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

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