“Wherever I shall be, I intend to imagine myself to be together with all the creatures in the Cenacle in Jerusalem where the Apostles received the Holy Spirit. I shall remind myself to renew this desire often. As the Apostles Continue reading QUEEN OF APOSTLES
Homily for the funeral Mass of Fr. Noel O’Connor, SAC, 16th May 2019. A very warm welcome to our Community chapel, we gather here several times daily to pray and to celebrate Mass. We are gathered for our final Mass Continue reading FR. NOEL’S FUNERAL: Homily by Fr. Derry
Judas leaves the warmth and light of the Upper Room, separates himself from the grace of the Eucharist, and goes out into the cold night to betray Jesus for whom this must have been one of the most difficult moments Continue reading JOY BEYOND SORROW: Mental Health Awareness Week
Our brother Noel died peacefully in the Hospice in Blackrock this afternoon at 15.15. Noel was transferred to the Hospice on Tuesday of last week and he spent the last days surrounded by care, compassion and companionship. Michael Irwin and myself, along Continue reading FR. NOEL O’CONNOR SAC R.I.P.
She is one of the most beautiful expressions of womanhood I have ever met and in that she was also a most beautiful expression of who God is. With her I felt safe and redeemed, loved and admired. As I Continue reading Helen Mahon UAC R.I.P.
When I was small we all looked forward to the first of May – long before the Bee Gees wrote their beautiful song – when the leaves were fresh on the trees and the sun seemed to shine most of Continue reading FIRST OF MAY: When I Was Small
Red the life vest of the oarsman. Red the wide-rim hat of a smiling cyclist. Red the lips, the dress of a woman walking into the sun. Red the fluttering shirt of a young man running. Red the coat of Continue reading 40 Years Red
From Notre Dame to Sacre Coeur: Easter 2019 It was Tuesday morning when I heard the news that Notre Dame de Paris had gone up in flames the evening before. Having seen it three years ago and, more importantly, having Continue reading From Notre Dame to Sacre Coeur: Easter 2019
I Kiss the Wounds (a prayer for Good Friday) I kiss the Wounds of Your Sacred Head, with sorrow deep and true, may every thought of my mind today be an act of perfect love for You. I kiss the Continue reading I KISS THE WOUNDS
“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, silence the pianos” The words of Funeral Blues by W H Auden remind me of when my grandfather died. Everything stopped – literally. Curtains were closed, the clock was stopped, the radio Continue reading HOLY WEEK: Stop All The Clocks, Cover The Statues