Saturday, April 30, 2011

John Paul II - Habemus Papam

As we patiently await the beatification of Pope John Paul II, here is a little something, for those of you, who like me, are not old enough to remember the election of Pope John Paul II, on the 16th of October 1978.




Karol Wojtyła won the papal election on the eighth ballot on the second day with, according to the Italian press, 99 votes from the 111 participating electors. He subsequently chose the name John Paul II in honour of his immediate predecessor, and the traditional white smoke informed the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square that a pope had been chosen. He accepted his election with these words: ‘With obedience in faith to Christ, my Lord, and with trust in the Mother of Christ and the Church, in spite of great difficulties, I accept.’ When the new pontiff appeared on the balcony, he broke tradition by addressing the gathered crowd. (Wikipedia)

Friday, April 29, 2011

St Catherine of Sienna and the Royal Wedding

St Catherine of Sienna

The opening line from the Bishop of London's Sermon, at the Royal wedding, 29th April 2011
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” So said St Catherine of Siena whose festival day it is today."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Consecration to Jesus through Mary




The Legion of Mary, St. Mary’s Parish, Drogheda, extends an invitation to you, to join them in making a Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, as devised by St Louis-Marie de Montfort. The thirty three days of preparation begin today. I began two days ago, allowing myself two "just in case days", as life with four children, and indeed a husband can throw up the most unexpected things. So if you are full of Easter zeal, join us. If you messed up lent, join us. If you have never done this consecration before join us. If you begin today you can make your Act of Consecration on the feast day of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth, 31st May 2011. Mass will be celebrated that evening in St Mary’s Church, Drogheda. The evening will begin at 7pm with the Rosary followed by Mass at 7.30pm. The celebrant will be Fr John Hogan, yes, him of the telly! Find out more information on how to do the consecration.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

To mark the Beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II, Mass May 2nd, Drogheda


To mark the Beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II

Mass of Thanksgiving

Monday, May 2nd
St Mary's Church, James's St.,
Drogheda 7.30pm.

Blessing with a relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II will be declared co-patron
of the Fraternity of St Genesius

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stations of the Cross, Good Friday, Drogheda

I came across a video of the outdoor Stations of the Cross, in Drogheda, on Good Friday, on YouTube. I was very impressed by the video from Switch Digital Productions, I was also impressed by the size of the crowd, that turned out, to walk from church to church, in our town that day.

I also think that the number of people attending the Easter Tridium ceremonies, was up on last year. We had a great attendance at the noon Mass on Easter Sunday, in St Mary's. I think that the recession may be having at least one positive effect!

Next Drogheda Procession
The annual Eucharistic Procession in honour of Our Lady & St Joseph the Worker will take place on Sunday 1st May at 1.45pm. It will be filmed by RTE this year. The Procession will begin at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Drogheda and proceed through the town to St Peter’s Church. The Procession will be followed by Divine Mercy Devotions, Holy Hour and Mass.







Monday, April 25, 2011

Beatification of John Paul II, Mass of Thanksgiving, Drogheda


Beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II

Mass of Thanksgiving

Monday, May 2nd
St Mary's Church, James's St.,
Drogheda 7.30pm.

Blessing with a relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II.


Pope John Paul II will be declared co-patron
of the Fraternity of St Genesius

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter

Saint Mary Magdalene at the tomb of Christ
Photo of Mosaic at Dominican Church Drogheda, from Fergal



I wish all my readers a happy and holy Easter. Thank you for dropping by each day. Go easy on the chocolate! He is Risen, Allelluia.



Jesus is laid in the tomb


Lamentation by Giotto di Bondone


Reading From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday

The Lord's descent into the underworld


Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated. For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.

I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

Office of Readings for Holy Saturday
http://www.universalis.com/

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Holy Thursday

The Last Supper, Bouveret


I offer a short quotation from Pope Benedict XVI’s sermon for Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper.

We too, all of us, need to learn again to accept God and Jesus Christ as he is, and not the way we want him to be. We too find it hard to accept that he bound himself to the limitations of his Church and her ministers. We too do not want to accept that he is powerless in this world. We too find excuses when being his disciples starts becoming too costly, too dangerous. All of us need the conversion which enables us to accept Jesus in his reality as God and man. We need the humility of the disciple who follows the will of his Master. Tonight we want to ask Jesus to look to us, as with kindly eyes he looked to Peter when the time was right, and to convert us.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spy Wednesday



One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14-25)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Orthodoxy, Clericalism and Diarmuid Martin

Fr Simon Henry, blogger

Check out this interesting piece on Clericalism and Orthodoxy from Offerimus Tibi Domine.

At last the Irish Church says something about the new Missal

Here is the first video from www.catholicbishops.ie on the new Missal.







If you would like something real information go to Loyola Press (click on logo below).


Roman Missal Changes Explained




If you prefer a video check out the series of Loyola Press Webinars with Joe Paprocki. Here is the first one.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Remember your Friday Prayer and Penance for Healing and Renewal in Ireland

Ecce Homo, Antonio Ciseri



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, April 14, 2011

St Charles of Mount Argus, pray for us



Prayer for the Intercession of Saint Charles
Heavenly Father, you filled Saint Charles with your Holy Spirit. In love with Christ Crucified he spent his life in prayer at the foot of the Cross. From the Cross he went forth to bring Good News to the poor, healing to the sick and dying, forgiveness to the sinner.

Look now on your people who cry to you. Through the intercession of Saint Charles give us the graces we need.

Heal our aches and pains, our hurts and wounds, our anxieties and bad memories. Free us from depressions, habits of sin, and all evil. Strengthen our faith, deepen our hope, and increase our love.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.

Saint Charles, pray for us.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Faith Matters: Francis Campbell lecture on Faith and Diplomacy

I happened upon this today. Francis Campbell, from the BBC's Our Man in the Vatican, gives the final talk at the Diocese of Westminster's Lenten Faith Matters Lectures.


Faith Matters- Faith and Diplomacy, Francis Campbell

from Catholic Westminster on Vimeo.

"The message of Christ is about redemption."

Monday, April 11, 2011

Youngest Birth Mothers



A post from Pat Buckley's (European Life Network) blog caught my eye today. It was a story of a twelve year old, from the Netherlands, who gave birth while on a school trip, apparently neither she nor her family knew she was pregnant. And so with the click of a mouse, off I went, with assiatance from Google, into the sad world of the "Youngest birth mothers"at Wikipedia. I may have been shocked at a 12 year old having a baby, but I do not know how to react to the fact, that the youngest birth mother ever recorded was five years old. Thirty six very young mothers are recorded on the Wikipedia entry, ranging in ages from five to eleven. Linda Medina from Peru was five years old when she gave birth in 1939. Lisa was six years old when she gave birth in the Ukraine in 1934. Shock, Horror! Life on a desert island gets more appealing by the day.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Prayers please.....

Please say a prayer or two for my Dad, who has been admitted to hospital. It seems that, he may have had a mini stroke, at some point in the last few weeks. We will know more on Monday, after he has a scan. My dad is not a believer, his saying is, "Thomas by name, and Thomas by nature". St Thomas, pray for him.

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, by Caravaggio

A Childrens Choir, that can really sing.

Listen to this 5th graders from a Public School 22 in Staten Island, New York. What a beautiful sound.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Remember your Friday Prayer and Penance for Healing and Renewal in the Church in Ireland



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the World. 
 

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, April 7, 2011

There's right and there's wrong. (John Wayne)

I was delighted yesterday when I read the Archbishop of Santa Fe's pastoral letter, on the  Pastoral Care of Couples who are Cohabitating. This is a subject about which we hear so little. In Ireland, there is generally silence on this issue. This pastoral letter is a firm, but gentle reminder to us, that there is a right way and a wrong way of living. He reminds us that "we ourselves must be firmly rooted in the Gospel teaching that, when it comes to sexual union, there are only two lifestyles acceptable to Jesus Christ (note it is about what is acceptable to Christ, not us!)for His disciples: a single life of chastity, or the union of man and woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony. There is no “third way” possible for a Christian." Other ways, are wrong ways, and this wrong living has consequences, it hurts us, it damages us. So the choice is ours, do we follow the easy path and be "dead", or do we follow the more difficult path, and "live". The Gospel message is not trying to spoil our fun, our God wants us to be happy. I also include a Youtube clip on the subject from Davey Crocket.





"It was like I was empty. Well, I'm not empty anymore. That's what's important, to feel useful in this old world, to hit a lick against what's wrong for what's right even though you get walloped for saying that word. Now I may sound like a Bible beater yelling up a revival at a river crossing camp meeting, but that don't change the truth none. There's right and there's wrong. You gotta do one or the other. You do the one and you're living. You do the other and you may be walking around, but you're dead as a beaver hat. " (John Wayne as Davey Crocket in 'THE ALAMO' )

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Position Paper by the Catholic Schools Partnership

Here is the text of the newly published Position Paper on Catholic Schools.


A gay man explains why we should oppose same-sex marriage

Richard Waghorne writes, 'I'm gay but I oppose same-sex marriage'.

"Actually, gay people should defend the traditional understanding of marriage as strongly as everyone else. Given that it is being undermined in the name of gay people, with consequences for future generations, it is all the more important that gay people who are opposed to gay marriage speak up." Read complete text.



Position Paper on Education Published

The bishops have published a position paper on education. So far the text is not online. Hopefully it will be uploaded soon.
According to RTE:

The Catholic Church has said it will hold four regional assemblies in June to analyse the results of consultation it is carrying out on the future of Catholic schools.

The Catholic Schools Partnership represents all strands of the church involved in education in Ireland.

It has published a position paper today as part of what it says is a wider process of consultation and it has invited responses.

The move comes one week after Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn called for the divesting of up to half of all Catholic Primary schools in Ireland.

The position paper runs to 6,500 words but in terms of the current debate on the divesting of Catholic schools it says very little.

It says it would be helpful if some pilot projects were undertaken.

It says where existing Catholic schools are amalgamated due to falling pupil numbers, the Catholic patron might make any buildings that are surplus to requirements available for another school.

However, it warns that in any such transfer local communities will, understandably it says, raise the issue of finance.

A national forum to examine how to divest some of the country's Catholic Primary schools is due to begin its work shortly. The issue of money and church buildings is bound to feature.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Martin Sheen Interview


Religious programming on RTE is usually awful, and generally it should come with a warning! May Offend Religious Sensibilities, but on Sunday I just had to watch Martin Sheen (President Jed Bertlet, from The West Wing) being interviewed by Gay Byrne. It was an excellent interview, with Sheen mentioning transubstantiation, the communion of saints, the family rosary, Mother Teresa, and his objection to abortion. If you did not have the opportunity to watch it, you can now do so for a limited time on the RTE Player.

Click to go to RTE Player, Martin Sheen and Gay Byrne The Meaning of Life.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Last Minute Reading



We have a book club in our home, once a month. It is great as my husband and I both get to go. It is after all, nice to do things together, and we don't even have to pay for a babysitter! We are currently reading Ralph Martin's The Fulfillment of All Desire, and I must say, so far, it really is quite an excellent book. It is perfect for a book club, and provides much material for discussion. The book is a guidebook for the spiritual life, based on the wisdom of the saints. Ralph Martin draws upon the insights of St Catherine of Siena, St Bernard of Clairvaux, St Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Augustine, St. Francis De Sales, and St. Therese of Lisieux, all Doctors of the Church. He really does make these spiritual giants accessible, and it is good to have them come together in one book. We only read a few chapters each month, but this month I am way behind schedule. So I must stop blogging, and go and read my book.

St Catherine of Siena, St Bernard of Clairvaux, St Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Augustine, St. Francis De Sales, and St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

Friday, April 1, 2011

No Sacramental Preparation in school????


Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn
Big Brother will be Watching and Listening


According to RTE, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has said he would favour a new model of primary school that would not offer Catholic children preparation for the sacraments during the school day. Apparently, he thinks that it takes up too much time.

I presume he is talking about the schools that will be divested, those that will have new patrons, and not the schools that will remain Catholic. A Catholic school without sacramental preparation can not be called a Catholic school. Will we soon have the "sacramental police", complete with a freephone service, so that concerned parents can "inform" on schools who dare to mention the sacraments?

The Bishops need to make a statement very soon. Their silence is rather alarming! Please contact your bishop to safeguard the future of our Catholic schools.

Friday Prayer and Penance

Icon of the Crucifixion,
showing all of the Five Holy Wounds
(St Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai)
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.
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