Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Watch EWTN Live

 
Tomorrow February 1 will , see Fr. John Hogan, Fr. Owen Gorman,  appearing on EWTN Live with Fr Mitch Pacwa. They are currently in Alabama filming the next series of "Forgotten Heritage & Europe - The Saints". I must say it is one of EWTN's better shows, but hey, maybe I'm biased?
 
Fr John and Fr Owen
 
 
Fr John and Fr Owen have no problem doing television in a studio setting, but there can be no retakes on a live show, so please God, all will go well. Hopefully they will get an ample opportunity to promote The Fraternity of St Genesius.
 
You can watch the programme live on your computer on Wednesday at 8 PM ET (whatever time that is here?),  or watch it whenever you want on EWTN's Youtube Channel.
 
Fr John is keeping us all updated, over at his blog Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus.

 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Catholic Bun Week



This week we celebrate "Catholic Schools Week", children in Catholic schools across Ireland, will be celebrating the fact that they attend a Catholic school. Isn't that a great idea! Our children should be processing to Church for Mass, and having a little party afterwards, and our clergy should be walking around our schools with buckets of holy water, drowning everything and everyone they see, especially the teachers and of course the school principal ;-).

But "Catholic Schools Week" seems to have morphed, into something else in Drogheda. We appear to be celebrating "Catholic Grandparents Week???". So instead of going to mass as a school, and having a party afterwards, we are having Mass, and the grandparents have been invited. We even got invitations! My lot are a little put out, as no grandparent will be travelling from Donegal and Belfast for the occasion.

 
Catholic education in Ireland is in a crisis and we are making tea for grannies. Our secular government is currently looking with greedy eyes upon our Catholic schools. It wants to take half of them! and what are we doing???? Nothing, well, other than making tea. How typically Irish!
How can we seriously celebrate "grandparents handing on the faith" in Ireland today, when many of their children and grandchildren rarely see the inside of a church? We should be gathering the grandparents of Ireland together to atone, and offer penance, for their poor success in handing on the faith. It should be ashes and sackcloth, not tea and buns.

Meanwhile down the road in Dundalk,



The Seinn 2012 event, will take place in St. Patrick's Church, Dundalk on Tuesday 31st January to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.



Blessing of a School

Father of truth and wisdom, we thank You for making us so wonderfully
and for endowing them with the limitless capacity for intellectual,
experiential, and moral learning.
We thank You for sending your Son as the Teacher par excellence
to teach us the way to You. He instructed a group of unlettered disciples
and sent them out to teach all nation. He taught them so well that they
eloquently spread his teaching throughout the world of their day.
Bless this school and all who pass through its halls of learning.
May its teachers be filled with love and skilled in imparting true knowledge.
May its students be open-minded and imbibe the teachings with joy and eagerness.
May this school always be the home of truth and wisdom,
faith and good will toward all, helping to build up our community
and your kingdom of justice, love, and peace. We ask this
in the Name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Monday, January 23, 2012

From Tulsa to Stamullen


A new community of monks, under the Rule of St Benedict will, please God, relocate to Stamullen in Co. Meath in the near future. They will be moving into the the former Visitation Monastery in Stamullen, (the sisters have recently relocated to Drogheda).

The Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle is a community of men dedicated to the traditional monastic life according to the Rule of Saint Benedict, and to intercession for the sanctification of priests, in adoration and reparation before the Eucharistic Face of Christ.

To find out more about the monks from the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle, visit their website cenacleosb.org, and download their first news letter, which provides plenty of information on their future plans.


 Links


On twitter @cenacleosb.

Father Prior’s blog Vultus Christi, is at vultus.stblogs.org

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

St Genesius Film Society present "Chariots of Fire"



7pm on Tuesday  17th January
Knights of Colombanus Centre,
Ely Place,
Dublin 2

Film and Discussion.
Refreshments available.

All Welcome
Come along and bring a friend or six!


Monday, January 16, 2012

The devious Meccano plan....

It is essential for a mother to assist her children in the writing their Christmas lists!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The homilies of a hermit

Fr David Jones is a Welsh hermit who lives in Duleek, (or should that be a hermit from Wales?) which is not far from Drogheda. He was on Spirit Radio on Monday, and gave an interesting interview. If you missed it, you can listen to the interview on his website. Yes, the hermit has a website! He uploads various homilies etc. His sermon on the Feast of the Epiphany is really very good. He addresses the Irish habits of blasphemy, foul language and smoking! It is not your standard irish sermon. Watch it, and share it with your friends on facebook, if you are brave enough!



A Prayer for Humility



I found this prayer on the "Catholic One" phone app (excellent app, by the way!). This prayer has  really has struck a chord with me, so I share it with you. This Litany of Humility prayer was composed by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930).

 

Litany of Humility

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.


From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.


That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
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