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‘I will comfort you as I gather you and lead you back’

The readings this week challenge us to reflect both on the ways we might be blind, and on the gift of new vision that is freely offered. In the First Reading, the prophet Jeremiah speaks of a God who gathers his people to heal them. The Psalm sings of these and other...

A few words from Fr Joe………………

During the week, I was preparing a homily for the opening of the year Mass in a boy’s secondary school. Moments like this are a great opportunity to speak to young people who little by little are coming to identify with the ethos and culture of their Catholic school...

Christ: Priest and Suffering Servant

This Sunday, following the predictions Jesus gave of his suffering and death, we contemplate our Saviour and the implications for us, his followers. The First Reading comes from part of Isaiah’s last song of the suffering servant. It foretells Jesus taking on our...

A few words from Fr Joe………………………

“Warp speed”, “Beam me up Scottie”, “`To go bravely where no man has gone before”, these lines from Star Trek were a part of mine, my sisters and many others childhood. The Star Fleet mission was to explore new frontiers and they got into a lot of tight situations...

The word of God is alive and active!

The readings this week give us an opportunity to step back from the busyness of our everyday lives to consider more deeply the riches we have been given, and what it is we truly value. In the First Reading, the spirit of Wisdom has come to the writer through prayer....

‘He put his arms round them and gave them his blessing’

The scriptures this Sunday teach us about the importance and centrality of loving relationships to the expression of our faith. The excerpt from Genesis (First Reading) begins our salvation story with a vision of humanity in harmonious relationship with nature. We are...

A few words from Fr Joe………………….

I’ve only been to Lisieux once, it was a slightly strange mission. I went with an American friend who had brought a little portion of a beloved partners ashes to be scattered there. It was a little surreal making a visit where there was so much I wanted to see and...

Association of Catholics in Ireland

Can Synodality Empower Women in the Church? Rose O'Connor Zoom Talk to ACI - Sept 30th, 2021 at 8.00 p.m. Rose O'Connor chaired the working group on women in leadership for the 2016 Synod in Limerick Diocese. The group's report called for the opening of ministry and...

A few words from Fr Joe……………………

Carrying the coffin of my uncle John from the hearse to his grave on Tuesday felt like the end of an era. He was 87, a wonderful man, bursting with energy and full of love and goodness. He was the last of the four Curran brothers to die, and four of his five sisters,...