Read the full text of the diocesan message from Monsignor Brendan Byrne, our diocesan administrator, that is being circulated in all churches this weekend.

Communion with Christ and with one another

Click on link to download Diocesan message June 2011 as newsletter

My dear friends

As we come to the end of June, it is a good moment to look back on the past year and also to look ahead to the coming year. As I write, we are still awaiting the appointment of a new Bishop following the resignation of Bishop Moriarty over a year ago. While it is not a time to make changes, we have used this interval to discuss some important issues including the possibility of grouping parishes together in new ways.

We had two rounds of meetings all across the diocese under the title ‘Sharing the Lord’s Mission’. These well attended gatherings reaffirmed that people have a very strong attachment to their local church and parish. We have 117 churches in our 56 parishes. At the same time, people recognise the need now for sharing ministries, services and resources (including sharing priests) between neighbouring parishes.

This leads to the question as to which parishes might be grouped together. People had the opportunity to give their views on a draft map and a later revised version that grouped our 56 parishes into 13 possible ‘pastoral areas’. Both draft maps are available on along with a summary of people’s responses at the meetings.

I would like to thank everyone for their very positive participation in this process. It has left us better informed and better prepared for what lies ahead. As I stated in my message in the handout for the first round of meetings, this was our goal – ‘to ensure that we are sharing the same questions, that we are looking at the same figures and maps as we prepare for the next stage of our pilgrim journey as a diocese’.

This next stage will begin with the appointment of our new Bishop, who will be fully briefed on all that has come from our discussions. No decisions have been taken at this point.

The coming 12 months will be marked by two major events – the introduction of the new translation of the Roman Missal and the lead up to the International Eucharistic Congress next summer in Dublin (see below for more details). We should look on this coming year as a welcome opportunity to reflect on our understanding and celebration of the Eucharist, which is both the ‘source and the summit of the whole Christian life’.

On 11th September, we will change over to the new translation of the people’s parts of the Mass (click on link to see these texts). While change is always a challenge, learning the new responses will hopefully make us all more conscious of the saving mystery that we are celebrating and how together we are nourished at the Lord’s Table.

I would like to give special mention to our diocesan pilgrims who will be attending ‘World Youth Day’ in Madrid this coming August, joining young people from around the world to celebrate their faith in Christ. May their pilgrimage and celebrations renew their hope and sense of purpose in life. May their joy lift us all.

No reflection on the past year or indeed the year ahead would be complete without some reference to our national financial crisis. We are all aware of the very real strain that so many individuals and families are under. In this crisis it is vital that we uphold people’s dignity and true worth. We pray that the profound solidarity revealed in the Eucharist will continue to be the model for our social concern and vision.

Monsignor Brendan Byrne
Diocesan Administrator

New translation of the Roman Missal

The Roman Missal is the book that contains all the prayers for our celebration of the Eucharist. We have used our present English language edition of the Roman Missal since 1975. This text was a translation from the Latin edition of that time which is the ‘original’ edition on which all translations are based. A new English translation is being introduced this year. The new translation is intended to bring the English version closer to the Latin text – which means the language of the prayers will be somewhat elevated compared to what we have now. It also seeks to strengthen the scriptural imagery within the prayers.

The new translation is being introduced in two phases to avoid too much change happening at once. From 11th September we will begin to use the new people’s parts of the Mass (e.g. Confiteor, Creed etc.). We will have special cards for the Congregation in all the churches with the new responses. From the First Sunday of Advent (27 Nov.), the new Missal will be used by the priest for everything from then on.

International Eucharistic Congress 2012

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress is taking place in Dublin from 10 – 17th June 2012. There will be a week long programme of workshops, exhibitions, catechesis and liturgies in the RDS. The Congress will have a particular focus on the gathering of people of every nation, language and way of life around the table of the Lord.

It is expected that 25,000 people will attend each day in the RDS, including thousands of overseas delegates, and that 80,000 people will attend the closing ceremony in Croke Park. It all promises to be a unique and wonderful experience.

We are hoping that large numbers will attend from our diocese. We will be circulating all parishes after the summer with information about registering as part of our diocesan delegation. Further information on