Archive for June 2015

Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul – Celebrated on 29th June

On this Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the principal patrons of Rome, we welcome with joy and gratitude the Delegation sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch, our venerable and beloved brother Bartholomaios, and led by Metropolitan Ioannis. Let us ask the Lord that this visit too may strengthen our fraternal bonds as we journey toward that full communion between the two sister Churches which we so greatly desire.
“Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod” (Acts 12:11). When Peter began his ministry to the Christian community of Jerusalem, great fear was still in the air because of Herod’s persecution of members of the Church. There had been the killing of James, and then the imprisonment of Peter himself, in order to placate the people. While Peter was imprisoned and in chains, he heard the voice of the angel telling him, “Get up quickly… dress yourself and put on your sandals… Put on your mantle and follow me!” (Acts 12:7-8). The chains fell from him and the door of the prison opened before him. Peter realized that the Lord had “rescued him from the hand of Herod”; he realized that the Lord had freed him from fear and from chains. Yes, the Lord liberates us from every fear and from all that enslaves us, so that we can be truly free. Today’s liturgical celebration expresses this truth well in the refrain of the Responsorial Psalm: “The Lord has freed me from all my fears”.
The problem for us, then, is fear and looking for refuge in our pastoral responsibilities.
I wonder, dear brother bishops, are we afraid? What are we afraid of? And if we are afraid, what forms of refuge do we seek, in our pastoral life, to find security? Do we look for support from those who wield worldly power? Or do we let ourselves be deceived by the pride which seeks gratification and recognition, thinking that these will offer us security? Dear brother Bishops, where do we find our security?
The witness of the Apostle Peter reminds us that our true refuge is trust in God. Trust in God banishes all fear and sets us free from every form of slavery and all worldly temptation. Today the Bishop of Rome and other bishops, particularly the metropolitans who have received the pallium, feel challenged by the example of Saint Peter to assess to what extent each of us puts his trust in the Lord.
Peter recovered this trust when Jesus said to him three times: “Feed my sheep” (Jn 21: 15,16,17). Peter thrice confessed his love for Jesus, thus making up for his threefold denial of Christ during the passion. Peter still regrets the disappointment which he caused the Lord on the night of his betrayal. Now that the Lord asks him: “Do you love me?”, Peter does not trust himself and his own strength, but instead entrusts himself to Jesus and his mercy: “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you” (Jn 21:17). Precisely at this moment fear, insecurity and cowardice dissipate.
Peter experienced how God’s fidelity is always greater than our acts of infidelity, stronger than our denials. He realizes that the God’s fidelity dispels our fears and exceeds every human reckoning. Today Jesus also asks us: “Do you love me?”. He does so because he knows our fears and our struggles. Peter shows us the way: we need to trust in the Lord, who “knows everything” that is in us, not counting on our capacity to be faithful, but on his unshakable fidelity. Jesus never abandons us, for he cannot deny himself (cf. 2 Tim 2:13). He is faithful. The fidelity which God constantly shows to us pastors, far in excess of our merits, is the source of our confidence and our peace. The Lord’s fidelity to us keeps kindled within us the desire to serve him and to serve our sisters and brothers in charity.
The love of Jesus must suffice for Peter. He must no longer yield to the temptation to curiosity, jealousy, as when, seeing John nearby, he asks Jesus: “Lord, what about this man?” (Jn 21:21). But Jesus, in the face of these temptations, says to him in reply: “What is it to you? Follow me” (Jn 21:22). This experience of Peter is a message for us too, dear brother archbishops. Today the Lord repeats to me, to you, and to all pastors: Follow me! Waste no time in questioning or in useless chattering; do not dwell on secondary things, but look to what is essential and follow me. Follow me without regard for the difficulties. Follow me in preaching the Gospel. Follow me by the witness of a life shaped by the grace you received in baptism and holy orders. Follow me by speaking of me to those with whom you live, day after day, in your work, your conversations and among your friends. Follow me by proclaiming the Gospel to all, especially to the least among us, so that no one will fail to hear the word of life which sets us free from every fear and enables us to trust in the faithfulness of God. Follow me!


Prayer for the family

We Are Family

Lord, God, we thank you for the gift of family. We acknowledge that our image and name as family come from you. We believe that within our family lies a homemade holiness. We affirm that it is in this household of faith that we experience your presence, your forgiveness, and your love.

We are Family. We give thanks to you for the many joys and blessings that have come to us through family. 
As a family we sometimes feel pain. And so we offer you our disappointments, frustrations, and hurts. Help us to forgive those members of our family, including ourselves, who have caused pain.

We pray for the strength to be a light within our family. May we open our hearts, our eyes, and our ears and carry our light to those in need.

God, Creator of the earth and all its people, help us to be mindful that, as members of one global family, we are equal in your eyes. Help us to continue to appreciate the diversity of persons in our homes and in our world. As members equal in human dignity, may we build a better world and proclaim our willingness to be the holy people you call us to be.



Michael Corrigan, Johnny Butler, Willie Lyons and Sean Corrigan photographed recently with their Daughters at St Mary’s Church Cloghan on the day of their Confirmation

In Loving Memory

Let us remember those who have gone before us and who’s anniversaries occur at this time.

Next weekend we remember especially in our prayers, Ann & Jimmy Devery as well as Tom, Susie & Sheila Flynn


Almighty God, through the death of your Son on the cross, you have overcome death for us.

Through his burial and resurrection from the dead you have made the grave a holy place and restored us to eternal life.

We pray for those you died believing in Jesus and are buried with him in the hope of rising again.

God of the living and of the dead, may those who faithfully believed in you on earth praise you forever in the joy of heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord


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Willie Moran who’s Month’s Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 5th July at 11.30am

Banagher Servers tour to Wicklow – Wednesday 24th June

Today as our young people who serve in our Church enjoy a trip away, we pray for those who serve and for a greater awareness of the need to serve others.


Father, allow me to serve others with a joyful heart

Never keeping score

Always giving

Never expecting to receive

Allow me to give of myself

To give of my talents and my goods

To give of my time and of my energy

To give of my heart and of my soul

Help me understand the needs of others

Never criticizing, never demeaning

Never scolding, never condemning

You have been so gracious to me

Always loving, always forgiving

Always restoring

Never gloating over my defeats

Even when I have been so wrong

Father, keep a condemning spirit

Far from my heart and further from my lips

Allow me to serve others as You serve

With gentleness, compassion and tenderness

Never diminishing the worth of another

Choosing to extend mercy to the broken hearted

Like you have repeatedly shown it to me.




Open my eyes that I may see the deepest needs of men, women and children

Open my eyes that I may see the deepest needs of men, women and children

Move my hands that they may feed the hungry

Touch my heart that it may bring warmth to the despairing

Teach me the generosity that welcomes strangers

Let me share my possessions with people in need

Give me the care that strengthens the sick

Help me share in the quest to set prisoners free

In sharing our anxieties and our love

Our poverty and our prosperity

We partake of your divine presence





Pro-Life Rally : Saturday July 4th (Contact Fr.Pierre RE: Bus)

Almighty God, our Father, you who have given us life

And intended us to have it forever

Grant us your blessings

Enlighten our minds to an awareness and to a renewed conviction

That all human life is sacred

Because it is created in your image and likeness

Help us to teach by word and the example of our lives

That life occupies the first place, that human life is precious

Because it is the gift of God, who’s love is infinite

Give us the strength to defend human life

Against every influence or action that threatens or weakens it

As well as the strength to make every life more human in all it’s aspects






Remembering those who’s Anniversaries occur at this time

* Remembering in our thoughts and prayers, all those who have gone before us in the light of Christ

God our Father

Your power brings us to birth

Your providence guides our lives

And by your command we return to dust

Lord, those who die still live in your presence

Their lives change but do not end

I pray in hope for my family, relatives and friends

And for all the dead, known only to you alone

In company with Christ who now lives

May they rejoice in your kingdom

Where all our tears are wiped away

Unite us together again in one family

To sing your praise for ever and ever



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Alice Madden                                                         Seamus Grogan


* Also remembering Edward, Mary, PJ & Ned Dolan whose Anniversary Masses will be celebrated this weekend





Baptism is the sacrament that frees man from original sin and from personal guilt, that makes him a member of Christ and his Church, it is thus the door to a new and supernatural life.

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Graveyard Development – This Tuesday 6pm

A word of thanks to all who turned up during the week to help prepare the pathway.

This Tuesday at 6pm. we will be filling the pathway with chippings .

We are looking for volunteers to help out.

If you can come, your help would be greatly appreciated.

Wheel-barrows and rakes needed.

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You can begin again

Regret can become a major pastime, if you haven’t accomplished what you had hoped for. For example, the teacher wishes he had become an accountant and the accountant wishes he’d become a doctor. Perhaps you planned to leave a legacy, but t date all you have left is a series of unfulfilled dreams. It’s not to late, you can begin again if you are prepared to pursue your dream and pay the price. Don’t listen to the complainers and the critics who have settled for less – your goal shouldn’t be only to live long but to make a difference in the world and to glorify God in so doing.

Many people have ‘begun again’ and have subsequently accomplished great things. For example, after World War 2, Winston Churchill didn’t retire but went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Heinrich Schliemann retired from business to search for Homer’s legendary city of Troy and found it. For each of us it is always possible to begin again.