It is reported in the Irish Catholic this week that the cause for canonisation of 6 Irish priests and 2 others of Irish descent is going to Rome. These are included with 73 others who were
martyred during conflict in Korea between 1950 and 1953. They are very much venerated in Korea now if not well known here in Ireland. It is good to hear of such heroes especially when we have to acknowledge the abuse that other priests meted out about which we sadly hear so much.
Our attention was drawn last week to Pope Francis’s penitential visit to Canada to apologise for how 150,000 native Indian people were forcibly confined in institutions run
by Catholic religious and mistreated there between 1870 and 1997. It is the Irish Catholic
that continues to keep us aware of these and other issues that are important for us to
We continue on an experimental basis with our evening Mass on Thursdays at 7pm. So far it’s going well and more people are getting to know about it. The main idea is to give those who are working an opportunity to attend Mass during the week. However, we are using the opportunity to do things a bit differently, and so we are celebrating these Masses in the back chapel. And all are welcome to join us.
At these Masses we encourage those present to share their understanding of what the readings are about and what they mean for their lives. This is something that deepens our faith but there are not many opportunities to do so. Moreover, if our Faith is to be passed on to future generations, we must learn how to do so and to support each other with our prayer.
As mentioned last week, somehow we will have to generate more money in order to keep the parish going. We need a few more members for our Fundraising Committee in order to get started. We would also suggest that, now as we are becoming more accustomed to cashless transactions, people might find it more convenient to contribute to the parish by direct debit for which forms are available.