Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Where the presidential candidates stand on the right to life



From the Prolife Campaign


Statement from Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher to the Pro Life Campaign, received on 26th October 2011:

Like most Irish people, I believe every new human life is precious and entitled to protection. But just as strongly, I believe that women are entitled to receive all necessary medical treatments when pregnant. I believe there’s the world of difference between interventions like these and abortion. There are conflicting opinions on abortion in Ireland as in every other society. But one thing we should all agree on is the way we conduct ourselves in the debate. It’s the least we owe those most personally affected by the issue. Heated and hostile debate sheds light on nothing. As a society, we need to do a lot more to support and help women in crisis pregnancy.

Declared positions of other candidates

Dana Rosemary Scallon has always expressed her opposition to abortion and supports legal protection for human embryos.

Gay Mitchell was a founder of the Human Dignity group in the European Parliament, which promotes respect for human life at all stages. He has an excellent voting record on life issues in the European Parliament.

Mary Davis responded to the Pro Life Campaign that she supports Constitutional protection for the unborn and supports legal protection for human embryos.

Martin McGuinness did not respond to the Pro Life Campaign. Some Sinn Féin TDs have in recent times given personal pro-life commitments to the Pro Life Campaign but the party as a whole has not.

Michael D Higgins and David Norris did not reply to the Pro Life Campaign. Both candidates support legislation for abortion based on the X case ruling. That decision heard no medical evidence and set no time limits for when an abortion can take place in pregnancy. If legislated for, it would de facto allow for abortion on demand
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Pope Benedict XVI: Accompany me in prayer as I journey tomorrow to Assisi

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blessed John Paul II, pray for us

October 22nd marks the first time the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Blessed John Paul II .





The Fraternity of St Genesius' Litany to Blessed John Paul

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy,

Mary, Mother of God,         pray for us
Mother of the Church,
Queen of all Saints,

Blessed John Paul II,           pray for us
Heroic Pastor,
Witness to Hope,
Mystical Pontiff,
Teacher in Holiness,
Defender of Life,
Prophet of True Freedom,
Father of the Young,
Apostle of Mercy,

V. Pray for us, Holy Pontiff, Blessed John Paul:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Bell (2)


Damien and Fr Denis Nulty with the bell in Drogheda.
More photos at Meath Diocese

The Eucharistic Congress Bell has finished its grand tour of St Mary's parish in Drogheda, Co Louth, and I for one am exhausted. I travelled with the bell this morning to our two parish primary schools. Our first stop was St Mary's BNS, on Congress Avenue. I wonder where that street got its name? The boys were, of course, delighted to get a break from the normal school routine, and they sang the official Congress hymn with great gusto. I can also state, that without a doubt, the children in our parish definitely know that And with your spirit, is the correct response to The Lord be with You, whereas we adults are going to need a little more time! (I for one was caught out several times today). You can listen to the girls of Scoil Mhuire Fatima singing the Eucharistic Congress hymn on the Diocese of Meath on Facebook page, well done girls! The bell also visited the Adoration chapel, a nursing home, the "under construction" new parish school, the graveyard and two shopping centres. Thankfully, the rain held off this evening, and great crowds turned out to walk in procession, to our church for a prayer service. As ever, much to the delight of my children, the day ended with tea and buns in the parish centre.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Bell..............

The Eucharistic Congress Bell is arriving in our parish tomorrow. It arrives in the parish at 11am, and it will have quite a hectic day. It will visit schools and shopping centres. The children are all busy learning the Eucharistic Congress official hymn.




Hopefully the bell will call people to prayer, on its travels throughout our parish. The climax of the day will be a Eucharistic Holy Hour in St Mary's Church, Drogheda, at 7.30pm. Now if I'm honest, I think the idea of the bell is a bit naff. I would have had a traditional "Fourty Hours" of Eucharistic devotion in our parishes instead, but hey I'm not in charge of the Irish Church.




The bell is from the now closed Dominican Convent of Portstewart, Co. Derry. I find it ironic, that at a time of crisis in the Irish Church, we decide to drag a bell from an abandoned convent around the country. Will the ringing of the bell call people to prayer, or will it simply call them to play with the ding-a-ling?


The Death Knell Is Ringing

The death knell is ringing
The raven is singing
The earth worm is creeping
The mourners are weeping
Ding dong, bell--
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Friday, October 7, 2011

Remember YOUR Friday Prayer and Penance

CARITATE CHRISTI COMPULSI
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI
ON THE SACRED HEART


25. Penance then is, as it were, a salutary weapon placed in the hands of the valiant soldiers of Christ, who wish to fight for the defense and restoration of the moral order in the universe. It is a weapon that strikes right at the root of all evil, that is at the lust of material wealth and the wanton pleasures of life. By means of voluntary sacrifices, by means of practical and even painful acts of self-denial, by means of various works of penance, the noble-hearted Christian subdues the base passions that tend to make him violate the moral order. But if zeal for the divine law and brotherly love are as great in him as they should be, then not only does he practice penance for himself and his own sins, but he takes upon himself the expiation of the sins of others, imitating the Saints who often heroically made themselves victims of reparation for the sins of whole generations, imitating even the divine Redeemer, who became the Lamb of God "who taketh away the sins of 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, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs, Requiescat in pace

The death of Steve Jobs brought to mind a pro-life video from 2009. Here it is.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Event Notice


“The Call to Fatima” triduum in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary will take place at St Mary of the Angels Church, Dublin 7 on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2011.

Three days of prayer will emphasize the importance of the Fatima Message for our times, bringing along several experts on this topic. Triduum is organised in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, feast day officially celebrated around the world on 7th October. It was in Fatima, Portugal, where the Virgin Mary stated in October 1917, that she is the Lady of the Rosary to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. Our Lady of Fatima was especially loved by Saint Padre Pio, who is a patron saint of St Mary of the Angels Church, run by Irish Capuchin Franciscans.

The key guest speakers are coming from around the world, including Fr Andrew Apostoli, Franciscan of the Renewal, New York, USA, Sister Angela Coelho, the Vice-Postulator for Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, Fatima, Portugal, Doctor Branca Paul, the private physician of last visionary Sister Lucia, Coimbra, Portugal, Soprano Singer Louise Irvine from Northern Ireland and The Call to Fatima film producer &and director Thomas McCormack.

During the Triduum the faithful will have the opportunity to view an exhibition of the Relics, those of the True Cross, Saint Padre Pio, Saint Teresa of Liseux (Little Flower), Saint Anthony, Blessed Francisco and Jacinta. Masses will be scheduled as usual along with confessions, music, Adoration and inspirational talks by the guest speakers.

All are very welcome, especially youth and families, as well as different international communities who have come to make their home in Ireland. The full agenda for the retreat will be seen on the blog http://www.thecalltofatima.wordpress.com/


Programme for St Mary of the Angels, Church Street Dublin 7

Friday 7th October First Friday / Feast day of Holy Rosary
8.00 am Mass followed by Talk 1 and 2
10.30 am Visit to the local schools (Guest Speakers only)
2- 4 pm visiting the poor of Dublin Talk 3 and 4 (Guest Speakers only)
7.00 pm Rosary
7.30pm Celebration of the Mass
8.15-9.30pm Talk 5, 6 and 7

Saturday 8th October
9.00 amThe Rosary
9.30 am Celebration of the Mass
10.30 to 1pm Talk 1 and 2
1pm to 2.15pm Lunch
2.15pm to 5 pm Talks and Music

Sunday 9th October
9 am Mass Talk 1 (St Mary of the Angels)
10 am Mass Talk 2 (St Mary of the Angles)
11.30 Mass Talk 3 (St Mary of the Angels)
12 pm Mass talk 4 (Halston Street)

Each day there will be: Blessing of the many relics, Confession, Rosary, music, Brown Scapular enrolment. Tea and coffee served all day with plenty of toilet facilities available. "

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Have you volunteered yet?

To find out more information about becoming a volunteer at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, visit their website, you can even apply online!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dana urgently needs your help!




Dana urgently needs your help!

If you are an Irish citizen/Irish Passport Holder and would like to donate to help Dana in her campaign to become the 9th President of Ireland (Uachtarán na hÉireann), her campaign bank details are as follows:

By Mail:

AIB Bank
Adare
Co. Limerick
Ireland


or Directly, to:

Account Name: Dana Rosemary Scallon
Account Number: 05740001
Sort Code: 93-50-93
IBAN Number: IE55AIBK93509305740001

Saturday, October 1, 2011

St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, pray for us

If God answers my desires,
my heaven will be spent on earth until the end of the world.
Yes, I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth.
(St Therese)


Flower Power Prayer
Little Flower, in this hour,
show thy power. Amen.

Dana fought a good fight on the "Late Late Show"


Dana Rosemary Scallon fought a good fight on the Late Late Show tonight, despite RTE's best efforts. She was the only candidate that appeared to have any real agenda. The others candidates merely spouted well meaning sentiments, that lack any real practical application. She said that she wanted to protect our Constitution, which is under serious threat from Europe. Her attack on Europe went down a treat with the audience. Dana has been warning the people of Ireland about Europe's real agenda for years. It is a pity that more people did not listen to her. Time has proved that Dana was right about Europe. She recieved spontaneous applause at one point, which Tubridy stopped. Why? He basically told the audience that they were not allowed to clap. Cheeky sod! Unfortunately, her good work was probably undone when Ryan, proceeded to hold Dana accountable for the church child sex abuse mess. Tonight Dana appeared to be the best person for the job, but I do not think that we as a people even deserve somone of her integrity. If Barabas (Matthew 27:21) was running for president we would probably elect him!



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