Youghal Catholic Parish
Youghal Catholic Parish
Welcome to the Parish of Youghal.
We hope that you will like what you find in this website and that it will be of some help to you. Our vision of the website is that it would help people to stay in contact with the parish and keep parishioners up to date with the various events in the parish.
Youghal is a beautiful town with deep historical roots. What makes Youghal special are the people. With a long tradition of welcoming visitors, Youghal is a place of hospitality.
May God bless you today and grant you His Peace.
Thank you for visiting.
Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me “ (Mt 16:24).
Denying oneself means total abandon to Christ
By voluntarily accepting death for love, Jesus takes the cross of all men and becomes a source of salvation for all humanity that is invited to understand that denying one means to throw oneself into the arms of Christ on the Cross and receive from Him life.
On the Cross, in fact, our weakness is delivered to Christ who has the power to make it the tabernacle of his tender, almighty, and victorious love. “The victorious cross has illuminated those blinded by ignorance, released those who were prisoners of sin, and brought redemption to all humanity “(St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis XIII, 1 on Christ Crucified and Buried, PG 33, 772 B).
It is clear at this point what it means to truly follow Jesus, the imperative that once again he gives to his disciples: ” Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me “(Mt 16:24).
Denying ourselves means giving up our own idea of God to accept the one of Jesus.
Denying ourselves is not a choice for death, but for life, for beauty, and for joy. It is to follow the Word of God to learn the language of true love. In following Christ who reveals himself as God in love and the gift of self, we also learn to change the logic of our own existence: not any longer a life lived for its own benefit, but a life lived donating it. This is basically the logic of the Cross, both for Jesus and his disciples.
Denying oneself to follow Jesus “means taking up our own cross – We all have it – to accompany him on his way, an uncomfortable journey that is not the one of success and of transient glory, but the one that leads to true freedom, and the one that frees us from egoism and sin. It is a clear rejection of the worldly mentality that places our “self” and our interests at the centre of our existence: this is not what Jesus wants from us! Instead, Jesus invites us to lose our life for Him, and for the Gospel to receive it renewed, realized and authentic “(Pope Francis, Angelus of September 13, 2015)
Denying ourselves means “losing” our life for Christ and in Christ to receive it renewed, realized and authentic because following the Cross leads to resurrection and to a life full and definitive with God.
Denying ourselves is accepting to be malleable clay in the creative hands of God who makes us pots of grace and love.
Denying ourselves means giving up our fragile thoughts and inconsistent feelings to have in us the feelings of Christ.
(Archbishop Francesco Follo)