Archive for August 2017

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock 2017

A pilgrimage is a ritual journey with a hallowed purpose. Every step along the way has meaning. The pilgrim knows that life giving challenges will emerge. A pilgrimage is not a vacation; it is a transformational journey during which significant change takes place. New insights are given. Deeper understanding is attained. New and old places in the heart are visited. Blessings are received and healing takes place. On return from the pilgrimage, life is seen with different eyes. Nothing will ever be quite the same again.

Macrina Wiederkehr,
Behold Your Life, p. 11


Our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 3rd September. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm with The Anointing of the sick and Mass will be celebrated at 3pm

Newsletter – 27th August






Learning to listen to those older and wiser than myself

‘Oh I’ve had my moments and if I had to do it all over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day’ – Nadine Stair on her 85th birthday


There is nothing like the wisdom and advice of an older person. They have lived life to the full, they have learned from mistakes made. They have experienced many ups and downs, sorrow and joy. They have journeyed through sweeping changes and transition. They have put their trust in lasting values, a deep faith and strong foundations. As a society, we are the biggest losers if we don’t listen to their many gems of insight and advice, but in the frantic pace of modern life they are often forgotten. Is there an older person living near me ? Can I make contact, offer help or stop for a chat? Better again, can I make time to listen to all of their wisdom ?

Newsletter – August 20th







Accept yourself

Peace bequeath you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give. This is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid – John 14: 26-27


Peace has been given many descriptions. It is not just an absence of war, nor is it simple harmony. True peace is not the same as tranquility. Tranquility is external whereas peace is internal. It is an inner state of calm. Everyone longs for it, few find it fully and we are reminded that it is a precious gift from God. The invitation is to allow ourselves to be loved and if we love, we will find a greater peace than we ever imagined. For all this to happen, we need to accept ourselves as we are, the ugly and the beautiful in each of our lives, the good and the bad, our strengths and our weaknesses. We acknowledge those parts of our lives that are worried or anxious and we pray especially for God’s peace and calm.

Newsletter – 12th August







Newsletter – 5th August







Juicy gossip or positive conversation ?

Conversation is like a boat. If everyone crowds on the one side, it sinks. It needs balance to keep it afloat – Marjorie Pither


Mobile phone companies tell us that we, as a nation, love to talk on our phones. We spend more time talking on our phones than any of our European neighbors. We are good at conversation and use it to brighten up every moment and occasion. Sometimes our conversations can be negative or critical of other people. Our conversations, at times, can be juicy gossip and as a result, puts us and others very much off balance. It is up to us to bring the balance back in. If our conversations tend to be negative or critical, why not try something that is uplifting and more positive. Prayer, no matter what form it takes, is a conversation with God. It can be a great step forward in bringing some overall balance into our lives.