Category Archives: Diocese

Chrism Mass

A congregation, drawn from the parishes of the diocese, joined Bishop Brendan and our Diocesan Priests for the Chrism Mass.  It was a prayerful celebration during which Bishop Brendan reminded priests of their call to be people of prayer.  He blessed the Oils of The Sick and Baptism and consecrated the Sacred Chrism.  This is a very special gathering in the diocese, as indeed it is in all dioceses,with the gathering of the clergy to recall the origins of priesthood and the bringing of the Blessed Oils to the parishes of the diocese to be used in the administration of the Sacraments in the coming year.

Entrance Procession and Gathering Hymn “Our God Is Here”, Cathedral Folk Group

Pilgrimage to the Holy Door of Mercy

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY DOOR OF MERCY BALLAGHADERREEN

The idea of going on “pilgrimage” to Ballaghaderreen is not something we’d normally speak about!

We associate pilgrimage with Religious sites like Knock, Croagh Patrick or Lough Derg.  Maybe even more-so with The Holy Land, Lourdes etc.  The word “pilgrimage” is accurate in the setting of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  In the past when Holy Years were called people were invited to make “pilgrimage” to Rome and  enter the Holy Door at St Peter’s or perhaps another Basilica in Rome.

Pope Francis however, believed such journeys unnecessary and though people are welcome to go to Rome, he decided that every diocese should have its own “HOLY DOOR” for the Jubilee of Mercy.  With that in mind, one of the doors in our Cathedral has been so designated and there’s an invitation to us all to visit and pray around this Holy Door.

As a diocese we are invited to do this on Sunday.  People can of course visit any time they want but there’s a special effort being made to do so as “diocese” on this Sunday. The time set aside is 3pm-7pm . The Four Parish Cluster Groups are invited to attend with their neighbouring parishes during these hours.

Ten “STATIONS” have been identified, each with a call to prayer and a bit of reflection.  A booklet will be made available for use during the time and the hope is that as many as possible will attend.  Stations of The Cross will be prayed and reflected upon during the final half hour.  Please consider making the “pilgrimage” on Sunday.  It would be great to see many people, families too, from our parish gather at the “HOLY DOOR OF MERCY”.  Priests of the diocese will be available throughout the afternoon to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

 

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.

Bishop Flynn’s Funeral Mass

SOME ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

(Courtesy of Brian Farrell, Photographer www.brianfarrell.ie ©Brian Farrell)

AUDIO CLIPS

 

 MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS

(Sent  from Vatican by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State via Papal Nunciature)

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HOMILY 

In the end, to have followed Jesus is the only thing that matters. Thomas Flynn, born on 8 July 1931, was brought as a new-born infant by his parents to be baptised in this historic Cathedral four days later on 12 July, 1931. So that he would know and follow Jesus. Ordained a priest of the diocese on 17 June 1956, he was ordained a bishop twenty-one years later on 20 February 1977, at the age of forty-six. All of this in response to the continuing call of that same Master.

Though he retired officially on 20 November 2007, he continued to administer the diocese until I was ordained on 27 January 2008. So he had been chief shepherd of this diocese for thirty years and eleven months. It was, like that of his two immediate predecessors, a long tenure. Despite the fact that his years as chief pastor of this diocese were not always the easiest, Bishop Tom always said that he had enjoyed being a bishop. He was not a man to complain. He followed Jesus.

14-IMG_1615The Gospel we have just heard provides us with an opportunity to reflect on what it is to be a good shepherd, and it is instructive for all of us in whatever shepherding role we find ourselves: parent, adult, priest, or bishop. Indeed it’s a wonderful passage for any person, who wants to follow Jesus in any capacity, to ponder. It has a certain climactic quality since it is the story of Jesus’ final appearance after The Resurrection.

The context of the story is wonderful. It is so simple and so ordinary. These men who had followed Him and walked the roads with Him are back doing what they had left doing, back to their old occupations – fishermen again, for fish. And up all night at it, as happens, a futile exercise apparently on this particular occasion. And then with first light, there’s a Person on the shore calling out “have you caught anything, friends?” To their answer “no” He responds, “throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.” They take Him at his word. And futility gives way to abundant fruitfulness. Their seeming naïve obedience to the seeming Stranger on the shore was their best move ever. We are reminded of Mary at Cana to the servants at the wedding feast “Do whatever he tells you,” her last words in the Gospel – her final word for us all. A willingness and a wanting to do ‘whatever he asks you’ – this is at the basis of every priestly vocation, and indeed of every baptismal vocation. It is the beginning of ‘following’ Jesus, of discipleship and apostleship, and it is the end, too. The alpha and omega of the Christian life. Child-like naiveté, not sophistication, makes the disciple.

And then there is that invitation: “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus said. The good shepherd feeds His flock. They are nourished at His table. The table at which He feeds us with His own self, bread of life. Service and self-sacrifice. Service to the point of self-sacrifice. Remembering Bishop Tom, disciple and shepherd, we can do no better than allow ourselves to be fed at the table of Jesus, our friend and our shepherd … to listen to His Word, take it to heart and show it in our lives. As we are doing now.

Loveliest of all – and costliest – we have the third scene: “Simon, Son of John, do you love me?” It seems Jesus needs to know, to hear our answer, over and over … No wonder Peter is disconcerted, upset. We expect God to do the loving, to tend to us … We ask and pray continuously… But the mystery is He needs my love too, and yours … incessantly. As does His world and His people … and the implications of all of that will never cease unfolding … even to the point of taking us to ‘where we would rather not go’.

Apart from the first six years of his priesthood in Tubbercurry, Bishop Tom spent his entire life here in his native Ballaghaderreen parish. From the beginning he was a teacher, and a very good one by all accounts. The word most often used by people was kind. Quiet in disposition, and very discreet, a man of few words. As president of Saint Nathy’s, he was a reformer and moderniser, a process advanced in firm co-operation with him by his successor, Father Andy Johnston, who passed away as it turned out on the very same day as Bishop Tom, last Tuesday. At a time when school amalgamations were seen as the way to go, for wider curriculum and choice purposes, Bishop Tom and Father Andy insisted that the voluntary and Catholic status of the united Saint Nathy’s here in Ballaghaderreen was the way forward. Person-centred education, the hallmark always of the Catholic system, was a passion for Bishop Tom. On this he was very clear. Nationally, he was at the helm for many years of matters educational as chairman of the Bishops’ Council for Education, including at the time of the negotiations around what became the Education Act of 1998. Visiting the schools in the diocese and staying in touch with the young was a priority for him, something he instilled by example in the priests of the diocese too.

At the national level, he was a member for many years also of the Bishops’ Council for the Laity. Leading the diocese in the immediate aftermath of the Second Vatican Council, he worked determinedly in the area of adult faith development too. He established the pastoral centre at Charlestown, and also the centre at Banada; he encouraged the development of the Father Peyton Centre at Attymass and was particularly involved in his latter years with the Sisters of Mercy in the development of the Hope House Centre for addiction treatment in Foxford. And it is to Bishop Tom that we owe the fact that we have the finest history of the diocese in Father Liam Swords’ four volumes. A deeply spiritual and wise pastor, Bishop Tom instinctively understood that there can be no healthy growth or nourishment in the present if we do not know or are attentive to our roots … and this rings true whether as a people or as a Church.

“Yes, Lord, you know I love you” Peter replied, and in his own way, at the age of eighteen, the young Tom Flynn made that simple profession of faith too. For life, as a priest. Again and again, he was called on to remake it. At his priestly ordination in 1956. Again as a new bishop in 1977. I think we can confidently say that he responded as best he could to the commission of his Master: ‘Feed my sheep’ in those demanding active years, when we are called to reach certain heights, perhaps, as the world sees it. Time when we are able to ‘fasten our own belts and walk where we like’.

But in God’s scheme of things, this is never the whole story, and if we make it so, we are the fools. For ten years now Tom Flynn became more and more familiar with that other side of following that Master into whose body he was baptised and ordained to serve. The ups and downs of health and strength and energy were his constant companions, until finally a year ago he reached the nursing home. “But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and somebody else will put a belt around you…” Something in us all that has no wish to go there, and yet we must remember the call we answered: “Follow me.”

Do not all our roads at one time or another become a road to Calvary? All the sophistication in the world cannot avoid it. There is a final conversion that awaits us. The call of God continues. Those close to Bishop Tom have seen the changes … And seen him say his ‘yes,’ not always easily or without struggle, but yes very definitely, and he was at peace. “Is there anything you want or would like … anything at all?” The answer was invariably “No…sure haven’t I everything here?”

‘After this, Jesus said: Follow me’. ‘Unless you become like little children…’. The shepherd, becoming again the Lamb, trustingly…as with the Master Jesus, it is all that matters.

May that be our grace too, our way of saying “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”

As we thank God today for Bishop Thomas Flynn, we entrust him with faith and love to His great mercy.

Faoi shuain lena Mháistir dílis and lena mhuintir imithe roimhe go raibh an tEaspag Tomás anois sna Flaithis. Amen.

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