Happy New Year from Ireland!

Happy New Year!


As I look over the moon-shadowed fields behind my family home in Ballacolla, Co Laois, Ireland I pray a blessing for 2018!

On 2 January 2018 there is a full moon. As the lunar cycle lasts 29.5 days there will be a second full moon in January, on the 31st. As you know, a second full moon in the same calendar month is traditionally referred to as a blue moon. As February follows with only 28 days it will not have a full moon in 2018 and the next full moon will be on 2 March. This will be followed by a full moon on 31 March, another blue moon! This is a rare occurrence to enable poets and wordsmiths to ply their trade as the muses inspire.

May 2018 lift hearts and minds; may it forge hope and communion; may it be abundant with blessings for all.

Happy New Year from Ballacolla, Co Laois, Ireland!

Blessings to all as we embrace a new year. Fr Karl.