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Are we aware of Lost Sheep in our lives?

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Sample of prayers following a death

We pray for those of our parish and indeed those connected to our Parish who have died. We pray God’s mercy upon their soul. We ask our deceased to pray for us, as we pray for them.    

Gospel, Readings and Reflection 7th August 2022

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 117 Reading 1 Wis 18:6-9 The night of the passover was known beforehand to our fathers, that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith, they might have courage. Your people awaited the salvation of the just and the destruction of their foes. For when […]

Reflection

Readings, Gospel and reflection 24th July 2022

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 111 Reading 1 Gn 18:20-32 In those days, the LORD said: “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me. I […]

Gospel and Readings 10th July 2022

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Lectionary: 105 Reading 1 Dt 30:10-14 Moses said to the people: “If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the LORD, your God, with all your […]

Gospel, reading and reflection 3rd July 2022

  Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 102 Reading 1 Is 66:10-14c Thus says the LORD: Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her; exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her! Oh, that you may suck fully of the milk of her comfort, that you […]

Readings, Gospel and reflection 26.6.2022

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 99 Reading I 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21 The LORD said to Elijah: “You shall anoint Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah, as prophet to succeed you.” Elijah set out and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat, as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen; he was following the […]

Gospel and readings 19.6.22

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Lectionary: 169 Reading I Gn 14:18-20 In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of heaven and […]

St Anthony – prayer

  Please click on link below for a Novena to St. Anthony https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/novena-to-st-anthony-of-padua-302  

Gospel, Readings, Reflection – Pentecost

  Lectionary: 63 Reading I Acts 2:1-11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which […]

Pentecost – the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Seven Gift Of The Holy Spirit And The Meaning. 1. Wisdom is the first and highest gift of the Holy Spirit because it is the perfection of the theological virtue of faith. Through wisdom, we come to value properly those things which we believe through faith.The truths of Christian belief are more important than the […]

Readings, Gospel and Reflection 29.5.2022

The Ascension of the Lord Lectionary: 58 Reading I Acts 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs […]

Gospel, Readings and Reflection 22.5.2022

Sixth Sunday of Easter Lectionary: 57 Reading I Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.” Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, […]

Gospel, Readings and Reflection 15.5.22

Fifth Sunday of Easter   Lectionary: 54 Reading I Acts 14:21-27 After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, […]

Gospel, Readings and reflection 8.5.22

Fourth Sunday of Easter Lectionary: 51 Reading I Acts 13:14, 43-52 Paul and Barnabas continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats. Many Jews and worshipers who were converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to […]

Gospel, Readings and Reflection 1.5.22

Third Sunday of Easter Lectionary: 48 Reading I Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41 When the captain and the court officers had brought the apostles in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders, did we not, to stop teaching in that name? Yet you have filled Jerusalem with […]

Divine Mercy Sunday

  Today on Divine Mercy Sunday, look at the image of our Lord Jesus; speak to him about your worries and strains. Ask for his intercession and help and to give you strength. Ask intercession for your family, those that are sick and dying and especially those that we know. Ask for peace in our […]

Divine Mercy Sunday – Plenary Indulgence

More on Divine Mercy Sunday, please click below:- https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251031/the-indulgences-offered-on-divine-mercy-sunday-and-how-to-obtain-them  

Gospel and Readings 24.4.22

Second Sunday of Easter Sunday of Divine Mercy Lectionary: 45 Reading I Acts 5:12-16 Many signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the apostles. They were all together in Solomon’s portico. None of the others dared to join them, but the people esteemed them. Yet more than ever, believers in […]

Reflection for Holy Saturday

Today, there is a great silence.  The Savior has died.  He rests in the tomb.  Many hearts were filled with uncontrollable grief and confusion.  Was He really gone?  Had all their hopes been shattered?  These and many other thoughts of despair filled the minds and hearts of so many who loved and followed Jesus. It is […]

Holy Saturday prayer

From my catholic.life Reflection/prayer on Holy Saturday as Jesus’ body lays in the tomb…… My Lord, today all is silent. You have given Your precious life for the salvation of the world. You died a horrific death, poured out all Mercy from Your wounded Heart, and now You rest in peace in the tomb as […]

Reflection on “Good Friday”

Ponder today, this dark day, the final words of Jesus.  Scripture records seven last statements, or the “Seven Last Words.”  Take each phrase and spend time with it.  Seek the deeper spiritual meaning for your life. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus’ forgiveness of others was radical and to a […]

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: (1) Why does the Catholic priest cover his hands during the exposition ? (2) Is the hands of the priest unworthy to touch the blessed sacrament ? (3) But isn’t the priest that gives the holy communion with his bare hands during Mass ? Benediction, Eucharist Adoration, Exposition of the […]

Sunday 3rd April – Gospel and Readings

Fifth Sunday of Lent (From Catholic daily reflections.com) Lectionary: 36 Reading I Is 43:16-21 Thus says the LORD, who opens a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters, who leads out chariots and horsemen, a powerful army, till they lie prostrate together, never to rise, snuffed out and quenched like a […]

Gospel, readings and reflection 27.3.2022

Fourth Sunday of Lent   Lectionary: 33 Reading I Jos 5:9a, 10-12 The LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you.” While the Israelites were encamped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth of the month. On the day […]

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Gospel, readings and reflection 20.3.22

Third Sunday of Lent   Lectionary: 30 Reading I Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15 Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There an angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in fire flaming out of a bush. […]

Achonry diocese reflection – St. Patrick

  From Achonry Diocese website The image of Saint Patrick most of us in Ireland grew up with, is that of an elderly bearded man wearing twentieth century vestments.  He had a bishop’s mitre on his head and crozier in his hand.  This image which emerged over time is an interpretation that is very distant […]

St. Patrick

  From Catholic Daily Reflections.com The black arts of pagandom were no match for this one-man fortress Today’s saint, the Patron of Ireland, was English. He was born in an unknown year to Catholic parents in an educated home in Roman Britain. His father was a deacon and his grandfather a married priest. When he […]

A reflection on St. Patrick

A reflection on St Patrick A beautiful reflection by Deacon Martin Donnelly on St Patrick (from the Lough Derg website)   On holiday, I often stand at the statue of St Patrick in the Octagon in Westport and read the inscription ‘I am Patrick, a sinner, most unlearned, the least of all the faithful, and utterly […]

Some prayers

Gospel, Readings and reflection 20.2.22

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time   Lectionary: 81 Reading I 1 Sm 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 In those days, Saul went down to the desert of Ziph with three thousand picked men of Israel, to search for David in the desert of Ziph. So David and Abishai went among Saul’s soldiers by night and found […]

Prayer to Saint Valentine

Happy Valentines day…..   We pray through the intercession of Saint Valentine for those we love; to keep them safe; protect the love we share for each other and that nothing will ever happen to distort that love. We ask this of Christ our Lord. Amen. _____________________ Saint Valentine, true servant who shed his blood […]

Gospel and Reading 13.2.2022

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 78 Reading I Jer 17:5-8 Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh,  whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, but stands in […]

Gospel and Readings 6th February 2022

    Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 75 Reading I Is 6:1-2a, 3-8 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were stationed above. They cried one to the other, “Holy, holy, holy is the […]

Prayer to St. Blaise

Glorious St Blaise O Glorious Saint Blaise, who by thy martyrdom has left to the Church a precious witness to the faith, obtain for us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend, without human respect, both by word and example, the truth of that same faith, which is so wickedly […]

Gospel and Readings 30.1.2022

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 72 Reading I Jer 1:4-5, 17-19 The word of the LORD came to me, saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. But do you gird your loins; stand up and […]

Gospel and Readings 23.1.2022

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 69 Reading I Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, which consisted of men, women, and those children old enough to understand. Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate, he read out of the book from […]

Gospel and Readings 16.1.2022

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 66 Reading I Is 62:1-5 For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your glory; you shall […]

Gospel, readings and reflection 9.1.22

The Baptism of the Lord Lectionary: 21 Reading I Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice […]

New years day Gospel and Readings

The Octave Day of Christmas Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Lectionary: 18 Reading I Nm 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD […]

Readings and Gospel 25.12.2021

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Mass during the Day Lectionary: 16 Reading I Is 52:7-10     How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, “Your God is King!” Hark!  Your sentinels raise a cry, together they shout […]

Gospel and Readings 19.12.2021

Fourth Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 12 Reading I Mi 5:1-4a     Thus says the LORD: You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old, from ancient times. Therefore the Lord will give […]

Advent

  THE 4 WEEKS OF ADVENT – THE CANDLES AND THE WREATH Advent is celebrated four consecutive weeks before Christmas.With the season of Advent, starts the lighting of different candles. Traditionally, each of the five Advent candles have a deeper meaning which is depicted in the four weeks we celebrate this season of waiting, watching […]

Gospel and Readings 28.11.2021

First Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 3 Reading I Jer 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot ; he shall do what is right and […]

Gospel, Readings 21st November 2021

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Lectionary: 161 Reading I Dn 7:13-14 As the visions during the night continued, I saw one like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; when he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, the one like a Son of […]

Gospel and Readings 14.11.2021

  Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 158 Reading I Dn 12:1-3 In those days, I Daniel, heard this word of the Lord: “At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your […]

The Angelus

Gospel and Readings 7.11.2021

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 155 Reading I 1 Kgs 17:10-16 In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the entrance of the city, a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her, “Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.” She left to get […]

Gospel, Reading and reflection – Feast of All Saints

  Solemnity of All Saints Lectionary: 667 Reading I Rv 7:2-4, 9-14 I, John, saw another angel come up from the East, holding the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were given power to damage the land and the sea, “Do not damage the […]

November indulgences

This year, the Vatican has decided once again to grant a plenary indulgence to Catholics who visit a cemetery to pray for the dead on any day in the month of November. In a typical year, the Church only grants this plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory to those who pray in a cemetery […]

All Souls day on Tuesday

  We pray in particular for those deceased that are forgotten and have no one to pray for them  

Gospel and Readings 24.10.21

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 149 Reading I Jer 31:7-9         Thus says the LORD: Shout with joy for Jacob, exult at the head of the nations; proclaim your praise and say: The LORD has delivered his people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them back from the land […]

Today’s Gospel

From today’s Gospel (21.10.2021),  the following thoughts from Catholic daily reflections.com arise. Alot to think and ponder upon:-   Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is […]

Gospel and Readings 17.10.2021

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 146 Reading I Is 53:10-11 The LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity. If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. Because of his affliction he […]

Synod Prayer

St. Faustina

Canonisation of Sister Faustina was ”best day” of Pope John Paul II’s life Tuesday 5 October last was the feast of Saint Mary Faustina. Helena Kowalska was born in 1905 in Poland. She was accepted by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, which she entered in 1925, taking her new name, […]

Prayer to Padre Pio

As the feast day of Padre Pio happened during the week, we say a prayer to him asking for his continued  intercession:-   Prayer for the Intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit. You marked his body with the […]

Mother Teresa

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

LITANY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God, the Father Almighty, have mercy on us. Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us. Spirit of the Father and the Son and Infinite Love […]

Our Saviour..

A family of Saints

St. Therese of Lisieux is one of the most beloved saints of our time. Her life reminds us that we don’t need to accomplish great feats in order to become a saint. We can become holy by saying yes to God in the tasks and events of everyday life. Most of us are familiar with […]

Prayers/Reflections for Holy week

Please click on link below:- https://achonrydiocese.org/holyweek2021/

Carlos Acutis

Prayer for Lent

Prayer for Lent

March is the month of St. Joseph

Prayer of the Month Prayer to St. Joseph Oh St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings […]

Prayer for Ash Wednesday

      WHAT IS ASH WEDNESDAY? Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too. […]

Prayer to St. Brigid

Prayer to Saint Brigid St. Brigid, You were a woman of peace. You brought harmony where there was conflict. You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious, and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in […]

St. Blaise

February 3rd is the Feast of Saint Blaise. On this date the traditional Saint Blaise blessing of throats is offered. Bishop Blaise was martyred in his episcopal city of Sebastea, Armenia, in 316. The legendary Acts of St. Blaise were written 400 years later. According to them Blaise was a good bishop, working hard to […]

Gospel and Readings 31.1.2021

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 71 Reading I Dt 18:15-20 Moses spoke to all the people, saying: “A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall listen. This is exactly what you requested of the LORD, your God, at Horeb on […]

A little thought

New Year!!!

 

The Pink Candle on the Advent wreath

The third Sunday of Advent is rose (pink) because pink symbolises joy, the joy that Jesus is almost here. When parents get ready to bring a new baby home, they typically paint the baby’s room pink or blue. They do this out of joy for to baby’s arrival. In the same way, the priest wears […]

Fr. Rookeys, miracle prayer

The Miracle Prayer (By Father Rookey) Lord Jesus, I come before you, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In your Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I […]

A Smile

Saying the Rosary each day for the month of October

Archbishop Martin, the Primate of All Ireland has asked that we say the Rosary (or at least a Decade of the Rosary) each day for the month of October; asking the Lord to protect us from this virus and ultimately to take it away from us.

Purgatory

Talk to the Lord in the quietness of your heart

Spend 5 to 10 minutes observing this image of the Lord. Think about the day you leave this world for the next. Think about what you will think, when the Lord approaches you with his hands out wide welcoming you, with a warm smile on his face. Think of how he is coming to you […]

Our Lady of Sorrows – Novena (for September)

Our Lady of Sorrows Novena Prayers Our Lady of Sorrows Novena – We remember and pray for the month of September…… Day 1 O BLESSED Virgin Mary, Mother of our Redeemer! remember we are thy children, given to thee by thy Divine Son, when expiring on the cross. Mother of sorrows! by the tears which […]

St. Teresa (Mother Teresa) feast day

The Church celebrates on Septermber 5 the feast of Mother Teresa, a universal symbol of God’s merciful and preferential love for the poor and forgotten.Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, the youngest of three children. She attended a youth group called Sodality, run by a Jesuit priest at her […]

Prayer of Spouses for each other

Prayer of Spouses for Each Other Lord Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from […]

Praying the Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary Rosary beads help Catholics count their prayers. More importantly, Catholics pray the rosary as a means of entreaty to ask God for a special favour, such as helping a loved one recover from an illness, or to thank God for blessings received — a new baby, a new job, a new moon. […]

We reflect on this image of Jesus praying. What was Jesus asking his Father in heaven. What do we now need to ask our Father in Heaven…..

St Joachim and St. Anne – feast day

Today, July 26th, the Church remembers St. Joachim and St. Anne, the parents of the Virgin Mary. Despite the importance of their role as the maternal grandparents of Jesus, we do not know too much about them. Regarding Joachim, we know that he was a shepherd from Jerusalem, married to Anne. They did not have […]

St. James, the apostle – feast day – 25th July

James the Apostle Gracious God, we remember before You today Your servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and we pray that You will pour out upon the leaders of your Church that spirit of self-denying service by which alone they may have true authority […]

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,, I give you my heart and my soul; Jesus, Mary and Joseph assist me now and in my last agony; Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I bring forth my soul in peace with you. Amen.

Mother Teresa inspirational words

A POWERFUL MESSAGE FROM ST. MOTHER THERESA. VIDEO: Powerful message of healing from St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Listen and be blessed. Posted by Fr. Paintsil on Sunday, July 5, 2020

Purgatory

Feast day of St. Anthony of Padua 13th of June

Prayer of Thanksgiving St Anthony of Padua Most loving protector, great St. Anthony, I hasten to thank you. Full of appreciation and profound gratitude I acknowledge the favors you have secured for me in reply to my prayers and those of our Franciscan missionaries. Because you answered my petitions and all those the children of […]

Plenary Indulgence – Divine Mercy Sunday

How to Gain a Plenary Indulgence This Divine Mercy Sunday, Even in Quarantine Divine Mercy Sunday falls on April 19 this year. How can we earn the supernatural graces attached to this special day with closed churches? The Fathers of Mercy explain how to gain a plenary indulgence, even if you’re in quarantine. Jesus promises […]

How to say the Rosary

The rosary has 59 beads, a crucifix, and a medal, with certain prayers for each of these different pieces. The prayers of the rosary can be divided into three categories: Introductory Prayers The Decades Closing Prayers With the prayers of the rosary, we ask Mary to pray for us and to guide us by the […]

Prayers at home (where mass not possible)

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Priests in Achonry

From Achonry Diocese page…. Priests in Achonry  February 6, 2020  Diocese of Achonry  Diocese, Reflection Our Bishop-Elect, Paul Dempsey, comes to us as one of the youngest priests in our diocese. Looking at our situation, as it stands today, including retired priests, the age-profile of our priests is: six over the age of 80 seven aged between 70-80 ten aged between 60-70, ten aged between 50-60, […]

The sign of the cross
Drawings of Keash Church by junior room in Keash N.S

  Some of the children in the Junior room of Keash N.S, prepared the above (which are fantastic)…….

PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY PRAYER OF SPOUSES

Dear Saint Anthony, bless and protect my family; keep it united in love, sustain it in its everyday needs, and keep it safe from evil. Bless me and my husband (my wife): help us to live with dignity through the fruits of our work so that we may have the opportunity to raise and educate […]