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An Invitation not to be Ignored!

It’s amazing how often I meet people who say that the Trinity means nothing to them. They say that it’s too vague, too far away from them. Too complicated. They even say that it has no bearing on their life. It goes further. I have people say to me that their faith life is rooted in Jesus, which of course is marvellous, but then they go on to say that they have no connection with the Trinity. Now whilst I…

IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR THE CHURCH ?

                                    IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR THE CHURCH? I have been pondering this question for a long time now. Maybe it’s an age thing but I am so tired of the language of crisis. It must be twenty years now that I am listening to talk of the various crises facing the Church with a host of names attached to them including, crisis of faith, crisis of vocations, and crisis of identity. This talk has oftentimes been accompanied with a…

Rumblings from the Bunker; Holy Bread ?

Recently I was a little alarmed to hear someone,  whom I thought would know better,  display a huge ignorance with what happens at Mass. Of course there are many things that happen at this beautiful and most extraordinary of experiences that we call The Mass or The Eucharist, including sorrow for sin, the communal expression of what we believe in the Creed and a missioning back into the world to spread, and indeed live, the Gospel. However at the core…

A Plethora of Clots and a Myriad of Prayer !

                A PLETHORA OF CLOTS AND A MYRIAD OF PRAYER So I have been on a journey, a journey which had its own language. It was the language of hospital, doctors and nurses, of scans and tests and my new key term, the D-dimer! This term is now an important one in my vocabulary. The closest I had got to this, up until a few weeks ago, was one of the treats of my youth, the dime bar! I now…

Parish Notices 12th April

NOTICES FOR SUNDAY APRIL 14th YOUR PRAYERS PLEASE Every day next week I will be celebrating the beautiful Sacrament of First Penance with the children of the parish and on every evening of the following week we will be celebrating the simple but profound Service of Light with all our young people who are in the final stages of preparation for Confirmation. Please keep them, their parents and their sponsors in your prayers over the following weeks.                                                                                                 *****************************************…

The Blessing of Bread Holy Saturday

The “Blessing of Bread” on Holy Saturday is an enduring and beloved Polish tradition. Ornate baskets decorated in crisp linen, ribbons and sprigs of boxwood are filled with beautiful foods of special significance. Bread in the shape of a cob with a cross on top symbolizes Christ’s gift of daily bread, Eggs symbolize new life and Christ’s Resurrection from the tomb, Butter in the form of a Pascal Lamb represents the Lamb of God, Bacon and Ham symbolize abundance, Horseradish…

POST EASTER MASS SCHEDULE

St. Patrick’s & St. Brigid’s Celbridge & Straffan Monday 1st of April                      10 am Mass in St Patrick’s Church Tuesday 2nd April                          10 am Mass in St Patrick’s Church Wednesday 3rd April                     10 am Mass in St Patrick’s Church                                                    No evening Mass Thursday 4th April                        10 am Mass in St Patrick’s Church Friday 5th April                             7 pm Mass in St Patrick’s Church Saturday 6th April                          10 am Mass in St Patrick’s Church Saturday 6th April                          10.40 am Confessions in…

Easter Schedule in St Brigid’s, Straffan

EASTER SCHEDULE IN ST. BRIGID’S TUESDAY 26th                  MASS at 9am CONFESSIONS 11am to 8pm  in ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH,                                         CELBRIDGE                                   ************************* FRIDAY 29th                      GOOD FRIDAY 10am   PROCESSION OF THE CROSS with Rev. Stephen and Priests of the Parish 3pm  PASSION OF THE LORD                                   ************************* SATURDAY 30th                        HOLY SATURDAY 8pm    SOLEMN   EASTER   VIGIL                                   ************************* SUNDAY 31st                     EASTER SUNDAY 11am     EASTER  SUNDAY MASS                                   ************************* Week day Mass will resume in St Brigid’s on the 9th of April.…