Website Sisters of Adoration and Reparation, Belfast
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Website Sisters of Adoration and Reparation, Belfast
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
When we see the Film, the Passion we see only some of the sufferings of Christ. I don't think we will ever know what Jesus went through for us, at least not in this life anyway.
Lord Jesus help us to stay close to You at the Foot of the Cross with Mary, our Mother and the Faithful Disciple John. Let us never despair or lose hope in the Church, despite all the chaos and dissension, and always remember that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
The Most Reverend Charles J. Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland and Titular Archbishop of Aquileia, delivered the 10th annual Keeley Vatican Lecture entitled "The Catholic Church in Ireland and Pope Francis: Legacy and Transformation".
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
A Dublin Priest recently expressed from the pulpit at Mass, his own sexual orientation and also his support for so called 'gay marriage'. What he did
(by announcing this at the Holy Mass) is very wrong but we should pray for the Priest and also for the Archdiocese of Dublin.
The Church's teachings states that those men who have a homosexual orientation should not go forward for the Priesthood. Full Document here: Vatican - Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders
Such persons, in fact, find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women. One must in no way overlook the negative consequences that can derive from the ordination of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies.
Monday, January 12, 2015
and unborn babies diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
The home of St. John Paul II, home of Divine Mercy, Krakow, Poland.
This is all happening in the Providential care of Christ who continues to bring His Divine Mercy
to the world which needs it so desperately....Pray for this occasion ...
We conclude the work of the ninth ordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to consecrated life and its mission in the church and in the world, with this celebration. We close them on a Saturday—a day traditionally dedicated to the mother of God. Therefore, we address ourselves to Mary in a particular way in today's eucharistic sacrifice, borrowing the words of thanks from the Magnificat, which the church repeats every day in the Liturgy of the Hours: "He has done great things for me." <Fecit mihi magna.>
Vatican Council II was a "great thing" for the church, which could correctly be defined as the most significant ecclesial event of our century. On the background of this first and fundamental "great thing," given to us by the Lord, other "great things" can be recognized, achieved by him during the recent past. The institution of the Synod of Bishops may surely be placed among these, which by now has its own history, developed during the post-conciliar period. This last synodal assembly can now be recorded in its history, which was greatly expected and—we all hope—not less fruitful than the preceding ones.
The more traditional Catholic religious orders are the Orders that are growing in number throughout the world. Young women reject religious orders which have assimilated too much with the world. Many of these diminishing religious orders have forsaken the religious habit and many have also embraced false philosophies such as new age and non Christian philosophies. You can easily see this on their websites which are dull and lacking in any form of Catholicity. Young people will not follow or join a community which has completely lost its own identity. They want a new challenge, something which revives their spiritual lives and asks more of them than the world and all that it offers. They wish and desire with all of their hearts to follow Christ and Him alone.
In Ireland we need more religious houses for nuns and we need Novitiates here also. New Foundations which adhere to the Teachings of the Church are badly needed here, particularly orders which are both contemplative and active. Many Vocations have been lost over the past thirty years here in Ireland because there are very few, especially of the active religious orders which have remained faithful to their original charism and faithful to the Teachings of Christ and His Church.
Let us pray for that to change and for new Religious Houses to be set up here in Ireland to renew and also make reparation in our Church.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Return to the Male Altar Servers and you will also get more Vocations to the Priesthood
Video Link: Nova Eva - The Altar Server - server of the eternal High Priest
Upholding the Church's Teaching on Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will also encourage Vocations to the Priesthood
It is important to remember that the Church's teaching on the distribution of the Holy Eucharist says the following here: Vatican - Redemptionis Sacramentum
[157.] If there is usually present a sufficient number of sacred ministers for the distribution of Holy Communion, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion may not be appointed. Indeed, in such circumstances, those who may have already been appointed to this ministry should not exercise it. The practice of those Priests is reprobated who, even though present at the celebration, abstain from distributing Communion and hand this function over to laypersons.
[158.] Indeed, the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion may administer Communion only when the Priest and Deacon are lacking, when the Priest is prevented by weakness or advanced age or some other genuine reason, or when the number of faithful coming to Communion is so great that the very celebration of Mass would be unduly prolonged. This, however, is to be understood in such a way that a brief prolongation, considering the circumstances and culture of the place, is not at all a sufficient reason.
I felt very strongly today that I would never go to a Lay Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion again at Mass in any Church. By going to an E.M of Holy Communion, I feel that I too would be a participant in this disobedience. The disobedience is occurring where Extraordinary Ministers are used at every Mass, including early Morning and at all Daily Masses where there is no need for them. This is clearly going against the Teachings of the Church and giving bad example to young people learning about their faith. All of this disobedience and lack of reverence towards Jesus in the Eucharist has led to a decrease in Vocations to the Priesthood and undermines the Priesthood itself and the Sacredness of the Vocation as well as the Sacredness of the Holy Mass. We all have a part to play in renewing our Church and each one of us can do something no matter how small to restore the Priesthood and the Respect due to Christ in the Eucharist and to also make reparation for all the offenses against Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I know there are very good people who do this work in the Church but as it says above, they are 'extraordinary' and should not be used at every Holy Mass as they now are. There should be no rush to receive Holy Communion and by having one Priest distribute, it gives more time for reflection and thanksgiving and would bear greater fruit for the Church.. Our Church has become over laicized and this is contributing to the lack of Vocations to the Priesthood. So please let us all reflect more on Who we receive at Holy Communion and become more familiar with the Church's teaching on the Sacraments and the Priesthood.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Video Link: Vocations to the Priesthood (School and Classroom, RCIA, Confirmation Resource)
The UK Catholic Church has a higher number of Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life than Ireland. They also have a greater emphasis on proper Catechesis and training for young Catholics. Since the visit of Pope Benedict XVI (now Emeritus), vocations have bloomed.
The Video above ends at about 14.30 minutes with questions on the content of the Video put up afterwards. Its a very powerful video. God bless all those who participated and who produced this wonderful resource.
Prayer for Vocations
O Mary, Mother of Jesus! Obtain for fervent souls the grace to hear and the courage to follow Your Divine Son in the path of religious perfection.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of Virgins, pray for us.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
This Year 2015 this blog dedicated to Pray for and Encourage Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life for Ireland and to Authentic Catholic Renewal in our Church
Link for above video: Ascension Press - I will Follow
Let us today begin to pray for Holy Vocations to the Priesthood for Ireland especially. Pray for your Diocese, your Bishop and your Priests. Encourage and pray for all young men in your Parish. Don't push the faith on them, give witness, invite them to retreats, days of Prayer, provide retreats in your Parish, provide Days of Prayer for young people, encourage more Confession, show a good video on the Saints, the Church, the Priesthood in your Parish, have a Holy Hour of Adoration devoted to Priests and Vocations. Light a candle each day to the Lord of all Creation, who continues to call men to the Priesthood. Give Him the chance to get through to them. Pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and to the Saints to send more men to the harvest. Have the Holy Mass offered for this intention also. There are so many ways to pave the way for the Lord to reach those He is calling and it is up to each of us to make an effort to do something through prayer and action for the Church and ultimately for Christ and His work of salvation.
Prayer for Vocations from St. John Paul II
Monday, January 5, 2015
Finding Authentically Catholic Books go to the National Bible Society of Ireland, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
I know many people now perhaps buy their books online. But if you wish to find good Catholic books on the street, you may be surprised to find them at the Bible Booksellers on Dawson Street, Dublin 2 where you will find quite rare books as well. There they have a vast supply of Bibles both Christian and Catholic. I found today the old 1966 version of The Jerusalem Bible which I purchased.
So if you want to find many of Pope Benedicts writings, St. John Paul II's writings as well as writings from the great Saints, good prayer books, a big selection of Scripture study books (various Christian writers as well as Catholic), books on the Liturgy, Divine Office etc etc. It is a fascinating old bookshop which is very easy to browse around and there is an excellent service there available if you want to order books. The staff are very friendly and helpful if you have problems finding a book. They also take some second hand books as well.
And they have a website at www.biblesociety.ie
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Full Text at the Website of the Diocese of Shrewsbury here: Diocese of Shrewsbury - Bishop of Shrewsbury encourages the faithful to reflect upon the ‘vocation and mission’ of the family
Also you can read Bishop Davies' Christmas homily here: Bishop of Shrewsbury homily at Midnight Mass
May the Lord bless Bishop Mark Davies, a true Shepherd to his people. I always look forward to his homilies and teachings. I hope that more would be done here in Ireland for Vocations most especially to the Priesthood. My own small efforts at encouraging vocations is a blog called Come Follow me, herehttp://comefollowmesaysthelord.blogspot.ie/ and also through daily prayer and lighting a candle for a holy Vocation to the Priesthood each day.
Video Link: Mary's Meals - A Look Back at 2014
In the midst of a turbulent world and constant 'bad news' it is wonderful to see the joyful faces of those in this video from so many countries who have benefited from the charity 'Mary's Meals'. This is such an uplifting sight to see, to see children dancing and smiling with overflowing joy at receiving such simple gifts. May the Lord bless this great charity in abundance in the coming year and Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow especially, and each and every volunteer that helps in bringing new life and hope to so many in need around the world.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
---Homily at Mass for the Solemnity,of the Nativity of the Lord, December 25, 2008