Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Silence from our prime minister

Fr. Dennis talks about the brutal murder of the ISIS killing of 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel who was brutally murdered by terrorists in France yesterday.

The Bishops of France decided that there will be a national day of prayer and fasting for the entire country this Sunday. The president said that France is now at war.

And where does Justin Trudeau stand on this atrocity? As a Catholic himself (or so he says), and leader of Canada, one would think he speak out. But no. Just silence.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Return to Ireland - the people

The people of Ireland. Maureen put this video together of some of the pictures of the people of Ireland.

One thing Fred and I both noticed about the people we met in Ireland. They are very gracious. And they have an amazing sense of humour. They weave these lovely character traits into everything they do and say.

From the musicians, to the residents of Lahinch, to the servers in the pubs and restaurants, to the owner of the house we stayed in, to the priests who said Mass and carried the Eucharist through Lahinch on Corpus Christi. All are lovely genuine people. No wonder I love the fact that my roots are from County Clare.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Novena to our Lady of Perpetual help for Canada

The Feast day for Our Lady of Perpetual Help is Monday June 27th.

This is an invitation for you to join many others who will be praying a Novena to Our Lady asking for Her intersession for the intentions related to euthanasia and assisted suicide as listed below.

The Novena starts this Saturday June 18 and ends on June 26. 


        -  for the abolition of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada and in 
                the world,
        -  for the of conscience rights of health care professionals and others  
               who may be required  to participate in anyway, and of institutions,  
        -  for the protection of children and the vulnerable from these acts.


Oh Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your powerful name, the protection of the living and the salvation of the dying. Purest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, Blessed Lady, to rescue me whenever I call on you. In my temptations, in my needs, I will never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary, Mary. What a consolation, what sweetness, what confidence fills my soul when I utter your sacred name or even only think of you! I thank the Lord for having given you so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering your name. Let my love for you prompt me ever to hail you Mother of Perpetual Help. Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me and grant me the favor I confidently ask of you.

(Three Hail Marys) our-lady- of-perpetual- help.html

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Year of Mercy pilgrimage

This is the year of Mercy. Maureen made a mini pilgrimage yesterday to our own Holy Door at Notre Dame Cathedral. Here is her post on this wonderful Year of Mercy.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Return to Ireland - Fleadh Nua part two

Well we are back home in Canada. The land of moose, maple syrup and eh. Great to be home but I miss the rolling hills, the narrow roads, the grand scones, and the lovely people. And the music.

Videos I took at the Fleadh Nua in Ennis.

One more video here of the children dancing.

The one of the little girl dancing was taken in O'Connell Square.

The others are with Yvonne Casey and company, and were taken at the Bia Agus Caife. I love the casual and seemingly effortless way these musicians play.

Thanks to Pete McNamara for the picture he took of us at the Burren.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Return to Ireland - The Mass

While here in Ireland, I have been able to attend Mass at three different places, Ennis (the Franciscan Friary), Lahinch, and Corofin.

The priests here really inspire me. It's almost as if instead of saying the Mass, they experience the Mass. I feel as if they are including the congregation in the Mass, and that we are the Apostles.

It has been such a blessing to be able to witness these priests and be present at their masses. During the week the priest has no altar servers and no readers. Usually there is no music and no choir. There are no ushers on Sunday. Mass is shorter. Mass here seems simpler. But it is always inspirational and very reverent.

Sometimes I wonder if we in Canada over-produce our Masses. That we make them too complicated, instead of just being with Jesus and the apostles on the night before Jesus died. There's nothing wrong with beautiful hymns at Mass, but it is also lovely to have silence where we can quietly meditate.

I also noticed the first couple of times we attended Sunday Mass in Lahinch, that collections were being taken outside the church for different causes. I assumed these were Church sanctioned causes. But then at the end of the Mass on the second Sunday, the priest said from the altar that he didn't think it right that these collections take place, that outside the church was not the right place. And they stopped, I haven't seen those collections since. I can't imagine a Canadian priest saying something like that from the pulpit. But the priest was right.

I love going to Mass wherever I am and feel blessed that I can do it often. When I return to Canada, I will remember being at Mass here and how I felt, sharing the Body and Blood of Christ with the priest as Jesus, and with the other Apostles.