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To all our Irish and Irish-American parishioners and friends we say :

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!

Our prayers are with you today and always!

 A recent email:    While on vacation in Rome , I noticed a marble column in St. Peter’s with a golden telephone on it. As a young priest passed by, I asked who the telephone was for. The priest told me it was a direct line to heaven, and if I’d like to call, it would be a thousand dollars.  I was amazed, but declined the offer. Throughout Italy , I kept seeing the same golden telephone on a marble column. At each, I asked about it and the answer was always the same: It was a direct line to heaven and I could call for a thousand dollars.
     Then -I finished my tour in Ireland .. I decided to attend Mass at a local village church. When I walked in the door I noticed the golden telephone. Underneath it there was a sign stating: “DIRECT LINE TO HEAVEN: 25 cents.”   “Father,” I said, “I have been all over Italy and in all the cathedrals I visited, I’ve seen telephones exactly like this one. But the price is always a thousand dollars. Why is it that this one  is only 25 cents?”   The priest smiled and said, “Darlin’, you’re in Ireland now. It’s a local call.”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!