Irish Saints for February


-1- Brigid
-2- Colman, Fionnach
-3- Colman, Caoilfhionn, Conna, Faoileann
-4- Loman, Ciarán
-5- Fínín (Fineen), Dufach, Liadhnán (Leannan), Ceara
-6- Colm, Macha, Mel, Ríofach
-7- Aodh, Meallán, Colman, Fintan, Loman, Lonan, Tressan
-8- Colman, Fiachra, Fáilbhe, Ceara
-9- Ronan, Colman, Caíreach, Ríonach
-10- Dearlú, Siollán
-11- Fionán Gobnat Dubhán
-12- Siadhal, Fionán, Comyn, Cronan, Aodhán, Farannán, Lughaidh, Damhán
-13- Conan, Fionán, Cúachnait
-14- Manchín (Mannix), Manchán, Fínneachta
-15- Bearach, Fergus
-16- Aodh, Aengus
Fintan, Cormac
Aengus, Colman
Feichín, Odhrán
Fintan, Colman, Cronan
Comyn, Ciarán
Cronan, Eithne, Becan, Aodhlugh
Eirnín, Díocuill, Siollán

A Note from the President

The Next Greatest Generation?


By Thomas Kane; President Cumberland 2 General William Thompson Division           

The media has said with glee this week that 70% of Americans now believe in abortion on demand.  Aside from the usual questioning of their statistics… Since when does that make something clearly wrong … right?  It sort of reminds me of the glee and celebration of Adolph Hitler after most of Europe had fallen to him and his campaign and reign of terror seemed unstoppable; millions of Jews and those who resisted him perished while much of the world stood by and watch afraid to challenge the master race and their holocaust.   Many said the Germans and others endorsed this behavior.  The weak would not stand against the evil that was before them.

            It was then that what another media man called the “greatest generation”, stood up and said not so fast Adolph and stopped him, his war machine and butchery in its tracks.  It was then it was said “They kill women and children”… “Tell that to the Marines”.  It was at that point, that the world said we will not tolerate the killing of innocent people by a mad man. 

            We now face a similar point in our history as a nation.  We either become a nation which tolerates such injustices or stand to protect those who cannot protect themselves.  The United States has never fought or taken action based upon the odds or what people said they wanted or felt was right.  We as a Nation had a moral compass and we stood for what we knew was right.  Where is that moral compass facing now? 

            Where is the next “greatest generation”?  When will we stand up to what is obviously wrong and evil.  There is a “choice”; to sit back and do nothing or stand up and say that the killing of the innocence is wrong and always will be and we will not support it or encourage it any longer.  The simple choice of life or death.  Call it what it is …a national disgrace and the murder of children.

Remember to pray for those departed.

Often overshadowed by the two days preceding it, Halloween (October 31) and All Saints Day (November 1), All Souls Day is a solemn feast in the Roman Catholic Church commemorating all of those who have died and now are in Purgatory, being cleansed of their venial sins and the temporal punishments for the mortal sins that they had confessed and atoning before entering fully into Heaven.

The importance of All Souls Day was made clear by Pope Benedict XV (1914-22), when he granted all priests the privilege of celebrating three Masses on All Souls Day: one, for the faithful departed; one for the priest’s intentions; and one for the intentions of the Holy Father. Only on a handful of other very important feast days are priests allowed to celebrate more than two Masses.

On All Souls Day, we not only remember the dead, but we apply our efforts, through prayer, almsgiving, and the Mass, to their release from Purgatory.

 Participation in the Mass of All Souls Day is a good way to begin the month.