Monday, May 31, 2010

Guess were Archbishop Timothy Dolan is Today? Maynooth

The Apostolic Visitor is already visiting. Who said the Catholic Church was slow?



Archbishop Timothy Dolan, (New York), delivered a lecture in Callan Hall, Maynooth on Thursday past, to mark the the Year for Priests. Four days later, he has been announced as the man responsible for the Apostolic Visitation of irish seminaries. This appointment gives me hope. Our seminaries are in crisis, and they could not have found a better person to help sort it out. Archbishop Dolan is one no nonsence guy. He is charismatic , he is sharp, he is not afraid of the media, he is a leader, and he is Catholic. Hopefully, some of this might rub off on our bishops!
Theme of Lecture: God is the only treasure people desire to find in a priest
Excerpt
"To those who may think my reflections overly pious and simplistic, to those who think being grounded in holiness not enough in an emergency so desperate, I claim it is no more simplistic than the exhortation given us by the Master Himself, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of heaven and all else will be given thee.”


To those who claim the problem is that, as a matter of fact, Church teaching is too holy, too aloof, too distant, too out of touch, I say the problem is hardly Church teaching but lack of fidelity to it.


To those who wonder if holiness, humility and identity are a pollyannaish ignoring of deep psychological turmoil in the priesthood, I say with Adrian van Kaam, no, as a matter of fact, holiness means wholeness, and wholeness means integrity, and a man of integrity hardly abuses our youth or overlooks the crimes of those who do." Full text

The "Visitation" will begin in the Autumn

Some good news! On the Feast of the Visitation, our Apostolic Visitors have been announced! The Visitation will begin, in the Autumn, in the four Metropolitan Archdioceses of Ireland (Armagh, Dublin, Cashel and Emly, and Tuam) and will then be extended to some other dioceses.



The Visitors for the Four Archdioceses

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley
Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins
Archbishop Terrence Thomas Prendergast






The Visitors named by the Holy Father for the dioceses are: His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Emeritus Archbishop of Westminster, for the Archdiocese of Armagh; His Eminence Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, for the Archdiocese of Dublin; the Most Reverend Thomas Christopher Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, for the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly; the Most Reverend Terrence Thomas Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa, for the Archdiocese of Tuam.


Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Seminary Visitation


The Congregation for Catholic Education will coordinate the visitation of the Irish seminaries, including the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. While special attention will be given to the matters that occasioned the Apostolic Visitation, in the case of the seminaries it will cover all aspects of priestly formation. The Most Reverend Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has been named Apostolic Visitor.

My first reaction, this looks good (Tim Dolan), very good.

The Unborn in the History of Salvation

The Visitation

Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

Prayer

Mary, Mother of God and our Mother,
obtain for us from your divine Son
something of His great love for human life,
which He received from you and began in your womb.
Help us to exert ourselves to the limit,
to safeguard the sanctity of all human life,
whether born or unborn,
whether helpless or strong.
Ask Jesus, the Light of Life,
to enlighten the leaders of nations that human life is to be loved,
because that is why we are conceived
--to serve God by loving others here on earth
and be happy with Him and with our families,
for all eternity.
Amen.

Today we celebrate the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: come, let us ring out our joy to the Lord

Make you are sing along to John Rutter's Magnificat.



Magnificat anima mea Dominum.
My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae:
For He hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden:

For, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Prayer to the Holy Trinity

Glory be to the Father,
Who by His almighty power and love created me,
making me in the image and likeness of God.

Glory be to the Son,
Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell,
and opened for me the gates of heaven.

Glory be to the Holy Spirit,
Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism,
and continues to sanctify me
by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.

Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity,
now and forever.
Amen.



Fr. Barron :Can we Completely understand the Trinity?



Saturday, May 29, 2010

And the Winner is Germany

Performer: Lena
Song title: Satellite
Song writer(s): Julie Frost & John Gordon
Song composer(s): Julie Frost & John Gordon

Satellite
I went everywhere for you
I even did my hair for you
I bought new underwear that’s blue
And I wore it just the other day
Love you know I'd fight for you
I left on the porch light for you
Whether you are sweet or cool
I’m gonna love you either way...

Love, Oh, Love
I gotta tell you how I feel about you
Cause I, Oh, I
Can't go a minute without your love
Like a satellite I'm in orbit all the way around you
And I would fall out into the night
Can't go a minute without your love

Love I got it bad for you
I saved the best I have for you
You sometimes make me sad and blue
Wouldn't have it any other way
Love my aim is straight and true
Cupid's arrow is just for you
I even painted my toenails for you
I did it just the other day…

Love, Oh, Love
I gotta tell you how I feel about you
Cause I , Oh, I
Can’t go a minute without your love
Like a satellite I'm in orbit all the way around you
And I would fall out into the night
Can't go a minute without your love

Love oh love
I gotta tell you how I feel about you
Cause I oh I
Can’t go a minute without your love

Where you go, I follow
You set the pace we take it fast or slow
I follow in your wake

Oh oh oh

You got me, you got me
A force more powerful than gravity
It’s physics... there’s no escape

Love my aim is straight and true
Cupid's arrow is just for you
I even painted my toenails for you
I did it just the other day

Love, Oh, Love
I gotta tell you how I feel about you
Cause I, Oh, I
Can't go a minute without your love
Like a satellite I'm in orbit all the way around you
And I would fall out into the night
Can't go a minute without your love

Love, Oh, Love
I gotta tell you how I feel about you
Cause I, Oh, I
Can’t go a minute without your love

Love Love Love
Love
Love
Love

The Eurovision 2010

I have just finished watching the 25 Eurovision finalists perform. I must say, it was quite a good show. My vote goes to Tom Dice (video below), singing Me and My Guitar for Belgium. As the title suggests, it was just him and his guitar. Niamh Kavanagh did us proud, but I really do not think she has a chance. I also liked the entry from Norway, Didrik Solli-Tangen did a great performance of My Heart is Yours. My 10 year old liked the entry for the United Kingdom, but was put off by the presence of Northern Ireland in the map of the UK! I also enjoyed the very folky Russian song (Lost and Forgotten). "Here am I, lost and forgotten. For this cruel-cruel time when I'm first time in love. Now that is why I say Lord of mercy. And I hope now that you here me. Oh yeah... " Probably the only reference to God in the contest! The 18 year old, who sang the German entry, had one strange accent, (A cross between Eliza Doolittle and Lilly Allen), she is also a contender.

The interval act was a song, with flash mobs (a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, to perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse.) preforming all over Europe. So we now await the results............

Mary's Relationship with the Holy Trinity

In preparation for Trinity Sunday.



ACT OF CONSECRATION
TO OUR LADY OF THE BLESSED TRINITY

With all my heart I praise you, Most Holy Virgin above all angels and saints in Paradise, Daughter of the Eternal Father, and I consecrate to you my soul with all its faculties.

With all my heart I praise you, Most Holy Virgin above all angels and saints in Paradise, beloved Mother of the Son of God. I consecrate to you my body with all its senses.

With all my heart I praise you, Most Holy Virgin above all angels and saints in Paradise, beloved Spouse of the Holy Spirit, I consecrate to you my heart, with all its affections and beseech you to obtain for me from the Most Holy Trinity all the graces necessary for salvation.

The Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 2010

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Dublin in June 2012. The theme for the event is, "The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another". Beginning in Autumn 2010, the Eucharistic Congress committee will invite people in parishes throughout the country to participate in a process of reflection on what it means to be a Eucharistic people in the 21st Century.

Do we need to "participate in a process of reflection”? What does that even mean in real terms? I'll tell you what it means, it means doing nothing. We will prepare for the Eucharistic Congress by navel gazing, and doing nothing! The logos, the music, the pieces of art that will be commissioned can, and probably will become a distraction. Ok, they are necessary, at some level, and can serve a purpose, but they can also distract from what we really need to do.

Sadly, a lot of people in Ireland have a very protestant understanding of the Eucharist. So what we really need is some solid catechesis. Not just leaflets that will be put at the back of our churches. People do not read these; well some do, but not enough. (Most people I meet have not even attempted to read the Popes Pastoral Letter.) We need to have solid Eucharistic theology taught in our churches, really taught, not just delivered. It must be taught systematically, in all churches, no matter what. The "Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity", type of catechesis, not the "we are a Eucharistic people", or "the social dimension of the Eucharist" catechesis. I know the latter is important, but we can only go there after we a correct understanding of the Eucharist.

Is the Irish Church capable of staging an event like this? I doubt it! Are the people involved in organising this event, the same people who have brought the Church in Ireland to the sad and pathetic state that it is in? I don't know, but I hope not.

Friday, May 28, 2010

First Profession



Congratulations

and every blessing to

Sr Lisa

from Knock Carmel

who make her First Profession

on Pentecost Sunday

Just do it! Prayer and Penance for the Church in Ireland

Prayer for the Church in Ireland

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness, holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.

Amen.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Something else for May: The Litany of Loretto


The Holy Family
by Juan Simon Gutierrez


Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loretto)

This beautiful litany can be recited alone, or after praying the rosary, particularly during the month of May, dedicated to Mary. A partial indulgence is attached to those who pray this litany.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.


Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Savior, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of Prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of Confessors, pray for us.
Queen of Virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all Saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of Peace, pray for us.


Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.


V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray.
Grant, we beg you, O Lord God, that we your servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Des Hommes et des Dieux, winner at Cannes

At the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, a film about a group of French monks who were martyred in Algeria, Africa during the 1990s won the the runner-up Special Jury Prize.

“Of Gods and Men,” a film by the French director Xavier Beauvois, centers around the true story of seven Cistercian monks who were taken hostage and murdered by Islamic fundamentalists in 1996. Though the monks were told to return to their native France, the group refused and chose to remain in the conflict-torn region of the Algerian mountains, knowing that they would be martyred.

Find out more about christian persecution in our world today.

Aid to the Church in Need

Trocaire Disgrace


Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. So why, why, why are they raising money with a private screening of Sex In The City 2??? (Private Screening) It even sounds seedy! This is not an appropriate way for a Catholic organisation to raise funds. The event, complete with goodie bags and flirtini cocktails happen tomorrow night. Event details.

The values of the "Sex And The City" brand are far from catholic. It attempts to promote same sex marriage, promiscuity, infidelity. It belittles marriage and fidelity. It encourages women to see themselves as mere objects. It hates men! It encourages all the worst excesses, and laughs in the face of virtue.

Action needed, Today!

Contact Trocaire and complain today. o1 6293333

Contact your bishop and complain today.


Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. St Joseph, pray for us.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Pope must also Obey!

General Audience May 26th 2010

Here are some of my fovourite bits from todays general audience.

"Dear priests, Feed the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly."

"And even the Pope can not do whatever he wants on the contrary, the pope is the guardian of obedience to Christ, to his words summed up in "regula fidei" I believe in the Church, and must precede obedience to Christ and his Church. "

"Dear brothers and sisters, I invite you to pray for me, the Successor of Peter, I have a specific role in governing the Church of Christ, as well as all your bishops and priests. Pray that we take care of all the sheep, even those lost, the flock entrusted to us."

Unusual movie, the entire cast children!

I must say, there are some wonderful things happening in our Church. I found this movie trailer recently. It is for a new movie St Bernadette of Lourdes, and it is made by Navis Pictures. There are no adults in this movie, only children. Can you imagine how much fun that was to make?


The impulses to create, to perform, to tell stories, to entertain, to "play make-believe", I think, run deep in the human soul. When those impulses are channeled and gently directed, wonderful, magical things can happen - things like, St. Bernadette of Lourdes. In this film, and the others we are producing, one can clearly see that most innocent and pure expression of a child's creative spirit: channeled, directed, and offered back to the Creator Himself, Almighty God.

And so, we are exploring a new genre - Children's Cinema. My idea is that with a little careful thought and planning, some attention to detail, just a smidgin of simple guidance, and most importantly, an overriding emphasis on the true purpose of art, namely to glorify God, we can make movies that are truly greater than the sum of their parts. None of these kids are professional actors, and most of them have never even had any formal acting instruction, but I believe a child doesn't need to be taught how to put on a costume and pretend - it just comes naturally.

- Jim Morlino

President, Navis Pictures




Saint Philip Neri, Pray for Us.

Philip Romolo Neri (July 22, 1515 – May 25, 1595), also known as Apostle of Rome, was an Italian priest, noted for founding a society of secular priests called the Congregation of the Oratory.

Quotes of St Philip Neri

“Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought always to be in good spirits.”

"A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one."

“Bear the cross and do not make the cross bear you.”

Prayer to Know and Love Jesus

My Lord Jesus, I want to love You but You cannot trust me. If You do not help
me, I will never do any good. I do not know You; I look for You but I do not
find You. Come to me, O Lord. If I knew You, I would also know myself. If I have
never loved You before, I want to love You truly now. I want to do Your will
alone; putting no trust in myself, I hope in You, O Lord. Amen.


by St. Philip Neri

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Shroud Exposition in Drogheda

A copy of the Shroud of Turin will go on public display in St Mary’s Church, Drogheda from Trinity Sunday (30th May 2010) to the first Sunday in July (4th July 2010) in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to allow those who could not get to Turin an opportunity to see the ancient cloth.

The copy, about half the size of the original, is a new HD print which reveals the various stains and markings in a clearer light. All are welcome to come and see the image and spend time in prayer and meditation.

2.1 Million Pilgrims

Over 2.1 million pilgrims, including Pope Benedict XVI, venerated the Shroud of Turin when it was on display in Turin’s cathedral between April 10 and May 23. And I was one of them!

Contraception and Minors : Iona Institute Submission

The Iona Institute has made a submission to the Law Reform Commission in response to its recent consultation paper ‘Children and the Law: medical treatment’. The submission is written by Professor David Paton of Nottingham University.

Quote: That increasing access to family planning services does not appear to reduce teenage conception rates may seem counter-intuitive at first sight. In fact, there are a number of reasons why such interventions might be ineffective. One possibility is that the findings simply reflect the high failure rates experienced in practice with most forms of family planning. For example, the latest evidence from the U.S. suggests that over 8% of pill users and 17.4% of condom users will experience pregnancy over a 12 month period (Kost et al, 2008, p. 14). These percentages are likely to be even higher amongst adolescents. Stanford, (2008) presents evidence the effectiveness of emergency birth control is much lower than previously thought. Full Submission

*Excellent Power Point Presentation by Prof. David Patton

St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Pray for us.

Pietro Novelli
Our Lady of Carmel and Saints

(Simon Stock (standing), Angelus of Jerusalem (kneeling), Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Teresa of Avila), 1641 (Museo Diocesano, Palermo.).
A little drop of simple obedience is worth a million times more than a whole vase of the choicest contemplation. - Saint Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi

Monday, May 24, 2010

Volunteers Needed!

Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up online at

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Mother of God, Softener of Evil Hearts, Pray for Us


Our Lady Umyagchenie zlih serdets (Softening the evil hearts).
Икона "Умягчение злых сердец"

Prayer

Soften our evil hearts, O Theotokos,
and quench the attacks of those who hate us
and loose all straitness of our soul.
For looking on thy holy icon
we are filled with compunction by thy suffering and loving-kindness for us
and we kiss thy wounds;
we are filled with horror for the darts with which we wound thee.
Let us not, O Mother of Compassion,
according to the cruelty of our hearts, perish from the cruelty of heart of those near us,
For thou art in truth the Softener of Evil Hearts.

St Gianna Beretta Molla

Wife, Mother, Doctor, Pro-life Witness
She has now been raised to the altar in heaven and provides particular inspiration to all those who experience the constant demands and confusing signals that our current culture places on us.

St Gianna Beretta Molla

Santuario Santa Gianna

Shrine to St Gianna



Mosiac, at the tomb of St Gianna

The tabernacle, with a pelican and its young, at the Church in Mesero. The pelican is Christ, who humanity struck by committing sin; the pelican cutting open its own breast represents Christ's death on the cross, and the shedding of his blood to revive us.

"A young mother from the diocese of Milan, who, to give life to her daughter, sacrificed her own, with conscious immolation”. Pope Paul VI

Gianna Beretta Molla was born in Magenta (Milan), Italy, on October 4, 1922, the 10th of 13 children. After earning degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia in 1949, she opened a medical clinic in Mesero (near Magenta) in 1950. She specialized in pediatrics at the University of Milan in 1952 and thereafter gave special attention to mothers, babies, the elderly, and the poor. While working in the field of medicine-which she considered a "mission" and practised as such - she increased her generous service to Catholic Action, especially among the "very young." She became engaged to Pietro Molla and they were married on September 24, 1955 in St. Martin's Basilica in Magenta. In November 1956, to her great joy, she became the mother of Pierluigi; in December 1957 of Mariolina; in July 1959 of Laura. She met the demands of mother, wife, doctor and her passion for life with simplicity and great balance.

On the afternoon May 12th, we travelled to Mesero, the town of one of the church's more recent saints. St Gianna Beretta Molla (1922- 1962), was a physician, a mother, a social activist and a loving wife. The inhabitants of the town are obviously very proud of their saint, as many houses have posters of her on their balconies. We recieved a very warm welcome from the locals. We celebrated the Mass of St Gianna at Santuario Santa Gianna. We then made a vist to her tomb, in the nearby graveyard. It rained, but we did not care. Before leaving Mesero, we went to see her place of work. Mesero was, for me, a place of grace. It was good to stand in her surgery, to walk on her streets and to pray in her church. St Gianna, and Mesero remind me that sanctity is indeed possible.


"She has now been raised to the altar in heaven and provides particular inspiration to all those who experience the constant demands and confusing signals that our current culture places on us."
St Gianna on Marriage
“With God’s help and blessing we will do our best to make our new family a little Cenacle where Jesus reigns over all our affections, desires, and actions… There are only a few days to go and I feel moved at the thought of approaching and receiving the “Sacrament of Love”. We will become collaborators with God in His creation and so we will be able to give him children that love and serve him".
St Gianna on Vocation
Everything has a specific end: everything obeys a law. God has shown each one of us the way, the vocation, and the life of grace that lies beyond physical life. Our earthly and eternal happiness depends on following our vocation without faltering. What is a vocation? It is a gift from God–it comes from God himself. Our concern then, should be to know the will of God. We should enter into the path that God wills for us, not by “forcing the door,” But when God wills as God wills….”

St Gianna's Spiritual Program
Morning & Evening prayers, not in bed but on your knees
Holy Mass
Holy Communion
Meditation, at least 10 minutes
Visit to the Blessed Sacrament
Holy Rosary, without Our Lady’s help no one enters Paradise

Prayer of St Gianna

Jesus, I promise You to submit myself to all that You permit to befall me,make me only know Your will. My most sweet Jesus, infinitely merciful God, most tender Father of souls, and in a particular way of the most weak, most miserable, most infirmwhich You carry with special tenderness between Your divine arms, I come to You to ask You, through the love and merits of Your Sacred Heart, the grace to comprehend and to do always Your holy will, the grace to confide in You, the grace to rest securely through time and eternity in Your loving divine arms.
The pelican is Christ, who humanity struck by committing sin; the pelican cutting open its own breast represents Christ's death on the cross, and the shedding of his blood to revive us.

Film: Blood Money


BloodMoney is a documentary film that exposes the truth behind the Abortion Industry from the Pro Life perspective.




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Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Exposition of the Holy Shroud Ends.

For the moment it is unknown when we will be able to see the Holy Shroud again. But in the meantime, scientists can continue working with the available material to understand the most they can.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY FACE

O adorable face of Jesus, sole beauty which ravisheth my heart, vouchsafe to impress on my soul Thy Divine Likeness, so it may not be possible for Thee to look at Thy Spouse without beholding Thyself. O my Beloved, for love of Thee I am content not to see here on earth the sweetness of Thy Glance, not to feel the ineffable Kiss of Thy Sacred Lips, but I beg of Thee to inflame me with Thy Love, so that it may consume me quickly, and that soon Teresa of the Holy Face may behold Thy glorious Countenance in Heaven.

St Therese of Lisieux

Saturday, May 22, 2010

First Holy Communion

The liturgy was awful. The parents were worse.

Why Marriage Matters

At a press conference on the 10th March 2010, the irish bishops published a leaflet ‘Why marriage Matters’. This leaflet calls for the protection of marriage and expresses concern about aspects of the Civil Partnership Bill, currently before the Oireachtas. The leaflet summarises key elements of Catholic teaching on marriage between a man and woman. It reiterates the importance of the family as the natural primary and fundamental unit of society and therefore deserving of special protection by the State. It also highlights that other forms of relationships are not of the same nature and status as that of marriage as the basis of the family.




"Marriage means the union of a man and woman. A husband is a man who has a wife; a wife is a woman who has a husband. A same-sex couple cannot be husband and wife. A same-sex couple cannot procreate a child through the sexual act which expresses married love. Often those who call for legal recognition of same-sex partnerships present it as a matter of fairness, equality and civil rights. The Church holds that basic human rights must be afforded to all people. This can and should be done without sacrificing the bedrock of society that is marriage and the family and without violating the religious freedom of individuals and institutions. To promote and protect the unique nature of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is itself a matter of justice. Same-sex relationships by their very nature cannot be considered equal or almost equal to marriage. By introducing legislation which presents marriage as essentially equivalent to homosexual partnerships, our society is saying that the permanent union of husband and wife and the generation of new life are now only of relative importance rather than fundamental to the very existence and wellbeing of society as a whole. " Why Marriage Matters PDF


What should I do?


· Contact your TD or a member of the Seanad.
· Write to, email or text your local media.
· Debate the issue.

Friday, May 21, 2010

First Holy Communion Tomorrow

Christ with the Eucharist by Vicente Juan Masip, 16th century



Tomorrow my son will, please God, recieve his first Holy Communion. I have guests arriving this evening, the house is almost clean. Well, as clean as it will ever get with a three year old undermining my best efforts. For some reason I do not like these events at all. I have no problem with the sacrament, its the everything else that is problematic. Wouldn't it be great if we could just bring our son to mass, as we do each Sunday, a regular mass, with the regular crowd?

Check out what the irish blog, He Must Increase has to say about First Holy Communion.

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O Good Jesus, hear me.

Within Thy wounds hide me.

Suffer me not to be separated from thee.

From the malignant enemy defend me.

In the hour of my death call me.

And bid me come unto Thee,

That with all Thy saints,

I may praise theeForever and ever.Amen.

Profession of Vows

The picture below is not from the history books. Surprising, it was taken only last week. On May 15th 2010 at Old St. Patrick’s in Kansas City, eleven sisters of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles made their perpetual profession of vows and were espoused to Jesus Christ. It is great to see that these things still happen somewhere! This is one of 55 photos of the ceremony posted at http://kansascatholic.blogspot.com/

Anglican Bishops Travel to Rome

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A movie about the Sex Trade in Ireland


TRAFFICKED, which opens in select cinemas nationwide on May 21st is a love story with a controversial message within an underworld thriller. Ruth Negga plays Taiwo, a young and naïve illegal immigrant to Dublin destined for a life of enforced prostitution.

Trafficked premiered on 19th May, with a nationwide release 21st May.

It will be playing at:
Dublin, Cineworld, Parnell Street /The Screen, d'Olier Street /Dun Laoghaire Multiplex
Cork, Mahon Omniplex
Galway, Galway Omniplex


The premier of "Trafficked" raised €1,432.00 for Ruhama . Ruhama is a Dublin-based NGO which works on a national level with women affected by prostitution.

The Duomo, Cathedral of Milan

On the second day of our pilgrimage we went to the Cathedral in Milan, also know as the Duomo. Duomo comes from the latin "domus, meaning house. In the Midiaeval the period the term began to be used to referr to the "house of God". The cathedral is quite an impressive sight. It has 135 spires, 135 giants, 150 gargoyles, 1100 internal statues and 2300 external statues. It is the third largest church in the world, after St Peter's in Rome, and Seville Cathedral. Construction began in 1386, and it was only finally completed, with the installation of the final bronze door in 1965.

On seeing photos of the Duomo my ten year old son declared, "I think that St Mary's needs to call in the decorators!"

Santa Maria Nascente Cathedral, Milan



A view from the roof


The Scurolo, tomb of St Charles Borromeo

If you have any questions, ask Michelle!



"If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor." - Saint Charles Borromeo

Prayer to Saint Charles Borromeo

O Saintly reformer, animator of spiritual renewal of priests and religious, you organized true seminaries and wrote a standard catechism. Inspire all religious teachers and authors of catechetical books. Move them to love and transmit only that which can form true followers of the Teacher who was divine. Amen.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

St Ambrose

St Ambrose (340-397AD), Convert, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

We began our pilgrimage in a very wet Milan (the largest diocese in the world, 5 million catholics!). Our first mass was celebrated in the crypt at the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. Before the remains of St Ambrose we prayed for our Church in Ireland and for our poor bishops.

Interesting Facts,
St Ambrose baptised St Augustine,
St Ambrose died on Holy Saturday

"The Church of the Lord is built upon the rock of the apostles among so many dangers in the world; it therefore remains unmoved. The Church’s foundation is unshakable and firm against assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly beat upon the Church with crashing sounds, the Church possesses the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress." St Ambrose
St Ambrose, pray for us

Something Different for the Weekend


Documentary: No Greater Love

Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin
Thu 20 May 2:00PM - Thu 27 May
‘You cannot put a value on prayer, like you can a product, it still remains a mystery’.

After ten years of correspondence, Michael Whyte was given unprecedented access to the monastery of the Most Holy Trinity, in London’s Notting Hill. The monastery, which was founded in 1878, is home to the Discalced Order of Carmelite Nuns. The nuns lead a cloistered life dedicated to prayer and contemplation, rarely leaving the monastery except to visit a doctor or dentist. Silence is maintained throughout the day with the exception of two periods of recreation.

No Greater Love gives a unique insight into this closed world where the modern world’s materialism is rejected; they have no television, radio or newspapers. The film interweaves a year in the life of the monastery with the daily rhythms of Divine Office and work. Centred in Holy Week, it follows a year in which a novice is professed and one of the senior nuns dies. Though mainly an observational film there are several interviews, which offer insights into their life, faith, moments of doubt and their belief in the power of prayer in the heart of the community. http://www.nogreaterlove.co.uk/

The monastery of The Most Holy Trinity, Notting Hill http://www.carmelitesnottinghill.org.uk/

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Irish Episciopal Happenings

Father Kieran O'Reilly, new Bishop of Killaloe

  • Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation Bishop Willie Walsh of Killaloe.
  • The Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois Dr Colm O'Reilly has confirmed that his letter of resignation on age grounds, to the Pope, has been accepted.
  • The Pope has appointed as Bishop of Killaloe, Rev. Father Kieran O'Reilly, SMA, Superior General of the Society of African Missions.

I am quite happy to see the resignations of Irish bishops being accepted by Pope Benedict. But why is Rome in such a hurry to appoint new bishops in Ireland? I had presumed that these sort of appointments would have been put on hold pending the visitation? Can Fr Liam McDaid and Fr Kieran O'Reilly help lead the renewal of the Catholic Church in Ireland? Can they lead and teach their flock? Can the Church in Ireland even do leadership?

We're Back from Turin

We've just seen the Holy Shroud of Turin


The second official pilgrimage of The Fraternity of St Genesius, is over. What a week, it was amazing, but right now I'm exhausted (serious understatement!, I'm so tired that it took four attempts to type "serious" correctly.) So more tomorrow.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Turin, here we come! Hopefully




It looks like the Pilgrimage to Turin, is going ahead. I think I will only be totally convinced when we land in Milan. Dublin airport has been given the all clear until 6pm tomorrow. No volcanic ash in sight, thank you Lord. So for a second time, I pack my suitcase! I will get up after a great nights sleep at 3.30am. The bus will pick me up at 4.10am. I am so ready to see the Shroud of Turin, Milan, Pavia, Mesero, Padua and Venice. Hopefully, I will get the chance to put up a post or two, if not I'll be back in Ireland next Tuesday, please God, in time to celebrate my sons first Holy Communion on Saturday!

A Bishop and his mother (a beautiful story)


This is a story worth reading. Bishop Victor Galeone of St. Augustine the faith of his parents, that gave him the gift of life. (page 6&7)

The Regina Caeli

I know it's a bit late in the day, but I have recently encountered a few people who do not know the Regina Caeli. So this is for them. Regina Caeli or Regina Coeli translates as Queen of Heaven. The Regina Caeli is sung or recited in place of the Angelus during the Easter season, from Holy Saturday until Pentecost Sunday.
Regina caeli laetare, alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
for he whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia!
has risen as he said, alleluia!
Pray for us to God, alleluia!

Mary, the most beautiful flower to bloom from creation

MARY, A PROTAGONIST OF THE EARLY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY


VATICAN CITY, 9 MAY 2010 (VIS) - The Virgin May, to whom the Church dedicates the month of May, was the focus of Benedict XVI's remarks before praying the Regina Coeli on this sixth Sunday of Easter.


"For the liturgy", the Pope told the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, "May always coincides with Easter time, the time of the 'Hallelujah', of the revelation of the mystery of Christ in the light of the Resurrection and of Paschal faith. And it is the time of awaiting the Holy Spirit, Who descended powerfully on the nascent Church at Pentecost".
Mary, the Holy Father went on, "is the most beautiful flower to bloom from creation, the 'rose' that appeared in the fullness of time when God, by sending His Son, gave the world a new spring. At the same time, she was the humble and discreet protagonist of the first steps of the Christian community. Mary was its spiritual heart, because her presence among the disciples was a living reminder of the Lord Jesus and a pledge of the gift of His Spirit".


"When Jesus promised His friends that the Holy Spirit would help them to remember and understand His every word, how can we not think of Mary who, in her heart, that temple of the Spirit, faithfully meditated on and interpreted everything her Son did and said? In this way, before and above all after Easter, the mother of Jesus also became the mother and model of the Church".


Benedict XVI then went on to mention his forthcoming trip to Portugal, the highlight of which will be his visit to the shrine of Fatima for the tenth anniversary of the beatification of the shepherd children Jacinta and Francisco. "For the first time as Peter's Successor I will visit that Marian shrine so loved by the Venerable John Paul II", he said. "I invite everyone to accompany me on this pilgrimage, participating actively through prayer. With one heart and one soul, let us invoke the Virgin Mary's intercession for the Church, especially for priests and for peace in the world". ANG/VIS 20100510 (360)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Bishop Freeman to Listen to his Flock.



Bishop of Ossory, Seamus Freeman, is going to listen to his flock. Ten listening sessions have been organised throughout the diocese. Bishop Freeman wants to meet his people to get their reaction to the Murphy Report, and Pope Benedict XVI's Pastoral Letter. CiNews reports that, the Bishop hopes to attend all the sessions. It is good that the Bishop wants to meet his people and listen to them. Is this just another "process", that will lead to nothing? Please God, after the "listening", we can have some badly needed leadership.


Here is a link to a detailed job description for your bishop. Here are some of my favourite bits.
Can. 386 §1. A diocesan bishop, frequently preaching in person, is bound to propose and explain to the faithful the truths of the faith which are to be believed and applied to morals. He is also to take care that the prescripts of the canons on the ministry of the word, especially those on the homily and catechetical instruction, are carefully observed so that the whole Christian doctrine is handed on to all.

Can. 392 §2. He is to exercise vigilance so that abuses do not creep into ecclesiastical discipline, especially regarding the ministry of the word, the celebration of the sacraments and sacramentals, the worship of God and the veneration of the saints, and the administration of goods.

A Song for Our Blessed Mother

Ave Maria by Vladimir Vavilov (1925-1973), falsely ascribed to Giulio Caccini (1550-1618). Where would we be without Wikipedia?

The Dreaded Ash Cloud


In 48 hours 53 pilgrims should be in northern Italy, to begin The Fraternity of St Genesius pilgrimage to Shroud of Turin. In the meantime, we must suffer the torture of hope. Dublin airport is open today, but Milan is closed. All we can do is wait and see what Tuesday brings. Remember to check with http://www.aerlingus.ie/ before you leave for the airport. The above maps are for today, and predictions for tomorrow. Click on map to enlarge. Up to date maps available at http://www.iaa.ie/.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

More Dominican News

The Dominican Nuns, at St. Catherine of Siena Monastery, Drogheda have welcomed a new postulant on the Feast of St Catherine, and her name is Cathy! The sisters also hope to have a live webcast of Sr Niamh's Solemn profession, on May 31st. If you are need some time out from our hectic world, the monastery has a self-catering retreat house, complete with broadband access. Retreatants can join the sisters for prayer in the monastery chapel.


Our Lay of Fatima Novena, Drogheda



Dominican Church Drogheda


Annual Novena
in honour of
Our Lady of Fatima
May 8th -16th 2010
Sat 8th Opening Mass 6.05pm
Mornings
Mon. - Sat. Mass 10am
Evenings
Mon.- Thur. 7.30pm Rosary, sermon, Benediction
Fri. Mass and Sacrament of the Sick
Sat. May 15th Mass 6.05pm
Sunday May 16th 3Pm
Closing Mass and Procession


Preacher Fr Bede McGregor OP

Friday, May 7, 2010

I need some Friday Fun

I found this last night, it made me smile, and I can not get the tune out of my head. Is this what nuns do in their spare time? Meet the Daughters of St. Paul in Los Angeles. Original Song written by Patrick Dwyer and Sr. Tracey Dugas. Sung by Patrick Dwyer, background Vocals by Sr. Tracey Dugas. Find out about The Pauline Family in Ireland, or visit their international website.
The Pauline Family Song

Friday Prayer and Penance

Prayer for the Church in Ireland

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness, holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.

Amen.

Fraternity of St Genesius, Pilgrimage to Turin



On Tuesday, we will, please God, travel to Turin. Unfortunately that pesky volcano in Iceland is playing up again, (imagine, after all the grief that it has caused, I still can not say its name), so all we can do is wait and pray.



Remember to check the travel news before you set out on Tuesday morning. At the moment we have 53 pilgrims - room, I think, for two more. I am really looking forward to this trip, the itinerary is brilliant, so hopefully it will happen, or I'll be heart broken.



Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us

St Genesius, pray for us

St Agatha, pray for us

St Januarius, pray for us


Pilgrimage to the Solemn Exposition of the Shroud of Turin - with Milan, Pavia, Mesero, Padua and Venice

REVISED ITINERARY


Day 1, 11th May 2010

AM 7.10am Depart Dublin. Arrive 10.45am Milan.
Check in hotel.
PM Visit to the Church of St Ambrose to visit the tomb of St Ambrose:
Mass at the tomb of St Ambrose.
Also in the church the tomb of SS Gervase and Protase, brothers
and Martyrs.
Dinner and overnight in Milan

Day 2, 12th May 2010

AM Visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, Milan,
Including visit to the tomb of St Charles Borromeo, Cardinal
Archbishop and Reformer; Patron of Seminarians and Catechists.
PM Afternoon trip to Mesero
Visit to the tomb of St Gianna Beretta Molla, in Mesero;
Mass at Old Sanctuary: Shrine of St Gianna Beretta Molla.
Dinner and overnight in Milan.

Day 3, 13th May 2010

AM Early departure for Padua.
EN ROUTE
Visit to the Church of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro in Pavia to visit
the tomb of St Augustine: Mass at the tomb of St Augustine.
Also in the Church: tomb of St Severinus Boethius, renowned
Christian Philosopher and Martyr.
PM Dinner and overnight in Padua.

Day 4, 14th May 2010

AM Visit to the Il Santo, the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua.
Holy Mass in the Basilica (one of the side chapels there).
Visit to the Tomb of St Anthony, the Chapel of Relics and the
Anthonian Complex.
PM Visit to the Basilica of St Giustina and the Tomb of St Luke the
Evangelist, and St Matthias (whose feast it is).
Visit to the Capuchin Friary and the tomb of St Leopold Mandić,
Capuchin priest and famous confessor.
Mass at the tomb of St Leopold Mandić
Dinner and overnight in Padua.

Day 5, 15th May 2010

Free Day, Optional Day Trip to Venice
Visit to the Church of San Geremia to see the tomb of St Lucy,
Mass in the Church of San Geremia near the tomb of St Lucy.
Guided tour of Venice, including St Mark’s Basilica and the tomb
of St Mark, and free time in Venice.
Dinner and overnight in Padua.

Day 6, 16th May 2010

AM Early departure for Turin.
PM Arrive Turin.
Visit to the Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians and Salesian
Motherhouse and Complex,
Mass at the Tomb of St John Bosco.
Dinner and overnight in Turin.

Day 7, 17th May 2010

AM Visit to the Cathedral of St John the Baptist to participate in the
Solemn Exposition of the Holy Shroud of Turin:
Tickets to see and venerate the Shroud.
Visit to the Shroud Museum.
Visit to the tomb of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.
Holy Mass in the Church of St Laurence.
PM Free afternoon for:
Prayer in the Cathedral.
Dinner and overnight in Turin.

Day 8, 18th May 2010

AM Early departure for Milan
11.20am Depart Milan. 12.50pm Arrive Dublin

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Appointments and Resignations.

Another step towards renewal!

VATICAN CITY, 6 MAY 2010 (VIS) -

The Holy Father:

- Appointed Msgr. Liam MacDaid of the clergy of the diocese of Clogher, Ireland, chancellor of the diocesan curia, as bishop of Clogher (area 3,456, population 112,401, Catholics 86,483, priests 85, religious 140). The bishop- elect was born in Bundoran, Ireland in 1945 and ordained a priest in 1969. He succeeds Bishop Joseph Duffy, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.


- Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the diocese of Derry, Ireland, presented by Bishop Francis Lagan, in accordance with canons 411 and 401 para. 1 of the Code of Canon Law.

Knock Summer Youth Festival


25th-27th June

€70 Accomodation and Food

Speakers

Andrew O'Connell

Sr. Helen Prejean

Br. Shawn O'Conner

Brian McKee

more Information

Fota Liturgical Conference, July 2010


I. Information



II. Provisional Programme

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pope Benedicts speaks about Marriage

"Marriage is truly an instrument of salvation, not only for married people but for the whole of society. Like any truly worthwhile goal, it places demands upon us, it challenges us, it calls us to be prepared to sacrifice our own interests for the good of the other. It requires us to exercise tolerance and to offer forgiveness. It invites us to nurture and protect the gift of new life. ... I encourage all of you in your efforts to promote a proper understanding and appreciation of the inestimable good that marriage and family life offer to human society".

Blessed Edmund Rice

Edmund Ignatius Rice, 1762 - 1844,

Oh, God, I thank you for the life of Blessed Edmund Rice.
Moved by your Spirit, he opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice by affording them the opportunity of Christian education and by engaging on their behalf in works of compassion. Inspired by his faith and generosity may I follow his example in my life. Grant me the courage and compassion of Blessed Edmund Rice. I offer this prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Another Date for the Diary

Catholic Youth Conference 2010

“The hope that never disappointed was Jesus Christ” Benedict XVI

All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
12th and 13th of June 2010

(Age 18-40)
Residential €75
Non residential, with meals €50

Speakers
Fr Ciaran O'Carroll, Office of Evangelisation
Dr. John Murray, Mater Dei Institute
John Lonergan, Govenor Mountjoy Prison
Dr. Andrew O'Connell, Journalist
Professor Patricia Casey, Psychiatrist
Fr. John Harris OP, Spiritual Director Youth 2000

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A May Poem for Our Lady

Virgin Mary by Sassoferrato



THE MAY MAGNIFICAT

May is Mary's month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
Her feasts follow reason,
Dated due to season-

Candlemas, Lady Day:
But the Lady Month, May,
Why fasten that upon her,
With a feasting in her honor?
Ask of her, the mighty mother:
Her reply puts this other
Question: What is Spring?
Growth in every thing-
All things rising, all things sizing
Mary sees, sympathizing
With that world of good,
Nature's motherhood.

Well but there was more than this:
Spring's universal bliss
Much, had much to say
To offering Mary May.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Youth 2000 Retreat Promo

Clonmacnois Youth Festival!

Summer Festival 12th-15th Aug

www.youth2000.ie




Sunday, May 2, 2010

First Holy Communion Gift


We are in the middle of First Holy Communion season, and I have just stumbled upon a lovely gift. Perfect for the child who already has their rosary beads, Bible and Missal!


Pope Benedict XVI Speaks to Children on their First Holy Communion, edited by Amy Welbourn. It is based on a meeting that Pope Benedict had with children who had just made their First Holy Communion in 2005. It is published by the Catholic Truth Society, CTS. It can be ordered online. Check out Amy's Blog, Charlotte Was Both to see some of the wonderful illustrations. Well done Amy!

I confess to Paddy??


Would you confess in a confessional sponsored by a bookies? Paddy Power, a bookie, has sponsored a new confessional at St Etheldreda's Church in Newmarket, England. Check out the video on Sky. I presume, and hope, that the huge Paddy Power curtains will not be staying.

It is great that a company can help out the local Church with fundraising, especially when costs are so high, but we should not have advertising in Church, especially for a bookies.

I am all in favour of publicity for the sacrament of penance, which has been in crisis for a long time, but this is not what I had in mind. This ridicules the sacrament, and belittles sin.

People might say, that an advertising logo on a confessional, is just the same as the "brass plaques" that you find in many churches, but plaques are not advertising!

Also, in February at an online bingo website, the same company gave £1oo to lucky sinner who confessed to Paddy.
"Anyone who spends £10 bingoing in a single day can seek absolution. Just email Paddy Power saying "I confess to Paddy and to you, my fellow bingo roomies that I have transgressed. I once." and unburden yourself! Every day, one poor sinner will be picked at random to receive £100 as a penance by those generous Paddy Power Bingo souls."
I’m not impressed. If you need to make a confession, go to your local church, and confess to a priest for free!


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