Faith of a Child

balloons21 (1)Faith of a Child.

I concelebrated a funeral today for CP. (Initials only) He had Zellweger Syndrome. Most kids die before their first Birthday, CP was 9. We can always measure a life by how long it lasts, but for CP that wouldn’t do him justice. He was a survivor. In the not too distant future my parish will celebrate a funeral for a 105 year old.  Just by age alone people will say she had a great life. CP never said a word, something maybe I should pay attention to yet changed the world!

We had a packed Church and very few dry eyes.  Even knowing that CP is finally complete and whole for the very first time, today’s celebration challenged even the most stoic to keep a dry eye. Continue reading “Faith of a Child”

Ireland Trip June 4-15

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2017 Preliminary Tour Schedule for June 4 – 15

Irish Pilgrimage Tour w/ Fr. Pat O’Brien

The tour is €1334 Euro / approx. $1500 Dollars per person + the air fare costs ( as of this time cost is about $1200. Per person ) a deposit of $300 per person will hold your place ( non refundable ):

Click here for PDF of Full Ireland Itinerary 2017

Accommodation Each Night ……
• Breakfast Each Morning
• Dinner Every Evening
• Luxury Touring Vehicle
• FREE BOTTLED WATER
• FREE WIFI
• Private Driver/Guide
• Endless story telling
• Entry to listed attractions
• FREE Support while travelling
Endless stories and craic with your driver/guide as he is so full of knowledge and will fill you in on some Irish stories and old wives tales. You won’t need to worry about driving and you will save the cost of fuel and insurance on a car! And we will have Fr. Pat along to keep us all “on the right track” .. that is if you enjoy a good Guinness!!

If you have any questions please call or email Gregory Davis at 210.316.6214 or greg@acdarchitects com
ITINERARY SUMMARY

Leave for Ireland from San Antonio Airport June 4th .. Arrive in Dublin June 5

Day 1 – 4th June
● Depart from the US

Day 2 – 5th June
● Driver will pick us up in Dublin airport when we arrive
● Guided tour of the city
● Trinity College & the Book of Kells
● St Mary’s Abbey
● Irish House Party (dinner & traditional Irish dancing show) in the evening
● Dinner & Show … overnight at hotel in Dublin

Day 3 – 6th June
● Morning Mass
● Kilkenny city tour
● Cork city
● Blarney Castle
● Dinner & overnight at hotel in Cork

Day 4 – 7th June

● Morning Mass
● Torc Waterfall
● Muckross Friary
● Muckross House and Gardens
● Dinner & overnight in Kerry

Day 5 – 8th June
● Morning Mass
● Gallarus Castle
● Dingle Peninsula
● Dingle Village
● Dinner & overnight in Kerry

Day 6 – 9 th June
● Morning Mass
● Cliffs of Moher
● Caherconnell Fort and live Sheepdog demonstration
● Dinner & overnight in Clare

Day 7 – 10th June
● Morning Mass
● Galway Cathedral
● Galway City Tour
● Patrick Pearce Cottages
● Dinner & overnight in Galway

Day 8 – 11th June

● Morning Mass
● Kylemore Abbey
● Connemara National Park
● Dinner & overnight in Galway

Day 9 – 12th June
● Morning Mass
● Knock Shrine
● Cong
● Westport Heritage Town
● Dinner & overnight in Mayo

Day 10 – 13th June
● Morning Mass
● Clonmacnoise
● Hill of Tara
● Dinner & overnight in Meath

Day 11 14th
June
● Transfer to Dublin airport for departure flight

ITINERARY DETAIL

INFO W/O Pictures Below Irelands Itinerary 2017

HOTEL

 

Dublin – Buswells Hotel – MHH
Location: Dublin, Dublin
Check in: June, 05, 12:00 AM
Check out: June, 06, 12:00 AM
Nights: 1 night
Room: 24 x Standard Rooms

This long-standing Georgian hotel dating back to 1882 is 950m from Merrion Square and 1.5 km from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The refined rooms are traditionally styled with plush throws on down duvets and damask pattern wallpapers. They come with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Room service is available 24/7. Full Irish breakfast (fee) is served. The hotel is elegantly styled, from the intimate bar with leather armchairs to the polished restaurant serving Irish fare and carvery lunches. It also offers a fitness room. Sophisticated meeting rooms are available.

GPS Coordinates Latitude:53.34071328580364
Longtitude:-6.255855560302734

 

ACTIVITY

ATT – Dublin – City Tour Dublin city tour
Pickup Time: June 05,

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Dublin – St. Mary’s Abbey Tour
Pickup Time: June 05,
St. Mary’s Abbey is one of Dublin’s best kept secrets. It was once the wealthiest Cistercian Abbey in Ireland. Today only two rooms remain – the Chapter House and the Slype. The Abbey, founded in 1139, played a large role in the affairs of the state until its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539. It was in the Chapter House that “Silken” Thomas Fitzgerald started his unsuccessful rebellion in 1534 and it is in this context that the Abbey is mentioned in the “Wandering Rocks” chapter of

Ulysses by James Joyce. Today it contains a fascinating exhibition put together by the Office of Public Works along with the Dublin Archaeological Society and the History of Art Department of Trinity College, Dublin.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Dublin – The Irish House Party Dinner & Show
Pickup Time: June 05,
Located 10 minutes from the City Centre in a beautiful 18th Century townhouse, The Irish House Party is a truly unique experience in Dublin. The evening was something of a revolt by Irish musicians against the cheesy and the twee. It is traditional Irish music and Irish dancing at its very best, performed by All Ireland champion musicians, dancers and entertaining presenters. Consistently voted as one of the top ten things to do in Dublin.

Start time 7pm

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Dublin – Trinity College Library & The Book of Kells Library Tour
Pickup Time: June 05,
Exhibitions are held in the Long Room to display the rich holdings of the Library and encourage further research. Visitors can take a Trinity Tour of campus which includes entry to the Book of Kells and exhibitions, or enjoy the Trinity Experience
– some of the many wonderful things for visitors to enjoy at Trinity College Dublin

 

 

Day 2: June 06

 

HOTEL
Cork – Blarney Woolen Mills Hotel
Location: Cork, Cork
Check in: June, 06, 12:00 AM
Check out: June, 07, 12:00 AM
Nights: 1 night
Room: 24 x Bed and Full Irish Breakfast

Housed in a former mill, this ivy-clad hotel is 4 minutes’ walk from Blarney Castle and 8.9 km from Cork. Traditional rooms feature TVs, free WiFi, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some rooms have castle views. Family rooms sleep up to 4 people, and there’s also a suite with a separate sitting area.Breakfast is available for a surcharge. The farmhouse-style restaurant serves traditional dishes, and there’s a lounge/bar that offers light meals and cocktails. Other amenities include a fitness centre and free parking.

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Cork – Blarney Castle Castle Tour
Pickup Time: June 06,
Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty, a cadet branch of the Kings of Desmond, and dates from 1446. The noted Blarney Stone is found among the machicolations of the castle.

The castle originally dates from before 1200, when a wooden structure was believed to have been built on the site, although no evidence remains of this. Around 1210 this was replaced by a stone fortification. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muscry,[5][6] who also built castles at Kilcrea and Carrignamuck.

Blarney, Co. Cork Ireland

GPS Coordinates Latitude: 51.9289
Longtitude: -8.5708

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Cork – Cork City Cork City Tour

Pickup Time: June 06,

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Kilkenny City Kilkenny City
Pickup Time: June 06,
Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh, meaning “church of Cainnech”) is a city located in south-east part of Ireland and the county town of the eponymous County Kilkenny. It is built on both banks of the River Nore in the province of Leinster. The city is administered by a Borough Council and a Mayor which is a level below that of city council in the Local government of the state although the Local Government Act 2001 allows for “the continued use of the description city”. The borough has a population of 8,711, however the majority of the population live outside the borough boundary, the 2011 Irish Census gives the total population of the Borough & Environs as 24,423.

Kilkenny is a popular tourist destination. In 2009 the City of Kilkenny celebrated its 400th year since the granting of city status in 1609. Kilkenny’s heritage is evident in the city and environs including the historic buildings such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral and round tower, Rothe House, Shee Alms House, Black Abbey, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Town Hall, St. Francis Abbey, Grace’s Castle, and St. John’s Priory. Kilkenny is regarded for its culture with craft and design workshops, the Watergate Theatre, public gardens and museums. Annual events include Kilkenny Art Festival, the Cat Laughs comedy festival and music at the Rhythm and Roots festival and the Source concert. It is a popular base to explore the surrounding towns, villages and countryside. Controversy exists at the moment around the Kilkenny Central Access Scheme which is a road proposed to be built through the city centre.

Kilkenny began with an early sixth century ecclesiastical foundation within the kingdom of Ossory. Following Norman invasion of Ireland, Kilkenny Castle and a series of walls were built to protect the burghers of what became a Norman merchant town. William Marshall, Lord of Leinster, gave Kilkenny a charter as a town in 1207. By the late thirteenth century Kilkenny was under Norman-Irish control. The Statutes of Kilkenny passed at Kilkenny in 1367, aimed to curb the decline of the Hiberno-Norman Lordship of Ireland. In 1609 King James I of England granted Kilkenny a Royal Charter giving it the status of a city. Following the Rebellion of 1641, the Irish Catholic Confederation, also known as the “Confederation of Kilkenny”, was based in Kilkenny and lasted until the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in 1649. Kilkenny was a famous brewing centre from the late seventeenth century. In the late twentieth century Kilkenny is a tourist and creative centre.

 

 

Day 3 – 4: June 07 – June 08

 

HOTEL
Kerry – The Malton Killarney
Location: Killarney, Kerry
Check in: June, 07, 12:00 AM
Check out: June, 09, 12:00 AM
Nights: 2 nights
Room: 24 x Classic Bedrooms Dinner

Adjacent to the rail station and set on 6 acres, this high-end Victorian hotel, with separate self-catering holiday apartments, is 6.7 km to Muckross House. The elegant, luxurious rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, designer toiletries, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Suites add minifridges and bottles of mineral water; some have 4-poster beds. Modern, self-catering apartments include kitchens, fireplaces and patios. There are 2 swanky eateries, as well as a lounge serving afternoon tea, a relaxed pub and a wine bar. Amenities include a spa, a heated indoor pool, a gym, 2 tennis courts and a playground. Free parking is available.

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Kerry – Muckross Friary Tour
Pickup Time: June 07,
This Franciscan Friary was founded in the 15th century and is in a remarkable state of preservation. The tower was added after the church was built and is the only Franciscan tower in Ireland which is as wide as the church. The cloister and its associated buildings are complete and an old yew tree stands in the centre. The monks were finally driven out by the Cromwellians in 1652.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Kerry – Muckross House and Gardens Tour
Pickup Time: June 07,
Within Killarney National Park is Muckross House a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland s leading stately homes. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement one can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the House. The Gardens at Muckross House are renowned world-wide for their beauty. In particular they are noted for their fine collections of azaleas and rhododendrons, an extensive water garden, and an outstanding rock garden hewn out of natural limestone. Muckross House is also home to a number of skilled craft workers who can be viewed using traditional skills in the crafts of weaving, bookbinding and pottery

in the adjacent walled garden centre.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Kerry – Torc Waterfall Torc waterfall Tour
Pickup Time: June 07,
Torc Waterfall (Irish: Easach Toirc) is a waterfall at the base of Torc Mountain, about5 miles (8.0 km) from Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland. The falls are one of the landmarks on the 200 kilometre Kerry Way walking tour, and are encompassed in the Killarney National Park. Red deer are frequently seen and heard in the area. Easy access and parking make the site popular with walkers and tour bus groups, who often visit as part of the Ring of Kerry tour. A public hiking trail stretches from the waterfall to the top of Torc Mountain.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Kerry – Dingle Peninsula Dingle Peninsula
Pickup Time: June 08,
The Dingle Peninsula is the northernmost of the major peninsulae in County Kerry. It ends beyond the town of Dingle at Dunmore Head, the westernmost point of Ireland and arguably Europe.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Kerry – Dingle Village

Dingle Village
Pickup Time: June 08,
Dingle (Irish: An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis, meaning “Ó Cúis’ fort”) is a town in County Kerry, Ireland. The only town on the Dingle Peninsula, it sits on the Atlantic coast, about 50 kilometres (30 mi) southwest of Tralee and 71 kilometres (40 mi) northwest of Killarney. Principal industries in the town are tourism, fishing and agriculture: Dingle Mart (livestock market) serves the surrounding countryside. In 2006 Dingle had a population of 1,920. Dingle is situated in a Gaeltacht region. There used to be two secondary schools but they have now amalgamated to produce Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne. A friendly dolphin named Fungie lives in the harbour

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Kerry – Gallarus Castle and Oratory Tour
Pickup Time: June 08,
Gallarus Castle was built by the FitzGeralds and is probably 15th century in date. It is one of the few surviving castles on the Dingle peninsula. It is a four-storey tower with a vaulted ceiling on the fourth floor; none of its battlements remain.
Conservation works have been undertaken at the castle in recent years and the interior is fully accessible. The tower was accessed originally on the 1st floor and there was a two storey defensive structure to the front, now gone but evidence of it can be seen on the external wall. Restricted access for visitors with disabiltiies. No car parking at site.

 

 

Day 5: June 09

 

HOTEL
Clare – Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis
Location: Ennis, Clare
Check in: June, 09, 12:00 AM
Check out: June, 10, 12:00 AM
Nights: 1 night
Room: 24 x Bed & Full Irish Breakfast

A 9-minute walk from Ennis Friary, this unassuming hotel is also a 12-minute walk from the train station. Simple rooms have satellite TV, WiFi, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Suites add separate living rooms. The restaurant serves dinner and Sunday lunch, and the pub offers bar meals and traditional Irish music sessions. Afternoon tea is available in the library. There are also 5 meeting rooms. Off-street parking is free.

 

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Clare – Caherconnell Fort & Sheepdog Demonstration Caherconnell Fort & Sheepdog Demonstration
Pickup Time: June 09,
As the Vikings made their way across Europe and on toward America, Caherconnell Fort stood proudly as a stronghold in the Burren. As the Crusades were begun by Pope Urban II, and as the Battle of Hastings saw the Normans begin to seize power
in England, the occupants of Caherconnell Fort were enjoying wealth and power. Today Caherconnell Fort is one of the Burren’s premier tourism destinations attracting visitors from all over the world. Situated 1km south of the world famous Poulnabrone Dolmen, Caherconnell Fort offers you the opportunity to visit an exceptionally well preserved example of the stone forts or stone ringforts, which are to be found in the Burren, Ireland. Stone lined pathways and drystone walls erected with care by past and present generations will guide you around this site as the archaeologists work to unearth the secrets held within the magnificent walls.

Caherconnell, Carron, Co. Clare

GPS Coordinates Latitude:53.041883 Longtitude:-9.138822

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Clare – Cliffs of Moher Public Admission
Pickup Time: June 09,
The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.

GPS Coordinates Latitude:52.9714578 Longtitude:-9.4247540

 

 

Day 6 – 7: June 10 – June 11

 

HOTEL
Galway – The Harbour Hotel
Location: Galway, Galway
Check in: June, 10, 12:00 AM
Check out: June, 12, 12:00 AM
Nights: 2 nights
Room: 24 x Standard Room

This upscale waterfront hotel is 0.6 km from Eyre Square and 1 km from Saint Nicholas Collegiate Church. The modern rooms come with free WiFi, desks, flat- screen TVs, pillow-top mattresses, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgrades add free bottled water and snacks. There’s a modern restaurant serving afternoon tea and a sleek bar with a cocktail menu. An exercise room and 5 meeting rooms are also available.

 

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Galway – Galway Cathedral Galway Cathedral Tour
Pickup Time: June 10,

Galway Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora. The word “cathedral” is derived from the Greek “kathedra”, meaning a seat; and indeed this seat is to be found within the sanctuary of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral of Galway was dedicated on 15 August 1965, and as such is the youngest of Europe’s great stone cathedrals. it is dedicated to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Galway – Galway City Tour Galway City Tour
Pickup Time: June 10,
Galway, the largest county in Connaught, is celebrated in song and story throughout the world and takes centre stage on Ireland’s western seaboard. A spectacularly beautiful county, it is a medley of contrasts – the wildest and remotest of countryside teamed with one of Europe’s most vibrant and popular cities. Drawn as if by a magnet, visitors come again and again, captivated by this most special of Irish counties. Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jewellery and woodwork. The city has many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. It has changed considerably over the last number of years and features a fascinating juxtaposition of new and ancient architecture. The centre of the city is conveniently compact enough to ramble around comfortably. Anyone who knows the song ‘Galway Bay’ will be familiar with the Claddagh, previously a fishing village of thatched cottages, now an area just outside the city centre. Here is the birthplace of the world famous Claddagh ring, a souvenir many bring home, just to keep a little piece of Galway with them always.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Galway – Patrick Pearse’s Cottage (Teach an Phiarsaigh) Tour
Pickup Time: June 10,
A small restored cottage overlooking the breathtaking lakes and mountains of Connemara, used by Patrick Pearse (1879- 1916) leader of the 1916 Rising, as a summer residence and summer school for his pupils from St Endas, in Dublin.

Accompanying Pearse on a visit to Ros Muc in 1915 was Desmond Ryan, a former pupil, who later wrote of the enthusiasm engendered by Pearse in his visits there: “The Twelve Pins came in sight and Pearse waved his hand here and there over the land, naming lake, mountain and district away to the Joyce Country under its purple mist.” Ryan also recalled the long walks and cycle rides through the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht and the stories told by Pearse that had been recounted to him by local story tellers. The interior, although burned during the War of Independence, has been reconstructed and contains an exhibition.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Galway – Connemara National Park Tour
Pickup Time: June 11,
Situated near Letterfrack, the Park covers some 2,000 hectares (4942 acres) of scenic countryside, rich in wildlife on the slopes of the Twelve Bens. Attractions include exhibitions, nature trails, audio-visual show. In addition there is a summer programme of walks, talks and special events for younger visitors. Access for visitors with disabilities in the Visitor Centre.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Galway – Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens Admission Tour
Pickup Time: June 11,
At the Kylemore Abbey Craft & Design Shop you will find a wide variety of Irish and International souvenirs, gift ware, fashions and jewellery. Unique to us are the Kylemore Abbey Pottery Range and chocolates and skincare products handmade by the Benedictine Nuns. Our Online Shop has a the full range of Kylemore Abbey Food products, including Handmade Chocolates, Gifts, Books, Souvenirs and The Music Is Fun range of books by Sr. Karol O’ Connell.

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden is open daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm with last entry to the estate at 5.30pm. Please visit the tickets and info section for more information on opening hours and ticket purchase. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about it’s history and tales of tradegy and romance. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with it’s magnificent restored buildings. Discover great walks through the grounds.

Our chefs use fresh vegetables and herbs collected from the 6 acre Victorian walled garden on the estate and source ingredients locally where possible. We proudly serve only 100% Irish meat and vegetarian and coeliac options are always available. Choose from Mitchell’s Café or the stunning Tea House by the walled Garden.

 

 

Day 8: June 12

 

HOTEL
Mayo – Clew Bay Hotel Westport – MHH
Location: Westport, Mayo
Check in: June, 12, 12:00 AM
Check out: June, 13, 12:00 AM
Nights: 1 night
Room: 24 x Standard Rooms

A 2-minute walk from both Westport Leisure Park and Clew Bay Golf Club, this modern, family-run lodging is also a 15-minute walk from Westport train station. The colourful rooms feature en suite bathrooms, TVs and free WiFi, as well as tea and coffeemaking equipment. Complimentary full Irish breakfast is provided, and dining options include a riverside restaurant and a bistro. There’s also an art gallery in the lobby and a bar with 2 flat-screen-screen TVs and live entertainment on weekends. Guests receive free access to a leisure complex with an indoor pool, a kids’ pool and a plunge pool, as well as a sauna, a steam room and a gym.

53.800624, -9.523309

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Mayo – Westport Heritage Town Westport Town
Pickup Time: June 12,
Westport is situated on the shores of Clew Bay, in the shadow of Croagh Patrick and is one of the few planned towns in the country. It is an estate town, built to the plan of James Wyatt, the well known architect of the Georgian period. One of its outstanding features is the elegant tree-lined boulevard, known as The Mall. Westport was overall winner of the 2001 and 2006 National Tidy Towns Award.

Guided Walks of this historic town are conducted twice weekly, during the summer months. The history of the development of Westport, from the time it was an O’Malley stronghold in the 16th Century, to the present day, is brought alive in the Clew Bay Heritage Centre, located at Westport Quay.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Mayo – Cong Cong Tour
Pickup Time: June 12,
The Gaelic name for Cong, Cunga Feichin, is very informative and revealing. Cung means a narrow strip of land and is situated on a narrow isthmus of cavernous limestone between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib. A stroll through Cong and its hinterland is a microcosmic trip through the history of Ireland and its people. No trace today remains of Feichin’s haven by the river but the tranquillity, clear water and abundant supply of fish that tempted Feichin to settle in Cong are still there to be savoured, enjoyed and appreciated nearly 1400 years later. The majestic monastic remains that adorn Cong today are the relics of a monastery built by the High King of Ireland, Turlach O’Connor in 1120 for the Augustinians. The monastery continued as a site of worship and learning, until it was suppressed in the reign of King Henry VIII. Stroll around the monastic cloisters and cast your mind back to the psalm chanting monks following the ornate Cross of Cong which is now in the National Museum. The Market Cross in the village commemorates two former abbots of the monastery.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Mayo – Knock Shrine Knock Shrine
Pickup Time: June 12,
Knock Shrine (Irish: Cnoc Mhuire) is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site and National Shrine in the village of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland, where observers stated that there was an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint John the Evangelist, angels, and Jesus Christ (the Lamb of God) in 1879.

 

 

Day 9: June 13

 

HOTEL
Meath – Headfort Arms Hotel – MHH
Location: , Meath
Check in: June, 13, 12:00 AM
Check out: June, 14, 12:00 AM
Nights: 1 night
Room: 24 x Standard Rooms

This understated, family-run inn is a 14-minute walk from Headfort Golf Club and 9.4 km from the Girley Bog Natural Heritage Area. The simple, modern rooms feature en suite bathrooms, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffeemaking equipment. Some rooms also have fireplaces, high ceilings and free-standing tubs, while suites add Jacuzzis, champagne and fruit. Free breakfast is provided, and room service is available. There’s a fine dining restaurant, a French-style cafe and a traditional bar with live music on-site. Other amenities include a laundry service and spa treatments, plus a guest lounge and function space for 50 to 400.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Meath – Hill of Tara Tour
Pickup Time: June 13,
Though best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara has been an important site since the late Stone Age when a passage-tomb was constructed there. Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ. Attractions include an audio-visual show and guided tours of the site.

 

 

ACTIVITY
ATT – Offaly – Clonmacnoise Tour
Pickup Time: June 13,
An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display in the visitor centre. The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audiovisual presentation shown in the visitor centre. There are also exhibitions that deal with the flora, fauna and landscape of the region.

 

 

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Flags in the Sanctuary

Flags in the Sanctuary

I am so lucky to be at the parish that I am at.  After explaining why I don’t think flags in the Sanctuary is appropriate, and moving them, I learned a great deal.  This is a first, I’m Linking to a previous blog that didn’t get much viewership.  I am a true patriot and veteran.  I will do anything in my power to help those that serve in harms way and their families and at the same time have an issue of such a powerful image as a flag in the sanctuary.  The parish is that I am assigned to is very military and the last time I was in a similar situation and the flags were moved just out of the sanctuary, it was a major event.

The folks at St. Pius X in San Antonio make me proud to serve them.  I explained one of the reasons, I moved the flags and all I got were kudo’s!  I was also thanked for explaining why the flags should be moved to the side of the Church.  Many people said they agreed and hadn’t realized it till I talked about it.

Click here to see my explanation of why flags should not be close to where we are celebrating the ultimate sacrifice.

I was going to wait a year or two to move them, but after installing me as Pastor, the Archbishop said he thought it could be done now.  He was right.  Again, thank you to an amazing parish!

 

Homily 21st Sunday Ordinary Time 2016 – Make Straight Your Path

Homily 21st Sunday Ordinary Time 2016 – Make Straight Your Path

I don’t usually write about my homilies, but what struck me this weekend, is still with me today.  In the reading from Hebrews it says to make our path straight.  I think I always though the challenge was to find the path godswayand that it could be hard to find.  The combination of the readings recently where we received the great commandment to love the Lord our God and to Love our neighbor as ourselves has really given me something to ponder.

Do we make the path crocked or difficult to follow or did God?  How many times are we the ones getting in the way, when the path to Salvation is actually quite clear.  How often do we get caught up in the day to day “STUFF” and forget about the reason we are even here. Continue reading “Homily 21st Sunday Ordinary Time 2016 – Make Straight Your Path”

Politics and Religion

Politics and Religion… Dare I go here…

Politics and Religion, Wow, here I go.  As we approach a strange time in the US political arena, I was thinking about the Gospel today about the Rich Man, His Camel and the Eye of the Needle.  The part of the Gospel that really caught me today is that “Nothing is impossible with God”.

I think if we look at our world, religion and politics are having the same politics-and-religionissues.  To me, it seems the busier we get and the more uncertain our world gets, we lose focus and look for answers, the easier the better.  We we are kids we live in a black and white world.  For some of us, even TV was black and white.  The old Church took the thought out of religion and faith.  The priest told us what to believe, what to do and even what was a sin.  The Church even informed us what the Bible was telling us.  It was like the Church was in a preadolescent phase.

The Magisterium at Vat II realized we had grown up and we were ready to take responsibility for Continue reading “Politics and Religion”

The Mass Part II

Liturgy of the Word The Mass Part I left us at the readings in the Liturgy of the Word.  I could write many pet peeve blogs about how we read/stumble through/proclaim the Word of God.  We believe that Jesus is the Word made flesh.  In the early days of our faith the Israelites believed that the word had so much power that they would not even say the word or name they had for their God.  We have sense removed that word from usage also.  When someone calls us Fat or Stupid, especially when we are kids, that can have power.  It frustrates me when those proclaiming God’s word, don’t do it with respect and awe.

In ancient times the Bible was communicated by an oral tradition.  Those trained from a young age were entrusted with specific sections to pass to the next generation.  That spoken word was reverenced.  When it could be first put to print it was a long, pains taking process using scarce resources and Gospelsonly the very rich could have copies.  We still reverence the books that contain the Word, especially the book of the Gospels.

A few years ago in the sacristy before Mass, luckily not at my Church, the Lector was absent.  The head of the Lectors said, I can do it.  He had no clue when asked what Readings for the day were.  Earlier I’d seen a friend enter that I knew always prepared readings prepared for Mass.  I asked him go get her.  He was a bit miffed saying that he could have winged it.  I explained after Mass that I had a hard time imagining the head Lector say that he was OK winging it.  The Word of God should never been taken that casually.  We should be honored and prepared to proclaim it.

That said, the Liturgy of the Word is essential to the Mass.  We have God made present in the Word, and ancient psalm is sung that prepares us and points to the Gospel and the homily takes the readings and relates them to our current life.  Or it should.  I believe usually that the Homily should answer the question, why did the Church give us these readings for today and how do we apply them to our lives today.  That’s just me.

In Short

The Liturgy of the Word is the first time that we make God present in the celebration of the Mass.  That is why I don’t like it when people hold up the book and say, THE WORD OF THE LORD or THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD.  It is what’s proclaimed, and not what’s printed.

Receiving communion Pet Peeves #3

One of the reasons that I don’t doubt the study that says over half of Catholics don’t believe in Eucharist and real presence like the Church teaches is how we receive communion.  Every-time I think that I have seen it all, something new presents itself.  Most recently at a funeral a gentleman wanted me to give him a host to bring to one of the family members.  When I quietly told him I had already served him, the gentleman responded, by moving toward a mourner and pointing saying, I think he needs more.  Or at VBS the young person approaches and is clueless and I bless them and the stay and put hands out and I ask, “have you received your first communion?”  The answer was, I have gotten it before.  Ugh. Continue reading “Receiving communion Pet Peeves #3”

The Mass Part 1

From questions I receive almost daily, I know that the Church has done a poor job educating the faithful about Eucharist and Liturgy.  This series will focus primarily on the Mass.

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This will be in 4 parts.  The first part being from the beginning to the Word.  That is this blog.   Next post will deal with the rest of the Liturgy of the Word.  This next section may just be the preparation of gifts, but may include the Eucharistic Prayer.  And of course the conclusion.  So depending on middle section it may be 4 or 5 posts.

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When does Mass start? The music, the parking lot? The sign of the cross.  I  already have a blog on this, but in short, the person we are when the celebration starts matters, so Mass starts when we start preparing Continue reading “The Mass Part 1”