And we must not overlook this fact. The “trans movement” is not a grassroots movement in any way, shape or form. This should be perfectly obvious to anyone paying attention. Rich and powerful people are financing and promoting the transgender craze. Both the Stryker family and the Pritzker family have ties to the “medical industrial complex.” They have invested literally millions of dollars promoting the gender ideology, including establishing children’s “gender clinics.” A person who attempts to live as the opposite sex will necessarily be a lifetime customer for continual medical interventions.










The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:




    I believe in God, the Father;


    I believe in God, his Son;


    I believe in God, their Spirit;


    Each is God, yet God is one.




    I believe what God has spoken


    Through his Church, whose word is true;


    Boldly she proclaims his Gospel,


    Ever old, yet ever new.




    All my hope is in God's goodness,


    shown for us by He who died:


    Jesus Christ, the world's redeemer,


    Spotless victim, crucified.




    All that love is Love eternal,


    In that Love, I love mankind:


    Take my heart, O heart once broken,


    Take my soul, my strength, my mind.




    Bless'd be God, the loving Father;


    Bless'd be God, the his only Son;


    Bless'd be God, all-holy Spirit;


    Bless'd be God, the for-ever one.




The Way I See It




By Domhnall de Barra




As the years go by changes occur on a regular basis. Some of these are caused by advances in technology which means that there isn’t as much manual labour as there used to be and, of course, we can now communicate with anywhere in the world at the touch of a button and fly half way around the globe in a day. At one time it took six weeks to sail to Australia, now people fly backwards and forwards all the time. When I first went to England it took just over 24 hours from the time we left on the train from Abbeyfeale to the time we arrived at Coventry station. Nowadays I could have my breakfast at home, have dinner in Coventry and be home again for supper!  We also now have entertainment available 24/7 unlike long ago when we basically had to make our own entertainment. In the days before the gramophone and radio, many households in Ireland kept singing birds in cages to keep them amused and entertained. They were mostly canaries, linnets, and finches but many other types also finished up in captivity. It was cruel to those birds who were trapped in the cage, like a prisoner in a cell. Sometimes, when the weather was fine the cages would be hung outside the door. This must have caused great anxiety for the birds when they could see other birds flying free. As time went on, many of the songsters were born into captivity and there was good money to be made breeding singing birds for sale. This did not stop the trapping of wild birds. One method used was quite simple, especially when there was snow on the ground. A stick, about six inches long, would be put standing upright in the snow. This stick would have a piece of string attached to it, long enough to reach inside a nearby door or window in the house. A basin, the one usually used for mixing the dough for baking, would be placed, upside down, with one edge of the rim on the ground and the other resting lightly on the upright stick. A piece of food would be left under the basin and the trapper would go indoors, out of sight, and wait. Eventually a bird would come along and try to get the food. As soon as the unsuspecting creature  went under the basin, the trapper pulled the string, dislodging the stick and the basin fell down imprisoning the bird inside. It was a horrible practice but I don’t suppose the people of the time gave it much thought. We never kept songbirds at home but I remember having a budgie for a short time. As youngsters, we were fascinated by this little bird who could imitate whatever was said. He didn’t last long because his cage door was left open by mistake one day and he flew out. I would like to tell you this story had a happy ending but alas the poor bird was domesticated and flew too near the cat who duly ate him!. I haven’t seen a bird in a cage for years and I hope I never will again.




There is another item you won’t see now that was common in every house long ago. It was very necessary  in the bedroom in the days before electricity and piped water which made indoor toilets impossible. It was the chamber pot or the “po” as some people called it. One woman went into a shop one day and asked for a “goes under”. The shop keeper hadn’t a clue what she was after until she explained that it was “the yoke that goes under the bed”.  The pots were on sale in several shops and came in different sizes and materials. The more opulent in the community tended to favour china pots while most people got the white enamel ones which were more durable and easily cleaned. Another woman asked a shopkeeper for a pot one day. When he asked her what size she wanted she stopped for a moment and after a bit of thought said, “one to hold the piss of four”.  These pots had to be emptied every day  and it was usually the women of the house who got this chore. They would take great care to make sure the coast was clear before venturing outside with their cargo and even then they would cover it up with a cloth just in case somebody might suddenly pass by and see what they were doing. An exception to this practice was a lady in Abbeyfeale called Kitsy Cotter. She lived across the street from the old church (now the boys school) and she would march out the door with her chamber pot as people emerged from Mass. She would engage passers by in conversation as she empted the contents into the gutter and rinsed the pot under the tap that was at the side of the street. Wasn’t she absolutely right not to try and hide something that was a necessary undertaking. Kitsy became famous in the early days of television when she was interviewed by the late Frank Hall for his weekly TV programme, Halls Pictorial Weekly.  She was indeed one of the great characters of her time and would have all around her in fits of laughter. Yes, the chamber pot was part of my youth when there were always a few in the bed and more than one bed in the room. The smell of urine was strong in the morning but, like the farmer with cow dung, we got used to it and hardly noticed it after a while. The smell was made worse by the fact that young boys did not have a very good aim and overshot the pot at times!  The great story teller, Daisy Kearney, tells the story of a young man who was sent to hospital in Croom many years ago. He wrote home to his mother saying he missed her, he missed the home made bread and he missed the pot under the bed. She wrote back saying he wouldn’t be missing her for much longer as she would be in to see him the following Tuesday and that she would bring a cake of bread for him. She finished with the line, “as for the pot under the bed, you always missed that anyway”.  I can’t say I miss those days but they were normal to us as we didn’t know any different.




Another practice that went on in years gone by was the regular drowning of pups. Dogs would roam free around farmyards and, in those days, there was no talk of having them neutered so bitches were regularly made pregnant and produced large litters of pups. They could not all be kept because there was nothing to stop them from inter-breeding so most of them were put into a bag and drowned in some nearby water hole. It sounds pretty savage now but it was quite normal at that time. The same fate befell cats and their kittens, or “puisíns” as we called them. Animals like cats and dogs were not pets on the farm, they were workers, the dogs to herd the cows  and the cats to keep down the rats and mice. In most cases they were treated well but there was the odd place where they were malnourished  and did not survive for too long. Pets have a great time of it today by comparison and it is no harm. Maybe it has gone a bit too far though. I cringe when I see little dogs peeping out of handbags dressed up in clothes that should only be for human beings. This is not natural as animals have their own protection and can easily become over heated and uncomfortable. I also have a big problem with the creation of “designer dogs” by cross breeding different species. Maybe I am too long in the tooth to adopt all the new habits but I do think that we should not try to change the way dogs have been bred for centuries and it is wrong to try and make humans out of them. Leave nature alone.













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Pope Francis knows his appeals for an end to the war in Ukraine carry little weight with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he also knows he has an obligation to continue speaking out and rallying others to join him in praying for peace.










CNA Staff World


March 3, 2022




The president of Poland’s Catholic bishops’ conference has urged the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to ask President Vladimir Putin to stop the war in Ukraine.


In a strongly worded letter dated March 2, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki told Patriarch Kirill of Moscow that Putin could “stop the suffering of thousands of people with one word.”




“I ask you, Brother, to appeal to Vladimir Putin to stop the senseless warfare against the Ukrainian people, in which innocent people are being killed and suffering is affecting not only soldiers but civilians as well — especially women and children,” he wrote.






 Offering Our Love




Today's readings bring together almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. In Isaiah, the Israelites are reminded to give selflessly. Then, Psalm 51 presents us with a model of penitential prayer. Finally, in the Gospel, Christ reminds us of the deeper meaning of fasting. As we immerse ourselves into these practices, let us always remember that they are expressions of love!




Walking with Christ Daily




 Psalm 1 present us with two paths: the path of the blessed and the path of the wicked. The blessed are those who are obedient to God, especially through prayer. They take up their crosses daily and follow after Christ. This Lent, let us follow this path with zeal and ardor!




Divine Intimacy




 Today, our readings remind us that Lord is boundless in his mercy, and he deeply desires intimacy with us. To grow in relationship with this loving God, we are invited to pray more wholeheartedly, to fast more regularly, and to give more generously! This is the great call of the Lenten season!






May You Be Blessed with All These Things......


A little more joy, a little less stress,


A lot more recognition of your wonderfulness.


Abundance in your life, blessings in your days,


dreams that come true and hopes that stay.


A rainbow on the horizon, an angel by your side.....


and everything that could ever bring a smile to your life.


Mia Evans.






Prayer For Lent


Bless me heavenly Father


forgive my erring ways.


Grant me the strength to serve Thee


put purpose in my days.


Give me understanding


enough to make me kind.


So I may judge all people


with my heart and not my mind.




Teach me to be patient


in everything I do.


Content to trust your wisdom


and to follow after You.


Help me when I falter


and hear me when I pray


and receive me in Thy kingdom


to dwell with Thee someday.







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13 Emerging Health Benefits of Dandelion


Although it’s often dismissed as little more than a stubborn lawn weed, dandelion has been used in many forms of traditional medicine for centuries.







Her religious upbringing was virtually nonexistent. Both her parents were atheists. She abandoned Lutheranism, which was the state-supported religion, having found it to be anemic.




“I have never understood the meaning of the Reformation,” she said, “as other than a history of revolt of believing Christians who, subjectively pious, hoped that true Christianity agreed better with their subjective idea of Christianity than [with] the factual one.”




In her long, arduous journey to Catholicism, she could say that the Catholic Church is “the only explanation of existence.”








Bangalore’s Green Belt Fifty Years On --------------




The “green belt” still exists, but might be unrecognizable to planners from the early 1970s. It is a source of tension and resentment among some residents, including farmers, and it’s hardly altogether “green”. Instead, Bangalore’s shifting and shrinking “green belt” reflects how complicated land planning can be in an ever-urbanizing world struggling to strike a balance with vegetated spaces.




Decades before Bangalore’s green belt was proposed, a full quarter of the incorporated city was occupied by gardens. Just as California’s famous Silicon Valley was once known as the “Valley of Heart’s Delight” for its flourishing farms and orchards, fruiting plants were so prolific in Bangalore through the mid twentieth century that it earned the nickname “garden city.” Bangalore’s green belt was originally conceived to maintain a nearby supply of food, as the city expanded and grew denser.






Gold still exists in the veins of the abandoned mine, and Rise Gold, the mining corporation that purchased the mine in 2017, has reason to believe that reopening it makes financial sense. When the mine shut down in 1956, it wasn’t because the gold was drying up; it was because of economic policy. The 1944 Bretton Woods Agreement had established a new international monetary system to create stability in exchange rates. As part of the effort, the price of gold was fixed at $35 per ounce. Gold mining became unprofitable in the U.S.








It is now over a


year and a half


since I left Kenya


for Ireland. My


experience so


far has been


interesting and


very positive. The


support I have


received from the


community here


is most encouraging. Even though I am away


from home, the community of St. Brendan’s has


given me a new home, a new family, and new




I remember early last year in February 2020, I


travelled to Wicklow to visit retired priests of


St. Patrick’s Missionary Society in Kiltegan. It


was a wonderful experience to meet and interact


with many priests who had served in Kenya and


especially in my home diocese. Sharing memories


of their work in Kenya made me feel close to my


home and my people.


I had just returned from my trip to Kiltegan when


the Covid 19 pandemic struck. The whole world


was fearful, regulations were put in place and


since then, life for me has never been the same


again. Everything changed, the way we carry


out our services in the church took a different


turn, meeting and interacting with people was


stopped, and all movements except for the


essential workers were restricted. Visiting


schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and the house


bounds were either stopped or restricted.


The pandemic brought a lot of fear to people. I


remember my family and especially my mother


calling me regularly to ask me if I was safe. At the


same time, I was afraid of what might happen to


them in case the virus hit my own country and


things got worse. Every time I talked to them,


they tell me they are fine which gives me comfort


and relief.


Since I arrived in this parish last August, the


restrictions have made life difficult. However,


I have enjoyed my limited visits to the primary


schools of Listellick and Holy Family. I am very


grateful for their welcome and I look forward


to celebrating the First Communion and


Confirmation ceremonies later this year. I have


also enjoyed my contact with the pupils and staff


in St Ita’s and St Joseph’s, and I appreciate the


warm welcome I have received from them.


While the numbers attending funerals are very


limited, I have benefitted from my contact


with those families at such a difficult time for


them. Recently I have met some couples who


have been trying to arrange their weddings or


unfortunately discussing the postponement of


their big day.




On a practical note, I was delighted to pass my


driving test last December. I’m sure Fr Padraig,


my chauffeur until then, was even more


delighted!! While I was delighted to pass my


test, I’m now restricted to 5k!! However, I had to


attend two burials recently, one in Ardfert and


the other in Beaufort. These sad occasions were


also opportunities for me to visit new parts of


the diocese. It was easy to get there as I followed


the hearse, but the adventure was finding


my way back!! I’ve also learned that Kerry


people are very passionate about their sport,


especially football. I look forward to an easing of


restrictions when I can attend a match and shout


for the Green and Gold – Ciarraí Abú!!


Since we have no congregations since Christmas,


we have the blessing of being able to reach out


through the webcam and Radio Kerry. I think


I’m improving on some of the pronunciations of


the Irish placenames such Lyreacrompane and




Finally, in the absence of congregations at Mass,


I’m grateful for the help and support of the parish


staff – their patience and assistance is very much


appreciated. While these weeks are difficult for


everyone, I look forward to the opportunity to


meeting many parishioners in my ministry and to


better times in the months ahead.



- Fr. Frank Pavone <FrFrankPavone@priestsforlife.org> Unsubscribe




Dec 8, 2021, 1:52 AM


                December 7, 2021


Having just returned from Washington, D.C. where I helped lead the many protests and prayer vigils in which pro-life heroes voiced their opposition to unfettered legalized abortion-on-demand, I am optimistic that the end of Roe v Wade is near.




I cannot thank you enough for the steadfast manner in which you have partnered with Priests for Life to bring us to this point in our fight to end the injustice of abortion.




Knowing this, and understanding the vital role Priests for Life plays in the fight to defend our unborn brothers and sisters, several of your fellow Priests for Life members banded together and put up a $150,000 Matching Gift challenge for this special End of Year campaign.




From now until December 31, they will match every gift to Priests for Life dollar-for-dollar up to and including $150,000.




This means that the donation you make today will be DOUBLED!




As you can see, this is a tremendous opportunity for you to not Only DOUBLE your donation but even more importantly to DOUBLE your impact in the fight to end abortion.  That said




... I urge you to take full advantage of this $150,000 Matching Gift challenge and make as large a donation to Priests for Life as you can.




Keep in mind your gift will be doubled.




The reason I’m so grateful for this Matching Gift opportunity – and why I’m counting on you to be part of it – is because Priests for Life is financially tapped out.  We exhausted every dollar you and other stalwart pro-life heroes like you invested in our non-stop battle to oppose the radical abortion agenda of the Democrats.






And with the end of Roe in sight, that fight is about to intensify in the legislatures of all fifty states.




That’s why I’ve sent you this urgent appeal for your immediate help.




You see, the only way I can get the maximum benefit of this $150,000 Matching Gift offer is if you and our other partners make the sacrifices necessary to provide the donations needed to equal the matching challenge.




As I think you’ll agree, this is a WIN – WIN – WIN opportunity.




First, you WIN because the gift you send today – along with its impact once Priests for Life puts it to work – will be DOUBLED.




Second, Priests for Life WINS because that $300,000 – the $150,000 matching offer plus $150,000 in donations from you and your fellow Priests for Life family members – will replenish our depleted funds and provide us with the financial foundation that will allow us to jumpstart our heavy work load for 2022.




Third, and by far most important, the unborn WIN because, thanks to the Priests for Life family, they will have a much better chance of surviving the reign of terror the Democrats are inflicting on them.




Of this much I can assure you:




Priests for Life will never abandon the field of battle to the Democrats and the abortion industry.   




As God’s people, we can do better than abortion!  Far better!




And with your help today, we will.




So as you consider how large a donation to make today to help Priests for Life take full advantage of the $150,000 Matching Gift offer that has been made to us, think of the unborn babies you work with Priests for Life to save, as well as their mothers and fathers.




Then be as generous as you can.  Keep these words from Scripture in mind:




“But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will Himself reward you” (Matthew 6:3-4).




I mention this to you because very few people will ever know that it was you who helped Priests for Life defy the Democrat leaders and lead the pro-life movement to victory over abortion.




But your Heavenly Father will.  And He is never outdone in generosity.




As for your gift and the $300,000 Priests for Life is in line to receive from this Match, here are the two reasons why those dollars are so critically important.




    If the Supreme Court uses the Dobbs case to further erode or even reverse Roe v Wade, our work together is going to expand exponentially because the fight to protect mothers and babies from abortionists will intensify in all fifty states.


    Because next year’s mid-term elections provide us with the chance to drive the abortion-mad Democrats from power in Congress and create a firewall that will protect the youngest members of our human family from the abortion extremists in the Biden administration.




Regarding the first point, as the recognized face and voice of the pro-life movement, Priests for Life has worked tirelessly for decades to educate, energize and equip state and local pro-life groups, legislators, and activists all across the country. 




In fact, I was just with a state legislator who was telling me how one of my talks shaped his whole perspective on abortion, and he always quotes me!




This is why I was asked to take a leading role in multiple events last week in Washington, D.C.




I was there representing you because Priests for Life is proud of our members and allies in Mississippi who worked hard to protect children in the womb starting at fifteen weeks into pregnancy.  That law is now before the Supreme Court and is the basis for Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization.




The Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs last Wednesday.  I was outside the Supreme Court throughout the day.  And having personally witnessed the enthusiasm and energy of so many of your fellow pro-life champions, along with having studied all the arguments and evidence that was presented to the Court in this case ...




... I am optimistic that the end of Roe is near.




But it’s not only what the people of Mississippi have done that bolsters my confidence.




Over in Texas the people of the Lone Star state passed their “heartbeat” bill that protects mothers and unborn babies.  And the Court is looking at this law as well.




Priests for Life is proud to partner with the people of Mississippi and Texas as well as all those who have had the courage to challenge Democrat leaders and their diabolical “abortion till birth” policies.




We’ve been strengthening pro-life activists in dozens of other states as well; including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Montana, South Dakota, Ohio and more.  In all, some 70 laws were enacted in 22 states advancing the protection of unborn babies and their mothers from abortionists like convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell.




You and Priests for Life have, for years, helped strengthen those who got those laws passed!




And come the end of Roe v Wade, our workload is going to explode.




As to the second reason why Priests for Life is going to need every penny of the $300,000 I’m hoping to raise through this Matching Gift challenge, I will tell you something the late Cardinal John O’Connor said.  You’ll remember it was Cardinal O’Connor who ordained me in 1988 and commissioned me to work full time to fight abortion.




Regarding the need to be active in elections and politics, he said it’s important we do everything we can to help pro-life men and women win their elections AND to fight to get lawmakers to pass laws that protect mothers and their unborn because …




            … people tend to think that if something is legal, then it must be moral.




Well, given the fact that abortion-on-demand has been legal for going on fifty years, it’s no wonder that so many across the country think abortion must be moral.




You and Priests for Life have been working hard to open the eyes of those blinded by ignorance.  The science is clear.  From the moment of conception, the child in the womb is a human being and deserving of the full protection of the law.




Fortunately more and more Americans are coming to recognize that truth and I am convinced that we are on the verge of a great awakening when it comes to the taking of life in abortion.




Now we need to go about convincing these same Americans to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public.




And that is precisely what Priests for Life is determined to do throughout 2022 and heading up to the crucial mid-term elections.




The recent elections in Virginia and Pennsylvania (and elsewhere!) are sure signs that we’re about to win a great victory for the unborn in the 2022 mid-term elections.  In both states, the candidates who ran on a pro-life platform won.




In Virginia that was statewide elections for governor and state legislators.




In Pennsylvania it was for judges.




This proves that when candidates run forthright campaigns and make their positions on the life issues front and center, they win!




Knowing this Priests for Life will be doing our part to remind voters all across the country that the key to saving the country is to end the mindless slaughter of our unborn brothers and sisters.  And one of the best ways to do that is to elect pro-life candidates to public office.




We will use the gift you send today – and all those you generously provide over the next several months – to drive that point home with your fellow Americans and impress upon them the truth that since abortion corrupts our entire society they need to VOTE PRO-LIFE in 2022 and in every election.




I’ll have much more to tell you about our plans in the coming weeks.




Today I need you to focus on the $150,000 Matching Gift offer that’s been presented to us and this incredible opportunity to replenish our coffers and establish the foundation upon which Priests for Life will build all of our work in 2022.




Please do everything you can to help Priests for Life capitalize on this blessed opportunity, keeping in mind that whatever size gift you send today, it will be DOUBLED.




Opportunities like this don’t come along very often.  So when they do it’s vital that we take full advantage of them so that we can continue to lead the pro-life movement to victory over abortion and end America’s abortion holocaust.




Thank you for what I know will be your very best gift.




I say that because I know ending abortion is your primary mission, and I know from the generous and loyal way in which you support Priests for Life, that you believe it is Priests for Life that is going to lead the pro-life movement to final victory.




I’ll close this urgent appeal for help with the promise that in heartfelt thanks for you and the strength of your resolve to protect the youngest members of our human family from radical Democrat policies that allow abortionists to kill them, I remember you at every Mass I offer.  As I told you earlier, God sees into your heart and knows all that you do to protect His defenseless children.  And He will bless you because of the love you show for these, the most vulnerable of His children.




Sincerely yours in Christ,


Fr. Frank Pavone


National Director, Priests for Life








Signs of spiritual awakening were evident at COP26. They are also in evidence across the earth as people increasingly appreciate the precious gift of life that the delicate balances in the atmosphere of Planet Earth have enabled. Laudato Si’ has taught us how human, animal and plant life affect each other and require loving care for the common good. With Pope Francis we pray that we can bring a new world into being and be comforted by the Revelations to Julian of Norwich, “I will make all things well and you will see for yourself that every kind of thing will be well.”










Karol Wojtyla ; In her book, “Emilia and Karol Wojtyla. Parents of St. John Paul II,” Kindziuk cites the testimony of a midwife, Tatarowa, and the reports of her two friends, Helena Szczepańska and Maria Kaczorowa, as well as the memories of other Wadowice residents. She said that these showed that Emilia Wojtyla was depressed by the insistence of her first doctor, Dr. Jan Moskała, that she have an abortion.


She said that Emilia and Karol Wojtyla “made a bold decision that, regardless of everything, their conceived baby was to be born. And so they started looking for another doctor.”


They ultimately chose Dr. Samuel Taub, a Jewish doctor from Krakow, who had moved to Wadowice after the First World War.


“Emilia's friends have kept memories of that visit. The doctor confirmed that there was a risk of complications during childbirth, including Emilia's death. However, he did not suggest an abortion,” Kindziuk said.










A while back ago, I read a really delightful book called Time and the Art of Living by Robert Grudin. The book contains several reflections on the nature of time and life, and in one of the sections, the author describes the problem of having to wait. He also offers a solution to the tediousness of boredom in those moments, one that doesn’t rely on external stimuli. Instead of looking outside yourself to find salvation from boredom, you look within. You ponder. You reflect. You contemplate. You do some deliberate thinking.






The Way I See It




By Domhnall de Barra




I do a bit of walking during the week except on the days when I am playing golf. It was something I had to do when I discovered I had type 2 diabetes many years ago and I needed to get my weight down. It was a bit of a chore at first but gradually I began to enjoy it and now I look forward to it, rain, hail, or shine!.  The old railway line in Abbeyfeale is an ideal place to walk but we don’t have that luxury in Athea. Here, we have to use the public roads which are not very wide and carry a good bit of traffic at times. I feel embarrassed when cars have to stop  before they pass me because traffic is coming in the opposite direction and there isn’t sufficient room. I feel I am interrupting their journey and I wish I didn’t. To be fair, most drivers don’t mind but I do get the odd dirty look. The main walk around here is the “Slí na Sláinte” circuit which is out the Glin Road, up past the graveyard to Fairy Street and back down by the GAA pitch or visa versa.  There is one part of that route that is particularly dangerous because it is on a narrow bend with little room at the side of the road. It is the stretch between Sinan’s Gate and Tim Scanlon’s before you come to the waste treatment plant.  If you are walking in towards the village from the Glin side traffic can’t see you until the very last minute and have to swerve out onto the road to avoid you. If there is something coming in the opposite direction it is a recipe for an accident and I am surprised that something hasn’t happened up to now. I always have my heart in my mouth until I have passed that stretch and oncoming traffic can see me in time. I was looking at the area the other day and it struck me that it wouldn’t take much to make a footpath on the right hand side of the road as far as Scanlon’s gate. There is a very wide ditch that could be taken away and replaced with a fence that wouldn’t interfere with the farmer’s land. It would make that bit of the road really safe for pedestrians and would also enhance the look of the village from that point. Perhaps the Community Council and the Tidy Towns, together with Limerick County Council could investigate the possibility of a project that could save lives.




The AGM of Athea Drama Group takes place this week and it is great to see they have plans to stage a play in 2022. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann are also having their AGM in the near future with a view to getting the classes and music sessions up and running again. I’m sure other organisations are thinking along similar lines and it is wonderful to think that, after so long, we are getting back to our normal lives. We are not happy when isolated and I never realised how much I missed social interaction until, I met Johnny Mullane at the Top of the Town the other night and we were recalling old times and things that happened long ago. It was like a breath of fresh air. One of the things we talked about was the way people who retire too early seem to go downhill very fast. We are all living a bit longer these days due to medical care, nutrition and a life that isn’t as harsh as those who came before us had to endure. Retirement for farmers, long ago, was a huge problem. Farmers generally married later in life simply because they had to wait until they got the farm from their parents before they could bring in a wife. It still meant that farmers in their fifties and sixties were obliged to pass on the farm while they were still in good health and condition. Some kept working away but others just sat in the corner twiddling their thumbs leaving the work to the son and the “new” woman of the house. The new wife usually came with a dowry which entitled her to have things her own way. This sometimes did not go down well with the mother of the house who was used to doing things maybe in a different fashion. Sometimes they got on very well but there were houses where there was a lot of resentment. Where there was harmony in the house the set up could be very good. The old man kept himself busy around the yard feeding calves, pigs and bonhams while the old woman was a ready made babysitter and could help with most of the housework. I have seen myself where neighbours had a very happy household but I also have seen how people became bitter and twisted by a situation they could not cope with. Thank God those days are gone and we live in a different world that, with all its drawbacks, is more fair, especially to women. Anyway, as I said I enjoyed meeting Johnny who is a font of information on many subjects.




I was saddened to her of the passing of Kitt Liston of Knockfinisk, a lady who kept the parish warm with her knitwear. She had a good cottage industry going for years and she used to call to me for a bit of printing now and again. Sincere sympathy to all her relations, neighbours and friends and may


she rest in peace.








A while back ago, I read a really delightful book called Time and the Art of Living by Robert Grudin. The book contains several reflections on the nature of time and life, and in one of the sections, the author describes the problem of having to wait. He also offers a solution to the tediousness of boredom in those moments, one that doesn’t rely on external stimuli. Instead of looking outside yourself to find salvation from boredom, you look within. You ponder. You reflect. You contemplate. You do some deliberate thinking.






The Presbytery, Abbeydorney. (064 6632912)abbeydorney@dioceseofkerry.ie13thSunday in Ordinary Time, 27thJune 2021.Dear Parishioner, I wonder do you remember the name of the book that I wrote about two weeks ago -‘The World’s Best Catholics’-the result of a lot of interviews and research done by the Irish Times German correspondent, Derek Scally. When I looked through the piece on the front of ‘Dear Parishioner’, I saw that there was one sentence that did not make sense because a word had been left out and one phrase included twice. Just in case you kept that D.P., the sentence was the last one in the first half of the page. It should have read ‘Of course, the two countries have vastly different experiences of religious institutions and faith. ’I haven’t got to the end of the book yet but I would like to include a little bit from a chapter entitled ‘Stopping the Sacred Heart’. The opening sentence of the chapter gives a clue as to how the book title was chosen. ‘Once upon a time, Ireland went to great effort –particularly in Rome –to present itself as ‘the most Catholic country in the world’. Later, Scally writes ‘Some still talk of the strength of the faith in a vanished Ireland, but I hear little reflection today on what that faith meant either then or now. Religion was never discussed in my home when I was growing up, let alone personal faith. Like many families of a particular era, Sunday Mass was a given –at least until we were teenagers –but there was no practice within our four walls. Things were different in rural Ireland but my parents, who moved to Dublin in the 1960s, seemed happy to have left the Angelus and the family rosary behind them. At some time in the last forty years, a quiet shift began. Collectively, quietly, Ireland took down its Sacred Heart pictures, papal marriage blessings and holy water fonts –and kept them down. Frequent attendance at ‘devotions’ shifted to the duty Mass on a Saturday night or a Sunday morning, which in turn became a monthly excursion to the church. Such private gestures were part of a more significant secularising transition: realising that many of your neighbours were, as you were, simply going through the motions was freeing. Eventually people believed that, in their unbelief, they were now in the majority, were able to walk away without much thought –or social cost. ‘As I have done on many occasions before now, I would love if readers might write a short comment on what Derek Scally has written. Like me, you might have found yourself agreeing with some of what he has written but not with all (e.g. taking down papal blessings etc.)


Fr. Denis O’ Mahony




Trócaire Partners Respond To The Covid Crisis (David O’Hare - Trócaire's support has made a tremendous difference to people in countries like Ethiopia and Kenya during this uniquely challenging time. Over the last year, Trócaire and the partner organisations, the agency works with in the developing world, have been adapting programmes to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and the additional challenges the pandemic has created for people. Two examples of this adaptation and the difference it has made to people's lives can be seen in Ethiopia and Kenya. For 23-year-old Wubit Abelo, whose family of three has been hit hard by pandemic restrictions in Ethiopia, support for an innovative mask-making project is beginning to offer a glimmer of hope for the future. When coronavirus reached Ethiopia, Wubit began to despair. Access to basic household items was reduced, transport shut down and the ability to buy and sell changed dramatically as local markets closed. Wubit lived in fear of the health risks to her three-year-old son Anania and what might happen if her family was left with no income. There is no government support for them, but in this time of worry came an un-expected opportunity. A market that was previously unavailable –mask-making –plus training and sewing machines to use, gave Wubit and her family a glimmer of hope. For the past five months, the TLH mask-making project has become a modest but vital source of income to Wubit. Scared: Like so many around the world, Wubit is scared that Covid 19 will prevent her from living her life to its fullest and while she can't afford a sewing machine of her own (in Ethiopia, they cost around €600 each), her dreams are firmly set: to have her own business making cultural dresses by her own hand, to make sure her son can have a good education and to provide for her family. Wubit knows she has the chance to be part of the TLH project because of the generosity of Trócaire's sup-porters, and she's very thankful for that fact. Meanwhile, in Kenya, a Trócaire partner is giving hope to other women and girls. LVCT Health had been working with Trócaire to educate girls and ensure they were able to attend school. When the Covid pandemic hit, they were quickly able to transition that project. Dr Lilian Otiso is the CEO of LVCT Health. "I think the key lesson is that whenever restrictions on movement are put in place, we have to think of the most vulnerable, the most marginalised, so that we're coming up with approaches that really meet their needs," she says. "I remember hearing a lot about should I spend money


on buying a mask or buying food? People are starving. So, as you're giving instructions like ‘buy masks’ or ‘do hand washing’, we have to recognise that people may not be able to afford that. "We responded to the pandemic in different ways. We sustained the HIV and gender-based violence services that we were providing. We provided community education on COVID-19 through our one-to-one toll-free hotline and bulk SMS messages. We also trained and retrained peer educators and community health workers to be the frontline to reach community members and give psycho-social support for the health workers who we knew were facing huge challenges. We also used some of our resources to provide basic nutrition support because people could not afford to buy food or could not get access to care. This went along-side ensuring that those facing gender-based violence actually got services and the HIV clients were able to get their medical supplies delivered to them or find a way of gaining access to the services.” Help With Education" We already had 560 vulnerable girls in the Trócaire-funded Imara project, and when schools were closed, they went home with nothing to do. Our staff thought through quickly what could happen, and we trans-formed our safe spaces into formal learning centres where they could get online classes. So, we were able to make sure that our poorer community members in informal settlements and rural settings would be able to go to those centres and receive some educational support. One example is the story of Lois, who is a single mother of four and whose daughter is a beneficiary of the Imara Project. Her daughter had initially struggled to get into a secondary school after she completed her primary school education. The project had been able to take her back to school. She also benefitted from the online classes that were structured to suit the different courses. Because Trócaire allowed us to actually adapt and respond to Covid based on the needs of the community, we have been able to really address the emerging needs.” (Reality June 2021)The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted. (Bertrand Russell) There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of. (Nelson Mandela)Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself. (Rita M. Brown)(The three quotations above are taken from Reality, June 2021.)Seeing your Life through the Lens of the Gospel (John Byrne OSA)1.Like this woman, have you had the experience of a cure, an improvement, a success, after a long period of nothing happening? What was that like for you? What made the difference? On that occasion was there anything different in you, in others, in the circumstances –something that paved the way for the change or improvement?2.‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked. It seems a strange request with crowds milling around. Many people brushed against him, but the woman made contact in a different way. The same can happen in our relationships. We brush against many people but make real contact only with a few. Who are the people you have touched, and who has touched you? What difference has this made to you and to them? 3. Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has made you well’. What difference does it make to you that you have faith? In what ways does your faith make you well? 4. When Jairus asked Jesus to come and cure his daughter, some thought there was no point. Sometimes a situation can look like a lost cause. Has it ever happened to you that subsequent events showed there was hope where you thought there was none? (Intercom June 2021)The Deep End -Jane Mellett -Intercom June 2021In today’s Gospel we hear two healing stories: Jairus’ daughter and the woman with a haemorrhage. At first glance these stories might not seem to have a lot in common. The woman is a complete social outcast because of her condition, yet Jesus calls her ‘daughter’. He does not let social convention dictate who can be called a child of God. Jesus reminds the people of this woman’s true identity. The synagogue official surprises us, pleasantly, with his faith in Jesus and his message. What these two characters have in common is faith against all the odds as they reach out to Jesus in faith-filled action. Jesus’ healing breaks down the barriers that isolate us from one another and from God. We can all recall times when we were struggling. We needed something to move us, to help us forgive, to help us walk away or to relieve us of physical pain. In the end it can be the simple gestures that save us: a kind word, someone praying for us, a gentle touch or we reach out to some-one and like the woman with the haemorrhage we suddenly feel within ourselves that we are healing. These accounts show us something of how God’s grace can enter our lives and transform situations










O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou art the dispenser of all the goods which God grants to us miserable sinners, and for this reason, has He made thee so powerful, so rich, and so bountiful, that thou mayest help us in our misery. Thou art the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners, who have recourse to thee;  come, then, to my help, dearest Mother, for I recommend myself to thee. In thy hands, I place my eternal salvation and to thee do I entrust my soul. Count me among thy most devoted servants; take me under thy protection, and it is enough for me; for, if thou protect me, dear Mother, I fear nothing; not from my sins, because thou wilt obtain for me the pardon of them; nor from the devils, because thou art more powerful than all hell together; nor even from Jesus, my judge Himself,  because, by one prayer from thee, He will be appeased.  But one thing I fear;  that, in the hour of temptation, I may neglect to call on thee, and thus perish miserably. Obtain for me, then, the pardon of my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance,  and the grace always to have recourse to thee,  O Mother of Perpetual Help.




Three Hail Marys.




V. Thou has been made for us, O Lady, a refuge.


R. A helper in need and tribulation.




Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast given us Thine own Mother Mary, whose glorious image we venerate, to be a Mother ever ready to help us; grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who constantly implore her help, may merit always to experience the fruits of Thy Redemption, Thou Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.










O Mother of Perpetual Help, with the greatest confidence, we come before thy sacred Picture, in order to invoke thine aid. Thou hast seen the wounds which Jesus has been pleased to receive for our sake; thou hast seen the Blood of Thy Son flowing for our salvation; thou knowest how thy Son desires to apply to us the fruits of His Redemption.  Behold, we cast ourselves at thy feet, and pray thee to obtain for our souls the graces we stand so much in need of.  O Mary, most loving of all mothers, obtain for us from the heart of Jesus, the source of every good, these graces (here mention them). O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou desirest our salvation far more than we ourselves: thy Son has given thee to us for our Mother; thou hast thyself chosen to be called Mother of Perpetual Help.  We trust not in our merits, but in thy powerful intercession; we trust in thy goodness; we trust in thy motherly love.  Mother of Perpetual Help for the love thou bearest to Jesus, thy Son and our Redeemer, for the love of thy great servant Alphonsus, for the love of out souls, obtain for us the graces we ask from thee. Amen.




Three Hail Marys.










Trusting in Thy goodness, O sweet Lady of Perpetual Help, because thou art the Mother of Mercy and the Refuge of Sinners, we beseech thee to look, with pitying eyes, upon those who are living outside the pale of the one true Church. So many nonCatholics possessed of kind hearts, with a charity for God’s poor, are honestly seeking religious truth, but with difficulty, because they are blinded by misinformation and inherited prejudice. These souls, O Mother of Perpetual Help, are destitute of the knowledge of the one true Faith, yet they must be dear to thee, as they are to thine adorable Son, Jesus, because He wanted them redeemed by His Precious Blood. We plead with thee, O Mary, for the conversion of all those who walk in the darkness of error and sin. Virgin Mother, as thou art called the “Seat of Wisdom,” enlighten the minds of our separated brethren, that they may discover the consoling truths of our Holy Faith, and, having discovered them, willingly accept and believe in them. O Mary, grant us this wonderful favor, that all immortal souls, ransomed by the Blood of thy dying Son, may soon be united to us, by the bonds of divine charity, so that there may be but one fold and one Shepherd. Amen.










O Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, thou knowest so well the great value of an immortal soul. Thou knowest what it means, that every soul has been redeemed by the Blood of thy Divine Son; thou wilt not then despise my prayer, if I ask from thee the conversion of a sinner, nay, a great sinner, who is rapidly hurrying on towards eternal ruin. Thou, O good merciful Mother, knowest well his/her irregular life. Remember that thou art the Refuge of sinners, remember that God has given thee power to bring about the conversion of even the most wretched sinners. All that has been done for his/her soul has been unsuccessful; if thou dost not come to his/her assistance, he/she will go from bad to worse. Obtain for him/her an effectual grace that he/she may be moved and brought back to God and his/her duties. Send him/her, if necessary, temporal calamities and trials, that he/she may enter into himself/herself, and put an end to his/her sinful course. Thou, O most merciful Mother, hast converted so many sinners at the intercession of their friends. Be, then also moved by my prayer, and bring this unhappy soul to true conversion of heart. O Mother of Perpetual Help, show that thou art the Advocate and Refuge of sinners. So I hope, so may it be. Amen.










O Mother of Perpetual Help, numerous clients continually surround thy holy Picture, all imploring thy mercy.  All bless thee as the assured help of the miserable; all feel the benefit of thy motherly protection.  With confidence, then, do we present ourselves before thee in our misery.  See, dear Mother, the many evils to which we are exposed; see how numerous are our wants.  Trials and sorrows often depress us; reverses of fortune and privations, often grievous, bring misery into our lives; everywhere we meet the cross.  Have pity, compassionate Mother, on us and on our dear ones, especially in this our necessity (here mention it). Help us, dear Mother, in our distress; deliver us from all our ills; or, if it be the will of God that we should suffer still longer, grant that we may endure all with love and patience.  These graces we expect of thee with confidence, because thou art our Perpetual Help. Amen.




Three Hail Marys.










O Dear Mother of Perpetual Help, behold how much I suffer from this my sickness. Together with the body, my soul is also afflicted. I have not even the strength to say a prayer as I ought to do. Nothing is able to give me any relief. Even the visit and compassion of my best friends does not give me any comfort. Hence, my courage begins to fail; impatience and sadness oppress my soul. In this, my great distress, I put all my trust in thee, most tender of all mothers. Thy compassionate heart will certainly have pity on me; yes, most merciful Mother, thou wilt not forget thy poor, afflicted child. Obtain then, for me, courage and strength to accept all these trials, from the hand of God, with patience and resignation. If it is for the good of my soul, then grant that I may recover my former health; but, if it is the will of God that I should suffer still longer, or that this sickness should lead me to a better life, I am perfectly resigned, for I am sure that thou, O loving Mother, wilt obtain for me the grace to do whatever God demands of me. Amen.










Realizing, dear Mother Mary, that thou art our perpetual help, not only in spiritual, but likewise in temporal necessities, we approach thee with submissive and humble hearts, because we have a childlike confidence in thy power and goodness, beseeching thee to assist us in our present financial worry. Owing to untoward circumstances, which have arisen in our lives, we are in dire want and financial embarrassment, being unable to meet our honest debts. We are not asking, dearest Mother, for wealth, if the possession of it is not in accordance with the holy will of God; we merely beg for that assistance, which will enable us to satisfy our pressing obligations. We believe, dear Mother, that thou art the Queen of Heaven and of Earth, and, as such, the instrument and special dispensation of thy divine Son, Jesus Christ; that thou hast acquired, by virtue of thy wonderful dignity, a sweet jurisdiction over all creation. We believe that thou art not only rich and bountiful, but extremely kind and generous to all thy loving children. We plead with thee, then, dear Mother, to obtain for us the help we so urgently need, in our present financial difficulty. We thank thee, dear Lady, and promise to publish far and wide the marvels of thy glorious Picture. Amen.










Weekly Bulletin


Trinity Sunday


30th May 2021


Dear Friends of Sacred Heart Church,




Eastertide is now over! This time after Easter, during which the Alleluia was added at the end of all antiphons, now leads us to the time after Pentecost. You will notice today that the Salve Regina will be sung from now on, at the end of Mass, instead of the Regina Cæli. Before returning to the use of green vestments, the colour white is worn today to celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity: the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, these Three Persons being truly distinct one from another.




The month of May dedicated to Our Lady is almost over, with its joys and graces. Tomorrow will be the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. Will you pay a last visit at the shrine we erected in the sanctuary in her honour? All the flowers, which beautified her shrine, will be used on the main and side altars. A renewed thanks to all of you who brought flowers during the month. I also extend my special gratitude to the flower arrangers who worked so discreetly and efficiently and whose artistic abilities worked wonders with your flowers!




 We are now getting ready to start the annual Sacred Heart Novena. We encourage you to follow all the ceremonies live on our website and to attend physically following the current restrictions.




The Novena will start this coming Thursday, 3rd June, The Feast of Corpus Christi and will finish on Friday 11th, The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Masses will be celebrated daily at 12 noon and 6 pm and will be followed by the devotions. Please note the special times of Mass on Saturday and Sunday during the Novena: 10:30 am and 6 pm. Some flyers are available at the back of the church to help your memory. Fridges and magnets are not provided but you will certainly find a place at home where all family members will see the correct time for each day.




This Novena will be the occasion of receiving extraordinary priests as celebrants, homilist and confessors. We will also have the joy of seeing some of the Sister Adorers! There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every day from 3 pm to 5 pm (except Sunday), with the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary at 4 pm.




Make sure you come and adore our Eucharistic Lord alongside our community members and sisters!




Please remember that during the Sacred Heart Novena, there will be no daily 8 am Mass.




“Is the painting making progress”? This is the question I hear from lots of people every day. The response is “Yes, but unfortunately the company responsible for dismantling the scaffolding seem to have many reasons for putting this job on the long finger! They are now supposed to move it to the next section to be painted (back of the church and choir loft) during the second week of June.” We await this with baited breath!




An important prayer intention for Canon Fragelli. He has been in the Florence Hospital for a week now and is slowly making some progress. The doctors are now hopeful that he will recover well but this might take a long time. I will keep you posted if I receive more precise information this week.




Thank you to those who have remembered the family looking for rental accommodation. If you hear about either a three or a four bedroomed house to rent or a three-bedroom apartment in town, please contact me.




Wishing you a blessed week,


Canon Lebocq


Prior of Sacred Heart Church






Pastoral Message for Holy Week and Easter 2021




If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, how much more should you wash each other’s feet?  Jn 13:14




What a year! Together all of us have lived through a year of the corona virus, each has experienced it in our own unique circumstances. The Winter months have been particularly difficult. The light and new green growth of Springtime has never been so welcome, and it has coincided with the season of Lent. Let us keep our spirits up and encourage one another in following public health guidance.




Thank God for the way so many people have been there for each other, thank God for the way front line workers have sacrificed themselves to provide essential services. We are full of gratitude; how important it is to live lives of generous service. Individually we are at our best when our communities are at their best.




With government guidance at level 5, and with a genuine concern that we could have another major wave of the virus ahead, it is understandable but sad that we have our Easter ceremonies without a congregation. It is a blessing that you can join in the ceremonies so easily from your home via modern technology. What we miss is the dual presence: the presence of the community gathered in church, and together receiving the Real Presence at the altar.




In some ways it seems like the past year has been one long Lent! If so, what word has God spoken to your heart through it? Here are three points to reflect on as we come to Easter 2021:




    Live every day putting your trust in God. In times of great difficulty, in times when life gets us down, we look to Jesus for peace. Jesus’ word to us always is, “Fear not, have peace in your heart, I am with you”. In time of difficulty, regarding health or death, employment or finances, loneliness or depression we sense in our hearts, ‘God is with me, God will see me through, – all will be well’. Have basic Christian hope in your heart, – trust in God in all things!


    This Holy Week and Easter, joining in Mass from home, seek nourishment at the table of God’s word. The introduction to the Roman Missal speaks of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass: “When the Sacred Scriptures are read in church, God himself speaks to his People, and Christ, present in his own word, proclaims the Gospel” (29). When you go forth from the Easter ceremonies carry words from the scriptures in your heart: the Last Supper, ‘you should  wash each other’s feet’; the commemoration of the Passion, ‘This is my body, given up for you’; Easter morning, ‘You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified, He is risen …’.


    This year has reminded us that home is where we pray each day. Home is the place where we first received our faith and where we live it. In the home God is present with us. Prayer in the home is the time we spend turned towards God, – talking to him about our lives and asking his help; giving praise and thanks; asking forgiveness and renewing our trust. Has prayer in the home helped you and your family over the past year? It will be a great blessing if, when this virus is finally a memory, we have a new awareness of prayer in the home.




A word of thanks to our priests and deacons, and all who have contributed to the life of our parishes over the past year. A word of thanks to our schools for the great work they have done. A word of encouragement to all young people looking forward to First Confession, First Communion or Confirmation. We cannot make any plans until we know when we will have congregations in church. The situation is disappointing, but the ceremonies will be worth waiting for. Another group who have suffered are the Leaving Cert. students. May they trust that all will be well and, come the Autumn, they will be satisfied with the options that come their way.




Thank you to all who have continued to contribute to parish funds and the parish dues for our priests. Keep up the good work. Priests have been greatly encouraged by your faithfulness. Please remember other local charities and voluntary bodies over the Easter season, so much fundraising has not been possible. All need funds to pay for the basics like insurance, heating, and the overheads of an office. Please, let us not forget the Lenten campaign of Trocaire. If the corona virus has been hard on us, how much more difficult has it been for the communities Trocaire supports?




Finally, every time we pray over the Easter season let us all, people and priests, remember the deceased of the past year, and their grieving loved ones. Have a comforting word for the bereaved when you meet. In this world and in the next our hope is in Christ, “Christ is Risen, alleluia”. Be assured of my prayers.




Bishop Ray Browne Palm Sunday 2021






Shroud of Turin Leads to Conversions, Founding of Shroud Center




“The Shroud seems to have a great pastoral mission, causing many unexpected conversions,” says the founder of the Shroud Center of Southern California, “especially from among young people.”




The first step was to think about what kind of man I wanted to be at 50. The list grew to ten attributes around which to focus my intentional growth in the hopes of embodying those things in the future:




    A Devoted Man of God


    A Steadfast Husband


    A Loving Father


    A Family Builder


    A Loyal Friend


    A Community Builder


    A Leader and Mentor


    A Healthy Man


    A Lifelong Learner


    A Virtuous Man


Post from Dan Hickey.




    Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. —Einstein




CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: Sunday, 24 January, marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week 2021. During this week we aim to celebrate the unique contribution that Catholic schools, both primary and post-primary, make to supporting each other and living out Jesus’ message of the gospel. This year’s theme is 'Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith and Resilience'. No one could have foreseen during Catholic Schools Week 2020 how different life would be just twelve months later. Life for all of us has changed so much that it is not recognisable, comfortable or easy. Our focus on faith and resilience is to remind us of the powerful role our Catholic schools have in the lives of so many young people. It is a source of comfort, care, belonging and strength. It was so important for our students to return to school, not simply to get back into the academic life, but, more importantly, to reconnect with their friends and teachers –to experience community. We have focused the week around the three theological virtues –faith, hope and love –while acknowledging the challenges that we are all facing at this present time and the need to feel a sense of belonging in our community again. Our prayer for each and every person in our school communities is: When evil darkens our world, give us light. When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. When we stumble and fall, lift us up. When doubts assail us, give us faith. When nothing seems sure, give us trust. When ideals fade, give us vision. When we lose our way, be our guide! That we may find serenity in your presence, and purpose in doing your will. Prayer by John D. Raynera




GRANDPARENTS DAY:  It has become an important part of Catholic Schools Week. This year we will celebrate Grandparents Day with a special Mass at 10.00am on Wednesday,January  27 at 10.00am. This Mass will be streamed live through the Church Services TV network. You can link in by clicking on www.abbeyfealeparish.ieor www.churchservciestv.ie  We will conclude Catholic Schools Week with a special Mass at 10.00am on Sunday, January 31. Prayer for Grandparents:   Lord Jesus, you were born of the Virgin Mary the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne. Look with love on grandparents the world over.  Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society.  Support them! As they grow older, may they continue to be for their families strong pillars of gospel faith, guardian of noble domestic ideals, living treasuries of sound religious traditions.  Make them teachers of wisdom and courage, that they may pass on to future generations the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience. Amen.Pope Benedict XVI. 




A newspaper clipping about Mrs Johanna O'Connor, Carrantwohill, celebrating her 110th birthday. The date is not mentioned but it seems to be April 1938 (her birthday is reported in other papers online around that date). -"I feel as strong as I did 90 years ago and work in the fields every day. My secret of longevity? None, but take the world easy and eat plain food."


'Claiming to be the oldest inhabitant of Great Britain and Ireland, Mrs Johanna O'Connor yesterday celebrated her 110th birthday at her home in the Magillicuddy Reeks, highest mountain range in Ireland. She still works in the fields.


Her home is on the highest mountain of the range, Carrantwohill.


She can remember the days of Daniel O'Connell and the fight for Catholic emancipation in Ireland.


Though she remembers the bad days of the famine and will tell of how the people died by the roadside from want and starvation and fought with each other for raw turnips, she is reluctant to talk of the subject.


"I can still smoke my pipe, and do not hold that a person should go without a drop of punch, wine, or stout, especially in the winter time," she said. "It is seldom I wear boots or shoes, but I never have had a day's sickness or suffered from pains in my limbs.


"I had a family of seven. Five of them are alive, and our total aggregate ages is 480. Two of my daughters are married and live near here. One of them is over 70.


"I have my son Jerry, aged 81, John 76, and my daughter Bridget, 73, living with me. Last year another son of mine aged 77 died. I had another son, but in the Civil War he was killed.


"I feel as strong as I did 90 years ago and work in the fields every day. My secret of longevity? None, but take the world easy and eat plain food."




Another article, with a pic, from Evening Echo from 1937 says she lived in the townland of Lisleibane (https://bit.ly/2YaQhMK)








In times of great need, it should be an instinctive reaction for Christians to turn to God in prayer. During the Covid epidemic most of us have felt a great need—not only for healing and for safety and for a cure, but also for peace of mind, for a restoration of what we have lost, perhaps above all for hope. In the course of 2020 we Americans have frequently been asked to pray for those who are sick or dying. But rarely have Christians demanded the lead role in our society’s response to this health crisis. Shouldn’t we have been telling civic leaders, when they suggested restricting public worship: “Look, you need our prayers; you need our public celebration of the Mass. This is your best chance for relief from the scourge!”






From: Sean Sheehy


Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2020, 14:13


Subject: 2021 2nd Sunday in Christmas Octave








Good News




   At a funeral someone asked, “Is there any good news?” A man responded and said, “The only good news is in the Bible!” Leaving 2020 behind and entering 2021 most people are starving for good news since we’ve been daily bombarded with bad news creating fear and anxiety in many people instead of Christmas joy. This Sunday Jesus’ Church brings before us the good news that God dwells among us, if we care to invite Him into our heart where He can restore calm and give us a peace that only He can give. Sadly in our world today Christmas has been co-opted by the material and irreligious world as an opportunity to sell its products promising that they’ll make the buyer happy. This promise is false but many fall for it because they either don’t know the true source of happiness or ignore it by choosing what might temporarily make them feel good. The source of happiness for the creature is always the Creator. Our source of happiness is Jesus Christ, God-become-man, who dwells among us. This is the real meaning of Christmas, the good news that God loves us so much that His Word became human, like us, in order to teach and show us the way to Heaven. “Before the world was made, He chose us, chose us in Christ, to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in His presence, determining that we should become His adopted children, through Jesus Christ, for His own kind purposes, to make us praise the glory of His grace, His free gift to us in the Beloved.” (Eph 1:3-18) Surely this is good news as we enter a New Year.




  Good news is always news of God’s presence since God alone is all-good. Jesus’ coming is good news because He is Emmanuel, God-with-us. To appreciate Jesus’ coming as good news we need to have a clear understanding of who He is and what He brings to us that make us happy. Sadly, even many who call themselves Christian don’t know who Jesus really is and what He came to do, so they haven’t personally chosen to be His disciple. The Holy Spirit, guiding Jesus Church, revealed through the Apostle, John, that Jesus is God’s Word and is truly God. “In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God…Through Him all things came into being, and apart from Him nothing came to be. Whatever came to be in Him found life, life for the light of men. The light that shines in the darkness, a darkness that did not overcome it.” (Jn 1: 1-5) Jesus is the One through Whom God created you and me and therefore knows us through and through. He is God’s presence to us, in us, and among us loving us unconditionally. Because He is the life, only He can give us life and enliven us to be full of life – enthusiastic about living. His presence brings a smile to our face, even in the midst of darkness, because He shines a light on us so we can see the way out of whatever befalls us. He is the Way to Heaven. All we have to do is place all our trust in Him since “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, ever at the Father’s side, who has revealed Him.” (Jn 1:18) Jesus has come to bring us to His Father so He can adopt us as His children. That’s good news.




   We can never get enough of Jesus because we can’t get enough of love and experience enough of the peace that He gives us. Hence we need to deepen our knowledge of Jesus and grow in a personal, intimate relationship with Him. He alone can show and tell us who God truly is and what it means to be truly human. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creatures. In Him everything in Heaven and on earth was created, things visible and invisible …. In Him everything continues in being. It is He who is the Head of the Body, the Church: He who is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that primacy may be His in everything. It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in Him and, by means of Him, to reconcile everything in His person, both on earth and in the heavens, making peace through the blood of His cross.” (Col 1:15-20) Jesus is the source of our life’s joyful continuity because He alone conquered suffering and death, our two greatest obstacles to happiness. He is the only One who can reconcile us to God and to one another when we sin, through His grace of repentance and forgiveness. In Himself Jesus has united God and man, the divine and the human, Heaven and earth. This grace heals our wounded soul and brings us internal unity and peace that eliminates fear and anxiety regarding the future. Where does Jesus make this possible? In His Church’s Sacraments, of which He is her head.




   May you be inflamed with the good news that Jesus is present in His Church and can make you “holy and spotless to live through love in His presence.”  Then you and I can live as God’s adopted children whose purpose is to “praise the glory of His grace, His free gift to us in the Beloved.” This news is more than good enough to enter 2021 with a faith, hope, and love that will see us filled with courage and enthusiasm, promoting and supporting human life that’s always worth living as God’s precious gift to us from the moment of conception. May the Good News of Jesus shine its light on you that you may live joyfully through 2021 regardless of surprises and obstacles. (frsos)