FUNERAL MASS FR CHARLES HEEREY 30 April 2017   The story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is one Fr Charlie would have used at many of the funeral Masses he celebrated in the course of his long, and very fruitful ministry.   I think he would be very happy to have it […]

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Bishop Leo’s homily. Easter 2017

EASTER 2017 One of the most common sights during the years of the recession was the ghost estate. There’s something very sad about an abandoned housing development – half-finished houses, walls but no roofs, gaping holes where windows and doors were meant to be, overgrown mounds of clay or sand or gravel and scattered bits […]

Bishop Leo’s homily at Chrism Mass 2017

CHRISM MASS 13 April 2017 In a few minutes I will bless the Holy Oils that will be used in conferring the sacraments in our diocese during the coming year. Today we commemorate the institution of two of the sacraments in a special way – Holy Orders and Eucharist. The Eucharist is remembered later today […]

Statement by Bishop Leo O’Reilly on the publication of the report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

I welcome the publication today by Judge Anthony Hart of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Report. From the outset I wish to apologise to everyone who suffered abuse perpetrated by a priest or religious. To abuse a child is a most abhorrent act, is evil and to be condemned unreservedly. Today I am thinking in […]

Bishop Leo’s New Year Message 2017

NEW YEAR MESSAGE 2017 Bishop Leo O’Reilly New Year’s Day is the day that the Church celebrates the annual World Day of Peace. This year marks the fiftieth World Day of Peace. It was inaugurated by Pope Paul VI and, since then, there has been a message each year from the Holy Father to mark […]

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2016 Bishop Leo O’Reilly

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2016 Bishop Leo O’Reilly Christmas greetings to you wherever you are today. Every family has their own particular way of marking Christmas, their own traditions and rituals which are often handed down from parents or grandparents. Still, we are all united in remembering and celebrating the birth of Christ our Saviour. Christmas, we […]

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Bishop’s homily at Mass for the Closing Of The Year Of Consecrated Life

MASS FOR CLOSING OF YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE Cathedral of St Patrick and St Felim Cavan 31 January 2016 It is providential that the Year of Consecrated Life ends some weeks after the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The intersection of the two years points to an important link between mission of consecrated […]

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Bishop’s address at the ecumenical service to celebrate Church Unity Week 2016

  CHURCH UNITY WEEK Church of Ireland, Cavan  24 January 2016  My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is good that we are here during this week of prayer for Christian unity to pray together and to express the faith that we share in common. We are already united by the Spirit living in […]

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Bishop’s homily at Mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. 2016

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2016 St Ninidh’s Church Derrylin The theme of Catholic Schools Week this year is: ‘Challenged to proclaim God’s Mercy’. The theme of God’s Mercy was chosen because this year is the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Pope Francis inaugurated the Year of Mercy on 8th December last by opening the Holy Door in […]

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Bishop’s homily on World Day of Prayer For Peace 1 January 2016

 WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE 1 JANUARY 2016 We begin the New Year as always with the celebration of the feast of Mary, the Mother of God. We place ourselves, our families, our Church and our people under her protection and we ask God’s blessing on us and on all we undertake in the […]

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