Pope Benedict XVI

"Beauty... is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God Himself and His revelation."
(Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis, 35)

28 March 2010

Notice - next Mass in Kilkenny is 5pm on Easter Sunday

The admin of this blog will be away till the 9th of April.

There will be 5pm Easter Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's, College Rd., Kilkenny (as normal).

May you all have a very Blessed Holy Week and a Happy and peaceful Easter!

26 March 2010

Pray daily for the Holy Father

V. Let us pray for Benedict our Pope.

 R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]

 St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.

21 March 2010

Passion Sunday - First Sunday in Passiontide

Sun 21 PASSION SUNDAY (FIRST SUNDAY in PASSIONTIDE) (1 Cl V) Station at St. Peter's.
No Gl Cr Pr of the Holy Cross
No Judica No Gloria Patri at the Introit & Lavabo
5pm. St. Patrick's Church, College Road, Kilkenny. 
Celebrant: Rev. Thomas O'Toole CC
'Believe me when I tell you this; 
if a man is true to my word, to all eternity he will never see death.' 
Passion Sunday, Gospel, John8.46-59
This Sunday marks the start of Passiontide. In 'sacred time' we begin our immediate preparation for the celebration of the mystery of redemption in the Easter cycle. The external signs of this  deepening of the Lenten period is marked by the veiling of the crucifix and images in the church (used as objects of veneration and not just decoration), the 'Gloria Patri' is not recited in the Mass or the Offices and the psalm 'Judica' is not recited at the start of Mass.

18 March 2010

Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church

Ite ad Joseph! Go to Joseph!
Most powerful patriarch St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church, 
which has always invoked thee in anxiety and trouble, 
from the exalted seat of thy glory cast a loving glance upon the whole Catholic world. 
Let thy fatherly heart be touched at the sight of the mystical spouse, 
and the Vicar of Christ overwhelmed with sorrow and persecuted by powerful enemies. 
Oh by the bitter anguish thou didst experience upon earth, 
dry the tears of the venerable Pontiff, defend him, liberate him, 
intercede for him with the Giver of peace and charity, 
that all adversity being removed, 
and all error dissipated, 
the entire Church may serve God in perfect liberty:
Ut destructis adversitatibus et erroribus universis Ecclesia secura Deo serviat libertate.

On the 18th of December 1870 the Sacred Congregation of Rites promulgated the decree ‘Quemadmodum deus’ which communicated the decision of Blessed Pope Pius IX to declare St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church, and which also raised St. Joseph’s feast of March 19 to the rank of double of the first class. 

I have copied the decree below as it is instructive to recall that the Church was placed under his powerful protection in a time of crisis. The solution always lies in prayer and sanctification of our individual lives, with the aid of Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother and those close to them. 

Once more we should ‘go to Joseph’, asking his aid in the current crisis and imploring his assistance for the Holy Father to guide the Church wisely and with courage, as the Universal Church is attacked from all sides.

Decree Quemadmodum Deus (18th December 1870)
Blessed Pope Pius IX

As almighty God appointed Joseph, son of the patriarch Jacob, over all the land of Egypt to save grain for the people, so when the fullness of time had come and He was about to send to earth His only-begotten Son, the Savior of the world, He chose another Joseph, of whom the first had been the type, and He made him the lord and chief of His household and possessions, the guardian of His choicest treasures.
Indeed, he had as his spouse the Immaculate Virgin Mary, of whom was born by the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ our Lord, who deigned to be reputed in the sight of men as the son of Joseph, and was subject to him.
Him whom countless kings and prophets had desired to see, Joseph not only saw but conversed with, and embraced in paternal affection, and kissed. He most diligently reared Him whom the faithful were to receive as the bread that came down from heaven whereby they might obtain eternal life.
Because of this sublime dignity which God conferred on his most faithful servant, the Church has always most highly honored and praised blessed Joseph next to his spouse, the Virgin Mother of God, and has besought his intercession in times of trouble.
And now therefore, when in these most troublesome times the Church is beset by enemies on every side, and is weighed down by calamities so heavy that ungodly men assert that the gates of hell have at length prevailed against her, the venerable prelates of the whole Catholic world have presented to the Sovereign Pontiff their own petitions and those of the faithful committed to their charge, praying that he would deign to constitute St. Joseph Patron of the Church. And this time their prayer and desire was renewed by them even more earnestly at the Sacred Ecumenical Council of the Vatican.
Accordingly, it has now pleased our Most Holy Sovereign, Pope Pius IX, in order to entrust himself and all the faithful to the Patriarch St. Joseph’s most powerful patronage, has chosen to comply with the prelates’ desire and has solemnly declared him Patron of the Catholic Church.
He has also ordered that his feast on March 19th by henceforth celebrated as a double of the first class, without any Octave, however, because of Lent. He arranged, moreover, that a declaration to this effect be promulgated through the present decree of The Sacred Congregation of Rites on this day sacred to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, the most chaste Joseph’s Spouse. All things to the contrary notwithstanding.

17 March 2010

Feast of St. Patrick - Mass at 5pm, St. Patrick's Church, College Rd, Kilkenny

Ant. Well done, thou good and faithful servant * thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things, saith the Lord.
V. The Lord guided the just in right paths.
R. And showed him the kingdom of God.

Let us pray

O God, Who didst send forth thy Blessed Confessor and Bishop Patrick to preach thy glory among the Gentiles, mercifully grant unto us, for his sake and at his petition, whatsoever Thou commandest us to do, to have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
R. Amen.

A Happy Feast Day to all!

15 March 2010

A few reminders

There will be 5pm Mass at St. Patrick's, Kilkenny this Wednesday - Feast of St. Patrick.

The 'Gregorian Chant workshop' will take place this Saturday afternoon (20th) in Kilkenny - do contact us if you would like to attend. It will start at 4pm.
Palm Sunday - Blessing of Palms, Procession and Sung Mass starts at 4pm, at St. Patrick's in Kilkenny.