Fr. Joe's Rumblings

DEAR ARCHBISHOP…..

We have been talking about you in the past few days. I guess it’s important to be clear who the ‘we’ is. By ‘we’ we mean those of us here in the Faith Community of St. Matthew’s in Ballyfermot, I include myself, here in the Bunker, from where I write every week. I think this…

HEY! WHAT ABOUT THE WISE WOMEN?

Wise men? The three kings? Astrologers from the East? This can all sound a bit vague. Today, January6th, is the day we remember them. ‘A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey:’ The Journey of the Magi (1927) T.S. Eliot Actually…

CHRISTMAS DAY CHALLENGE

(If you could manage it, there’s a lot of winners in it!) NOTE: This is only for girls and boys who are over 15yrs, three months and two days old. Everybody else should be just let get on with munching on reindeer cakes and guzzling drinking chocolate! However this is for the rest of us!…

DREADING CHRISTMAS?

How many shopping days left? How many sleeps? Still time left to get Confession Not sure yet which Mass, maybe Midnight in Matthews! Do you remember last year? To think that all that started over soggy sprouts Trying to remember that it’s about making others happy Going to surprise a few people with a little…

URGENT WARNING ABOUT DECEMBER 24TH!!

Just fifteen shopping days left! Just fourteen sleeps left! We are all familiar with this type of countdown but I have been wondering about a different type of countdown. How about: Just fifteen days left to get the ‘soul weeding’ done? Just fifteen days left to get the ‘cradle of my heart’ ready? Just fifteen…

RONCALLI? IS IT A NEW CHIPPER?

‘What is this Roncalli thing that they are talking about?’ ‘It’s a new thing. A fella said to me the other day he thought it was a new take away like Macari’s or Fuscardi’s, or maybe a pizza place, but it’s not, it’s something to do with the Church’. The Archbishop was asked could Roncalli be…