Mission Sunday 2009

Recently diocesan appointments in our diocese came into effect. The same is most likely true of every diocese in the country. The familiar face in the pulpit and the familiar faces in the pews may well be a memory on this October morning. Mission! What is the mission? It’s about…

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“The prayers have all been said now”

This line from the Fureys’ song “The Old Man” always struck a chord with me and especially so today.  We gathered at 12noon to celebrate my mother’s Funeral Mass.  There was an overflowing crowd.  Around forty priests concelebrated the Mass and Bishop Flynn presided.  She’d have been in her element…

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My mother ………..

My mother died on Friday last, August 21st.  Even to write those words is difficult but there’s a truth in them that has to dawn.  I miss her.  We, my father, two brothers, their families and me – we all miss her.  May she rest in peace. Shortly after I…

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17th Sunday of The Year

Today’s Gospel, we are told, interrupts the regular programme of Mark’s Gospel and for the next five Weeks John speaks to us of Eucharist.  There could all too easily be a response that “we’ve heard it all before” and, though we have, there is a call to listen with open…

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14th Sunday of The Year

This weekend’s Gospel tells of Jesus’ return to his hometown and people’s negative reaction to “one of their own”. Here’s a thought around this …. HOMETOWNS AND PROPHETS Are there any prophets in our town? What is a prophet? Is it someone who tells the future? One of those mysterious…

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Holy Week Letters!

We had a Holy Hour in the Cathedral each Sunday of Lent.  Last night, I was reminded of a conversation with a friend of mine that took place earlier in the week.  She was teaching her class about Holy Week and picking out four characters from that story; Judas, Pilate,…

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Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel tells of the Transfiguration – when Jesus was revealed to Peter, James and John in a way not seen before.  Words from the God The Father confirmed the Son’s mission.  Here’s a thought … loosely based on that message.    TRANSFIGURATION What is it about a wedding day…

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