Church of St. Laurence O'Toole, Kilmacud

Thank you, brother priests

One of the many joys of the priesthood is sharing bits and pieces of life with brother priests from different countries, cultures and experiences. Recently I’ve spent a lot of time with three African priests from Nigeria, Malawi and Uganda.

Special Moments

On each one of the past 7 Saturdays I have celebrated Mass for a special occasion, four First Communions, two Weddings and one Jubilee. In between, there have been the ordinary daily Masses, many Funerals, some Baptisms and the celebrations

God bless all our Students

Do you remember sitting the Leaving Certificate? All week, at the first mention of the exams starting, I’ve heard people sharing their memories. It seems that no one can quite forget the experience of finishing school, sitting in the examination

Mask-wearing

I had an appointment with my GP during the week, a funeral ran a bit overtime, and I had to rush to make it even close to the right time. As I stepped into reception a little flustered, thinking about

Life

We have had a lot of funerals here in recent months. When I mention that to my own family and friends they often ask, “is the parish very old?”. Of course, they mean are the parishioners mostly in their senior

New models of ministry

This weekend we have a collection for ‘Lay Ministry”, it replaces the traditional collection for the support of students for the priesthood, which we normally had on the Sunday after Good Shepherd Sunday with all its emphasis on vocations. So,

A new level of participation, involvement and responsibility

This weekend is a time for prayers for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Every year on Good Shepherd Sunday, in the middle of the Easter Season, we pray that the seed of vocation will awaken a call

The call to step forward into leadership

On Holy Thursday Archbishop Farrell distributed a Pastoral Letter to share his thoughts with us on the ‘Building Hope’ process that he started shortly after coming to Dublin. The first step was a consultation that many parishioners here participated in

Mesmerised at the beauty so close to home

Easter Sunday, Alleluia Christ has risen

Blue skies, bright sunshine and mild days made the days after Easter very suitable for free time with family and friends for a bit of fresh air and fun. I trust that everyone who could was delighted to be out

The world will know his followers by their love.

Images flash in front of us all day everyday. Some capture a moment of human experience, the camera freezes the action, we see what the photographer observed at the moment the shutter clicked. Maybe you saw an image of an

The challenge for Candidates- to live their faith

During the last month, across the three parishes, we have had many celebrations of Confirmation. To prepare for these special days we first had a ceremony of commitment and then a ceremony of light. For the first of these the

A day of marking love and affection

In the past couple of weeks, we have celebrated anniversary Masses for a few parishioners who died in the early days of COVID 19, two years ago. At the time of the funerals of these dearly loved, and sadly missed

This is our time! We can reshape the way we are Church. Let’s do it!

Archbishop Farrell has been our Bishop for just over a year. When he arrived into the Dublin Diocese he came with a reputation for reform, which he had earned in Ossory Diocese. There he led the people and priests through

Inspired by their courage, our faith and the example of others

I went to Irish College in St Michael’s, Omeath, in 1972. I don’t think it was very successful in so far as learning  the language went but a couple of very strong memories remain with me from that experience. The

Take time to discern what God is asking

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This AshWednesday was my third here in the parish, and my first time to distribute ashes and pray with parishioners in person. I don’t ever remember being so happy to begin Lent! I shared with the congregation that I once

Our relationship with Jesus

Lent: From archdiocese of Dublin

A good question for a quiz might be, when does Lent 2022 begin and end, and how many days are there in Lent? Everyone will get the number of days correct, it’s 40, and all know that Ash Wednesday is

A place in the process for everyone

When I studied in Rome and lived in the Teutonic College our bedrooms looked out over the Paul VI Hall. Once during those years there was a Synod of Bishops which lasted a month. Every morning as we left for

Wishing Sr Maria Elena many happy years in religious life.

Last Sunday in Kilmacud Parish, Sr. Maria Elena Morales Quintero made her final religious profession as a Clarissan Missionary Sister of the Blessed Sacrament. The gathering in the church for this celebration was unique, religious sisters, priests and people from

May Bridget in all her strength look over you

It was leek and potato soup, eaten in a café in Belfast, which gave me one of the worst cases of food poisoning in my whole life. So, after a rotten night I headed back down to Dublin for a

Catholic Shools: Living Life to the Full – Shane Horan

First and foremost, you should all be proud of yourselves as young people for coming through the last 18 – 24 months as all aspects of your lives have been disrupted in some way by the Covid 19 pandemic, be