Monthly Archives: July 2012

America edging toward confrontation on religious freedom, Archbishop Chaput warns. (Catholic World News)

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia delivered an urgent call for Catholics to take action to protect the American tradition of religious freedom, in a July 26 address to the Napa Institute in California.

The archbishop questioned whether America has “crossed the Rubicon” on religious-freedom questions, reaching a point at which political confrontation is inevitable. Without answering the question directly, he challenged the members of his audience to answer for themselves.

Catholics have always shown a deep love for the US, and the hierarchy has supported the country fully, Archbishop Chaput said. “So if the bishops of the United States ever find themselves opposed, in a fundamental way, to the spirit of our country, the fault won’t lie with our bishops. It will lie with political and cultural leaders who turned our country into something it was never meant to be.”

Later in his talk, the archbishop summarized his concerns by saying that “the America of Catholic memory is not the America of the present moment or the emerging future.” He continued:

Sooner or later, a nation based on a degraded notion of liberty, on license rather than real freedom—in other words, a nation of abortion, disordered sexuality, consumer greed, and indifference to immigrants and the poor—will not be worthy of its founding ideals. And on that day, it will have no claim on virtuous hearts.

Archbishop Chaput said that all Christians must reject the secularist argument that religious freedom requires only the freedom to worship. Christianity makes greater demands on believers, he said:

Christian faith demands preaching, teaching, public witness, and service to others—by each of us alone, and by acting in cooperation with fellow believers. As a result, religious freedom is never just freedom from repression but also—and more importantly—freedom for active discipleship.

Fr Paschal Kearney’s Golden Jubilee

Fr. Paschal Kearney is a native of the Parish and a Holy Ghost Father. This year he celebrates his Golden Jubilee – 50 years a priest. There was a special Mass at 2.00pm on Sunday, 8th July in St.Comgall’s Church and everyone was welcome to join with Fr. Paschal on this special occasion. On behalf of the Parish community, we wish him all God’s blessings.

Please take time to read about Father Paschal’s life and work in the ‘Guestbook’ section of the parish website.

Deacon Conor’s Ordination

Mass was  offered for Deacon Conor on Friday 29th June in St Joseph’s Church as his time in the Parish comes to an end. Conor will be ordained in St. Bernard’s Church @ 3.00pm on Sunday 8th July and we pray God’s blessing on him in his final days of preparation. We thank Conor for all he brought to us in Antrim Parish and wish him many happy years as a priest. Father Emerson and Roisin Lynch from the Pastoral Council presented Conor with a cheque from the parishioneers as a token of their appreciation and their prayers go with him as he begins his ministry.

Conor said, ‘After nearly seven months with you in Antrim, I want to offer a sincere word of thanks and appreciation. I consider myself blessed that I was given this wonderful opportunity to work with you in the Parish. You have given me a warm welcome, you have shown me incredible support and you have taught me so much. It has been a great privileged to work alongside Fr. Emerson and the Parish team and I know my experience here will prove invaluable to me in the years to come. Please keep me in your prayers as I prepare for ordination next Sunday, 8th July. The following day at 7pm I will celebrate my first Mass in St Bernard’s, Glengormley and can I invite you all to join me for that celebration.’ Deacon Conor