Twenty First Sunday of the Year 21 August 2011

Posted on 24. Aug, 2011 by in Bishop, News

My dear friends, There is a popular tale associated with the Dominican Republic which features a king who got it into his head that he would like to touch the moon. “Why not,” he said, “I am king.  What I want, I get.  I want to touch the moon.”  So he summoned the best carpenters […]

Twentieth Sunday of the Year 14 August 2011

Posted on 18. Aug, 2011 by in News

Homily My dear friends, They say it is not possible to measure the power of love.  To love is to be filled with a power which will not be denied.  It’s extraordinary what parental love can enable parents to do and what sacrifices it can draw from them.  We see this especially in the case […]

Feast of the Assumption 15 August 2011

Posted on 18. Aug, 2011 by in News

Homily My dear friends, The Scripture readings of today’s Mass offer us at least two dramatic presentations.  All the readings are from the New Testament and were written down after Jesus had completed his mission on earth and returned to the Father.  The First Reading gives us a visionary and artistic picture of the Incarnation; […]

Mass of Sending for World Youth Day 6 August 2011

Posted on 11. Aug, 2011 by in News

Homily My dear young friends, Tomorrow week, when you board your plane in Belfast bound for Madrid, you will undoubtedly feel a great buzz of excitement and expectation.  The fund-raising has been successful; your preparations are behind you and you will be looking forward to sharing a full week of religious and cultural events with […]

Eighteenth Sunday of the Year 31 July 2011

Posted on 03. Aug, 2011 by in News

Homily My dear friends, On the last Sunday of July each year great crowds gather from all corners of Ireland and beyond to climb Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain.  About twenty thousand people usually travel to County Mayo on that day.  With the assistance of a wooden staff in their hands and in the company […]