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Words at the Icon

The following are the words shared by Bishop Brendan at the Gathering Eucharist to welcome the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help to the Diocese of Achonry.

Bishop Brendan at prayer before the Icon of Mother of Perpetual Help

Bishop Brendan at prayer before the Icon of Mother of Perpetual Help

‘Then to the disciple Jesus said ‘This is your mother’. 

And from that moment, the disciple made a place for her in his home’

The disciple is you, the disciple is me. John at the foot of the Cross stands for every person, man or woman, who would be a disciple of Jesus. We are all here this evening because we are disciples of Jesus. We are people who as individuals or as a community (be that parish or diocese) we make a place for Mary in our homes and in the home of our hearts. She is our mother, my mother and yours, from the moment we become a disciple. It’s part of the package, as it were.

Our own Irish people referred to Mary invariably as ‘Muire Máthair’. The title is intimate, the most intimate. One of ourselves. Close to us, very close. During the centuries of persecution and poverty for most Catholics, the Rosary, pondering the mysteries of Jesus life death and Resurrection with Mary, became the mainstay of our ancestors’ faith. The sense of Mary’s closeness and presence sustained and carried us through those often harsh and penal times. Just as her presence, standing, at Calvary – and all through his life –  sustained Jesus himself. Now, there’s a mystery…

No wonder then that our people took to the devotion of our Lady of Perpetual Succour/Help naturally and readily, when the Redemptorist Fathers introduced the image, the icon we have before us here tonight, in the second half of the 19th century, faithful to the mission entrusted to them by the Holy Father, Blessed Pope Pius IX. It was precisely as one who is with us in all the ups and especially downs of life that Irish people had already taken to the Mother of God.

If I may be personal for a moment. It is thirty years ago today that my own mother died. She was very fond of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. We lived fairly close the Redemptorist Monastery at Esker in Co Galway, where the devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is celebrated every Saturday. Once we got a car, and she learned to drive, my mother took to going to the early morning devotions on Saturdays in Esker. She always had people and any troubles there were to bring to Mary. She’d have some of us up and out shortly after six in the mornings. Though we didn’t always thank her then for the early morning call, the memories of those lovely May mornings especially are all golden now.  I find it extraordinary that this pilgrimage now coincides with her anniversary. And a call somewhere to be renewed in taking Mary into the home of my own heart – and all our hearts-anew.  No helper is more powerful, no friend better. As she stood with Jesus to the end, so she will stand with you or I, with the parish, the diocese, with our beloved, bruised and battered Irish church.  Her strong and motherly presence will carry us through these bewildering times. She is the one who will show us the way, the truth and the light…as she does  gently and peacefully, clearly and firmly, in the lovely and sacred icon we have come to venerate this evening.

So I’m glad we have the Icon and are included in this 150th Anniversary  Pilgrimage, providentially happening in the Year of Mercy. And I thank the Redemptorists and their team who have brought it to us this evening.

‘Our Lady is always close to us’, Pope Francis says, ‘especially when we feel the weight of life with all its problems’.

Mary, Mother of the Church,  Mother of Mercy, Mother of Perpetual Help…pray for us.

 

AMEN.

Gathered at the icon

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On Friday evening, April 22nd, a large congregation gathered in the Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen to welcome the Icon of the Mother of Perpetual Help. The Icon has been travelling around Ireland for the past three weeks and has been taken to Cathedrals and other places of worship along the way.  There was also a visit to Limerick Prison.

Bishop Brendan was Principal Celebrant at a Mass of Welcome and spoke about the love Irish people have for Our Lady, very much seeing her as one of our own.  He spoke of the “way the truth and the life” that is cradled in her arms in the image and of the need to make a place for Mary in our homes and in our hearts.

Following Mass, people had the opportunity to reverence the Icon, say a prayer and spend a bit of time.  There was a Service of Healing and some time spent in Prayer around the Icon.

A number of Redemptorist Priests and associates were also in attendance.

24 Hours For The Lord

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This weekend, the Diocese of Achonry will hold “24 Hours For The Lord” as part of its response to the call of Pope Francis to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy.

On Sunday there will be a Pilgrimage to The Holy Door at the Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen.  Parishes from around the diocese are invited to attend.  The Cathedral will be open to welcome you at all times during that day but especially between 3.00pm-7.00pm when you are invited to come along and “pray the stations” around the Holy Door.  A booklet with prayers and some bacground to the 10 Stations will be available.  The Stations of The Cross will be reflected upon during the final half hour, 6.30pm-7.00m.

Priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the afternoon.

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COUNTY ROSCOMMON

CATHEDRAL, Ballaghaderreen

Friday: Adoration commences 7.00pm

Saturday: Adoration concludes 7.00pm

Sunday: Pilgrimage to Holy Door 3.00pm-7.00pm

Stations of The Cross 6.30lm

COUNTY SLIGO

BALLISODARE, Co. Sligo

Friday: Adoration 9.00am-6.00pm

Saturday: Adoration 10.00am-6.00pm

BALLYMOTE, Co. Sligo

Friday:24 Hour Adoration of Blessed Sacrament commences at 8.00pm

Friday: Confessions 9.00pm-10.00pm

Saturday: Confessions 12.00pm-1.00pm

Saturday: 24 Hours Adoration concludes at 8pm (Vigial Mass)

COLLOONEY, Co. Sligo

Friday: Adoration 10.00am-Midnight

Saturday: Adoration 10.00am-8.00pm

Sunday: Confessoins 6pm-7pm

COOLANEY, Co. Sligo

Mass Friday 7pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

until Saturday 6.55pm.Mass at 7pm.

CURRY, Co. Sligo

Thursday: Adoration from 10am to 9pm.

Friday: Evening Mass at 7pm, followed by adoration until 9pm.
Saturday: Mass at 10am, followed by adoration until 6.45pm.
Sunday: Confessions from 6.00pm-7.00pm

GURTEEN, Co. Sligo

Friday: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament from 8.00pm
Saturday: Conclusion of  Adoration 6.00pm

TUBBERCURRY, Co. Sligo

Friday: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament from 10.00am
Saturday: Conclusion of  Adoration 9.00am
Sunday: Reconciliation Service 7.30pm

COUNTY MAYO

ATTYMASS, Co. Mayo

Friday: Mass 7.30pm.  24 Hour Adoration 8.00pm

Saturday: Adoration concludes 7.25pm – Vigil Mass 7.30pm

BOHOLA, Co. Mayo

Friday: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament from evening to Vigil Mass on Saturday.
Confessions on Friday 9.00pm-10.00pm.

CARRACASTLE, Co. Mayo

Friday: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament from evening to Vigil Mass on Saturday.
Confessions on Friday 9.00pm-10.00pm.

CHARLESTOWN, Co. Mayo

Friday: 24 Hours Adoration of Blessed Sacrament 8.00pm.
Friday: Confessions  9.00pm-10.00pm.
Satirdau: Conclusion of 24 Hours Adoration 8.00pm

FOXFORD, Co. Mayo

Friday: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament 7.00pm-11.00pm

Saturday: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament 8.00am-7.00pm

KILMOVEE, Co. Mayo

Friday: Mass at 8pm followed by  24 Hours Adoration of Blessed Sacrament –
Friday: Confessions 9.00pm-10.00pm
Saturday: 24 Hours Adoration concludes with Vigil Mass.
(PLEASE NOTE : Church in use for 24 Hours for The Lord, is St Patrick’s Church, Glann)

KILTIMAGH, Co. Mayo

Friday: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament from 8.00pm.
Saturday: 24 Hour adoration concludes with Vigil Mass 8.00pm

SWINFORD, Co. Mayo

Friday: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament from evening to Vigil Mass on Saturday.
Confessions on Friday 9.00pm-10.00pm.

Door of Mercy

doorofmercy2Bishop Brendan, together with priests and people from the diocese, gathered at noon on Sunday December 13th to celebrate Mass and open the “Door of Mercy” in the Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen.  The ceremony, simple and to the point, sought to mark the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis. Michael McCormack a local photographer has supplied the accompanying images.

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Chrism Mass Homily

chrism (Gospel: Lk 4:16-21)

Jesus, at home with his own people in the Synagogue of Nazareth, searches out in the Book of Isaiah the passage that was our First Reading today, and proclaims it for his own people.  Everything Jesus does in this short dramatic reading is very deliberate.  Most of all, this is true of the word he spoke at the end, when all eyes were fixed on him: “This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen”.  [And please God it is being fulfilled today through our agency]

When Pope Francis spoke to the assembled Bishops and other participants at the end of the Extraordinary Synod last October in Rome, he might have been commenting on this reading when he said:

“The first duty of the Pastor is to nourish the flock that the Lord has entrusted to them, and to seek to welcome, with fatherly care and mercy, and without false fears, the lost sheep”. 

But then the Holy Father immediately corrected himself: “I made a mistake here”, he said, “I said ‘welcome’…rather it is ‘to go out and find them’”.

The challenge Pope Francis has been putting to us constantly and unrelentingly since he succeeded to the See of Peter has been the challenge to become a missionary people: each one of us personally, and together also, to be a community of men and women who go out to the very people Isaiah speaks about in this text that Jesus searched out and proclaimed to his own people at Nazareth at the beginning of his public ministry.

‘Missionary’ now for us, then, means going out to our own people primarily and finding them. And it’s not a task for some priests or some people, but for all priests and all people. It is what we must turn our attention to in our diocesan and parish councils, in our teaching and preaching and above all in our renewed prayer. And there is room in this mission for all: for all adults of course, but also for all children, for all who are ill, suffering or disabled, and for all who are in the Golden Years of old Age. All of us Missionary together, going out actively if we are able, and in spirit if not so able, but going out to the lonely and the lost, the poor and the friendless, going out in our hearts all of us, and with our feet if blessed with physical energy and limbs that are still strong …

We live in a very inward-looking, self-regarding world. Even the most critical and noble of human quests, like the quest for justice, fairness human rights or freedom, can be turned into a narrow and egotistical pursuit. Realistically, this has always been the case. The love Jesus proclaimed and modelled for us supremely in the events we commemorate this week, was never easy for people to accept, not to mind embrace. Peter very blatantly and the other apostles too (except for the youngest, John), not to mention the crowd who cheered Jesus on last Sunday, demonstrate that this week so well.  Showing scant regard for the greater good of society and the future of humanity is not new.

To love is to go out of oneself, to put the other before oneself, to serve the other and to die in his or her defence if it comes to that.

In other words, it is the Way of the Cross, as this week that we call ‘holy’ proclaims. To love in this way, the way Jesus loved, is not easy.

But our call is to live ourselves the love he lived ‘to the end’ during these days. It is not for us to demand it of others, but to be examples of this love to them ourselves. With regard to how others may act, he set down the marker for us all: ‘Father, forgive them. They know not what they do’.

The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians. Laying down our own lives is what achieves the society we wish to build. There is no other way to establishing the Kingdom of God.

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The first prayer of this Mass today, our prayer today, asked God to grant: ‘…that being made sharers in Christ’s consecration, we may bear witness to His Redemption in the world’

The arena in which we live out our priesthood is ‘the world’. We are secular priests. For you and I, that world is now the world of 2015 here in the diocese of Achonry.

Our gift for this world is that we be ‘witnesses of His Redemption’ in it. Otherwise our words are empty.

This witnessing comes because we have accepted the call of God to share in Jesus’ consecration, as the prayer puts it. That is what happened when we were solemnly anointed with Holy Oil of Chrism at our ordination: we were made participators in Jesus’ own consecration as the Christ, Redeemer and Saviour.  So we are part of Christ…which means Jesus has washed my feet and I continually allow him do so. “If I do not wash you” Jesus said to Peter setting him straight, “You can have no part with me”.

To know how much I need this washing and to want it is the first step always… And tonight we will be challenged again with Peter….and there must only be one response, the response of Peter: “Then, Lord, not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well”.

In other words, I come to him all the time to be cleansed, refreshed, and restored. I am to be Act of Contrition, morning noon and night. The first word of Jesus with which he began his public ministry was the cry: “Repent!”. If we have not made this first invitation of Jesus public’ ministry our own as priests – or is it not rather a demand, a sine qua non? -, we have no right to proclaim to anybody the second part of that invitation/command: ‘believe the Good News’

This means surely regular reconciliation, along with constant intimacy with him in reflection on the Gospel, prayer and contemplation. So that we ourselves be believers, first and foremost.

A lifestyle based on these foundations is what makes me a worthy and suitable minister of Christ’s sacraments to God’s people, the Sacraments so present to us all today in the Solemn Blessing of the Sacred Oil of Chrism, along with the other Holy Oils of Baptism and the Sick, to which we will proceed now as soon as we have made the renewal of our priestly promises.