Kilmovee Parish Bulletin – 11th March

I was once asked to be the executor of a will. The man who died hadn’t much to leave to anyone and his instructions were simple and to the point. He did, however, have a few requests around his burial. He wanted a very plain wooden coffin with no ornamentation. He also asked that his…

Kilmovee Parish Bulletin – 4th March

In the midst of many funny messages received in recent days around #BeastFromTheEast, I got this one and it made me think as well as smile. It was posing the question along these lines: “When people are given weather warnings, they listen and prepare but when people speak about the coming of Jesus and repentance,…

Kilmovee Parish Bulletin – 25th February

There’s no denying the different view we get from a mountaintop. What seems well known to us, takes on a totally new look when viewed from the vantage point. Even when flying out of Knock, within minutes the ground beneath looks like a foreign land and we can be hard pressed to recognise even our…

Kilmovee Parish Bulletin – 18th February

Spirit of the living God, Help me to be positive in everything I do In everything I say In everything I think and feel and imagine. Where there is beauty, let me sing Where there is goodness, let me praise Where there is wisdom, let me listen Where there is courage, let me affirm Where…

Kilmovee Parish Bulletin – 11th February

This Sunday Bishop Brendan will return to his native diocese of Galway to be installed as Bishop of the Diocese. The ceremony takes place at 3pm in Galway Cathedral so it might be good to remember him in prayer at this time. I was in the Presbytery in Ballaghaderreen the day he arrived for the…

Kilmovee Parish Bulletin – 4th February

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he phone rang and was answered immediately! The voice of the one answering was that of a very young child and the caller asked “May I speak with your father?” “He’s busy right now”, was the response. “Your mother?” “She’s busy too!” “Is there anybody else there?” “The Police, some people from the fire brigade…

Kilmovee Parish Bulletin – 28th January

We have four churches in our parish and, thanks be to God, each one has a choir. That makes such a difference. It is not easy to keep a choir going and people give so generously of their time that it can be difficult to sustain it throughout the year. There’s an abundance of musical…

Kilmovee Parish Bulletin – 21st January

There’s a huge amount of patience and faith required, alongside skill and determination. Often, the one fishing can sit for hours without even getting a bite. On other occasions, he or she might be reeling in only to feel the line go slack as the “catch” makes its way off the hook and with the…

Kilmovee Parish Bulletin – 14th January

It was a straightforward question enough. So too, the answer: “Come and see”. They did and “spent the rest of that day with him”. No mention of where they went, what they did or who they met. But whatever all that entailed, it took the rest of the day – no, more than that, the…

Kilmovee Parish Bulletin – 7th January

Let us see our reflection in the waters of the font. For most of us, that would be the reflection of a baby, full of promise and empty of all bitterness or mistrust. A baby reaching out to be picked up, drawn close and loved. In that reflection, we see the best possible version of…