Thursday, February 1, 2018

Confirmation Ceremonies

Tomorrow, Friday 2nd, 56 young people from St. Finian's National School will receive the sacrament of Confirmation in St Finian's Church, while next Friday 9th a grand total of 75 from The Holy Family National School, Rathcoole, will receive the sacrament in St Mary's, Saggart, Bishop Eamonn Walsh officiating on both occasions. Congratulations to each and every one of the 131 girls and boys. All of us adults can only hope and pray that they find their way in life by their own efforts and hard work, first of all, of course, but also by knowing that there is someone there beyond themselves that is guiding the world with them and through them. (And it's exactly the same story for us adults.)

Families are invited, if they so wish, to send a photo to this parish site (email address right sidebar) as a memento of the occasion. A group photo would be particularly welcome.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Holy Family

Icon of the Holy Family for WMOF 2018

We celebrated the feast of the Holy Family on the last day (31st) of 2017.  The Church of the Holy Family in Rathcoole will mark its 30th anniversary in 2018. The third and most illustrious mention we can make in connection with this topic as we embark on this New Year of 2018 is, of course, the World Meeting of Families which will take place in August. The above icon shows the wedding feast of Cana (right), the Holy Family in Nazareth (centre) and (left) the raising from the dead by Jesus of the daughter of Jairus (Matthew Ch. 9,  Mark Ch.5, and Luke Ch.8). We can read the panels, then, as taking in the complete cycle of life from marriage/birth to nurturing/education to end-of-life/resurrection. (For further commentary on the icon please see this week's newsletter (Sunday 7th), p.2.)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Times of Masses, Christmas 2017

St Finian's Church Tower at Dawn

For times of Masses over the Christmas period please see the J4 Newsletter for Sunday 17th, p.2.  To access the newsletter, click on the link in the sidebar (above right).

Christmas in the Square

Monday, November 27, 2017

Let Us Pray for the Dead 2016-2017

May He support us all day long, 
till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, 
and the busy world is hushed, 
and the fever of life is over,              
and our work is done.

Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, 
and a holy rest,
and peace at the last.   (John Henry Newman)

Saggart Cemetery (New Section)

Maura Browne
Wayne Keogh
Michael O'Dwyer
Christine O'Reilly
Christina Blackburn
Mary Dullaghan
Frances Whelan
Judy Lucey
Mary Drury
Bernie Callaghan
Eamonn Fitzgerald
Michaela Gonda
John O’Brien
Denis Kelly
Joan Mulvaney
Carmel McDermott
Rose McGlynn
Monica Hanlon
Charles Rudden
Maura Greaney
John Paul English
Eamonn Kenny
Elizabeth Erritty
Thomas Fairbanks
Brian O’Brien
Mary Gibbons
Marie O'Dwyer
Barry Lenihan
Joseph Rainsford
Thomas Moore
Susan Gibbons
James Murphy
Donald Hall
Esther Kenny
Kevin Shiji
Thomas Joyce
Jean Gordon
Eileen Ryan
Declan Slater
John Malone

New Cemetery, Newcastle

Joseph Sharry
Ernest Mooney
Ellen Fox
Patrick Farrell
Noel Mannix
Mary Rogers
Stephen Donnelly
Matthew Lee
Ann Kelly
Angela Burke
Una Healy
Imelda Nolan
Mary Condron
Mary Feely
May Hayes
Mai O’Reilly
James Kilgallon
Brenda Tier
Agnes Janssens
Robert Burke
Pauline Cullen
James Leonard

Louis Delahogue's Tribute to Fr Andrew Hart

Anno 1815
From the Epitaph of Fr Andrew Hart,  St Mary's, Saggart


                          A Little Historic Moment

Two years ago, on Sunday 22 November 2015, the bicentenary was marked of the death of Fr Andrew Hart, P.P. of the ‘United Parishes of Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle Lyons’ (d. 20 November 1815, aged 30).  Since the Mass that morning happened to be a children’s Communion Preparation Mass, the talk delivered by Donal McMahon had to be adapted for a young audience, with the emphasis being put on the 'man on the wall' (see the report here). On Sunday 19th this year, the day before his anniversary, Fr Hart’s life was again recalled, this time for grown-ups. On this occasion the focus was the address (in Latin) given to the students in Maynooth the day after Fr Hart’s funeral by Louis Delahogue, the French-born Professor of Theology who had taught him there, had known him there later as Dean, and who had attended his funeral. This address was now heard for the first time in English more than two hundred years later in Fr Hart's own parish church, not far away from the site of his burial, a site distinguished, as we know, by a fine life-sized effigy.

You can read the talk (and print a copy, if you wish) here.