Repairs and Renovation of our church and presbytery
Due to storms in recent months, St Patrick's Presbytery will undergo major repairs to the roof to rectify rain water damage in three rooms. Work will begin on Tuesday 22nd July and will take three weeks. We apologies for any inconvenience caused. The Parish Office will remain open.
Details of the renovation of the church will be published when they are finalised.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
takes place in St Kevin's Church, Tara Hill every Wednesday from 3pm - 7pm. All are welcome.
Welcome to St Michael's Catholic Church
a Catholic Christian community under the patronage of St. Michael the Archangel with the gospel of Jesus Christ at the centre of our worship and belief. We are in the Catholic Diocese of Ferns in the south east corner of Ireland, almost co-extensive with County Wexford. The parish is served by two churches, St. Michael's Church in Gorey town and St. Kevin's Church in Tara Hill.
We strive, through our parish organisation, to do in memory of Jesus what he requested us to do - to repent and believe, to love and forgive, to care for the needy - and to find strength to do this at the table of His Word and the table of the Eucharist.
If you are not already an active member of our church, consider sharing in what we have to offer. All are welcome - the saint and the sinner - in our midst.
Rev. William Howell, Parish Priest.
Pope meets sex abuse survivors in ‘profound spiritual encounter’
(Vatican Radio) Six survivors of sex abuse by members of the Church shared their stories with Pope Francis on Monday in what the head of the Vatican press office described as moments of “profound spiritual encounter”. The three men and three women from the UK, Ireland and Germany attended Mass with the Pope at his Santa Marta residence and had breakfast with him, before spending a total of almost three and a half hours in a series of private conversations.
At the end of the Pope's morning meetings with sex abuse survivors, Fr Federico Lombardi said the six victims appeared ‘profoundly moved’, but also ‘positive and serene’. Responding to journalists' questions, he said each survivor spent about half an hour with the Pope, after which they expressed “gratitude and deep emotion” that their stories had been listened to with such attention. Far from being a public relations event, as some survivors' support groups have suggested, Fr Lombardi said he hoped these important encounters would be the beginning of a road towards healing and reconciliation.
While he gave no details about their identity or the kind of abuse they'd suffered, Fr Lombardi said the three men and three women arrived in the Vatican on Sunday afternoon and had a first opportunity to meet with the Pope over dinner at his Santa Marta residence. Early on Monday, accompanied by a friend or relative and members of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, they listened as Pope Francis expressed his sorrow for the “sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse” they had all endured.
Speaking in his native Spanish, Pope Francis begged forgiveness, not just for those who he said behaved like “a sacrilegious cult”, betraying their mission and profaning the very image of God, but also for the sins of omission of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of sexual abuse. The Pope praised the courage of those who spoke up and “shed light on a terrible darkness in the life of the Church”. He said he would not tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual and he said bishops must “foster the protection of minors and they will be held accountable”.
Pope Francis said the “despicable actions” of abusers not only violates the innocence of children but also leaves “deep and often unrelenting emotional and spiritual pain and even despair”. He expressed his heartfelt sorrow and love for all those families who have had to deal with addiction, relationship breakdown and even suicide as a result of sexual abuse. He thanked the survivors for coming to meet him personally, saying their presence speaks of “the miracle of hope which prevails against the deepest darkness”. He asked them to pray for him, that he and the whole Church may find the grace to weep, to feel ashamed and to make reparation for those who abused such innocent people.
Mass at St Michael's Church
Daily Mass:7:30 am and 10:00 am. No 7:30 am Mass on Saturdays
Saturday Vigil: 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am, 10:30 am, and 12:00 noon
Sunday/Duminică: 2:30 pm. Sfanta Slujba in Romana (Mass in Romanian)
Sunday/Niedziela: 4:00 pm. Święta Msza w języku polskim (Mass in Polish)
Holydays of Obligation: 7:30 am, 10:00 am, 1:05 pm, and 7:30 pm
Mass at St Kevins's Church
Sunday at 10:30 am
Thursday at 10:00 am
During July and August:
There will be no Mass on Thursdays.
There will be Mass on Saturdays at 7:30pm.
At St. Michael's Church
Saturday after 10am mass, and at 12 noon
Thursday before First Friday at 7pm
There are no confessions at St. Kevin's Church
The Pope's Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports. That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries. That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.
Will you lend a helping hand?
There is always a need for volunteers to serve as adult collectors, lectors, etc. For more information contact John Woodbyrne, our sacristan, at 053 942 1117
St. Vincent de Paul
The Gorey Conference of the SVP is very active in several ministries. Your help is welcome.
Play, Pray, Pizza
Our Youth Group meets in the gym at Loreto School each Wednesday during school from 7:00 to 8:40pm.
Contact Catherine Murphy at 087 906 7163.