LETTER FROM ST THERESA’S PARISHIONER

LETTER FROM ST THERESA’S PARISHIONER

Some very strange goings on at St. Teresa’s parish in Belfast with the new PP Gabriel Lyons.

I hear that he has tried to charge local people, on minimum wage, who work in the creche across the Glen Road to park in the church car park for the few hours they work in the afternoons.
He’s locking gates that the parish youth centre uses to access their building and forcing kids to leave it by going straight out onto the very busy Glen Road. Lots of parents park in the church car park to collect their children from the youth centre as it’s much safer – local children from the large parish.
I’ve attached some screen shots of comments about this when the youth centre posted that the gate would now be closed.
This parish has seen recent new housing developments springing up bringing new families into this area and instead of welcoming them he is entering into confrontations. Some have already written to Bishop Treanor.
Lyons is also refusing to do anniversary masses for parishioners saying he won’t read names out he will just do a standard mass as usual.
Congregation numbers are dropping as people are choosing to go to nearby St. Agnes, Holy Trinity or Oliver Plunkett instead.
Maybe you could highlight this growing problem as Lyons isn’t approachable in the slightest. People are finding him aggressive and dismissive.
St. Teresa’s was always a thriving parish. So sad.

Dear St Theresa’s Parishioner

I was sad to get your letter and sad to hear that people in your parish are feeling hurt by their new PP.

I can never understand why priests come into a new parish and throw their weight about.

Priests come and go. Parishioners are generally permanent.

I do not know Father Lyons.

It‘s a pity he is not working with the people.

47 thoughts on “LETTER FROM ST THERESA’S PARISHIONER

  1. Canon Matt Hep 17th Jan 2020 — 1:23 am

    of course he’s going to charge. brandy don’t come cheap my dear. I’d know !
    P.S, if he won’t do masses. I’ll do them for £19.99, vat inc.
    *cash and major credit cards accepted

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    1. Magna Carta's Mum 17th Jan 2020 — 3:53 pm

      Canon, my dear, surely you should be taking Mass stipends in old money? And a guinea would have been pricey in our day, even before Rome snipped off the Introibo and the last gospel, never mind £19/19/6!

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  2. up all night with a pain in my back. very sore. Bishop please pray for me

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    1. Done. Hope you feel better soon.

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      1. thank you. that is very comforting

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  3. Pat, were you aware that a few select D&C priests gathered recently to discuss you? The conclusions were not favourable.

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    1. Why would Pat even care! Seriously!

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    2. @8:55am – one word for you – Liar.

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      1. You protest too much Father.

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  4. Pat, you don’t understand. It’s the priest’s parish, not the parishioners’.
    Father is ontologically changed and thus can do what he likes. You really should focus on the good he does!
    🙄

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  5. Too many dictator PP’s in Belfast now including Lyons, Mulhall, O’Neill, etc.

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    1. The other dictator in Belfast is big Delia.

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  6. Seriously, why on earth would a ‘select’ group of D&C priests convene to talk about +Pat.

    What was the conclusion? It this a veiled threat?

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  7. When the finances of parishes are administered by lay people that will put a stop to the actions and activities of those people who believe that a priest is there to be walked upon and to dance to their tune, even when the greater good of the parish requires another course of action.

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    1. Joseph Lollard 17th Jan 2020 — 3:27 pm

      Anon 17th Jan 2020 — 11:19 am.
      And how do you select the set of parishioners who are to decide what “the greater good of the parish requires”?
      There’ll be parts of Dublin 4 where it wouldn’t be a problem – they’d easily assemble a committee of lawyers, accountants and similar – but in a lot of places your suggestion would result in a squad of loudmouth misfits taking charge of parish affairs.

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  8. I can picture the conversation.
    ‘We can’t do anything without some sheep grassing us up to Pat Buckley, and he publishes it on that blog of his.’
    ‘Do the off licence deliver under plain cover?’
    ‘Make sure your sim card is encrypted, Father, in case you lose it.’
    ‘Any good cottages the parishioners don’t know about?’
    ‘Bugger, I have to go to London for the sauna now, and they’re full of ex-Anglicans.’

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  9. 12.21: How childish and very infantile a comment. Why would any person be concerned about the untruths and nastiness on this blog from a vengeful bishop? Pat is the greater fool.

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    1. Oh dear, did I touch a nerve, ‘Father’?

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      1. 2.33: You certainly didn’t touch my nerves! I just thought your comment was thick, that of a waster, phillistine and plonker. I suspect you are a master at the activities you speak of. Transference behaviour….etc…all very obvious in your life.

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    2. Well you’re reading it and feeling the need to respond, so you’re obviously bothered lol

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  10. Joseph Lollard 17th Jan 2020 — 2:05 pm

    I’d hold off from making any judgement here.
    At the time when I was a Mass-going Catholic but getting more and more worried about various things I did
    at times have some worries regarding some priests, but only a few
    But as church congregations shrunk it was the people sitting beside me in the pews – the ones that seemed to be taking charge, the self-appointed leaders and spokespersons of the community – that really frightened me.

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    1. 2.05 Agree

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    2. over bearing parishioners. I live in a large parish in the west of Ireland, and its the same people undertaking the same responsibilities; and usually from a certain ‘class’. I do think that there is a certain class distinction in some parishes, if not the wider church.

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      1. Without a doubt @ 5:28.

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      2. Permanent deacons can also be a nightmare within a parish community. Some are too clericalised and will wear their clerical garb to bed given half a chance. They love it when people make a mistake and call them Father. Some can become little dictators over time. They are also chosen from a certain class of people and don’t come from council estates. Teachers, lawyers etc are usually selected. Beware of permanent deacons.

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  11. North Belfast priests led by O’Neill do not like a spotlight being shone on them by this blog!! They’re not happy

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  12. Thinking of you today Meghan.

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  13. So, according to Fr @ 09:55am, a “few select D&C priests“ gathered recently to discuss Buckley and the “conclusions” were not “favourable”.
    You know what Fr @ 09:55am? Those few “select” priests of D&C might as well have took their mickies out and shook them at each other, for all the effects their “conclusions” will have on Big Buck!!
    🤣😂🤣😆😂

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    1. 7.24: You’re an utter fool to believe that nonsense about priests meeting to discuss Pat. FFS – Don’t be so thick and delusional.

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      1. Let me let into a wee secret 7:57pm – I don’t.

        You’re not all that bright are ya bud?

        Mind you, I wouldn’t be surprised if they do meet – not to talk about Buck – but to shake their mickies at each other 🤣😃

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    2. Lollipop Josie 17th Jan 2020 — 8:31 pm

      7.24: The correct verb is ‘taken’ not took! Ignoramus. 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🐴🐴🐴🐴

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    3. You seem to be a pervert @ 7.24pm with a perverted mind when you talk about “mickies”. Does it turn you on?

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      1. 9:31
        There’s a leading question. The thought of it gives me the willies! 😆

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      2. 9.31: You are right – 7.24 is both an ignorant slut and pervert. He seems to be well versed in depraved imagery.

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      3. @9:31pm – nowhere near half as much as they turn you on Fr! 🙂😆🤓🤣😜 🤜🍆💦

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  14. There is a cabal of priests in North Belfast who regularly meet to socialise and back bite, chief amongst them is a particularly bitchy one who specialises in counselling masturbating young men and drive cars over the speed limit. It would therefore not be surprising if the subject of BP Pat came up. Priests are being forced to think of ingenious ways to replete the coffers that are dwindling due to the ever falling numbers of their congregations. These boyos ain’t gonna lose out and they have to make sure that the boul Noel still gets his per centage. This is further evidence of the greed for money within the RC institution.

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    1. This is the group I was referring to @8.55am. A nasty lot and a singing cleric sometimes joins them. I wasn’t going into detail earlier but you have just confirmed those details. I suspect those calling me a liar and other names today maybe part of that cabal or supportive of them. Eat out usually in places like Deanes, drink, gossip, bitch and tittle tattle. You are often mentioned Pat and torn to shreds.

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  15. When is the next D&C meeting?

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    1. 9.45: Next meeting: later at 4.30am. Want to come along? Bring your breviary and rosary beads. Seriously.

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      1. But where? You never said where josie.

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  16. On the general subject of |priesthood’ a rather disturbing news report on the issue of Roman Catholic Military Chaplains to the British Armed Forces;
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7878457/Defence-minister-apologises-Catholic-military-priests-outed-gay-personnel.html
    Are we really to believe that priests are willing or wanting to maintain confidentiality ion confession? Peoples careers were ended by the divulging of such information to the British Military authorities.
    Are we really expected to believe bishops who declare they will not have have the seal of confession violated if a paedophile confesses to a priest.
    I do not beleive a word of it. Clergy will find all manner of routes to break the seal of confession

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  17. Lyons is a total ignoramus. An outrageous over the top performer who likes nothing more than belittling his flock. But there was a set from De La Salle who were all alike. In Maynooth they were the same and it appears Lyons has not moved on or grown up. A vindictive odious man.

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  18. MournemanMichael 18th Jan 2020 — 11:20 am

    I post this for benefit of anyone checking out this blog for first time.
    What you read today for many posts, mainly by RC clerics, should leave aside all considerations other than that this is the level of many of the “ministers of religion” revealing their true nature.
    This peculiar class of self aggrandising clerical individuals seem significantly devoid of any understanding of their increasing irrelevance. They seem stuck in the mindset of a bye gone era, and resent and resist the change in public opinion. The egotistical mentality of their public pronouncements, ( to an increasingly disinterested public) is only supported by an ever diminishing cadre of mostly elderly supporters, (what many refer to as cathbots). But what you read here shows the underbelly of the RC establishment. Is their gospel of love and understanding well demonstrated by the vitriol and backbiting seen here?
    MMM

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    1. 11.20
      To generalise is to take an intellectually lazy course of action. To do so without substantiating your conclusions is to perpetrate a sham. To do so without knowing the provenance of the posts with any degree of certainty is delusional.

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    2. Mourning Mick from the Mournful Mtns, you have ABSOLUTELY NO WAY of knowing who or what is writing on Buckley’s Blog. It seems to me that most of the posts come from various axe-grinders like yourself and other malcontents like the “Magna Carta” cartel. There are some priests no doubt who sound like utter idiots but some of what is writing on here is more of the underbelly of society in general – yourself included. For all we know you could be the Archbishop of Canterbury.😁

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      1. Father, what this blog highlights is the underbelly of the Catholic Church and it’s culture of abuse. 😣

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