House of Brigid

We say thank you and farewell to Geoff, Emma and Biz, who greatly enhanced our liturgies and enriched our parish life over the past year. May the Lord bless and guide them in their future decisions and paths.

As members of the House of Brigid, Geoff Burdell, Emma Fleming and Elizabeth (Biz) Honeywell were working in the parish from September to June. In particular, they directed the First Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation programmes, and helped with our music ministry.

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Biz, Geoff and Emma at home in Harold’s Cross

The American outreach programme House of Brigid (Teach Bhríde) invites recent college graduates to serve the Church in Ireland, mainly through liturgical music ministry and youth catechesis, while also enjoying personal and spiritual growth. It stems from a spirit of gratitude to the missionaries of Ireland who brought the Catholic faith to America, an effort to strengthen in today’s Irish Catholics the faith that sustained their ancestors, and a desire to give young Americans the opportunity to immerse themselves in Irish culture and Celtic spirituality.

In June 2016, we said thank you and farewell to Geoff Burdell, Rikki Koebler and Susanna Floyd, from the University of Notre Dame; among their achievements was the visit of the Notre Dame Folk Choir.

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In June 2015, we bade farewell to Sarah Cahalan and Angie Schott, who were our inaugural House of Brigid Fellows.

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Today’s Mass Readings
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How Far the Horizon
You want to travel?
You want to set foot on new lands, and walk along the world’s edge?
You want to live and to satisfy your thirst for more abundant life,
To fling wide the gates of your mind and be enriched by wisdom.
Travel where you wish to go, scale all the mountains and cross every ocean.
Remember this only:
The miles are ahead of you
The obstacles are within you.
Life is a voyage. Some people sit and watch, heedless of the heart’s urge and the spirit’s deepest need to launch out. Others drift here and there on the waves. They have chosen the safety of the shallows and turned their back on the promise of the deep. A sturdy few hammer their own craft together, cast off from the land and go. These know how to reach out and receive the gift of life.
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