page and choose one of the following options: 1st collection...

Good Shepherd Sunday

Good Shepherd Sunday

Today is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, for the Gospel is always taken from St John, where Jesus speaks of himself as the ‘Good Shepherd’. A shepherd leads his flock and Jesus is the shepherd who leads his followers. The sheep know his voice, trust him, and will...