Souper Bowl of Caring

This is an initiative to raise non-perishable goods for the needy on Super Bowl Sunday.  Please bring canned goods and other non-perishables to Mass with you the weekend of Feb 3rd and 4th to be distributed by Daily Bread to those in need.

Virtue of the Week: Grace

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God. ” – Eph 2:8

Loving God, through grace I have a share in your life and love.  Thank you for the gift of grace you offer to me each day.

Is the gift of God’s life in us.

Virtue of the Week: Knowledge

Is the gift of the Holy Spirit which brings us to learn more about God’s plan and leads us to wisdom and understanding.

“And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ . . .” – Phil 1:9

Almighty God, there is so much to learn about the wonders of your world.  Open my mind and heart to seek knowledge, and to continue to grow in my faith each day. Amen.

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.

Mass Times for New Years

This Sunday is the Feast of the Holy Family.  Mass Times will be:

Saturday 12/30 -4 pm and 6 pm(Spanish) – Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family

Sunday 12/31 – 8 am and 10:30 am – Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family

Sunday Night 12/31 – 6 pm (Spanish) – Solemnity Of Mary Mass

Monday, January 1st, 2018, 9 am Mass for the Solemnity of Mary.

Merry Christmas from Father Karl

Greetings as we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh.

I pray as we experience Christmas 2017, we pause for a moment and realize how God is present in the midst of all things.  The same God is present in the storm as in the calm.  May we now, in these days, experience His peace.

Today my heart is filled with gratitude as I look around our Parish Community:  the success of the Night of the Live Nativity, the blessing of the mosaic of the Blessed Mother and Child Jesus and the inviting new doors to enter into God’s House.  Again, this is a testament of faith in the Community, a testament of generosity in this Community, this is a testament that the Son of God is alive.

Prayerful good wish & blessings,

Father Karl

Thank You!

The Live Nativity was a huge success!  Thank you to all who were present to attend, to those who gave their time to act in the Nativity, to the choir for the beautiful music, to those who brought their family Nativities up, to the Knights of Columbus for providing the animals, and to those behind the scenes who made it all happen.  We can’t wait until next year as we continue to build on our new tradition.

Christmas Mass Times

When Christmas falls on a Monday . . .


Saturday, December 23

4:00 pm Mass – 4th Sunday of Advent

6:00 pm Mass – Spanish – 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 24

8:00 am Mass – 4th Sunday of Advent

10:30 am Mass – 4th Sunday of Advent

Christmas Masses

4:00 pm Mass – Christmas Eve

6:00 pm Mass – Children’s Christmas Eve

8:00 pm Mass – Spanish Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 25

12:00 pm Mass – Midnight

9:00 am Mass – Christmas Morning