21 Mar 2018

Breaking News! - Franky (Pope Francis) is coming to town - UPDATED

It is official, at the weekly General Audience in Rome this morning Pope Francis has confirmed that he will attend the World Meeting of Families to be held in Dublin in August 2018. 

Updates to follow...............



Irish Independent


Bishops warmly welcome Pope Francis to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has warmly welcomed the announcement today by the Holy Father Pope Francis that he will attend part of the 9th World Meeting of Families which will take place from 21 – 26 August in Dublin on the theme, ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’. 

Pope Francis, who is 81 years of age, will arrive in Dublin on Saturday, 25 August, and will take part in the ‘Festival of Families’ in Croke Park.  The Festival of Families is the faith-based cultural concert of the World Meeting of Families six-day programme.  The next day, Sunday 26 August, Pope Francis will be the chief celebrant at Holy Mass in the Phoenix Park and this liturgy will bring to a conclusion the World Meeting of Families 2018.  Full details of the papal schedule will be released at a later date.

The bishops said, “On behalf of the faithful of Ireland we warmly welcome today’s announcement, by the Holy Father himself, that he plans to visit Dublin in August for the World Meeting of Families.  We are deeply honoured that Pope Francis will come to our country to participate in this universal Church celebration of faith and joy, as well as of the contemporary challenges which face families.  With great anticipation we also look forward to hearing the apostolic guidance of His Holiness during his stay with us.”

Bishops continued, “Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, as President of the World Meeting of Families 2018, has been charged with undertaking the significant task of organising this global celebration and each of the other 25 dioceses on the island of Ireland is supporting the host diocese to ensure its success for the whole country and for the world.  We eagerly await the visit of Pope Francis which no doubt will be an occasion of spiritual renewal for our laity, religious and clergy as well as a strengthening of Christian family life.

“The preparations for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin are benefiting from the 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops in Rome which discussed the role of the modern family in the world and how the Church should respond.  Both synods were hosted by Pope Francis and were preceded by a worldwide consultation.  The subsequent publication by the Holy Father, in April 2016, of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (the Joy of Love), represents the fruit of these synods as he reflected on the significance of the deep mutual love of spouses and on their love for their children for the good of humanity and for the stability of society.”

Also today in Rome two Irish families presented the official World Meeting of Families 2018 ‘Icon of the Holy Family’ to Pope Francis during his weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Square.  The Tobin family are from Co Kildare and the Bushell family are resident in Rome.  The delegation was led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, President, and Father Timothy Bartlett, Secretary General, of the World Meeting of Families 2018.  The group also included the iconographer Mr Mihai Cucu.


Vatican News - Pope Francis to visit Ireland for World Meeting of Families
The Irish Catholic - Rome confirms Pope’s Ireland trip
The Catholic World Report - Pope Francis will travel to Dublin Aug. 25-26 for family gathering

18 Mar 2018

18th March 2018 - St Mary's Cathedral Limerick celebrates 850th anniversary

On this weeks programme John and the team are joined by Dean Niall Sloane to discuss with is the fact that St Mary's Cathedral is celebrating its 850th anniversary this year. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some other odds and ends.

You can listen to the full podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Celebrating 850 years - St Mary's Cathedral Limerick

Dean Niall Sloane from St Mary's Cathedral joins us on this weeks programme to talk to us about this year’s festivities which are celebrating and promoting the Cathedral’s roles in city life including – community, civic, cultural, educational, ecumenical, musical, sporting and tourism to mark  its 850th anniversary. Highlights of the year include a visit from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and a special service of thanksgiving. 

Each month the Cathedral will highlight a figure associated with Saint Mary’s and there will also be a tangible dimension to the celebrations as each month will focus on a charity or cause based in or around Limerick.

Speaking at the start of the year, the Dean, the Very Rev’d Niall J. Sloane said ‘Saint Mary’s holds a very special place in the city of Limerick and its citizens.  It has been a royal palace – no doubt, a place of story-telling, feasting and celebrations.  Over the succeeding centuries it has witnessed unique events, welcomed countless people through its doors and marked key moments in the lives of Limerick people. 

Today, as it continues to be a place of pilgrimage and prayer, it has a unique role to play within all aspects of city and diocesan life.  The central theme of our celebrations in 2018 will be opening our doors to all and forging links with Limerick and beyond so that we may echo the Christian message of faith, love and witness."

You can listen to the interview with Dean Niall excerpted from the main programme podcast HERE.

Check out the cathedral's website, Twitter feed and Facebook page.

Gospel - John 12: 20-30

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast
came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,
and asked him, "Sir, we would like to see Jesus."
Philip went and told Andrew;
then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them,
"The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.
"I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?
'Father, save me from this hour'?
But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.
Father, glorify your name."
Then a voice came from heaven,
"I have glorified it and will glorify it again."
The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder;
but others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
Jesus answered and said,
"This voice did not come for my sake but for yours.
Now is the time of judgment on this world;
now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
And when I am lifted up from the earth,
I will draw everyone to myself."
He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.
Reflections on this Sunday's gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 1, 5th week of Lent

Saints of the Week 

March 20th - St Clement of Ireland
March 21st - St Enda
March 22nd - St Nicholas Owen SJ
March 24th - St Macartan
March 25th - Palm Sunday - feast of the Annunciation of the Lord is moved to 9th April 

17 Mar 2018

A St Patrick's Day potpourri

Christ be with me,
Christ be beside me,
Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me,
Christ be at my right hand,
Christ be at my left hand,
Christ be with me everywhere I go,
Christ be my friend for ever and ever.

Who is St Patrick? - A reflection with Fr Micháel Liston

Originally broadcast on 17th March 2013, a dear friend of the programme, Fr. Micheal Liston, joins John and Ann Keily to celebrate the solemnity of St. Patrick (Patron Saint of Ireland). 

Fr. Micheal introduces St. Patrick as someone who suffered a lot in his youth, but in the middle of all his suffering, he became conscious of God's presence and love. Fr. Micheal encouraged us to set aside the external celebrations of St. Patrick's day to look at the model of St. Patrick as someone who had discovered the mysterious presence of God in his life. We are invited to reflect on the reality that God is here with us as He was for Patrick. God is fond of us. God has time for us. 

St. Patrick is also a great model of how we should respond to God's grace in our lives. Patrick recognised his own limitations and the abundance of God's grace working in his life. Fr. Micheal invited us to confess, as Patrick did, that with all our limitations, it is God who has done this good work in our lives. Patrick gives glory to God, because the glory is God's. God has a sheer ghrá (affection/love) for us and we are called through prayer and humility to imitate Patrick by responding to God's grace and love with a spirit of self-giving and gratitude. This is the true spirit of Patrick.

You can listen to Fr Michael's reflection HERE (podcast) and HERE (Dropbox link).

iBenedictines - St Patrick and Slavery

Message of Archbishop Eamon Martin for Saint Patrick’s Day 2018
From the Cathedral City of Saint Patrick in Armagh, I am delighted to connect with the Family of the Irish, at home and abroad.  With you this year, I am very much looking forward to the World Meeting of Families, to take place in Dublin at the end of August. 
Family is all about ‘connection’.  Family connects us to a home, ‘ár muintir féin’ the people who are our flesh and blood.  It links us to a community, a parish, a county and an ever-expanding network of people and places.  Family also connects us to a history and culture, a language and tradition, to our ‘DNA’, our roots, to our past, present and future.  For many of us Family connects us to faith and values, to baptism and the community of believers.  I pray that Ireland’s hosting of the World Meeting of Families will enable families, especially those who know and love Ireland,  to ‘connect’ and ‘re-connect’ at a whole variety of levels, both with each other and with the wider ‘family of families’ that is their Church.
On this Saint Patrick’s day, I am praying especially for those for whom the connections within family life are broken by distance, by disagreement or breakdown, or simply by the pace and distractions of fast-moving everyday life in the twenty-first century.  Sometimes we are so busy that families lose touch or drift apart for want of quality time spent together.  Simple things like telling each other how we are feeling, eating together, making the effort to be in each other’s company, sharing memories and news of what’s happening in each other’s lives, and of course praying together even for a few moments – these are the links that connect and re-connect families with each other.
‘Críost linn, Críost romhainn, Críost in ár ndiaidh, Críost istigh ionainn – Christ with us, Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ within us’ (from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate).
On this feast of our Patron Saint, I bless from Ireland families all over the world, as Saint Patrick often did, in the name of God as a ‘Family of Persons’ – Father, Son and Spirit – and I pray that God will be in your heart, home and family today and always. 

Archbishop Warda video message to annual Armagh Saint Patrick’s Lecture
On 16th March, the eve of Saint Patrick’s Day, the two Archbishops of Armagh, Archbishop Eamon Martin and Church of Ireland Archbishop Richard Clarke participated in the annual Saint Patrick’s Lecture reflecting on the ministry and legacy of our National Patron, Saint Patrick. As part of this year’s event, Archbishop Bashar Warda, Archbishop of Erbil in Iraq, addressed the audience in a specially prepared video message for the event. Archbishop Warda is Archbishop of one of the world’s oldest Christian communities which is now facing extinction. Archbishop Warda once lived in Ireland for two years, last visiting in 2011, where he spoke on the persecution of Christians in Iraq at Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Dundalk, Co Louth. 

15 Mar 2018

“Hell on earth”: The impact of seven years of war in Syria

March 15th marks the 7th anniversary of the current conflict in Syria. Irish aid agencies Trócaire and Concern Worldwide are part of the response to this crisis.

Read more about Trócaire's work HERE.

Read more about Concern's response to the crisis HERE.

To have a bit of a practise before the big day...................

Dóchas linn Naomh Pádraig,
St. Patrick is our hope
Aspal mór na hÉireann,
The great apostle of Ireland
Ainm oirirc gléigeal,
A bright and splendid name
Solas mór an tsaoil é.
The great light of the world
D'fhill le soiscéal grá dúinn
Returned to the gospel we loved
ainneioin blianta 'ngéibheann,
despite years in jail,
Grá mór Mhac na páirte
d'fhuascail cách ón daorbhroid.

Sléibhte, gleannta, mánna.

The hills, glens and plains
'S bailte móra na h-Éireann,
And the towns of Ireland
Ghlan sé iad go deo dúinn
He cleansed them for ever for us
Míle glóir dár Naomh dhíl.
A thousand glories to our beloved saint
Iarraimíd ort, a Phádraig,
We ask you, Patrick,
Guí orainne, Gaela,
To pray for us, Irish
Dia linn lá 'gus óiche
May God be with us day and night
'S Pádraig Aspal Éireann.
And Patrick apostle of Ireland

14 Mar 2018

Two Lives, One Love – Pastoral message for 2018 on the right to life

During their Spring General Meeting this week in Maynooth, the Bishops of Ireland reviewed their pastoral message Two Lives, One Love and today publish a revised edition as part of their contribution to the national conversation on the right to life:
1. Introduction
Having consulted carefully with members of the lay faithful, both women and men, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference wishes to offer the following considerations as a contribution to the present national conversation on the right to life.
The Catholic Church recently concluded a Jubilee Year of Mercy. This initiative of Pope Francis was celebrated by the universal Church and it called on us to be open both to God’s mercy in our lives and to ways of being more merciful to others especially those who are vulnerable. While the Constitution celebrates the equality of the mother and the unborn child in its Eighth Amendment, we have an obligation to be at our most compassionate, our most merciful, if and when the expectant mother and father and their unborn child require support during a crisis pregnancy. This support must be more than words. Public resources should be applied in a practical and in a creative way. Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interests of every generation and it defines us as a society.
We believe that human life is sacred from conception until natural death and that Article 40.3.3 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.
Some people argue that the right to life of the unborn should be a matter of personal choice on the part of the mother. Others argue that, while they are opposed to abortion as a general principle, they believe that there are some children to whom the right to life does not apply either because they have been diagnosed with a serious medical condition or because they have been conceived as a result of rape. We wish to state our firmly held belief, based on reason as well as faith, that there is no such thing as a human life without value. We accept, of course, that death is part of our human condition. What we reject is the suggestion that any person can decide when it is time for another person to die.
2. The Right to Life as a Fundamental Personal Right
Article 40 of the Constitution has the heading “Personal Rights” and is situated in a section entitled “Fundamental Rights”. In this way, long before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was promulgated by the United Nations, the Irish people recognised the fundamental nature of rights such as the right to life, the right to liberty, the right to the privacy of one’s home and the right to freedom of speech.
Fundamental human rights are different from civil rights. While civil rights are the rights given by law to citizens in a particular society, fundamental human rights belong to every person simply because he or she is a person. Fundamental human rights are not “given” by society and they cannot be taken away by society.
Fundamental rights are “acknowledged” in constitutions and charters and “vindicated” in the application of the law. They are what the United Nations refers to as the “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family”.[i]
Article 40.3.3, sometimes referred to as the Eighth Amendment, reads:
“the State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right”.[ii]
The deletion or amendment of Article 40.3.3, would serve no purpose other than to withdraw the right to life from some categories of unborn children. To do so would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.
During the current debate some have argued that abortion itself is a human right. We see this view as being inconsistent with an integral understanding of human rights. We would point out that the European Convention on Human Rights requires that “everyone’s right to life shall be protected by the law”.[iii] The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as meaning “every human being below the age of eighteen years unless, under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier”. No distinction is made between born and unborn children.[iv]
We invite your attention to a number of aspects of Article 40.3.3, which we believe to be significant:
• In this Article, the State does not concede the right to life to the unborn, but acknowledges that right as a fundamental right, which belongs to the unborn by virtue of his or her being a person. A person is an individual member of the human family, to use the description given in the Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
• Article 40.3.3 describes the right to life of the unborn as “equal” to the right to life of the mother. It quite rightly does not place the right to life of the unborn above that of the mother.
• Article 40.3.3 does not guarantee, in all circumstances, to be able to defend and vindicate the right to life of the unborn, any more than it can in the case of people who are born and living in our towns and villages. The State does, however, guarantee to respect the right to life of the unborn in its laws, just as it does in the case of other persons.
The right to life is unique, of course, because, in the absence of that right, no other civil or natural right can be exercised, either now or in the future.
3. The Unborn as Persons
We would ask you to consider carefully the reality of what happens in the life of each human being, between conception and birth. There is no moment as developmentally significant as the moment of fertilisation, in terms of defining the beginnings of personal existence. There is no logical or scientific basis for considering, on the one hand, a born child to be a person with all the rights that this involves and, on the other hand, an unborn child to be a non-person. The distinct identity of a human individual is already present once fertilisation has taken place. Everything else is simply the process of growth and development of a person who has already embarked on the journey of life.
For us, as Christians, there is no conflict between faith and reason. Just as reason leads us to recognise the continuity of every human life, from fertilisation to natural death, so faith allows us to see each person as having his or her origins in the intention of God and his or her fulfilment in eternal life. This belief, expressed in various ways in the Bible, is presented very beautifully by Pope Francis in his 2016 publication The Joy of Love. He says:
“The gift of a new child, entrusted by the Lord to a father and a mother, begins with acceptance, continues with lifelong protection and has as its final goal the joy of eternal life. ….. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the “property” of another human being.”[v]
4. The Power of Language
We wish to refer briefly to the use of language with reference to unborn children. Words like “foetus” and “embryo” and “zygote” have specific technical meanings. We question why, in public discourse, healthy unborn children are always referred to as “the baby” while those who, in the opinion of some, do not measure up to expectations are routinely defined as the “foetus” or the “embryo”. We are concerned that language is being used with the intention of depersonalising certain categories of unborn children in a way which seeks to normalise abortion.
5. The Positive Effects of Article 40.3.3 – A Culture of Life
Many thousands of Irish people are alive as a direct result of the enactment of the Eighth Amendment, who might otherwise never have been born. This is partly because there was an inevitable interval between the thought of having an abortion and that thought being put into action. That interval allowed women, often with the support of family members, partners or pregnancy care agencies such as our own Cura, to consider other, more constructive, options.


Five years ago: white smoke, Habemus Papam and Francis' first words

11 Mar 2018

A man despised and rejected by men

Introduction to the Catholic Life

From time to time here on SS102fm we like to promote some interesting blogs we come across so check out this new initiative from Scotland!

Introduction to the Catholic Life 
The Pint, the Mic, and the Cross – Four Scottish Catholic guys trying to live out the Catholic life – the so called ICL

"As people of the youth demographic of the Church in western society, we are often subject to a culture which has rather brazenly told God that he is no longer needed. According to most of the things we see, hear, and read, the most important person in your world is not God, but is in fact you: you are the highest good and the highest power in the universe. No pressure. On behalf of all us at ICL, I can say that this new way of looking at the world didn’t sit all that well and so we thought we’d do our part in trying to change it.

Staying Catholic in this culture is difficult and, if a lone effort, near impossible. Practicing your Catholic faith is not typically supposed to be a lonely endeavour. In fact, when we think about heaven being that place where all the faithful are united with God, practicing our faith with others makes all-the-more sense. This has spiritual benefits of course, but also many practical ones: most notably, I think, the encouragement we give one another.

I remember once visiting a church in the centre of Rome and shortly after I sat down in the pew. I found myself slightly bored. After a few moments of looking around appreciating the art and architecture on a purely surface level I stood up to walk out, and just before I did I caught a glimpse of a group of young people in a side chapel at the front of the church- their foreheads were touching the pew in front of them and they were all motionless, in prayer. I looked at them, sat back down, and got my rosary beads out.

We all need that encouragement in the faith every now and again- and this is, in part, our motivation behind releasing our new podcast: to inform, encourage, and hopefully to give a few laughs to an online community of Catholics who strive to live The Catholic Life.


Check out their blog HERE and have a listen to their podcasts.

Some web browsing............

Pope: there are no threats in the confessional – only forgiveness

Sr. Caritas’ 10 things you will not regret doing before you die

Meet the four-legged Franciscan 'friar' 

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar 
Pope institutes new celebration of Mary, Mother of Church - Pope Francis inserts the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, into the Roman Calendar on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday.
Our Lady is a gift of the Trinity - The publication announcing the addition of the Memorial of Mary Mother of the Church to the General Roman Calendar sparked a discussion on Facebook. Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary, Congregation for Divine Worship joins in.

Our declining empathy and ability to see God

Archbishop Romero’s Winding Path to Sainthood 

I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Elder Corps at 68—and never looked back.

The Shame and Liberation of Lent

Movie on Irish nun killed in earthquake to premier in Derry

Voices of Faith International Women's Day conference in Rome - here - Mary McAleese talk starts 9 minutes in. 
McAleese did not make pro-abortion remark
McAleese’s ‘misogynistic’ challenge deserves a hearing, says Archbishop of Dublin
Women activists make strategic choice to steer debate past priesthood 
Ex-Irish leader says pope in Dublin will face mix of hope, skepticism
Dialogue must serve truth, Catholic leader says in response to women's conference
Claiming my feminine priesthood started early

Pope Francis: Christianity isn't a 'shortcut' – it takes faith, morals

British Archbishops call on Israeli Government to protect holy sites in Jerusalem 

Supreme Court decision clears way for referendum - This ruling makes the forthcoming referendum more important than ever, according to the Iona Institute, which said that the Eighth Amendment is now the “only constitutional protection” that children have before birth.
In Ireland, unborn children's rights axed ahead of abortion repeal vote
Public prayer is vital to win referendum - Former MEP appeals for support for Rosary at the Mass Rock initiative which takes place on 18 March 2018 all over Ireland.
Thousands rally against bid to loosen Irish abortion laws 
Late Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan used to fight abortion, said it 'crushes' women's self-esteem
Facts will convince many young people to vote no to repeal - Katie Ascough: Students must be presented with both sides of abortion debate

10 Mar 2018

11th March 2018 - Reflecting on the real St Patrick

On this weeks programme Michael Keating joins the SSs102fm team to reflect on the upcoming celebration of St Patrick's Day when all the world decides it is is Irish for a day and asks who was the real St Patrick? We have our regular reflection on this Sunday's gospel from St John as well as liturgical odds & ends and some notices.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

Who was the real St Patrick? with Michael Keating

Michael Keating rejoins the SS102fm to reflect on the upcoming celebration of our national day and asks the question who was St Patrick? Like so many Christian feasts and festivals, St Patrick’s Day has been somewhat hijacked - St Patrick has about as much to do with a pint of Guinness as St Valentine has to do with a box of chocolates and a romantic meal for two. But what does this saint, so strong in missionary zeal and about whom we know very little, have to do with our modern day celebrations?

While we have many legends about St Patrick, it is makes sense to look to see what writings the saint himself has left us which are regarded as some of the earliest literature from Ireland to discover who he was. The answer to the question comes from his Confessio itself. 

"My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers. I am looked down upon by many. My father was Calpornius. He was a deacon; his father was Potitus, a priest, who lived at Bannavem Taburniae. His home was near there, and that is where I was taken prisoner. I was about sixteen at the time.  
At that time, I did not know the true God. I was taken into captivity in Ireland,along with thousands of others. We deserved this, because we had gone away from God,and did not keep his commandments. We would not listen to our priests, who advised us about how we could be saved. We have gone aside from your commandments … we have not listened to your servants the prophets".The Lord brought his strong anger upon us, and scattered us among many nations even to the ends of the earth. It was among foreigners that it was seen how little I was." 

In the very opening paragraphs of the autobiography, St Patrick offers a meditation on the gift of faith and the praise that we owe in return to God for such a gift. Perhaps this is St Patrick’s greatest relevance, particularly in a culture that seems increasingly hostile to declarations of faith. He refuses to stay quiet; his evangelising zeal comes from knowing that he must speak to others of Christ:

“That is why I cannot be silent – nor would it be good to do so – about such great blessings and such a gift that the Lord so kindly bestowed in the land of my captivity. This is how we can repay such blessings, when our lives change and we come to know God, to praise and bear witness to his great wonders before every nation under heaven.”
The Royal Irish Academy have published a booklet of the Confessio by Padraig McCarthy which is freely available online HEREThe other writing of St Patrick that comes down to us in the Book of Armagh is his Letter to Coroticus, appealing for the return of Irish Christians who had been taken in a slave raid.

Both are written in a very easy to read style which makes sense if you consider that Patrick's education was interrupted when he was taken as a slave. Have a look and a quick read through as it is not very long or difficult and as they say, hear it straight from the horses mouth.

We should enjoy the celebrations of St Patrick’s Day, but also remember Christ’s call to conversion in our lives; a call to conversion and change that St Patrick felt so strongly that he left behind everything he had and followed Jesus so that he might bring the gospel to others.

You can listen to Michael's reflection excerpted from this weeks programme HERE.

Gospel - John 3:14-21

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 4; 4th week of Lent

Saints of the Week

March 12th - St Mura McFeredach
March 13th - St Gerald of Mayo
March 14th - Bl Philip of Turin
March 16th - St Finian Lobhar
March 17th - Solemnity of St Patrick, Principal patron of Ireland 

8 Mar 2018

Rally for Life - 10th March 2018

Rally for Life Dublin

Saturday 10th March 2pm at Parnell Square Dublin city centre.

Please come along to stand together to SAVE mothers and babies from abortion, and Save Ireland's Pro Life 8th Amendment.


Please join us.  www.rallyforlife.net

Ph. 01 8730465  
Bus from Limerick Ph. 085 2044791  or 086 1542832 - Philip

iCatholic - Trócaire Lenten Campaign 2018

Pope Francis: People don't have to pay for priest to pray for them at Mass, it's free

Upcoming canonisations in Rome - Rome Reports

The Pope's Prayer Intentions - March 2018 - Formation in Spiritual Discernment

International Women's Day

Letter of Pope John Paul II to Women 1995

This word of thanks to the Lord for his mysterious plan regarding the vocation and mission of women in the world is at the same time a concrete and direct word of thanks to women, to every woman, for all that they represent in the life of humanity. 

Thank you, women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail. This experience makes you become God's own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides your child's first steps, who helps it to grow, and who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life. 

Thank you, women who are wives! You irrevocably join your future to that of your husbands, in a relationship of mutual giving, at the service of love and life. 

Thank you, women who are daughters and women who are sisters! Into the heart of the family, and then of all society, you bring the richness of your sensitivity, your intuitiveness, your generosity and fidelity. 

Thank you, women who work! You are present and active in every area of life-social, economic, cultural, artistic and political. In this way you make an indispensable contribution to the growth of a culture which unites reason and feeling, to a model of life ever open to the sense of "mystery", to the establishment of economic and political structures ever more worthy of humanity. 

Thank you, consecrated women! Following the example of the greatest of women, the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word, you open yourselves with obedience and fidelity to the gift of God's love. You help the Church and all mankind to experience a "spousal" relationship to God, one which magnificently expresses the fellowship which God wishes to establish with his creatures. 

Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world's understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.