Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Christmas

Angels Entertaining the Holy Child, 

by Marianne Stokes

A big thank you to all who have read and followed my blog over the years. 
Thank you and God bless.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bishop Denis Nulty statement on the decision by Cabinet today to hold a referendum on same sex ‘marriage’ in 2015

 "the Catholic Church will continue to hold that
the differences 
between a man and woman
are not accidental to marriage but fundamental "

The debate at the heart of the referendum announced today by the Government is not about equality or about the false separation of a religious view of marriage from the civil view of marriage. It is about the very nature of marriage itself and the importance society places on the role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children. With others, the Catholic Church will continue to hold that the differences between a man and woman are not accidental to marriage but fundamental to it and that children have a natural right to a mother and a father and that this is the best environment for them where possible.

Married love is a unique form of love between a man and woman which has a special benefit for the whole of society. With others of no particular religious view, the Church regards the family based on marriage between a woman and a man as the single most important institution in any society. To change the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society. The Church will therefore participate fully in the democratic debate leading up to the referendum and will seek with others to reaffirm the rational basis for holding that marriage should be reserved for the unique and complimentary relationship between a woman and a man from which the generation and upbringing of children is uniquely possible.

As Christians our primary commandment is to love. Love always demands that we respect the dignity of every human person. That is why the Catholic Church clearly teaches that people who are homosexual must always be treated with sensitivity, compassion and respect. It is not lacking in sensitivity or respect for people who are homosexual however to point out that same-sex relationships are fundamentally different from opposite sex relationships and that society values the complementary roles of mothers and fathers in the generation and up-bringing of children.


· Bishop Denis Nulty is Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin and a member of the national executive of Accord, Catholic Marriage Care Service

Sunday, August 18, 2013

St Genesius Novena :Day 2

Please join us for our online Novena to St Genesius, a short reflection will be posted each day at and the novena prayers are here.

Who will you offer your novena for?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

24 Just Men

24 TDs with principles and courage voted against Enda Kenny's abortion bill last night. 

Five of them (FG and SF) will be punished by their parties as a result. 

Why not send them a message of support and encouragement.

  1. Terence Flanagan (FG)
  2. Peter Mathews (FG)
  3. Billy Timmins (FG)
  4. Brian Walsh (FG)
  5. Peadar Toibin (SF)
  6. John Browne (FF)
  7. Dara Calleary (FF)
  8. Sean Fleming (FF)
  9. Seamus Kirk (FF)
  10. Michael P. Kitt (FF)
  11. Charlie McConalogue (FF)
  12. Michael McGrath (FF)
  13. John McGuinness (FF)
  14. Éamon Ó Cuív (FF)
  15. Seán Ó Fearghaíl (FF)
  16. Willie O'Dea (FF)
  17. Brendan Smith (FF)
  18. Robert Troy (FF)
  19. Noel Grealish (Ind)
  20. Michael Healy-Rae (Ind)
  21. Colm Keaveney (Ind)
  22. Michael Lowry (Ind)
  23. Mattie McGrath (Ind)
  24. Denis Naughten (Ind)
  25. John Browne (FF)
  26. Dara Calleary (FF)
  27. Sean Fleming (FF)
  28. Seamus Kirk (FF)
  29. Michael P. Kitt (FF)
  30. Charlie McConalogue (FF)
  31. Michael McGrath (FF)
  32. John McGuinness (FF) 
  33. Éamon Ó Cuív (FF)
  34. Seán Ó Fearghaíl (FF)
  35. Willie O'Dea (FF)
  36. Brendan Smith (FF)
  37. Robert Troy (FF)
  38. Noel Grealish (Ind) 
  39. Michael Healy-Rae (Ind)
  40. Colm Keaveney (Ind)
  41. Michael Lowry (Ind)
  42. Mattie McGrath (Ind)
  43. Denis Naughten (Ind)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Please support the Rally for Life

BUSES to the Rally for Life July 6th leaving from all over Northern Ireland, and more buses to be confirmed.
Leaving from:


More areas may be confirmed in next couple of weeks
Contact Precious Life on 028 9027 8484 for more bus details or if you would like to organise a bus for your area.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A time to uphold the right to life

A time to uphold the right to life: Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland
 On the second day of the June General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth, the following statement has been issued:
A time to reflect
On Saturday last, tens of thousands of women, men and children gathered in Dublin to express their support for the equal right to life of mothers and their unborn children.
We are at a defining moment for our country.
The Gospel of life is at the heart of the message of Jesus.  He came that we may have life and have it to the full (Jn 10:10).  The Gospel challenges us to work for a world in which the dignity and beauty of every human life are respected.
A time to uphold the right to life
The right to life is the most fundamental of all rights; it is the foundation of all other rights.  No individual has the right to destroy life and no State has the right to undermine the right to life.
Yet the Irish Government is proposing abortion legislation that will fundamentally change the culture of medical practice in Ireland.  For the first time legislation will be enacted permitting the deliberate and intentional killing of an unborn child. This represents a radical change. Every citizen, not just people of faith, should be deeply concerned.
We value the skill and efforts of our doctors, nurses and other care professionals who have helped to earn Ireland’s place as one of the safest countries in the world for mothers and their babies during pregnancy.
Catholic Church teaching is clear: where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are ethically permissible provided every effort is made to save both the mother and her baby.
This is different from abortion, which is the direct and intentional taking of the innocent life of the unborn.  No matter what legislation is passed in any country, abortion is, and always will be, gravely wrong.
A time for clarity and truth
The Government is under no obligation to legislate for the X case.  People are being misled. We challenge repeated statements that this legislation is about saving lives and involves no change to the law or practice on abortion.  Legalising the direct and intentional destruction of the life of an unborn baby can never be described as ‘life-saving’ or ‘pro-life’.
Contrary to clear psychiatric evidence, this legislation proposes abortion as an appropriate response to women with suicidal feelings during pregnancy.  It is even possible to envisage as a result of this legislation the deliberate destruction of a child, who could otherwise be saved, right up to and including the moment of birth.
Furthermore, we challenge assurances that the proposed legislation will provide limited access to abortion.  As published to date, the legislation will allow for a very wide margin of subjective professional assessment by which the deliberate destruction of an unborn baby can be legally justified. As we have learned from other countries, such legislation opens the door to ever wider availability of abortion.
We remain convinced that enhanced medical guidelines, which do not envisage the direct and intentional killing of the unborn, could provide the necessary clarity as well as a morally, legally and medically acceptable way forward.  While good health can normally be restored, life, once taken, can never, never be restored.
A time for freedom of conscience
Freedom of conscience is a fundamental human right.  A State that truly cherishes freedom will respect the conscience of its citizens, including its public representatives, on such an important human value as the right to life.
It is ethically unacceptable to expect doctors, nurses and others who have conscientious objections to nominate others to take their place.  Neither should any institution with a pro-life ethos be forced to provide abortion services.
A time to decide: a time to act; a time to pray
We call on citizens to exercise their right to make their views known respectfully to our public representatives and to leave them in no doubt about where they stand on this issue.
We ask our public representatives to uphold the equal and inviolable right to life of all human beings, even if this means standing above other pressures and party loyalties.
We also invite our priests and people to continue to pray the Choose Life prayer at Mass and in the home that the dignity and value of all human life will continue to be upheld in this country.
Some mothers today are facing difficult or crisis pregnancies. Other people who have had, or who have assisted with abortions, may be re-living what happened in the past.  They deserve to receive all the love, support and professional care that they need.
As Bishops we will join this weekend in prayerful solidarity with millions of Catholics all over the world in the Year of Faith celebration of Blessed John Paul II’s Encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life).
Every human life is precious, every human life is beautiful, every human life is sacred. Choose life!

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Unborn need YOU on June 8th

National Vigil for Life - Saturday 8th June 2013
Merrion Square, Dublin from 3 pm to 4 pm
Please pull out all the stops - come yourself and spread the word!  

On Saturday, 8th June, there will be a Vigil for Life in Merrion Square, Dublin from 3 pm to 4 pm. The Government intends to legalise abortion in July, and a large attendance in Merrion Square is essential to oppose this. The vigil will send a clear, positive message about safeguarding the lives of mothers and babies in pregnancy.
  • Posters will be provided on the day.
  • Please spread the word to family, friends and anyone you know.
  • To organise a bus or to get bus details please telephone (087) 266 8702

More Information:

Friday, May 10, 2013

Boston's Cardinal Sean will not honour Enda Life Kenny

Because the Gospel of Life is the centerpiece of the Church’s social doctrine and because we consider abortion a crime against humanity, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have asked that Catholic institutions not honor government officials or politicians who promote abortion with their laws and policies. -Cardinal Sean O'Malley

Ratzinger Symposum in Maynooth June 21-22 2012


Divine Word Missionaries,
 Moyglare Road, Maynooth Co. Kildare

Speakers Include: 
Dr Stephan Otto Horn SDS (Prof Em Passau) 
Dr DV Twomey SVD (Prof Em Maynooth) 
Dr Michaela Hastetter (Freiburg); 
Dr Mariusz Biliniewicz (Milltown); 
Dr Mary McCaughey (Maynooth); 
Dr Mary Frances McKenna (All Hallows); 
Mr Stefan Ahrens (Kiel); 
Mr Philip Cremin (WIT) 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Address by Fr Denis Nulty Bishop-elect in Carlow

I would like to thank all of you for your welcome this Tuesday morning – Bishop Moriarty, Bishop Smith, Monsignor Byrne, brother priests, religious sisters & brothers, parishioners of Carlow & people of the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin. I thank His Excellency, Archbishop Charles Brown for his accompanying me in recent days. I thank Monsignor Brendan Byrne for the graciousness of his hospitality, his kindly support to me personally and his unstinting care for the Diocese over the past three years. I equally thank my predecessor Bishop Emeritus Jim Moriarty who is delightfully with us this morning for his very fine stewardship of the diocese during his tenure and I wish him continued happiness and blessings in the years ahead.

A line from the first psalm of Morning Prayer this morning reads: “O send forth your light and your truth; let these be my guide. Let them bring me to your holy mountain to the place where you dwell” . I am honoured, privileged and humbled to be chosen by Pope Francis to be bishop for and with the people and priests of this superb Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin. I come from Slane, where the story of faith on Irish soil began when St. Patrick lit the fire and used the shamrock to teach us about God – Father, Son & Holy Spirit. This diocese too has its own strong symbol of our faith in the St. Brigid’s Cross. I was ordained for the Diocese of Meath, and Bishop Michael Smith who stands beside me today, opened many doors of ministry to me in the Diocese. For that and much more, I am eternally grateful to him. I have enjoyed my time immensely in Meath and there is a sense of sadness in leaving colleagues and friends, even if it’s only down the road. While there is an excitement around new beginnings there is also a nervousness around the challenges that lie ahead. I have been understandably anxious in recent days since my meeting with Archbishop Charles Brown – an anxiety that has been eased by grace – the gentle grace of acceptance; the grace of responding to that call; the grace of the prayers of our friends in heaven; the grace of trusting in the judgement of others – a judgement that suggests I have a capability greater than I feel myself to have.
This morning I have travelled from the mouth of the Boyne at Drogheda where she eases herself into the Irish Sea, to the Diocese where that winding ribbon finds its source in the spring at Carbury in County Kildare! Rivers were an essential part of the story of the early Church for life and communications in travel – the Barrow is to Kildare and Leighlin what the Boyne is to Meath. In this Year of Faith the Boyne and the Barrow remind us of the life-giving water of baptism. They also remind us that today so many people are thirsting for the water of new life and hope – those living in negative equity in the commuter belt; those coping with the stress of the daily treadmill; those out of work searching for a deeper appreciation of their self-worth and dignity; farmers coping with the fodder crisis and late spring, how much that life is needed – may each find solace and support in this hour. I am equally conscious this morning of those who have been wounded by the church and the terrible sins of individuals who should have brought life, but instead inflicted pain and destruction on too many.
Water speaks of life and life is precious and dear to us at all levels and particularly in our times, human life – its giftedness and sacredness. And what a message last Saturday’s National Prayer Vigil offered at Knock: Cherish them Both – Mother & Child. Monsignor Brendan Byrnes statement in the lead up to the vigil very eloquently reminded us: “a life is a life. Whatever happens, the need to respect that life should never be reduced to a ‘choice’ or an arbitrary timeline” . Mothers deserve nothing less than the best medical and psychiatric care available, especially during pregnancy when the lives of two persons – the life of the unborn and the life of the mother – are at stake. As the Bishops’ preliminary response to the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 last Friday reminded us; “The Gospel of life is at the heart of the message of Jesus: the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong” .
I come today to the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin as a Priest who has been immersed in parish life since Ordination. My first ten years were in the Cathedral Parish in Mullingar. For the past fifteen years I have been Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Parish, Drogheda. They have been a very rewarding and enriching twenty-five years, during which I have been taught so much about being a Priest among People in the struggles and the joys of ordinary life. From the Church of the Assumption at St. Mary’s in Drogheda I find myself today at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow. I am a priest who works earnestly, who loves the priesthood and loves working with priests and people. But I am a priest who needs to learn a great deal about the story of this diocese, its geography, its people, its priests, its traditions and its history – be patient with me as I embark on a journey that will take me to every parish in this Diocese, to listen to the Spirit speaking through the faith and example of committed priests and parishioners. I know there is dedicated involvement of laity at many layers of church life. I come to support this engagement. I come to listen to the conversation of faith in the Diocese. I come to care for priests, to encourage seminarians and to support the faith growth of the young, who may feel at times isolated or on the fringe. For many priests these are difficult days as they see their number grow perhaps older and fewer and the demands heavier – let us work together to encourage vocations and to develop collaborative ministry.
It only remains for me to thank all of you for being here today, and to invite you to do what Pope Francis did as he made his first appearance on the balcony at St. Peters; to ask you to implore a blessing on me … and together let us pray the Prayer of St. Francis:
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life” .
St. Brigid, pray for us …
St. Conleth, pray for us …
St. Laserian, pray for us …
Our Lady of the Assumption, pray for us …

Our own Fr Denis Nulty, Bishop-elect

This morning we gathered as a parish community in St Mary's Church in Drogheda. The word had circulated since yesterday that Fr Denis Nulty our parish priest, wanted us to gather for an announcement.

Our course, rumours, and speculation went into overdrive, and we soon realised that our beloved Fr D must surely be getting a "pointy hat". Why else would their be a meeting at 10.15am ?? 

So this morning we came to the Church. Fr Denis' absence confirmed our suspicions. Fr Robert was there with his video camera. Something was indeed in the offing. At 10.15am our poor shell shocked curate Fr Joe read our a prepared statement from Fr Denis. 

Fr Denis will become Bishop of Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, and he was at Carlow Cathedral getting ready the announcement. 

We applauded his appointment, but we were also in shock, and there were tears by the buck load, even from those who knew that this was coming. We all knew that Fr Denis was bishop material, we presumed that he would be Bishop of Meath in the next few years, we hoped that we would have him with us for a few more years. We had not factored in another diocese "pinching" him.

As a faith community we than prayed for Fr Denis. We then dispersed to the parish centre to recover with the help of tea and a biscuits.

Our loss is indeed Kildare and Leighlin's gain.

Fr Denis has been a wonderful priest to his flock in Drogheda. I hope the people of Kildare and Leighlin deserve him!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pope Francis, more kind words on Benedict XVI

It will be easy to love a Pope who loved our dear Benedict XVI

Excerpt from Pope Francis’s address to the College of Cardinals

I extend an especially affectionate thought, filled with gratitude, to my venerable predecessor, Benedict XVI, who, during the years of his pontificate enriched and invigorated the Church with his teaching, his goodness, guidance, faith, humility, and his meekness, which will remain the spiritual patrimony of all. The Petrine ministry, lived with total dedication, found in him a wise and humble interpreter with his gaze always fixed on Christ, the Risen Christ, present and alive in the Eucharist. Our fervent prayer will always accompany him, our eternal memory, and affectionate gratitude. We feel that Benedict XVI lit a flame in the depth of our hearts, a flame that continues to burn because it will be fanned by his prayers that will continue to sustain the Church on its spiritual and missionary journey.

God Bless Pope Francis,
God Bless Benedict XVI

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Three Popes

Here is a photo I found on twitter.

Pope Benedict, Pope Francis and Pope John Paul!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Extra Omnes!

The Cardinal electors have been locked in the Sistine Chapel, and we have been locked out. So all we can do now is pray and wait, and then pray a bit more.

St Joseph, pray for them.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Castel Gandolfo, Day 1

There was me thinking that His Holiness Benedict XVI would have a lie in! But according to the Vatican News service "Today, as always, His Holiness celebrated Mass at 7:00am and then prayed the Liturgy of the Hours."

Thursday, February 28, 2013

@Pontifex tweets have now been removed

It is even Sede Vacante on twitter!

Pope Benedict XVI leaves Rome

Here are some photos taken from the Vatican Player.

The helicopter waits Pope Benedict.

A Swiss Guard awaits the Pope's departure.

Pope Benedict leaves the Papal Household

Pope Benedict flies out of the Vatican

Pope Benedict's helicopter over the Colosseum

Pope Benedict greets the faithful at Castel Gandalfo

Pope Benedict's words at the balcony at Castel Gandalfo

"Thank you, thank you from my heart. I am happy to be here with you, surrounded by the beauty of Creation and your friendship that does me so much good, thank you for your friendship, for caring," he told the cheering crowds from the central balcony of the residence.
"You know that today is different from others … as of 8 p.m., I will no longer be the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. I will simply be a pilgrim who is beginning the last part of his pilgrimage on earth."
"But with my heart, my love, my prayer, with all my interior strength, I will work for the common good and the good of the Church and all humanity," he continued, speaking without a script.
"And I feel greatly supported by your affection. Let us move forward together with the Lord for the good of the Church and the world."
"I will now impart upon you all my Apostolic Blessing.
Thank you and good night. Thank you all!"

Monday, February 25, 2013

This Conclave needs prayer, so...

Check out this website, I have adopted Cardinal Théodore-Adrien Sarr from Senegal.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Feast of the Chair of St Peter

I am reposting this post from 2011.

The Chair of Saint Peter is a relic conserved in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, enclosed in a gilt bronze casing that was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This grandiose sculpture monument was created to enclose the wooden chair of St Peter. The chair on which, according to ancient tradition, St. Peter sat and taught Roman Christians. The four statues flanking the throne are Doctors of the Church, St. Ambrose, St. Anthanasius (left); and St. John Chrysostom, St. Augustine (right). The fine alabaster window above shows the Holy Spirit as a dove. Above the Chair are two angels bearing the tiara and keys, symbols of the Roman pontiff's authority. On the Chair, are three bas-reliefs picked out in gold, which refer to the same number of Gospel episodes: the Consignment of the keys, Feed my sheep, and the Washing of the feet.

The chair or cathedra of Peter symbolizes the perpetual continuity of the doctrine and its promise of infallibility. It triumphed over all heresies throughout the centuries.

O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all Your faithful people, mercifully look upon Your servant Pope Benedict XVI, whom You have chosen as the chief Shepherd to preside over Your Church. We beg You to help him edify, both by word and example, those over whom he has charge, that he may reach everlasting life together with the flock entrusted to him. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

This day next week our dear Pope Benedict will be gone

Here is a little collage I put together using

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Benedictine Bookshop ....

This morning I finally decided to make a long overdue trip to the new community of Benedictine Monks at Silverstream Priory, just outside Stamullen in county Meath. I met the Prior Fr Mark just  over a year ago, when he had just arrived from Tulsa, Oklahoma  The monastery is only 10 minutes down the road, and I simply could not endure any more housework!

I was looking for the St Joseph First Communion Catechism, as I have misplaced the two copies that we already own. (I probably gave them away). Unfortunately, they did not have have any left, so they are going to order it for me. This little catechism is an excellent must have little book for all Catholic children, and it would do most parents no harm either.

I must say, the Benedictine Gatehouse bookshop really is impressive, and Catholic to the core, no more wading through shelves of wishy-washy nonsense in other book shops, so if you are in the area call in. More information on opening hours etc. can be found at The lovely volunteer who served me, even made me a cup of coffee!

The Gatehouse Bookshop
Benedictine Monastery Stamullen

While in at the Priory, I met Mother Miriam, a Benedictine sister from Tulsa, who was on retreat. Mother Miriam is a convert from Judaism, and was telling me of the six aspirants who will be joining the community on March 2nd in Tulsa. May God bless them on their journey.

Mother Miriam,

I even managed to meet a lovely priest from Drogheda whom I had never set eyes on before. And of course I bought some books!

Some new books
  • Friendship with Jesus: Pope Benedict XVI Talks to Children on Their First Holy Communion by Pope Benedict XVI, Amy Welborn and Ann Engelhart
  • Prayer for Beginners by Peter Kreeft, Ignatius
  • Be Saints!: An invitation from Pope Benedict XVI by Amy Welborn (editor) and Ann Engelhart

It really was an interesting morning, and in time I will be back to buy some more books!

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Resignation video

Pope Benedict

I was in the barbers with my son, when I received a text message on my phone, asking me about Pope Benedict's resignation. I initially dismissed the idea, but since I had my phone in hand, I clicked on my Twitter app. At that stage Twitter was awash with rumors, and as I sat there checking the tweets, official word came through confirming that our beloved Pope Benedict was indeed resigning. Sigh!!!

While I totally respect his judgement, knowing that he is a man of God, and knowing that he would only want what is best for Christ's Bride the Church; I am still heartbroken.

I wanted Pope Benedict to be Pope forever (OK I know that is not possible, but it is wanted I wanted!). 

Off I go now to have a wee cry. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Vigil for Life

We had a great day yesterday at the Vigil for Life. I hope our Taoiseach now realises that there is no shortage of  pro life people and votes in our country. 30.000 people on a cold January day, shows the strenght of prolife belief in this country. 

Here are my photos from the day.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Plea for our Unborn

This is a plea to all you good people out there, all you who are against abortion, but who, for whatever reason, have no inclination to attend the Pro Life event at Merrion Square on Saturday 19th of January. 

I ask you, I beg you,  to please reconsider. 

I know rallies and demonstrations may not be your thing. But the future unborn children of Ireland need each and every one of  YOU to come out on Saturday and stand up for life. 

If you are housebound, stay at home and pray, but otherwise please join the rest of us at Merrion Square at 4.30pm. This is probably the LAST real opportunity to prevent abortion in our country. So don't leave it up to everyone else. Please!


For evil to triumph, 

all that is needed is for 

good men and women to do nothing.

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