A selection of  homilies by Bishop Joseph Toal and priests of the diocese.

Homily for the Ordination Mass of Rev Stanislaw Pamula 5 December 2013

  • 05-01-2014
  In recent weeks it has been an uplifting experience celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation, not least because we gathered together such a good number of children in each place to receive the sacrament. The most important point though is not t...

Homily for 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of the Waves & St John’s, Vatersay

  • 06-08-2013
It is good that the Scripture passage we listened to today from the Book of Genesis made reference to cattle and children, both vital aspects of life in Vatersay over the last 100 years. When the unexpected visitors came to Abraham’s tent it was t...

Homily for the Ordination Mass of Rev. Anthony Wood

  • 13-07-2013
  My dear people, as we gather this evening for the ordination to the priesthood of our brother, Tony, we are asked to reflect on the mystery of priesthood, a special gift from Christ himself. Through our baptism we all participate in Christ’s pri...

Homily for Mass on Feast of St. Columba 2013

  • 29-06-2013
  I would like to begin by extending a warm welcome back to the young people who made the pilgrimage to Iona over this weekend. They have returned after their night in Iona carrying the Scottish Youth Cross, focusing our attention therefore on Jes...

Homily for Knights of St Columba’s Pilgrimage to Iona 4 May 2013

  • 05-06-2013

Bishop Toal's homily for the Mass celebrated on Iona for the Knights of St. Columba.

Bishop Toal's Homily for the Funeral Mass of Fr. Michael Lea

  • 13-04-2013
  Fr. Michael Lea died on Easter Sunday evening (31st March 2013) and as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we can think of this as a most fitting day for a Christian’s life here on earth to end. The day of the Lord’s resurrection fills us with ho...

Bishop Toal's Homily for Mass of Chrism 2013

  • 30-03-2013
Having spoken in previous years about the sacred chrism and the oil of the sick I would like to reflect this evening on the oil of catechumens. Adults preparing for baptism are anointed with the oil either during the rite of baptism itself or in ...


  • 07-03-2013
As we gather to pray this evening and to celebrate the Eucharist we do so as Benedict XVI ceases to be Pope. In these unusual circumstances we give thanks to God for his eight years as Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff of the Church, and his prev...

Homily for 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of the Angels, Mingarry

  • 10-01-2013
On celebrating this important anniversary of the 150th anniversary to the day of the Dedication of this Church of Our Lady of the Angels it is appropriate to look back with gratitude to the benefactor who funds built the church and the worship off...

Homily at Mass for the opening of the Year of Faith 11th October 2012

  • 25-10-2012

Pope Benedict XVI in his message proclaiming a “Year of Faith “ says:

“The “door of faith” is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering us entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace.”

The phrase “the door of faith” comes from the passage from the Acts of the Apostles we heard tonight, which concluded with the words – “God had opened the door of faith to the pagans” (Acts 14,27).

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