Tuesday, 26 March 2019


I am ashamed at my neglect of the Blog. Have no excuse. Lent going ahead well with usual Liturgies and prayers. I had a good St Patrick's weekend. Much to my amazement I was asked to be 'Grand Marshal' for Paris St Patrick's Day Parade on 17 March. 'Irish in France' committee contacted me with this request. When I realised that it was a serious request, I was pleased to accept. About 5,000 people joined in the parade - up from 500 last year. It was a musical, joyful event and drew people from many countries to share in celebrating the National Apostle of Ireland. After the Parade, Mass was celebrated at church of St Etienne du Mont, organised by Mgr. Hugh Connolly of the Irish College. Bishop Kevin Doran in Paris on a visit, was principal celebrant. Mgr. Hugh preached the homily in Irish, English and French. There were many wonderful events held at the Irish Cultural Centre over that weekend. Saturdays are still watched with care at St Joseph's but we have been able to continue a complete schedule of Masses and other services over recent months.
I really must pay more attention to this blog in the coming weeks. Thanks for reading this. A