Tuam Parish

November 21/22nd

Dear Parishioners,

This week’s Gospel (Matthew 25: 31-46) shares a parable – a simple story to give a moral lesson.  In telling of a shepherd separating sheep and goats, Jesus is demonstrating that those who have lived good lives and believed in God will have a place in Heaven.  It is a message of thoughtful works and one encouraging acts of kindness.  ‘As long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me’. 

We can all display Jesus’ love by caring for others, especially those in need.  To follow in His footsteps, we are being asked to serve His people, ‘the least of these’ in particular.  As we get deeper into winter which can often be a lonely time for some, let us all consider a kind deed we can do – for a loved one, our family or neighbours.

Many parishioners are showing that good spirit and generosity in supporting the Cathedral restoration.  We are very grateful to all who have returned their gift forms.  Understanding some like to give anonymously (and we respect that decision), we would however like to ensure every donation is acknowledged.  If giving directly through the bank, we would appreciate you sharing your name.  All contributions are treated in confidence.  

The Cathedral – named in honour of Our Lady – and the Parish have always had a strong devotion to Mary.  On November 21st we mark the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Dating back to the 15th century, it is based on an ancient tradition.  When she was three years old, Mary was taken to the temple in Jerusalem and dedicated to God.  She placed herself at His service.  ‘Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God’ (excerpt, Prayer to Mary During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Pope Francis).

Fr. Pat Farragher, Adm.

Archbishop Michael has published a Pastoral Letter entitled Covid -19: Challenge to Faith and Opportunity for Faith.

The Pastoral Letter may be accessed at the following link


Novena for the Holy Souls (form)


The Cathedral of the Assumption



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