Wednesday, 20 August 2014
The Traditional Latin Mass pilgrimage will take place in Knock on September 6th .
The pilgrimage will begin with a Missa Canatata at 2pm followed by Stations of the Cross and then Benediction. All ceremonies take place in the Parish Church.
Knock Shrine has a traditional Latin Mass every second Sunday of the month at 5.30pm in the Parish Church.
Friday, 15 August 2014
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Most Rev William Crean has accepted the resignation from office of V. Rev Tom Browne, PP Youghal, V. Rev. Dan Gould, PP Killavullen, and V Rev. Neilus O’Donnell, PP, Rathcormac,to come into effect on 6th September.
Bishop Crean has made the following appointments in the Diocese of Cloyne with effect from Saturday September 6th:
V Rev David Herlihy, PP Newmarket, to be PP Youghal
Rev Francis Manning, CC Macroom, to be PP Newmarket
Rev Eamon McCarthy, CC Freemount, to be CC Macroom
V Rev Michael Leamy, Adm Cobh, to be PP Rathcormac
Rev John McCarthy, CC Cobh, to be Adm. Cobh
Rev Gerard Condon, Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education, to be PP Killavullen and Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education (Post-Primary)
Rev Jim Killeen, Pastoral Coordinator, to further studies
Rev Jim Moore, CC, Mallow, to be Diocesan Secretary
Rev Paul Bennett, further studies, to be CC Mallow
Rev Patrick Relihan, Chaplain, Colaiste na Trionoide, Youghal, to further studies
Rev Michael Murphy, CC Youghal, to sabbatical leave
Rev Patrick Corkery, CC Inch, to be CC Youghal
Rev Damien Lynch, CC Fermoy, to be chaplain Colaiste na Troinoide, Youghal
Rev Mark Hehir, seconded to Diocese of Cork and Ross, to be CC Fermoy
Rev Gabriel Burke, CC Carrigtwohill, to be CC Mitchelstown
Rev James Greene, CC Mitchelstown, to be CC Carrigtwohill
Rev Sean Corkery to be Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education (Primary) and Director of Adult Faith Formation
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
King Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, is it true that you do not serve my gods, and that you refuse to worship the golden statue I have erected? When you hear the sound of horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, or any other instrument, are you prepared to prostrate yourselves and worship the statue I have made? If you refuse to worship it, you must be thrown straight away into the burning fiery furnace; and where is the god who could save you from my power?’ Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘Your question hardly requires an answer: if our God, the one we serve, is able to save us from the burning fiery furnace and from your power, O king, he will save us; and even if he does not, then you must know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the statue you have erected.’ These words infuriated King Nebuchadnezzar; his expression was very different now as he looked at Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. He gave orders for the furnace to be made seven times hotter than usual, and commanded certain stalwarts from his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the burning fiery furnace.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar sprang to his feet in amazement. He said to his advisers, ‘Did we not have these three men thrown bound into the fire?’ They replied, ‘Certainly, O king.’ ‘But,’ he went on ‘I can see four men walking about freely in the heart of the fire without coming to any harm. And the fourth looks like a son of the gods.’
Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego: he has sent his angel to rescue the servants who, putting their trust in him, defied the order of the king, and preferred to forfeit their bodies rather than serve or worship any god but their own.’
To the Jews who believed in him Jesus said:
‘If you make my word your home
you will indeed be my disciples,
you will learn the truth
and the truth will make you free.’
They answered, ‘We are descended from Abraham and we have never been the slaves of anyone; what do you mean, “You will be made free”?’ Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
everyone who commits sin is a slave.
Now the slave’s place in the house is not assured,
but the son’s place is assured.
So if the Son makes you free,
you will be free indeed.
I know that you are descended from Abraham;
but in spite of that you want to kill me
because nothing I say has penetrated into you.
What I, for my part, speak of
is what I have seen with my Father;
but you, you put into action
the lessons learnt from your father.’
They repeated, ‘Our father is Abraham.’ Jesus said to them:
‘If you were Abraham’s children,
you would do as Abraham did.
As it is, you want to kill me
when I tell you the truth
as I have learnt it from God;
that is not what Abraham did.
What you are doing is what your father does.’
‘We were not born of prostitution,’ they went on ‘we have one father: God.’ Jesus answered:
‘If God were your father, you would love me,
since I have come here from God;
yes, I have come from him;
not that I came because I chose,
no, I was sent, and by him.’
In the Gospel the listeners of Jesus emphasise they are descendant from Abraham. Our faith is based on a relationship with Christ and through Him we have entered the community of love , The Blessed Trinity.
That relationship has an effect on our lives. Like the three lads in the first reading, sometimes those decisions can bring us into difficult situations. Yet through their persistence in following God's Law the three lads change the kings attitude.
We, too, can have a similar effect on people. At times we may feel that we are alone, but like the lads in the fire, we will always have God and His angels with us. Through our faithfulness to the ways of God we too can change attitudes in people and bring about conversions.
Today we pray that we may deepen our relationship with Christ and allow that relationship to be seen in our everyday life.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
The Israelites left Mount Hor by the road to the Sea of Suph, to skirt the land of Edom. On the way the people lost patience. They spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in this wilderness? For there is neither bread nor water here; we are sick of this unsatisfying food.’
At this God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to Moses, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede for us with the Lord to save us from these serpents.’ Moses interceded for the people, and the Lord answered him, ‘Make a fiery serpent and put it on a standard. If anyone is bitten and looks at it, he shall live.’ So Moses fashioned a bronze serpent which he put on a standard, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.
God has given His people so much, He has brought them out of slavery in Egypt, He has worked mighty deeds for them, namely, dividing the Red Sea, allowing them to walk through it and then allowing the Egyptians to die in it. He has led His people by day as a cloud and at night as fire. He has fed and watered them. Yet they have turned from Him. God has punished them with the snake bite but out of love He has also given them the remedy, a bronze serpent raised up.
God has given us so much yet at times we can be like the wandering Hebrew, we turn from God. We can drift into sin which leads to the snake bite and the poisoning of our soul . We to have a remedy, not a bronze serpent raised, but Christ Himself raised on the cross.
Through His death and resurrection Christ Himself has become our healer through the sacraments. He comes especially to heal our sins through the sacrament of confession.
We can also use the passion of Christ as a preventative measure in overcoming impatience or boredom with God. We ought to meditate on the passion of Christ frequently. We should get into the habit of meditating on the Gospels passion scenes at least weekly.
By meditating on the passion we are constantly reminded of how much Jesus has suffered for us, how great His love is for us. Meditating on the passion helps us to keep the kettle of love on the boil, it helps increase our fervour and strengthens our zeal.
Meditating on the passion of Christ will help us overcome sin and when we do sin, help us to repent.
Friday, 4 April 2014
The godless say to themselves, with their misguided reasoning:
‘Our life is short and dreary,
nor is there any relief when man’s end comes,
nor is anyone known who can give release from Hades.
Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us
and opposes our way of life,
reproaches us for our breaches of the law
and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing.
He claims to have knowledge of God,
and calls himself a son of the Lord.
Before us he stands, a reproof to our way of thinking,
the very sight of him weighs our spirits down;
his way of life is not like other men’s,
the paths he treads are unfamiliar.
In his opinion we are counterfeit;
he holds aloof from our doings as though from filth;
he proclaims the final end of the virtuous as happy
and boasts of having God for his father.
Let us see if what he says is true,
let us observe what kind of end he himself will have.
If the virtuous man is God’s son, God will take his part
and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies.
Let us test him with cruelty and with torture,
and thus explore this gentleness of his
and put his endurance to the proof.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death
since he will be looked after – we have his word for it.’
This is the way they reason, but they are misled,
their malice makes them blind.
They do not know the hidden things of God,
they have no hope that holiness will be rewarded,
they can see no reward for blameless souls.
Jesus stayed in Galilee; he could not stay in Judaea, because the Jews were out to kill him.
As the Jewish feast of Tabernacles drew near, However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went up as well, but quite privately, without drawing attention to himself. Meanwhile some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Isn’t this the man they want to kill? And here he is, speaking freely, and they have nothing to say to him! Can it be true the authorities have made up their minds that he is the Christ? Yet we all know where he comes from, but when the Christ appears no one will know where he comes from.
Then, as Jesus taught in the Temple, he cried out:
‘Yes, you know me
and you know where I came from.
Yet I have not come of myself:
no, there is one who sent me
and I really come from him,
and you do not know him,
but I know him because I have come from him
and it was he who sent me.’
They would have arrested him then, but because his time had not yet come no one laid a hand on him.
As we come closer to the end of Lent, the division between Christ and His enemies become greater. Their hatred of Christ intensifies.
While the Gospel will brings us to the climax of Holy Week, the Old Testament readings will, in a way, supply the reasons for the antagonism towards Christ.
In the first reading we see the attitude of those who are against the virtuous man, Christ is THE man of Virtue, You and I are baptised into Christ so too we are Christs in the world.
The attitude of the world to us will be the same as their attitude to Christ. They would rather be rid of us and how that happens they do not really care. You and I will, in various degrees, suffer in some way for being Christians.
Christ is the light and we shine that light into the world. Christ is also Life and we too bring life to the world. The followers of the world prefer darkness The world prefers death. We see that clearly in the west, as belief in God has decreased the laws bringing about death have increased, abortion euthanasia, contraception. Way back in the 60's when people starting looking to legalise abortion , they said it would only be in extreme cases. Pro lifers at the time where ridiculed because they predicted an extension of abortion and also euthanasia. Yet that is what exactly happened in many countries and is continuing to happen. Children who are considered non viable whether pre born or born are considered fair game. Children over 12 can now legally be killed in Belgium, The same country has never prosecuted any of the doctors who have confessed to killing sick children.
All things thing have happened before, whether it is anti life measures like abortion of euthanasia, whether it is anti family like contraception, divorce or same sex marriage, none of these are new.
The Church was born in the midst of one such culture, the Roman empire. Christians were hated then because of their stance on such issues. Through out history these things have come and gone, the only constant in the last 2000 years had been Christ and His Church. Empires have come and gone, civilisations will come and gone, but Christ is the same today as He was yesterday and as He will be tomorrow.
You and I are christs in the world we bring light to its darkness, we bring life to its death. We do so because we follow Him who died and rose again. Jesus has already had the victory, He triumphed over death and His light shines in the darkness. Yes, we may at times have to suffer, but through that suffering we come to the resurrection. The passion of Christ leads to the resurrection. Good Friday becomes good, because of the resurrection.
Today then we pray to recommit ourselves to the Lord and His Church, to seek to bring His Light and Life to the world no matter what comes our way.