Co. Carlow • Kildare and Leighlin Diocese

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted on
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

During the Easter Season we have the privilege of reading from the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. The whole story of the Bible comes to its climax here. Our reading today is taken from chapter 21 which is the penultimate chapter, in other words we are at the very end of the Bible. This is the

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Second Sunday of Easter

Posted on
Monday, April 4th, 2016

Our wonderful readings of the Second Sunday of Easter speak to us of 3 of the Apostles of Jesus, Peter, John and Thomas, 3 pillars of the church., a dimension of the church that is present up and down the ages..

In the first reading of our mass we hear about Peter, who days before cowardly admitted that he did

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted on
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Today we have the wonderful story of the woman caught in adultery in the gospel of John. The story commences with the journey of Jesus from the Mount of Olives into the Temple. If you have been to the Holy Land you know that the Mount of Olives is to the East and when you come out you have to

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

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Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Today we have the privilege of hearing the greatest story ever told, the greatest of Jesus’s parables, the Parable of the prodigal Son. There is a beautiful painting in our sacristy here of that famous depiction of this scene by the renowned Dutch painter Rembrandt. It was painted by Rembrandt two years before he died in 1669 when his eyesight

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Second Sunday of Lent

Posted on
Monday, February 22nd, 2016

The readings in our mass today awaken a sense of wonder in us, a sense of a world beyond our own.

  1. In the first reading Abraham enacts the ritual by which God establishes the covenant with him. The enactment of this covenant is accompanied by many different symbols, the mountain, darkness, the flaming torch, the voice form heaven; these are
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Fifth Sunday of Year

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Saturday, February 6th, 2016

The story of the miraculous catch of fish in St. Luke’s gospel today is a masterpiece in both the literary and spiritual sense. The whole of the spiritual life can be read off of this story. The very fact of getting into someone’s boat is a powerful symbol, without being invited, without any preparation; he simply gets into Peter’s boat.

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Fourth Sunday of Year

Posted on
Monday, February 1st, 2016

We have the great privilege this weekend because our second reading today is one of these great texts of the Bible and indeed of world literature. It is from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 13 and this wonderful reflection on love. Love is so central, love is what God is, and everything else in liturgy

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Third Sunday of Year

Posted on
Monday, January 25th, 2016

Sometime we overlook the importance of the contributions of some of the Minor Prophets in the Bible. The first reading in our mass today is taken from one of these, the Prophet Nehemiah.  Nehemiah lived in a time when the chosen people were trickling home from Babylon and seeking to rest-establish their lives. One of the most heart-breaking moments in