17 Sep 2017

Some web browsing............

Pioneering youth priest awarded Limerick Person of the Month - Fr Chris O’Donnell made national headlines when a campaign was launched by hundreds of young people appealing to Pope Francis to keep him in Limerick.

WMF2018 is a call to renew the Church – Archbishop Martin - Thousands pour into Knock as countdown to World Meeting of Families next year begins and preparatory programme is launched.

New WMF2018 icon to visit all 26 dioceses - The icon, which was written by Mihai Cucu, will be accompanied by petition boxes, and contemplative communities around Ireland have agreed to take petitions collected from families and to pray for them during the coming year.

Counting down to family congressMags Gargan speaks to the Secretary General of World Meeting of Families

Eighth Amendment is a beacon of hope thirty-four years on 

Pro life groups reject support by Dr Rhona Mahony for repeal of Eighth Amendment

Millennial and monastic: It doesn’t get more counter-cultural than that

Pope Francis in Colombia: True freedom is found in courageous discipleship

Why ‘Good Pope John’ fits as patron saint of Italian army

Catholic youth have something to say – and the Church is listening

This Bible Was Found Melted To A Piece Of Steel From 9/11 Ground Zero

Pope: The cross without Christ’s hope is ‘spiritual masochism’ 

A little bit of 'youthful euphoria' is healthy for Christian life, Pope says

Amid downpour, Bishops consecrate Scotland to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Epiphany, Ascension moved back to original dates in England and Wales

Reverend Trevor Sargent remains green

Memento Mori: How a skull on your desk will change your life

In new book, Pope Francis says he consulted a psychoanalyst, speaks about the women in his life

Freed Indian priest Fr Tom meets Pope Francis 
Fr Tom thanks the world for their prayers 
Fr. Tom to Pope Francis: I offered my suffering for you and the Church 
Kidnapped priest recounts harrowing 18-month ordeal
Father Tom describes his experience in the hands of kidnappers

Australian priest rips confession proposal as government 'intrusion'

From Catholic Herald - John AllenFr John Baldovin SJRita FerroneFr Hugh Somerville-KnapmanArchbishop Arthur RocheFr Michael RyanJoseph ShawJohn Thavis and Fr John Zuhlsdorf comment on the new Motu Proprio on liturgical translations.

A Controversial Restoration That Wipes Away the Past 

The Pope In Myanmar. The Violent Face of Buddhism

17th September 2017 - Sharing Vocation Stories: Fr JJ O'Riordan CSSp

On this weeks programme, John and Shane are joined by Fr JJ O'Riordan from the Redemptorist's in Limerick city who shares with us his vocation story. We have our regular run through of the celestial guides for the coming week, some local notices and a rather short reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel!

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

Sharing Vocation Stories: Fr JJ O'Riordan CSSp

On this weeks programme we have another interview in our multi-annual series of sharing vocations stories. This week Fr JJ O'Riordan who is a Redemptorist currently in ministry at Mt St Alphonsus in Limerick shares with us his vocation story. 

You can listen to Fr O'Riordan's interview excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Gospel - Matthew 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,"Lord, if my brother sins against me,how often must I forgive?As many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a kingwho decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting,a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back,his master ordered him to be sold,along with his wife, his children, and all his property,in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.'Moved with compassion the master of that servantlet him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servantswho owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,'Pay back what you owe.'Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'But he refused. Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prisonuntil he paid back the debt. Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,they were deeply disturbed, and went to their masterand reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,as I had pity on you?'Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturersuntil he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you,unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart."

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
Sunday Reflections
English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week IV, twenty-fourth week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

September 18th - St Joseph of Cupertino
September 19th - St Januarius
September 20th - St Andew Kim Teagon & Companions
September 21st - St Matthew
September 22nd - St Maurice
September 23rd - St Padre Pio

14 Sep 2017

14th September - Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Homily for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Fr Martin Browne OSB
Glenstal Abbey
14th September 2017

On Good Friday each year, after we have listened to the account of the Lord’s Passion according to John and prayed for the needs of the whole world, the Holy Cross is carried through the church. It is unveiled in stages. All are invited to come and adore. And then that is what we do. One by one… What some traditions used to call ‘creeping to the Cross’… Genuflecting… Kissing the Cross. … Or simply touching it with our hands or our foreheads. It’s solemn and slow. Identifying with Christ in his sufferings and joining our sorrows to his in a special and very holy ‘communion’.

Yet, in the midst of our meditations on the sufferings of Christ, our hearts are turned to praise. In one of the oldest of all Christian acclamations we cry, in Greek: ‘Hagios o Theos! Hagios ischyros! Hagios athanatos, eleison imas!’ (‘Holy God! Holy Mighty One! Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us!’) Even as we mourn with him, we praise the One who was lifted up for our salvation. We praise him because we recognise that because the Son of Man was lifted up, we who believe in him have eternal life.

And that is the tone of today’s celebration too. The opening chant said that ‘We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’. And that is what we do. We ‘glory’ in the Cross, not because we have some fixation with misery and torture. We ‘glory’ in the Cross, not because we are stuck at Christ’s death and aren’t able to appreciate his Resurrection. No. We ‘glory’ in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ because in him ‘is our salvation, life and resurrection, and through [him] we are saved and delivered’.

St Ephrem said that the ‘suffering of the Gracious One is the key of his treasures’. The Wood of the Cross is the real Tree of Knowledge. It is the Tree of Life that overcomes the tree of Adam’s sin in Eden. As we sing on Good Friday: ‘By the wood of a tree we were made slaves, and by the Holy Cross we have been set free. The fruit of the tree ensnared us; the Son of God redeemed us.’

Similarly, Byzantine Christians sing today: ‘He who deceived Adam by a Tree is caught by the lure of the Cross. .. It was fitting that the Tree should be healed by a Tree’.

And so we ‘glory’ in the Cross. We celebrate it. We sing its praises. We even address it directly – Ave Crux, spes unica! (‘Hail, O Cross, our only hope!’) We lift it up – exalt it – not only believing, but knowing, that all who look on it in faith, will live. On this day our brothers and sisters of the Byzantine Churches lift up the Cross to each of the four cardinal points, singing ‘Kyrie eleison’ (‘Lord, have mercy’) a hundred times over each time. They recognise that the Cross is healing not just for the pious few gathered to worship, but for the whole earth and the entire cosmos. It is, to quote St Ephrem again, ‘the great key by which the treasures of mercies are opened’.

Today the Cross is lifted high and the world is sanctified. For you, O Christ, who are enthroned with the Father and the Holy Spirit, have stretched your arms upon it and have drawn the world to the knowledge of God! Make us, who have placed our trust in you, worthy of your divine glory.

Hail, O Cross, our only hope!

Triduum in honour of St Padre Pio

9 Sep 2017

10th September 2017 - Triduum in Honour of St. Padre Pio

On this weeks programme, John has a discussion with Fr John Mockler about the upcoming tridumm in honour of St Padre Pio. We have our weekly reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as a quick visit to our celestial guides of the week and other liturgical odds and ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Healing with St Padre Pio

Fr. John Mockler joins John on this weeks progamme and begins by explaining why he has organised a triduum in honour of St. Pio and why St. Pio is the saint for our times. St. Pio, who was the first priest who had the stigmata (the wounds of Christ), is the saint for our times, because in bearing the wounds of Jesus, he witnessed to the fact of the Resurrection in his wounds.

St. Pio also participated in the redemptive suffering of Jesus, as St. Paul says: "completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church" (Col 1:24). By uniting his suffering with that of Christ he was able to bring many people back to Christ in the confessional. Fr. John speaks to us about the spirituality of St. Pio and what message he has both for young people and those who are not so young.

The triduum will take place in Newcastle West church on 20th, 21st and 22nd September 7-9pm each evening. It will include an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation as St. Pio is the saint of the confessional, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the rosary and veneration of and blessing with the first class relic of St. Pio.

You can listen to the interview with Fr John excerpted from the main programme podcast here.

Gospel - Matthew 18:15-20
‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 3; 23rd week in ordinary time.

Saints of the Week

September 11th - St Deiniol
September 12th - The Most Holy Name of Mary
September 13th - St John Chrysostom 
September 15th - Our Lady of Sorrows
September 16th - St Cornelius & St Cyprian


Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre (LDPC) reopens this weeks after their summer break in August. As such please make sure you check out the detailed news letter issued this week from Noirin Lynch with up coming courses and other information on the diocesan website HERE.

2 Sep 2017

SS102fm Podcasts Technical Issues

Regular readers and visitors to the blog will be aware that each week we post links to the podcasts of our weekly programmes which are also available on our archive pages. 

To date the SS102fm team has been using the facility provided by Dropbox public folders but from 1st September 2017, this facility has been changed by Dropbox so all of the historic links are no longer valid.

As you can appreciate with almost 6 years of programmes online, the updating and amendment of these links on the blog is going to take us some time so we would appreciate your patience as we figure out what we are going to do.

However, the programmes from August 2017 forward should continue to be available for you to listen back to and we will keep you updated as we sort out the remainder of our archive on the programme.

SS102fm Team 

3rd September 2017 - Fr Willie Doyle SJ - One of Ireland's forgotten saints?

On this weeks programme John and Shane are joined by Pat Kenny to discuss the life and contribution of Fr Willie Doyle SJ, one of the Irish Jesuit chaplains during WWI. We have our regular reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel as well as a look at this weeks celestial guides plus other odds and ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

Fr Willie Doyle SJ - One of Ireland's forgotten saints?

Available from Veritas Publications
On this weeks programme, Pat Kenny introduces us to Fr Willie Doyle SJ - one of the Irish Jesuit chaplains who served (and in his case died) during WWI.

Fr Willie was born in Dalkey, Co Dublin on March 3, 1873. He was the youngest of seven children, four boys and three girls, out of which two boys became Jesuits, another died a few days before his priestly ordination and one of the three girls became a Sister of Mercy: four vocations out of seven children.

He entered the Jesuit Novitiate at the age of 18. Soon after his ordination in 1907, his superiors appointed him on the mission staff for five years. From 1908 to 1915, he gave no less than 152 missions and retreats. His fame as preacher, confessor and spiritual director spread wide and far, and he had a special gift to hunt out the most hardened and neglected sinners and to bring them back with him to the church for confession.

He was finally appointed during World War I chaplain of the 16th Irish Division, serving with 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 6th Royal Irish Rifles and the 7th Royal Irish Rifles. Having fulfilled his priestly duties in an outstanding fashion for almost two years, he was killed in the Battle of Ypres on August 16, 1917, having run “all day hither and thither over the battlefield like an angel of mercy.” This good shepherd truly gave his life for his sheep.

Fr Doyle’s body was never recovered.

In To Raise the Fallen, Patrick Kenny introduces readers to this remarkable figure from Irish Catholicism whose faith, courage and generosity in the face of untold devastation continues to inspire Christians and non-Christians alike.

To Raise the Fallen comprises a selection of Willie Doyle’s rich and vivid letters from the front, alongside diary entries, prayers, spiritual writings and extracts from pamphlets on the vocational life that made him a publishing sensation across Europe in the early years of the twentieth century. Father Doyle’s compassion, cheerfulness and humility, alongside his great valour in wartime, are testament to his commitment to Gospel values, while his final act of bravery truly epitomises Christ’s edict that there ‘is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’.

You can listen to the interview with Pat excerpted from the main programme podcast HERE.

Pat's blog/website about Fr Willie Doyle is available HERE.

Gospel - Matthew 16: 21-27

Jesus began to show his disciplesthat he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
"God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you."
He turned and said to Peter,
"Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do."
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct."

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 2; 22nd week in Ordinary time

Saints of the Week

September 4th - St Mac Nissi
September 5th - St Teresa of Calcutta
September 6th -St Bega
September 7th - St Cloud
September 9th - St Kieran the Younger

1 Sep 2017

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation - September 1st - "Show mercy to our common home"

In 2015, Pope Francis established September 1 as the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Catholic Church. In doing so, he acknowledged his debt to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which has observed September 1, the beginning of its liturgical year, as a similar day of prayer since 1989.

“As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing,” Pope Francis said in his August 2015 letter announcing the day of prayer. “In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation.”

He added:

The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live. The celebration of this Day, on the same date as the Orthodox Church, will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our Orthodox brothers and sisters.
The third World Day of Prayer for the Care of All Creation takes place today on 1 September 2017. Many local Church communities around the world also are preparing to mark Creation Time, which also begins today and continues until 4 October, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. Creation Time celebrates the joy of creation and encourages awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.

A joint message was released this morning from Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who for the first time are writing together on themes of the day, inviting all the faithful and men of good will to prayer and to reflect on how to live in a simple and solid manner, responsibly using earthly goods.

Pope Francis appeals for World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation - Vatican Radio

You can read more about the day here from the Irish bishops conference including resources and prayers.

Crux - Pope, Patriarch: ‘Cry of the earth’ and cry of the poor are one voice

Crux - Pope and Patriarch: A common declaration for a shared world - Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

26 Aug 2017

27th August 2017 - The world of Bishop Edward O'Dwyer of Limerick

On this weeks programme, John and Shane are joined by Limerick Diocesan archivist David Bracken to discuss an upcoming conference on Bishop Edward O'Dwyer of Limerick which is happening 13th October at Mary Immaculate College. We have our regular reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel as well as a run through our celestial guides for the up coming week and other notices and liturgical odds & ends. 

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

The World of Edward Thomas O'Dwyer of Limerick (1886-1917)

Limerick Diocesan archivist David Bracken joins John and Shane this week to share some of the story of Edward O'Dwyer the former bishop of Limerick who died in 1917.

Born at Holy Cross, Co. Tipperary, Edward Thomas O'Dwyer was educated at the C.B.S. in Limerick and at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he was ordained in June 1867. Having served as CC in Rathkeale, Bruff, St. Patrick’s Adare, Newcastle West and St. Michael’s, he was appointed bishop in May 1886. One of the most famous Irish bishops of the late nineteenth century, he was also one of the most controversial. Honoured by Pope Leo XIII for his part against the Plan of Campaign, he ended his life with approval from his people for his stand against General Maxwell in the wake of the 1916 Rising. 

General Maxwell wrote to various Bishops directing them to remove suspect priests from the active ministry. But he picked the wrong man in Bishop O’Dwyer when he named two priests in his Diocese who had preached against the dangers of conscription and whom the general regarded as being a dangerous menace to the peace and safety of the realm. Bishop O'Dwyers response was published and gained him national and international renown.

Bishop O'Dwyer's letter to Maxwell 
I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of 12st instant which has been forwarded to me here. 
I have read carefully you allegations against Rev. and Rev. but do not see in them any justification for disciplinary action on my part. They are both excellent priests, who hold strong national views, but I do not know that they have violated any law civil or ecclesiastical. 
In your letter of the 6th instant you appealed to me to help you in the furtherance of your work as a military dictator of Ireland. Even if action of that kind was not outside my province, the events of the past few weeks would make it impossible for me to have any part in proceedings which I regard as wantonly cruel and oppressive. 
You remember the Jameson raid, when a number of buccaneers invaded a friendly state and fought the forces of the lawful government. If ever men deserved the supreme punishment it was they, but officially and unofficially, the influence of the British government was used to save them and it succeeded. You took care that no plea for mercy should interpose on behalf of the poor young fellows who surrendered to you in Dublin. The first information which we got of their fate was the announcement that they had been shot in cold blood.
Personally, I regard your action with horror, and I believe that it has outraged the conscience of the country. Then the deporting of hundreds and even thousands of poor fellows without a trial of any kind seems to me an abuse of power as fatuous as it is arbitrary and your regime has been one of the worst and blackest chapters in the history of misgovernment of the country. 
I have the honour to be Sir your obedient servant.
Edward Thomas, Bishop of Limerick 
To General Sir J.G Maxwell,
Commander-in-Chief, the forces in Ireland
To mark the centenary of his death and his complex role in the life of Limerick, the church in Ireland and also internationally during WWI, then and down to the present day through his founding of Mary Immaculate College, St Munchin's College and St John's Hospital in Limerick there is a conference hosted by the Department of History, Mary Immaculate College & the Limerick Diocesan Archives being held on 13th October 2017. 

The programme includes:
  • Dr Colin Barr (University of Aberdeen), ‘Cullen’s heir?’
  • Dr Úna Ní Bhroiméil (Mary Immaculate College), ‘”The ablest educationist of the Irish Episcopate”: Bishop E.T. O’Dwyer and Catholic control of primary education.
  • Dr Sarah Roddy (University of Manchester) , ‘The bishop as financial manager: Limerick under Edward O’Dwyer’
  • Dr Jacinta Prunty (Maynooth University), ‘Networks and news: the correspondence of Annie O’Dwyer with her brother Bishop Edward Thomas’
  • Dr Brian Murphy O.S.B. (Glenstal Abbey), ‘Bishop O’Dwyer and the 1916 Rising: “I trust in valour not in arms”’
  • Dr Jérôme aan de Wiel (University College Cork), ‘Bishop O’Dwyer, Mgr O’Riordan, Benedict XV and Irish-Vatican relations during the First World War’
Full information is available here including the programme and online registration. 

You can listen to David's discussion excerpted from the main programme podcast here.

An online database of published material about Bishop O'Dwyer including all of his Lenten pastoral letters including his famous 1915 letter about WWI are available from Limerick City Library available online HERE.

A defiant bishop – An Irishman’s Diary on Edward O’Dwyer, Limerick and 1916 - The Irish Times 16th May 2016

Gospel Matthew 16:13-20

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi andhe asked his disciples,"Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply,"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus said to him in reply,"Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter,and upon this rock I will build my church,and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Then he strictly ordered his disciplesto tell no one that he was the Christ.

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 1; 21st week in Ordinary time

Saints of the Week

August 28th - St Augustine
August 29th - Passion of St John the Baptist
August 30th - St Fiacre
August 31st - St Aidan of Lindisfarne
September 1st - St Giles (First Friday)
September 2nd - St Ingrid of Sweden(First Saturday)

Pope's advice on confronting suffering and pain - Rome Reports

Dublin begins official one year countdown until World Meeting of Families 2018

20 Aug 2017

20th August 2017 - "Life to the full: Jesus the healer" - Dr Mary Healy

On this weeks programme SS102fm has the address by Dr Mary Healy from the National Novena at Knock. We have our regular reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel as well as our visit to the saints of the coming week and other notices and liturgical odds & ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

"Life to the full: Jesus the Healer" - Dr Mary Healy

On this programme SS102fm (with the permission of Knock National Shrine) broadcasts the reflection given by Dr Mary Healy during this years national novena entitled "Life to the full: Jesus the Healer" which was given at Knock on 14th August 2017.  She related her talk to the Gospel read at the Mass - The Healing of the Woman with a Haemorrhage. She reminded us to ask and to expect marvellous healings from the Lord for ourselves and our country.

Dr Mary Healy was on the programme back in January and spoke to us about her experiences in Charismatic Renewal and Healing. She also spoke to us about family life and marriage. She is professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker on topics related to Scripture, evangelisation, healing, and the spiritual life. Dr. Healy is chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome. In 2014 Pope Francis appointed her as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

You can listen to her reflection excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Gospel - Matthew 15:21-28

The Faith of the Canaanite woman
At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
"Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!
My daughter is tormented by a demon."
But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her.
Jesus' disciples came and asked him,
"Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us."
He said in reply,
"I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, "Lord, help me."
He said in reply,
"It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs."
She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters."
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
"O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish."
And the woman's daughter was healed from that hour.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Sunday Reflections
Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 4, 20th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

August 21st - St Pius X
August 22nd - The Queenship of Mary
August 23rd - St Rose of Lima
August 24th - St Bartholomew
August 25th - St Louis of France
August 26th - Our Lady of Czestochowa

17 Aug 2017

Feast of Our Lady of Knock

Our Lady of Knock , Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find”. Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to Heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick, lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the Holy Mass. Give me a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for me now and at the end of my death. Amen.

The Proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption in 1950