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Golden Jubilee of Fr. Pat Tansey at the Covenant Mass in June


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 31/05/2012

Fr. Tansey and Fr. Duncan at the ShrineThe Mount Carmel group would like to welcome everyone to our covenant Mass on Monday 18th June at 7.30pm at the Shrine. On the occasion of  this Covenant Mass in June we celebrate with joy and gratitude Fr. Tansey’s Golden Jubilee of Priestly Ordination.  Perhaps we can take our theme as a comment on the fifty years of priestly service of Father Tansey. The theme of our Covenant Mass is:  “We should have only one passion: To belong completely to God, to completely serve God and do his work.”  (more…)

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The Spirit Of Life


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 27/05/2012

Here are some words of Pope Benedict recently, that fit in so well with the Celebration of Pentecost: The kingdom of God is not a concept, a doctrine, or a program subject to free interpretation, but it is before all else a person with the face and name of Jesus of Nazareth, the image of the invisible God. Unfortunately, it is God Himself who is excluded from the horizon of so many persons, and when the discourse on God does not meet with indiffer-ence, closure or rejection, it is never-theless relegated to the subjective realm, reduced to an intimate and private event, marginalized from the public conscience. The heart of the crisis that wounds Europe passes through this abandonment, this lack of openness to the Transcendent. (more…)

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God of my Life – New Series of Kentenich Talks


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 25/05/2012

Kentenich Talk 1 God in my LifeYou are invited to the new series of Kentenich Talks. The talks, given by Fr. Duncan McVicar, are on three Wednesdays in June starting at 7.30pm: The first talk is on Wednesday 13th June (God’s Will for me), the second on June 20th (God’s Love Story with us) and the last in the series on 27th June (Here I am Lord!). In this Year of the Shrine we consider how we can discover God in our lives through our Faith in Divine Providence. To download the invitation brochure click here  (more…)

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A life looking towards God


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 23/05/2012

Welcome to our Taste and See Mass on  June 10th starting with Mass at 3.30pm and followed by a shared meal. Finishing at 5.30pm. During the Easter Season we read from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans that Our Lord now lives a life that looks towards God and that we (through our Baptism) should be dead to sin and live a life that looks towards God (Rom 6:11). Our challenge after celebrating Pentecost is to bring that joy of looking towards God in life into the lives of many. We can make a start with our own family and friends. Invite some to our Taste and See Mass in June. To download the invitation click here.

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The Lonely Ember


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 21/05/2012

A member of the Parish Church who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the Parish Priest decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The Parish Priest found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his Parish Priest’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The Parish Priest made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the Parish Priest took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet fascination. As the one lone ember’s flame diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and “dead as a doornail.” Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. Just before the Parish Priest was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediate-ly it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the Parish Priest reached the door to leave, his host said, “Thank you so much for your visit Father, and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday.”

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Covenant Mass in May


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 16/05/2012

The Anam Cara group would like to welcome everyone to our covenant Mass at the Shrine on Friday 18th May 2012 at 7.30pm .The theme of our Mass is:  ‘The Covenant of Love – The Roots and Foundation of our Family Life’ In our families, our parents and grandparents are our role models, our teachers, our guides and our security as we grow from children and mature into adulthood. Most importantly, they pass on to us the gift of faith. In our Schoenstatt family, we are blessed with a spiritual parent in the person of Mary, our Blessed Mother who  challenges us to live this faith every day in our own lives. (more…)

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I Will Move The Rock


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 14/05/2012

A man was sleeping at night in his house when suddenly his room filled with light and the Saviour appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do and showed him a large rock in front of his house. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain. Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, Satan decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man’s mind such as: “You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn’t budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it.” Thus giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure, these thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man even more. “Why kill myself over this?” he thought. “I’ll just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort, and that will be good enough.” And that he planned to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.  “Lord,” he said, “I have laboured long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?” To this the Lord responded compassionately… (more…)

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