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Tag Archive for ‘Ireland’

Saturday 17 March

ST PATRICK, BISHOP, MISSIONARY PATRON OF AUCKLAND DIOCESE Jeremiah 1:4-9; Psalm 106; (Acts 13:46-49); Luke 10:1-2, 17-20 Lord, even the devils submit to us when we use your name The Church in New Zealand honours St Patrick because many Irish laity and clergy migrated and helped establish the Church here. Patrick was born c.387 in […]

The Secondary Patrons of Ireland – St Brigid

St. Brigid of Kildare The very youngest years of the life of St. Brigid of Kildare overlap the final years of St. Patrick (d. 461). St. Brigid directly influenced several other future saints of Ireland, and her many religious communities helped to secure the country’s conversion from paganism to the Catholic faith. According to one […]

June Saints

Saint Rafael Guizar Valencia (1878-1938) St Rafael Guizar Valencia was born in Cotija, Mexico in 1878 to wealthy and devout parents. After a good education, Rafael entered the seminary and was ordained priest in 1901. An evangelist at heart, he began to move around Mexico giving missions and founded the Missionaries of Our Lady of […]

Wednesday 1 February

St Brigid (451-525)a Patron Saint of Ireland 2 Samuel 24:2,9-17; Psalm 32; Mark 6: 1-6 Brigid’s parents were baptized by St Patrick. As a young girl she desired to live for God alone. After taking religious vows, she organized other consecrated women to live in convents all over Ireland. Many miracles are attributed to her. […]

‘Defender of the Faith’

This historical title has modern resonance. Trish O’Donnell reflects on the history and its implications We know Henry VIII was not one to take ‘NO’ for an answer.  Long before his marital exploits and break with Rome he had a reputation for persistency – proved beyond doubt in his efforts to obtain a title in […]

Thursday 17th March

St Patrick (415-493 AD) Jeremiah 1: 4-9; Psalm 106; Acts 13: 46-49; Luke 10: 1-2; 17-20. St Patrick could well have applied to himself the words spoken by the Lord to Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1: 4-5). His great […]

Sparkle Still in the Emerald Isle

I went to Ireland for a three month course starting on September 19, after the Newman Beatification Mass in Birmingham. The aircraft was full of pilgrims from the Mass: Bishops, clergy and lay people. I noticed the easy familiarity between clergy and people, chatting across aisles and even over the top of seats. When I […]