Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Novena to the Holy Innocents

It time for a Novena!


Novena: Pray for an end to abortion and violence against children

By Bishop Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento
Novena to the Holy Innocents

Heavenly Father,

By their wordless profession of faith in your Son, the Holy Innocents were given a martyr’s crown in the early days after the Savior’s birth. Knowing how precious they are to you we call on them to join in our prayer for an end to abortion and all forms of violence against children:

  • That the elected officials and judges may come to acknowledge the humanity of every child in the womb and to enact laws and policies to defend them, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • That everyone throughout the world may be given the light to see beyond all doubt the full humanity and unique value of every child who has ever been conceived, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
  • That all innocent children who suffer the scourges of war, the wrath of abuse, and the pain of neglect may come to know the power of God’s prevailing love and healing mercy, we pray:  Lord, hear our prayer.

For these intentions and in union with the Holy Innocents, we pray as the Lord Jesus taught us: “Our Father, who art in heaven…”

Pray this novena for nine consecutive days any time of the year. Since the Feast of the Holy Innocents is celebrated on Dec. 28, it would be most appropriate to pray this novena beginning on Dec. 19 so as to conclude the day before their feast. (Cf. Matthew 2:13-18)

Imprimatur: (2009) Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Mission has Begun

The first Parish Mission since 1984 has begun in St Mary's Church, in Drogheda. One hundred and fifty brave and determined people turned out for the 7am session this morning, including four Mc Camleys. I had my doubts when the alarm went off, but they managed to drag themselves from their beds on this cold and dark November morning, and get ready with no fuss. I stayed behind and had a big pot of  porridge ready for their return. The early 7am Mass only lasts 30 minutes, so it is ideal for some commuters and school goers. 

After I dropped the kids to school, I attended the more leisurely 9.30am Mass. If you missed those you can still get to the Mission at 7.30pm this evening. Well done to all. Hopefully, we can keep it up for the week. Details of all events are on the website. 

We've been to the Mission, and we have our books to prove it!

A Mission Stall at St Mary's 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Organised Hysteria

The experience of living in Ireland, in the past week, has made me want to run far far away. I sort of fancy a nice little sunny island somewhere, but that is only wishful thinking on my part, as this is where I live, and I'll just have to put up with being Irish for the foreseeable future. Oh dear :-(

Hysteria erupted in Ireland last week. Yes, a big mad emotional reaction swept across the nation, but the reaction was all based on a lie. This hysteria was created, and sustained by the Irish Choice Network, assisted by our biased liberal media, after the death of poor Savita in a hospital in Galway. The ICN probably thought that all their Christmases had come at once, when they were tipped of about Savita Halappanavar's death. It is disturbing to think that any organisation could so blatantly use the grief of a husband and a family to further their own cause. I can understand  the ICN working towards their "abortion on demand" goal, even if I do not approve. But I can not believe how the Irish Choice Network can lie through their teeth and mislead the Irish people, whipping them and people all over the world into a angry rage filled frenzy, to further this cause. The media bias in reporting this sad story has been glaringly obvious. Unfortunately, the truth was abandoned in favour of an agenda. Our journalists need some serious prayer.

As of yet we do not know what caused Savita's death, but any person with a brain would realise that it was not the lack of abortion in Ireland. But the facts do not seem to matter anymore. 

Less than 10 days ago, we voted to give Irish children rights in our Constitution, but over the weekend thousands marched to legislate for the death of unborn children. What sort of schizophrenic country are we living in??

The battle to protect our unborn Irish children has begun. Let us not be found wanting!

"Nothing we do to defend the human person, no matter how small, is ever unfruitful or forgotten. Our actions touch other lives and move other hearts in ways we can never fully understand in this world. Don’t ever underestimate the beauty and power of the witness you give in your pro-life work."
~ Archbishop Charles Chaput

St Gianna, pray for us
Mary Mother of the Irish, protect our unborn
St Michael the Archangel, assist us in this battle
Oh, sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Drogheda Mission

My Parish of St Mary's in Drogheda is having a Mission. The last one was in 1984, so perhaps it really was time for another. Our Mission coincides with the Year of Faith, and hopefully it will be a chance for our Parish to deepen our understanding of the Faith.

So if you live in the Drogheda area, set aside the week of Nov 25th - Dec 1st for a serious spiritual workout. Daily 7am, 9.30am 7.30pm and much more.

I wonder will there be stalls? 'Cos it wouldn't be a Mission without stalls?

For full details of  mission events go to:

Children at a Mission Stall
No, I am not that old, but it was the only photo of a mission stall I could find.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Little Nellie's Convent gutted by fire

Little Nellie of Holy God

Photo: Evening Echo

The Good Shepherd Convent at Sundays Well in Cork, which was derelict has been damaged extensively in a fire.

This convent was once home to Nellie Organ, also know as Little Nellie of Holy God.

Here is a link to the story of Little Nellie. It is a beautiful story, her holiness could put us all to shame!

Little Nellie of Holy God, pray for us.

This is a beautiful little book. A wonderful
First Holy Communion preparation resource.
Available at

Monday, October 15, 2012

Drogheda Year of Faith Lecture Series continues..

Lecture 3
“The liturgy teaches us how to pray.”
Wednesday 24th October 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr John Mary Cunningham O.P.

Lecture 4
“Dei Verbum: Scripture in the life of the Church”
Wednesday 31st October 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr Seamus Tuohy O.P.

Lecture 5
“Lectio Divina”
Wednesday 7th November 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr Terence Crotty O.P.

Lecture 6
“The New Code of Canon Law, 1982: why we need it.”
Wednesday 14th November 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr Joseph Dineen O.P.

Lecture 7
“Renewal of Moral Theology”
Wednesday 21st November 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr Alan O’Sullivan O.P.

Lecture 8
“Answering a vocation in the modern Church”
Wednesday 28th November 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
David McGovern O.P.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tonight in Drogheda - Lectures to Mark the Year of Faith


The lectures will run for 8 Wednesday evenings, from 10th October, in the Barbican on William Street, Drogheda; they will be delivered by eminent Dominican speakers from Dublin, and admission is free.

Lecture 1
“Remembering the Second Vatican Council”
Wednesday 10th October 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr James Dunleavy O.P.

Lecture 2
“Lumen Gentium: How the Church understands herself.”
Wednesday 17th October 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr John Harris O.P.

Lecture 3
“The liturgy teaches us how to pray.”
Wednesday 24th October 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr John Mary Cunningham O.P.

Lecture 4
“Dei Verbum: Scripture in the life of the Church”
Wednesday 31st October 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr Seamus Tuohy O.P.

Lecture 5
“Lectio Divina”
Wednesday 7th November 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr Terence Crotty O.P.

Lecture 6
“The New Code of Canon Law, 1982: why we need it.”
Wednesday 14th November 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr Joseph Dineen O.P.

Lecture 7
“Renewal of Moral Theology”
Wednesday 21st November 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Fr Alan O’Sullivan O.P.

Lecture 8
“Answering a vocation in the modern Church”
Wednesday 28th November 2012
7:30 to 9:00 PM
David McGovern O.P.

Monday, October 1, 2012

St Therese and the Rosary

St Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face

At Mass this morning the priest reminded us, that today was the first day of the month of the Holy Rosary. He encouraged the congregation to pray it daily, especially during this month of October. As usual, the rosary was said after Mass, and I think a few more than usual stayed due to fathers encouragement. Mind you I may have been there to say the rosary, but most of the time I was else where!! Oh dear :-(. So I was delighted when I googled  "St Therese and the rosary", to discover that praying the rosary was not always plain sailing for our Little Flower. Now that does not excuse my pathetic attempt this morning, but it does offer me a little consolation and encouragement, to try harder tomorrow. Here are a few words from St Therese herself.

The Rosary
"Reciting the Rosary costs me more than using an instrument of penance," she wrote "I feel I say it so bad; in vain do I strive to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary; I am unable to fix my attention For a long time I was sad because of this lack of devotion which surprised me, for I love the Blessed Virgin so much that it should be easy for me to say in her honor prayers which please her so much. Now, it saddens me less; I think that the Queen of Heaven being my Mother, she must see my good will and be content with it." 

The Eucharist

“Do you realise that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you-for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart… don’t listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the Jesus of
peace and love…” 


"Be not afraid to tell Jesus that you love Him; even though it be without feeling, this is the way to oblige Him to help you, and carry you like a little child too feeble to walk."

St Therese, pray for us

News Reporting. Fact or Fiction??

There was a "prochoice" march in Dublin on Saturday. I recall reading a headline suggesting that thousands had attended the march in Dublin. On Sunday I found an interesting blog post, which gives a different account of Saturday's march. It seems that many of the "thousands" seem to have been conjured by active imaginations and by an organised social media campaign, set upon rewriting history!

Check out this blog post by Peter Griffin to get a better insight. Link: The Irish Times, our 'paper of record' has some explaining to do after March For Choice debacle yesterday

Monday, September 24, 2012

Enda Kenny is a disgrace

Watch this video of our Taoiseach Enda Kenny. He is in the front row at an audience with Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict and what is he doing?? He is texting on his mobile phone!! How rude, how disrespectful. Enda should be ashamed of himself!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Another Good Day at Pope's Quay

Some good news, amidst the chaos of these days. Today five men have received their Dominican habits at Pope's Quay, in Cork city. They are now ready to being their first year of novitiate. May God bless them, and those responsible for their formation.

A Prayer 
You gift me with all the good gifts that make me the person you created me to be. Help me to know and find your will and to trust that you will help me to understand the path you call me to journey in life. Where there is doubt give me courage. Give me a heart open to your quiet voice so I can hear your call to me. Help me to know your faithfulness and help me to be faithful to that which you call me to. Amen. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Medjugorje fires

This is a photograph of apparition hill on Saturday 1st of September. Thankfully the wind changed direction.

photograph Mate Vasilj 

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Cardinal Prays

The more I see Cardinal Dolan, the more I like him. May God bless and guide him in his work.

Monday, August 27, 2012

St Monica, pray for us

Today is the feast of dear St Monica. I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to venerate a relic of St Monica last week. St Monica had a hard life, her drunken husband and her wayward son, as they would say today "had her head wrecked", and her heart broken. But dear St Monica never, never gave up on them. She prayed, and prayed and prayed for them. She prayed for years, and years, and years and her prayers were answered.  (As for me, I can hardly manage a novena!!). St Monica reminds me, that as a mother, a wife, a christian, I should never give up on the power of prayer. I most pray always for my children, and those I love.

Prayer to St Monica

Dearest Saint Monica, patron of Christian parents, we entrust to your protection, the children whose names you can read in our hearts. Pray for them, that they may be granted strength to combat weakness, victory over temptation, guidance to resolve their doubts, and success in all their undertakings.

May they enjoy good health of mind and body, see beauty and worth in all created things, and serve the Lord with firm faith, joyful hope and enduring love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Say a prayer for an Actor today

Today is the feast of St Genesius, the patron saint of actors. Happy feast day to all the members of The Fraternity of St Genesius

Mass will be celebrated in St Mary's Church, Dublin Road, Drogheda @3pm, celebrant Fr John Hogan.

Prayer to St Genesius

Holy St Genesius,
martyr for Christ,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit
through your acting
you came to discover
the truth of the Christian faith.
In your first profession of that faith
you were baptized through the shedding
of your blood,
offering your life for the praise and glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for those who dedicate their lives
to the theatrical and cinematic arts.
Like you may they find the presence
of the Lord in their work
and generously open their hearts
to his teaching,
living it in the midst of the challenges
and demands of their calling.
In this novena, I remember most especially….,
commending him/her to your care.

Let us pray:
Eternal Father, in your love you call all men and women to come to know you and to share in your divine life. Through the intercession of your martyr, Genesius, who responded so generously to the grace of conversion, grant that the same grace may be given to those who as yet do not know you, and may be renewed in those who do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Advice to parents from real experts

This is an excellent parenting video.

My thoughts:
The Hahns make parenting look so easy. (I'm jealous.)

I must start doing the Lotto, so that we can move (run away) to Stubensville!!

St Genesius Novena, Day 4

Prayers for Day 4 of the Novena 

Who is St Genesius? Here is a video by high school student Amanda Wirfel on the life of St Genesius.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Novena to St Monica, Day 1

I am not a big Novena person, (whatever one of those looks like???), but today I begin my second novena, which is to St Monica. This novena is inspired by The novena prayer, and a daily reflection are available at their website.

I have 4 children starting new schools in September, so I think I really should make a conserted effort to pray for them, and this novena will surely focus my prayers.

St Monica always prayed for her son Augustine, who caused her no end of trouble or heartache.

Novena Prayer 
Exemplary mother of the Great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God.  Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray.

Dear St. Monica, troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime. Yet, you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius and your beloved son, Augustine. 

Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord. Intercede for me, dear St. Monica, that God may favourably hear my plea for (mention your petitions here) and grant me the grace to accept his will in all things, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen. 

First Day 18th August
Remember dear St. Monica, the joy that flooded your heart when Augustine, the son of your prayers and tears, turned his life over to the Lord. Please present our novena petitions before God in whose presence you stand. Obtain for us, if it be his holy will, the graces we request through your intercessory power, that we may experience the happiness of answered prayer. Amen.
Daily Prayer
(3) Hail Mary and (3) Glory Be
St. Monica, pray for us.

St Genesius Novena, Day 2

Prayers for day 2 of the novena are over at Fr John Hogan's blog.

Here is a short video about The Fraternity of St Genesius, that I made a few years ago. (Note to self, "make a new one, as this is a little dated".)

St Genesius, pray for us

Friday, August 17, 2012

St Genesius Novena, Day 1

I'm back. St Genesius was calling! The novena to St Genesius begins today. I will try and post some Genesian things over the coming days.

Fr John Hogan will be posting prayers each day on his blog, Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus.

St Genesius,
patron saint of actors
© The Fraternity of St Genesius 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Rally for Life, Belfast

Remember to do your bit for the unborn this weekend. If you can join the Rally for Life in Belfast on Saturday. We went to the Rally last year in Dublin, and it really was a family affair. Have some fun and celebrate life.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Thank God for the Presbyterians!

Today marks week two of the school holidays, and all I can say is "Thank God for the Presbyterians". This morning I dispatched my four children off to Bible Camp in Drogheda. This is the third year that they have attended. The older three children enjoyed it thoroughly, while my youngest age five was not so sure. 

Each day there is a Bible story, and the children will learn a verse of scripture. Today's verse was "The Son Of Man came to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10). Each day there will be a new verse to remember. My children have always enjoyed the challenge of learning and remembering all their verses for the week. Wouldn't it be great if my children could learn verses of scripture at their Catholic school??? 

There was also football, skipping, tennis and the essential juice and biscuits. 

Two hours of Bible Camp meant two hours of peace for me, which was time enough to enjoy a nice cup of coffee, and to do the grocery shopping. Amazingly Bible Camp only cost me €4, €1 per child. Thankfully Bible Camp will last all week. Again I say "Thank God for the Presbyterians."

Monday, June 18, 2012

Photos from Statio Orbis

Team McCamley headed off to Croker on Sunday, for the Statio Orbis. We had a grand old time. He are some of the photos.

Our tickets.

Ready for the road.

Seated, ponchos and sweets at the ready.

A little flag, and some binoculars.

The necessary  zucchetto!

Just a few friends to keep us company!

More flags!

Time for a nap!

Catching up.

Friday, June 15, 2012

IEC2012 and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus
by José María Ibarrarán y Ponce, 1896

An extract from Fr. Thomas Rosica catechesis, at the Eucharistic Congress.

"How do we serve God faithfully? We serve Him only as faithfully as we serve Him lovingly, by giving ourselves to the needs of everyone whom God puts into our lives. No one reaches heaven automatically. Heaven must be dearly paid for. The price of reaching heaven is the practice of selfless love here on earth.

That is what devotion to the Sacred Heart is all about. It is the practice of selfless love toward selfish people. It is giving ourselves to persons that do not give themselves to us. In all of our lives, God has placed selfish persons who may be physically close to us, but spiritually are strangers and even enemies. That is why God places unkind, unjust, even cruel people into our lives. By loving them, we show something of the kind of love that God expects of His followers."

Full text of catechesis  (Salt and Light)

Eucharistic Congress Photo, Day 5

Some visitors to the RDS. Check out their clothes! They are wearing the IEC2012 Logo. Well done ladies.
Photo : Irish Bishops Facebook

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Archbishop Hickey speaks on marriage

Archbishop Barry Hickey from Perth, Australia, delivered an excellent catechesis ( a teaching) on marriage and sexuality at the Eucharistic Congress on Tuesday 12th June. Watch it if you have time. He gets several rounds of applause.

Contraception .......hasn't healed marriages,  it hasn't held them together, it has had a disturbing effect, both spiritually, and physically...

Link to full text of Archbishops catechesis

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Eucharistic Congress Photo, Day 4

Fr Robert McCabe explaining his work as an army chaplain,
Photo: Irish Catholic Bishops on Facebook

Corpus Christi Procession, Eucharistic Congress, Dublin

Here is a video of Wednesday evening's Eucharistic Procession, at the Eucharistic Congress, in Dublin, thanks to Salt and light TV.

I command you to come and show reverence to your Creator

An extract from the homily of Cardinal Rodríguez-Maradiaga, as delivered on Day 4 of the International Eucharistic Congress, on the memorial of St Anthony of Padua.

To counteract the influence of the Patarina Heresy (a reformist movement that began in the North of Italy) and which had disfigured the dogma of the Real Presence, reducing the Eucharist to a simple historical evening meal, ‘just a mere memory’, Saint Anthony, preaching one day in Rimini fully illustrated the reality of the presence of Jesus in the Sacred Host. However, the leaders of the heresy did not accept the reasoning put forward by the Saint, and tried to discredit his arguments. One of the leaders said to him.  ‘Fewer words now: if you want me to believe in this mystery, you will have to do the following miracle: I have a mule. I will keep her without food for three consecutive days. When the three days are passed we will come before her together, I with the grass and you with the sacrament. If the mule disregards the grass and goes and kneels and adores ‘your bread’, I will then adore it myself. The Saint accepted the challenge and went away to implore God’s help through prayer, fasting and penances.
For three days, the heretic deprived his mule of all food and then brought her out to the public square. At the same time, Saint Anthony came into the square on the opposite side, carrying in his hands a monstrance with the Body of Christ; all this in the presence of a multitude of people eager to know the result of this extraordinary challenge accepted by the Franciscan saint. Saint Anthony faced the hungry animal, and speaking to her, said: “In the name of that Lord whom I, although unworthy, hold in my hands, I command you to come and show reverence to your Creator, so that the malice of the heretics may be confounded and that all understand the truth of this most holy Sacrament which we the priests handle at the altar and (by which) all creatures are subject to their Creator”.
While the Saint spoke these words, the heretic was throwing barley to the mule so that it would eat, but the mule giving no attention to the food came forward step by step as if it had the use of reason and respectfully genuflected on both knees before the Saint who held elevated the Sacred Host and remained in that position until Saint Anthony gave it permission to get up.
The heretic, Bonvillo by name, fulfilled his promise and converted with all his heart to the catholic faith: The heretics recanted their errors and Saint Anthony, after giving the blessing with the Blessed Sacrament amid great applause and cheers, carried the monstrance in procession to the church where he gave thanks to God for the miracle and the conversion of so many brothers.
Beyond a spectacular miracle, what Saint Anthony taught regarding the Eucharist is the doctrine of the Church. First of all, it is a gift of the Lord, of which the priest is not the owner but the servant. The Eucharist is the most splendid Sacrament of the Presence of Christ; it is inevitable that the Eucharist has a transformative action in the heart of anyone who lives it. The Eucharist is a gift of love which will be only fully understood in eternity.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Eucharistic Congress Photo, Day 2

Fr Kevin Heery (Diocese of Meath) encounters "himself"

 at the Meath Vocations stand at the RDS.

Photo: Diocese of Meath on Facebook

Eucharistic Congress Photo, Day 1

This is my favourite photo from today. I think he is one of the Heralds of the Gospel.
Photo:  Irish Catholic Bishops on Facebook

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Don't just "be" pro-life, "do" pro-life

Get involved in the Pro-life Campaign's latest postcard endeavour. Before the General Election, Fine Gael gave a written commitment to the Pro Life Campaign stating it is “opposed to the legalisation of abortion”. But our Minister for Health is suggesting otherwise. We need to mobilize the pro-life troops, and remind our elected representatives, that they can not simply do as they please. Order your post cards today. Mine arrived in the post yesterday.

Front of postcard
Back of postcard

More info from PLC (Pro-life Campaign

PLC: "URGENT: Fine Gael needs to hear from a lot more pro-life people
The Postcard to Politicians campaign is going well but it’s clear that Fine Gael needs to hear from a lot more pro-life people so that enough pressure is brought to bear on the leadership within Fine Gael. The situation is very serious at present and there is a real danger that abortion legislation could become a reality if those who oppose it do not speak up.
During the recent Dáil debate on abortion the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly strongly implied that the Government is committed to introducing some form of abortion legislation in the very near future. To read more details about the Minister's speech and the current situation, you can view our new briefing document here
Before the last General Election, Fine Gael gave a strong pro-life commitment. We must now hold them to that. Please order postcards free of charge to send to your local Fine Gael Oireachtas members. It is vital that politicians hear from constituents at this time.
You can view a sample of the Postcards here:

Please take one minute to order postcards here:

If you are a member of a prayer group, we will be happy to send you a prepared letter designed to read out to prayer groups which clearly explains the current threat. 
This is a crucial time. Please order cards now and share this message with as many pro-life people as possible. Thank you for your continued support."

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Pentecost, by Jean Restout


Holy Spirit, Sweet guest of My Soul, Abide In Me
and Grant That I May Ever abide in Thee.
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