Undoing Life’s Knots

This Tuesday September 28th marks the feast of Mary Undoer of Knots and the 29th is the feast of St. Michael, to whom we pray for protection from the devil who invariably makes the knots.  It is also the feast of Ss Gabriel and Raphael. The Undoer of Knots devotion is over 300 years old and […]

Our Lady of Sorrows

OUR LADY OF SORROWS – POPE FRANCIS’ HOMILY Due to many invasions over the centuries, the people of Slovakia always sought solace in Our Lady of Sorrows and adopted her as their patron.  On her feast day last Wednesday, the final day of his visit to Slovakia, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the small town […]

Feast of the Nativity of Mary

We celebrate Our Lady’s birthday on Wednesday. This is one of the three birthdays in the Church Calendar — Jesus (December 25), John the Baptist (June 24) and Mary on September 8th.  As the mother of our Lord, Mary was born to also be our spiritual mother and so was conceived immaculate and full of […]

15th August, 2021

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2021 I think that many of us – including myself – are very pleased that this year we can celebrate this feast of the Assumption of Mary on Sunday. It is a very special day mainly for those of us who have a great devotion to Mary who […]

May – A Time of Grace

The countryside is bursting with the new growth and increased daylight of Springtime. As this is Our Lady’s month in the Easter season we rejoice at the Resurrection of her Son. Before he died in 1923, John S. Stokes (US naval chief) wrote   “The month of May, with its profusion of blooms was adopted by […]

A Crown for Mary

Once again it’s the start of May and, though still in the Easter season, our thoughts turn to Our Lady. Many of us probably still remember the excitement of the May Procession which we eagerly looked forward to as children. With the adventure of attending Midnight Mass and the joy of watching rose petals being […]