Data compiled by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that, of the 23,879 cases reported as of midnight on Thursday, 14 May 2020.

 

7,530 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

 

News – 23/04/2020

 

by Domhnall De Barra under News

 

 

 

Despite all the doom and gloom I had a very pleasant experience this morning. I heard the Cuckoo for the first time this year. It happens every year but, for some reason, this year it was extra special. It was like weloming an old friend back home and a sign that the hard weather is surely over for a while.

 

 

 

The news is scarce again this week but we have contributions to Kathleen’s Corner, Knockdown News, By Carrig Side, Abbeyfeale Notes and, even though there isn’t any sport, there is an old photograph in the Sport section worth looking at.

 

 

 

If you know somebody who might not know that we are online, especially somebody who habitually bought the hard copy, pleas let them know how to contact this site and if you have any photos, news items, stories, poems etc., please send them on to me at domhnall.barry@gmail.com

 

 

 

The current situation has made us look at the world in quite a different way. Material wealth is not as important as it once was and merely staying in good health is an achievement in itself. Over the past few decades people have become much more private than they used to be. Time was when front doors were always open and neighbours rambled in at all times, night and day. It was an important activity in the social life of the community as visitors brought news with them before the advent of digital media. Talking to each other is important for our mental well being. As the years go by, with all the changes, the opportunities for “gossiping” are becoming fewer and fewer. Going to the creamery was the first opportunity of the day to meet the neighbours and find out what was happening locally. There was plenty of time, while they cued up to tip the milk tanks into the vat,  to gather in clusters and “chew the fat”. The small shops were also great sources of news. Again, there was no hurry as everything had to be weighed and packaged behind a counter, no such thing as picking up your own items in those days, and everyone chatted away. The Post Office was another meeting point, especially on “dole day” or on Friday when the pensions were paid out. Fairs, markets, race meetings and other sporting occasions also served their purpose. One of the most important establishments in the rural village was the pub. Before the advent of the dancing lounge in the 1970s, a venture that put an end to the ballroom era and the showbands, pubs were small and intimate. There was no such thing as private conversations, everyone in the premises was involved. It was mainly men as women were never seen in the public bar. If they frequented the premises at all they were secluded in the snug which was a small, cordoned off area just inside the front with a hatch that opened onto the bar.  I remember a man called Con Broderick (Con Pete) who used to come rambling to our house long ago. He arrived one night with startling news; ‘Tis all over Mr. Barry”, he announced, “I saw two women in a pub in Newcastle today drinking two pints of porter – TWO PINTS!!”.  Times certainly have changed. The men in the pub long ago discussed every topic under the sun and there was a good share of banter. As a man once said “they would insult each other, half codding and half in earnest”.  There were a few characters with ready wit who could keep the assembly amused all night and of course the odd  lie was thrown in to confuse matters. As the night went on some would become more vocal  and it often led to an argument but generally it was all good humour. Although there were the few who were addicted to the drink, most of the men  went there for the company and were satisfied with their couple of pints and went home feeling better than when they came in. Some of these were living alone with little social interaction from one end of the week to the next  so the visit to the pub was a vital lifeline for their sanity. Athea had its fair share of pubs and characters to fill them. Who could ever forget Connie Cahill, one of the wittiest men I ever heard. Without thinking he could come up with a quip that would have everyone in stitches. There were many more including the Painter Liston, The Bold Murphy and his brother Liamy, Denny the Smith, John Joe “the Reliable” O’Connor, Tony Connors, Mickey Marshal McMahon, Seano Histon  and Denny Kelly who had remarkable talent for story telling and general roguery. They were gifted people and, alas, we will never see their likes again. As years went by change came in all too quickly. The characters seemed to disappear, maybe because their platform was gone with the change in the pub culture and the appeal of television to those who now got their entertainment at home. The art of conversation is not dead but it is seriously wounded and we need to take advantage of the present situation  to reach out to friends and neighbours, even if it is only on the phone.  We need contact with each other as much as we need nourishment for our bodies so, when you get an opportunity, call an old friend, or indeed a new one.

 

 

 

The following is an important message from West Limerick Resources Ltd

 

Department of Rural and Community Development COVID-19 Emergency Fund

 

 

 

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund is a grant programme to provide funding to groups that are directly involved in the Community Call response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

Commercial organisations and individuals are not eligible for funding.

 

 

 

It is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development (the Department) and administered by the Local Authority (LA) in each area. The Department provides funding to each LA area and the LAs then administer this funding locally to ensure funding is targeted appropriately.

 

 

 

The grants are for expenditure of both a capital and a current nature related to the COVID19 response work. It is intended that the majority of the funding that is allocated to each LA area will be ring fenced for grants of €1,000 or less.

 

 

 

Applications can be made (by groups directly involved in the Community Call response) to Limerick City and County Council by Close of Business on Thursday 30th April 2020.

 

 

 

For Application Forms and Guidelines please email Covid19EF@limerick.ie or alternatively phone 061- 557117, 061-556654 or 061-557365.

 

 

 

 

 

HELPLINES:  Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588.    Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm.   24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504.  Limerick Social Services:  061-314111.    AA    061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019.  Accord NCW 069/61000.   Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo@samaritan.ie Aware (Depression & Anxiety) 1980 303 302 National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247 Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222.  Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203    068/ 31262    068/51984    St Vincent De Paul    Tel 087/1213560 .  Counselling Appointment    061/314213.  ALONE; has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.  The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

 

 

 

Outside of Wuhan Central Hospital, where coronavirus whistleblower Dr. Li Wenliang died, is a statue of Italian missionary, Msgr. Eustachius Zanoli, photographed by New York Times correspondent, Chris Buckley.

 

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/chinas-first-saint-was-martyred-on-a-cross-in-wuhan-82107

 

 

 

 

 

It should be noted that JPII, after having condemned Liberation Theology, lambasted some of the more extreme versions of capitalism in the later years of his papacy and once the Iron Curtain had been crushed. He also saw in capitalism what he aptly called “viruses” like materialism and atheism.

 

 

 

It was the 19th century German philosopher Karl Marx who viewed religion as the “opium of the people.” Those who live in democratic states like the U.S. are experiencing all the challenges that comes with living in a communist-run dictatorship. There are empty shelves in grocery stores, houses of worship that are shuttered, an economy in shambles, medical care that may not be there and an overall fear of going out and interacting with others.

 

https://religionunplugged.com/news/2020/4/5/coronavirus-outbreak-finding-answers-during-a-pandemic-in-the-writings-of-saint-pope-john-paul-ii

 

JERUSALEM —Leaders from almost 50 countries condemned anti-Semitism old and new here Thursday, using the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp to mount a united stand against the resurgence of anti-Jewish sentiment around the world.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ie/news/world/world-leaders-convene-in-jerusalem-to-remember-holocaust-and-counter-anti-semitism/ar-BBZhunm

 

REFLECTION

 

 

 

Baptism was not over and done with

 

the day we were taken to the font.

 

We are baptised by all that happens to us in life.

 

We are baptised by hardship : in its turbulent waters

 

we are purified of all that is false and useless.

 

We are baptised by suffering : in its murky waters

 

we grow in humility and compassion.

 

We are baptised by joy : in its gurgling waters

 

we experience the goodness of life.

 

We are baptised by love : in its singing waters

 

we blossom like flowers in the sun.

 

Baptism is like the planting of a seed.

 

It will take a lifetime for this seed to grow and ripen.

 

 

 

BLESSING

 

 

 

May the Lord confirm your hearts in holiness and keep you blameless

 

in his sight.

 

May the Lord keep you steadfast in faith and courageous in witnessing

 

to the Gospel.

 

May the Lord who has called us to eternal glory in Christ strengthen

 

and support you with his grace.

 

Would more sleep have made a difference to her illness? I’ll never know and it doesn’t matter now. But as for me, I’m making sure I get all the sleep I need as many nights as I possibly can. So should you. Take it from me and my mom.

 

(Sources : inc.com)

 

https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/sleep-alzheimers-beta-amyloids-benefits-of-deep-sleep-boston-university-research.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

 

Saint Nicholas Tavelic and Companions’ Story

 

Nicholas and his three companions are among the 158 Franciscans who have been martyred in the Holy Land since the friars became custodians of the shrines in 1335.

 

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-nicholas-tavelic-and-companions/?utm_campaign=Saint%20of%20the%20Day&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=79028299

 

 

 

 

 

The witness of deep contagious happiness flowing from awareness of God’s presence and love — stoked by Mass, prayer, confession and charity — is the best means to attract people to that same Source.

 

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/prayers-for-the-fallen-away-do-work-miracles

 

The Church has given us the gift of the saints to show that God does great things in people’s lives. The saints, after all, were ordinary people, too. They needed to call on the Lord for help.

 

 

 

By actively praising God and giving thanks, our hearts will find the resting place that we so desire. Saint Teresa of Avila said this:

 

“Let nothing disturb you,

 

Let nothing frighten you.

 

All things are passing away:

 

God never changes.”

 

Reflection:

 

 

 

Mission Sunday is a day for us to reflect on the contribution we, as Irish people, have made to this mission in the past and how we live it today. Mission was understood as going abroad, to countries where the Church was not yet strong or to places where people suffered from poverty or conflict. This is indeed still necessary and valid today and we pray people will continue to give their lives to mission in this way.

 

 

 

Mission was also seen as the task primarily of priests and religious, with some few lay missionaries, and their work was very much supported by the generosity of the Irish people. Pope Francis today is encouraging all the baptised to more actively assume their responsibility as ‘missionary disciples’. Many Catholics in Ireland, especially among our youth, see little relevance of the faith in their lives. Hence, a challenge for all of us as Catholics is to take the time to seriously reflect on our faith experience, seek to become more knowledgeable about the Scriptures and some of the teachings of the Church, ask ourselves questions about it and seek to articulate it meaningfully to ourselves and others, and then base our action on our experience of the faith. Mission is essentially faith in action, and to this we as baptised are all called to be committed.

 

 

 

There are many ways in which people live mission today, both in Ireland and overseas. These include being involved in action to prevent trafficking, various kinds of social and community work with the poor and marginalised, reaching out to refugees and migrants and action to care for the earth. Some of those people who are engaged in these activities may not profess a formal Christian faith, but it is evident that their activities are inspired by Gospel values and they are promoting the reign of God.

 

By Hannah Brockhaus

 

Naples, Italy, Sep 19, 2019 / 10:06 am (CNA).- The miracle of the liquefiction of the blood of early Church martyr St. Januarius took place Thursday in Naples.

 

The blood was shown to have liquefied shortly after 10 a.m. during Mass in the Naples’ Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary.

 

The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Archbishop of Naples, who in his homily, strongly criticized the violent crime of Neapolitan streets.

 

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/blood-of-st-januarius-liquefies-on-feast-day-32604

 

Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

 

 

 

Here I am, Lord.  Is it I, Lord?

 

I have heard you calling in the night.

 

I will go, Lord, if you lead me.

 

I will hold your people in my heart.

 

 

 

I, the Lord of snow and rain,

 

I have borne my people’s pain.

 

I have wept for love of them, they turn away. I will break their hearts of stone,

 

Give them hearts for love alone.

 

I will speak my word to them.  Whom shall I send?

 

 

 

father, we adore you

 

Father, we adore you,

 

Lay our lives before you. How we love you.

 

 

 

Jesus, we adore you .....

 

 

 

Spirit, we adore you .....

 

 

 

how great thou art

 

O Lord my God when I in awesome wonder,

 

Consider all the works thy hand hath made, I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

 

 

 

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great thou art, how great thou art. Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great thou art, how great thou art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

give me joy

 

Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising, Give me joy in my heart I pray. Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising, Keep me praising till the end of day.

 

 

 

Sing hosanna! Sing hosanna!

 

Sing hosanna to the King of Kings!

 

Sing hosanna! Sing hosanna! Sing hosanna to the King!

 

 

 

Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting, Give me peace in my heart I pray. Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting, Keep me resting till the end of day.

 

 

 

my god accept my heart

 

My God, accept my heart this day,

 

And make it wholly thine,

 

That I from thee no more may stray, No more from thee decline.

 

 

 

Anoint me with thy heavenly grace,

 

And seal me for thy own;

 

That I may see thy glorious face, And worship at thy throne.

 

 

 

i, the lord of sea and sky

 

I the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. all who dwell in dark and sin, my hand will save. I who made the stars of night,

 

I will make their darkness bright.

 

 

 

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Dan Hickey.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

In May of 2011, while scanning the Long Island Sound on the top deck of the Port Jefferson ferry, I had an epiphany. At 25 years of age I had lived roughly one-third of my life and it struck me that the hazy image of the man I aspired to be in the future might not come to fruition merely with the passage of time. The man I envisioned myself being at 50 years old would be the product of what I focused on building into myself in the intervening 25 years. It was at that moment that I first decided to get serious about the man I was becoming instead of drifting in the current with only a muddled picture of what it meant to be a good man.

 

 

 

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

 

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/the-man-book-creating-a-reservoir-of-timeless-wisdom/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheArtOfManliness+%28The+Art+of+Manliness%29&mc_cid=046cb2f051&mc_eid=83acb42668

 

Thought

 

“It’s good to get away from chaos and from din,

 

To seek in solitude and peace the beauty that’s within,

 

To go into a quiet wood and breathe it’s loveliness,

 

To contemplate in silence those things which calm and bless”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101 Places to Pray Before You Die: A Roamin' Catholic's Guide Kindle Edition

 

by Thomas J. Craughwell

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072W9VV62?utm_campaign=Wired%20Wednesdays&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=73130147

 

 

 

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:   PAYING A VISIT TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

 

 

 A Countess who became a Poor Clare Nun was asked to explain Her long and frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament in the church.  She replied “Oh I could stay there for ever – – What do I do? Well –

 

What does a beggar do when he sees a rich person?   What does a sick man do when he goes to see a doctor?

 

What does a thirsty man do at a cooling spring?   What does a starving man do at a table full of good food?”

 

Whenever you get a chance – Do drop into a chapel to visit the Lord

 

Take Holy Water reverently on your fingers and Bless yourself.

 

Walk towards the Tabernacle, genuflect and kneel.

 

Speak to the Lord in your own way – for example Jesus this is Jimmy …………

 

 

 

Since 2017, Priests for Life has worked with Heartbeat International and Good Counsel to urge pastors – of all denominations – to place information permanently in their church bulletins and on their websites on alternatives to abortion and healing after abortion. It’s easy, it’s free and it will take just minutes to accomplish. And lives will be saved.

 

For example, one very comprehensive resource is Heartbeat’s OptionLine.org

 

God Is Good & So Are YOU!

 

Jan 29, 2019

 

 

 

I felt this was a fitting picture. Fr. George’s Wake and Funeral Mass will be held at St. Barnabas.

 

 

 

I have had the pleasure for the last 8 years to bring to you the life and wisdom of one of the greatest men I have ever known.  Through his writings we all came to know him just a little bit better, and in that process, our lives – if we followed his simple suggestions – became better too! The old saying, “they broke the mold when they made. . . ” amply applies to George Patrick McKenna.

 

 

 

8 years ago, Uncle George wanted to put out a 5th book, and when he got an idea in his mind, believe me, it was hard to change it.  His nieces (one is my beautiful wife), would visit him every Saturday and Sunday, and weekly they would hear about his plans.  Understandably, we had doubts.  He was 92 years old, and at the time was going through some health issues.  Would a book make sense at this late time in his life?  My daughter suggested a blog as a means for him to reach even more people than a little paper back would, and the cost would be nothing but the time spent typing out the page.  In a short time, Uncle George agreed to give this new technology a try and his little Blog – which has now reached 147 countries and has been viewed more than 53,000 times, was born.

 

 

 

Each week became routine.  The blog for the week would be created from his treasure trove of writings, he would review the finished project, it would be published, and then his nieces would read to him each and every comment that was sent in.  It not only brightened his day, but it gave him the hope and will to keep moving, keep living, and keep looking forward to tomorrow.  I can confidently say that YOU, each and every one of YOU who sent in your thoughts, your love, and your gratitude – kept this humble servant of God, not only living, but thriving up to the end.

 

 

 

Through these 8 years, I have marveled at the love, admiration and gratitude of the comments that you have all written about Fr. McKenna.  As his family, we knew he was special, but that took on new meaning when you all confirmed what we already knew.

 

 

 

I continue to be amazed at the memories you have shared.  These stories were sparks of hope and life for Fr. McKenna.  You might not realize this, but this little blog and YOUR response, YOUR acceptance, YOUR love and most importantly, YOUR COMMENTS kept him going these last 8 years.  We all need to be loved and appreciated.  Without this beautiful gift, our lives would be lonely, despondent and bleak.  Uncle George’s existence was supported and nurtured by the outpouring of love you showed each and every week through your comments.

 

 

 

This Thursday and Friday we will be saying our earthly good byes to our Uncle, Friend, Priest, Confessor, Teacher and Spiritual Guide.  Thank you, to each of you for giving us these extra 8 years to live and love this remarkable man. You made a difference in his life, more than you know.

 

 

 

Joe Tucker

 

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/25783819/posts/2733

 

A Lenten Morning Prayer:

 

Lord Jesus, you lived and died for me.

 

Help me to keep that thought before me today so that whatever life brings, whether it be success or failure, satisfaction or disappointment, happiness or sorrow, I may offer it to you.

 

Through me, may everyone I meet this day see You Lord, see Your presence and experience Your love.  Lord I offer You today.

 

May I serve You by serving others in Your name making all that I do a gift of love and thanksgiving for all You have done for me.  Amen

 

MY  PRAYER

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

The health benefits of fasting from food have gotten a lot of attention in the last several years. What’s often forgotten in these discussions, however, is that fasting has been practiced for thousands of years not only for the sake of the body, but for the spirit as well.

 

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/spiritual-discipline-of-fasting/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheArtOfManliness+%28The+Art+of+Manliness%29&mc_cid=520822c175&mc_eid=83acb42668

 

 

 

Cures:-

 

Doctors + Cures:- Doctor Stoney was the local doctor about fifty years ago. He never listened to the people's complaints. He was considered a very fussy man + people often laughed about the way he treated patients who went to him. He would say when the people went to him "ome in, come on, put out your tongue here's a bottle, take it." This was said to everyone + was said all in one breath.

 

Before him, was Doctor Watson: He was a good man + looked after his people well.

 

But the very old people never cared for doctors. They preferred to pray.

 

https://www.duchas.ie/en/src?q=cures

 

 

 

 

 

Catholic News Article

 

Catholic education should be celebrated – Kate Liffey

 

 

 

The year before last, my now-96-year-old father, Robert McQuillan, decided to take a little trip down memory lane.

 

 

 

He made contact with his old secondary school, the former Christian Brothers’ secondary in Dundalk.

 

 

 

He received a warm welcome from the current principal of Coláiste Rís, Padraig Hamill.

 

 

 

The old roll books were taken down from a dusty shelf somewhere and my dad’s name and the names of his fellow students were mulled over; memories flooding back for my father and the story of the school’s pivotal role in the education of the youth of Dundalk since 1869 unfolding once again as the two men talked together.

 

 

 

Listening to my dad reminisce about his education, I imagine his story as a fairly common one for his generation and the generations after his.

 

 

 

He was born in 1923, the third son of seven children. His father was a master blacksmith who worked on the Great Northern Railway but it was primarily from his mother that the wish for a good education came.

 

 

 

He started primary school in 1928 with the Sisters of Mercy and then moved in 1929 and went to the Christian Brothers’ primary, in the 60th year of the school’s founding.

 

 

 

His first teacher was a Belfast man, Johnny Barnes. My father remembers him fondly as a great soccer player – something with which the Brothers at the time were not too enamoured.

 

 

 

Robert McQuillan still remembers the names, and personalities, of most of the teachers, the laymen and the Brothers, who taught him.

 

 

 

He remembers the exact fee for the education he received – 30 shillings a term, with the third boy and following boys free.

 

 

 

My father tells me very matter-of-factly that without the Christian Brothers and other Religious Orders like them in the town, there would have been no education at all for boys like him.

 

 

 

He doesn’t ‘sugar coat’ it either, acknowledging the complexity of the history of the Brothers in Ireland.

 

 

 

But for my dad, he will always be grateful for the rich educational experience he received from them and what it empowered him to do with his life.

 

 

 

Four of the six boys in my father’s family – one little boy, Danny, sadly died from diphtheria as a child – went on to sit their Leaving Certificate.

 

 

 

His sister and two of his brothers sat the Intermediate Certificate, now the Junior Certificate. This was no mean feat in terms of academic achievement for those times.

 

 

 

One of my father’s happiest memories was the day the Leaving Certificate results were published.

 

 

 

Brother Sullivan came out to the family home and the envelope was handed over with very matter of fact words of congratulations; he had come in the top four candidates in the town.

 

 

 

The results were published in the Dundalk Democrat and my grandfather carried the newspaper cutting to show his friends at work. That was in 1941.

 

 

 

A number of years later and all of my uncles who achieved their Leaving Certificate results read at university, with one going on to gain a PhD in mathematics.

 

 

 

My dad graduated as a mature student with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from University College Dublin.

 

 

 

It is worth remembering, of course, that all of this happened in my father’s family well before the introduction of free education.

 

 

 

Fast forward to this year, and having helped prepare many thousands of young people for the world in which we live, my dad’s old school in Dundalk will celebrate, with a certain very justifiable pride and satisfaction, 150 years of its existence in 2019.

 

 

 

Across every town in Ireland, north and south, similar schools were set up by large numbers of religious men and women. They were founded to serve the needs of local communities.

 

 

 

In the case of the Christian Brothers, founded by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice in the early part of the 19th century, ‘the local’ mattered a great deal.

 

 

 

Local needs around education were met locally. Well over 100 schools were established up and down the country, the most recent one in Bray, Co Wicklow in 1956.

 

 

 

The history of these schools is obviously mixed – and that of course, must be remembered – but that they sought to serve local communities, especially poorer communities, is significant.

 

 

 

One of Blessed Edmund Rice’s most famous sayings is: “Were we to know the merit and value of only going from one street to another to serve a neighbour for the love of God, we should prize it more than silver and gold.”

 

 

 

The theme of Catholic School’s Week in 2019 – which is being celebrated this week – is ‘Celebrating the Work of our Local Catholic Schools’.

 

 

 

For all of us who benefited from a Catholic education, it is worth reflecting that when we talk about the characteristic spirit or ethos of our local Catholic schools, we are not just talking about the faith context of the school, although that is important; rather, we are also referring to the school’s history, and geographical and social context.

 

 

 

All of this will hopefully make for a rich, honest and very real celebration of all that has been achieved in Catholic education in local communities and in the lives of thousands – even hundreds of thousands – of young people.

 

 

 

Among that number my dad, Robert McQuillan, is very happy to count himself.

 

 

 

Kate Liffey is the National Director for Catechetics and co-ordinator of the National Faith Development Team Council for Catechetics of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

 

 

 

This article appears in the Faith Matters column of The Irish News newspaper of 31 January 2019 to coincide with the celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2019.

 

This content is provided by www.catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. All queries relating to the article should be directed to bdrumm@catholicbishops.ie.

 

The letter said the council had “read about statements which expressed the fear that the Knights of Columbus held many extreme beliefs. It is our great pleasure to assure you that this fear is not grounded in any truth. The Knights of Columbus in general, and O’Boyle Council in particular are dedicated to the three fundamental principles of charity, unity, and fraternity.”

 

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/dc-knights-of-columbus-respond-to-senators-criticism-41354

 

Prayer for the Poor

 

God of Justice,

 

open our eyes

 

to see you in the face of the poor.

 

Open our ears

 

to hear you in the cries of the exploited.

 

Open our mouths

 

to defend you in the public squares

 

as well as in private deeds.

 

Remind us that what we do

 

to the least ones,

 

we do to you.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

SHEEHY

 

Sean Sheehy

 

               

 

Wed, Sep 19, 12:43 PM (10 days ago)

 

               

 

to me

 

Where War or Peace Originate

 

   Mahatma Gandhi noted that “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” He also said that “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” A Christmas Song urges us: “Let there be peace on earth/and let it begin with me./Let there be peace on earth/the peace that was meant to be./With God as our Father/ Brothers all are we./Let me walk with my brother/ in perfect harmony.” God creates us to be the stewards of the earth and our stewardship is either wise or unwise, good, bad, or ugly. My mother used to say that there’s nothing wrong with the world except the people in it. The world doesn’t change us; rather we change the world by how we change our self in our thoughts, words and actions. By changing myself I change my world. Gandhi noted that, “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” Only Jesus can help us remake our self.

 

   It’s in remaking our self that we come face to face with who and what we are. We’re created by God in His image and likeness in our soul. But our human nature has been tainted by Original Sin and so we suffer from a fallen nature that’s prone to selfishness, sin and divisiveness. We can’t save our self from sin. Since only God can lift up our fallen nature He alone can save us from our sinful tendencies. He does this in the Person of Jesus Christ. He’s our Saviour. He carries out God’s Old Testament promise: “I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts. I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes, careful to observe my decrees.” (Ezek 36:26-27) God put that new spirit in us the day we were Baptized and renewed it in Confirmation. That day God remade us by freeing us from Satan’s grip through adopting us as His children. However, despite God placing His Spirit within us, we still have to choose to unite our spirit to His. God never forces us to observe His decrees. He respects our free will. The choice is ours – choose peace or war, good or evil.

 

   It’s not what’s outside of us that changes us but what’s inside. “It is not what goes into a man’s mouth that makes him impure; it is what comes out of his mouth … what comes out of the mouth originates in the heart and it is these that make him impure.” (Mt 15:11, 18) What originates in the heart begins in the mind. So what we fill our mind with takes root in our heart. That’s where peace or war begins. St. James, inspired by the Holy Spirit, confronts us by asking, “Where do wars and conflicts among you originate? Is it not your inner cravings that make war within your members? What you desire, you do not obtain, and so you resort to murder. You envy and you cannot acquire, so you quarrel and fight… You ask and you do not receive because you ask wrongly with a view to squandering what you receive on your own pleasures.” (Jas 4:1-3)

 

   The Holy Spirit revealed that, “Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every vile behaviour.” (Jas 3:16) This is how war starts both within us and between us. None of is immune to desires that are prideful, lustful, avaricious, covetous, wrathful, envious, slothful, and gluttonous. They are at war with the seven virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance. Jealousy and selfish ambition always create conflict both internally and externally. Jesus confronted the Apostles’ conflict over which of them thought he was the most important. He sat them down and informed them that the only acceptable ambition and only way to eliminate conflict was to be a humble servant practising hospitality especially to those whom society considered to be insignificant. “If anyone wishes to rank first, he must remain the last one of all and the servant of all. Whoever welcomes a little child for my sake welcomes me. And whoever welcomes me welcomes, not me, but the One who sent me.” (Mk 11:35, 37)

 

   To change our self and put an end to war within us and between us, we must fill our mind with God’s wisdom through meditating on the Holy Scriptures as faithfully interpreted and taught by Jesus’ One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Christian Wisdom is thinking, feeling and acting on our knowledge of Jesus Christ plus our experience of His presence in His Church plus common sense. St. James shows how that wisdom counteracts our warring passions: “Wisdom from above, by contrast, is first of all innocent. It is peaceable, kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. The harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.” (Jas 3:17)  War or peace begins with you and me. (frsos)

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Sheehy

 

               

 

Wed, Sep 26, 12:48 PM (3 days ago)

 

               

 

to me

 

Which Spirit Guides Yours?

 

   There are two basic spirits guiding the human spirit: the Holy Spirit and the evil spirit. God’s Spirit guides our individual spirit to Jesus. Satan, the evil spirit, leads us to godlessness, egotism, destruction, and eternal deprivation of love, joy, and happiness - hell. St. Ignatius of Loyola emphasized the importance of discerning which spirit is influencing our spirit so we can know whether we’re headed for consolation or desolation. Our spirit is always led toward either holiness or sinfulness.

 

   The Holy Spirit is the personification of God the Father’s and God the Son’s love for each other; a Spirit of unconditional love. When we invite the Holy Spirit to join our spirit He enables us to receive the gift of unconditional love which the Father and Son share with One Another. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us of His divine love for us. It always brings consolation. The Holy Spirit transforms us into God’s image and likeness. There we experience the joy of the Lord, our soul’s fulfilment, the peace that only Jesus can give.

 

   This Sunday Jesus’ Church reminds us that the Holy Spirit comes to those who invite Him. Joshua wanted Eldad and Medad stopped from prophesying because they weren’t present when the Spirit came upon the elders. Moses replied, “If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave His Spirit to them all.” (Num 11:25-29) Jesus encountered something similar when John reported, “Master, we saw one who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.” (Mk 9:38) Jesus responded, “You must not stop him; no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.” (Mk 9:39-40) The Holy Spirit always leads people to Jesus present in His Church where they can meet Him in the Sacraments and feel His love. Therefore, we should invite the Holy Spirit to direct our spirit every morning so we can experience God’s unconditional love throughout the day.  A popular hymn, “The Spirit Is A-Movin’ All over, All over this Land”,  reminds us that, “People are gatherin', the church is born,/The Spirit is a blowin' on a world reborn./ Old ones are dreaming dreams, and young men and women see the light./ Old walls are falling down, and people all over are speaking with each other./ Filled with the Spirit, we are sent to serve, we are called out together, we are called to work./ The Spirit fills us all with pow'r, to be God's witnesses to all we meet.”

 

   Satan is the evil spirit who hates God and therefore hates love. Satan “… brought death to man from the  beginning, and has never based himself on truth; the truth is not in him. Lying speech is his native tongue; he is a liar and the father of lies.” (Jn 8:44) The lies are: we can save ourselves from sin; I must put myself first; science alone has the answer to human fulfilment; Jesus’ Church isn’t necessary for salvation; death is the end of everything; sex is morally good outside marriage; everything is relative, no universal truths and norms.

 

   Satan’s goal is to convict us of sin and therefore does everything possible to tempt us. You and I are fair game for Satan’s lies since we’re prone to egotism and selfishness. Therefore easily tempted to rely for happiness on money, popularity, possessions, and pleasure gained at the expense of others. St. James warns: “… the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts … it was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; they offered you no resistance.” He reminds those who “live a life of comfort and luxury” that it will all collapse on them the day they die. (Jas 5:1-6) Satan’s influence is evident in war, violence, abortion, euthanasia, suicide, sexual immortality, etc., all based on lies. Satan not only leads the human spirit to self-destruction under the guise of power, popularity, licence, possessions, and pleasure, but also cultures. We see this in what St. John Paul II termed “the culture of death” in our world.

 

   Because Satan is constantly trying to lead people away from God, Jesus was very explicit in warning us to resist temptation. “But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck.” (Mk 9:41-42) He warned us  get rid of our hand, foot, eye if it causes us to sin, because it’s better to enter God’s Kingdom maimed than enter hell intact. (Mk 9:45-48) This is all the more reason to make sure we’re led by the Spirit that leads us to Heaven and not the spirit that leads us to hell. “Come, Holy Spirit, guide my spirit and kindle in my heart the fire of Your Divine Love that I may be created and with Your help renew the face of the earth. O God who instructed the heart of the faithful by the power of the Holy Spirit, grant that by that same Spirit I may be truly wise and share in His consolation through Christ our Lord. Amen.” (frsos)

 

Lourdes: Family seek answers over World War One 'miracle' cure

 

The family of a World War One soldier said to be cured of paralysis after a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France look to learn more about his history.

 

Jack Traynor from Liverpool took the waters in 1923 and his family said he was fully cured by it.

 

His descendants say he came home pushing his own wheelchair.

 

This story was shown in full on BBC Inside Out North West on BBC One on Monday 3 September, and is available via iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.   03 Sep 2018

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-merseyside-45402055/lourdes-family-seek-answers-over-world-war-one-miracle-cure

 

Resources From The Irish Bishops on the upcoming referendum can be found on www.chooselife2018.ie with a weekly online newsletter and features (available in porch). From the Irish Bishops “Our Common Humanity” “We believe that human life is sacred from conception until natural death and that Article 40.3.3 (8th Amendment) reflects the appropriate balance of rights. We ask God’s blessing and guidance on each member of our society in responding to the significant responsibility that we have to defend this right for the present generation and for the generations to come”. Let us support the dignity due to every unborn child, and support every woman, couple, and family in a crisis pregnancy.

 

Muintearas Iosa is 40 years old! celebrate with us!

 

For 40 years, Failte, Foghlaim and Guí have been at the heart of the young church (Eaglais Og) here in Limerick diocese.  Muintearas Íosa is a diocesan youth group that has been providing young people with opportunities to gather for a wide variety of experiences and in a wide variety of settings since 1978. Muintearas Íosa events vary from one day events, evening events, overnight stays to an annual 10 day stay in Brú na Gráige, in Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry. Members must be over 16.

 

 

 

On the Saturday after Easter we celebrate Muinteareas and we welcome all who have been involved over the years, and their families. All we ask is that you let us know how many are coming (so we have some idea of numbers), that you bring some food to share, and that - if you have photos or memories you're happy to share - that you share them to the email in the poster!   Thanks!

 

From Fr. McNamara.

                                                   HOLY WEEK FULL OF CHOICES

 

Heading into my third Holy Week in the Parish I am reminded that it’s a week full of choices and because of Calvary we are free to choose.  Here are some choices which I have put together for this very special week.  I hope you find them helpful.  

 

I CHOOSE LOVE………….

 

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness.  I choose love.  This week I will love Jesus and what Jesus loves.  

 

I CHOOSE JOY…………….

 

I will invite Jesus to be the God of circumstances.   I will refuse the temptation to be cynical.  I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, temples of God’s Holy Spirit, created by God.  I will refuse to see any difficulty or problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.  

 

I CHOOSE PEACE………….

 

I will live forgiven.  I will forgive so that I may live.  What is available to us at the Reconciliation Service in Listowel this Monday evening can help us enjoy Holy Week better.

 

I CHOOSE PATIENCE…....

 

I will overlook the inconveniences of daily living.  Instead of cursing, the one who takes my place I’ll invite him to do so.  Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray.  Instead of clinching my fist all I have to do, I will do them with joy and giving it my best.

 

I CHOOSE KINDNESS……..

 

I will be kind to the unkind, for such is how Jesus had treated me.  Nothing is won by force.  I choose to be gentle.  If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise.  There is loads more that could be added to these.  If I succeed, I will give thanks.  If I fail, I will seek God’s grace.  All of us can make this week Holy.