A message from Waterford.
Recently a Waterford reader sent ne the following:
I checked out this message with a Waterford priest who replied:
His father Stanley Bowyer was mentioned at the start and at the end of Mass.
I didn’t once see him waving his arms.
He didn’t bless himself at all at the beginning of Mass.
He almost made the congregation feel that they didn’t need to pray at all.
The speech at the start was too long.
No long winded speech at the end.
D’arcy did not mention that Phonsie was gone to Medjugorje.
Fr John Harris conveyed Phonsie’s apologies to the family before Mass started.
Whoever Waterford Reporter is ….not very accurate”.
I am very much among those who cringe when D’Arcy (77) pushes himself forward, especially at the funerals of well known people.
And D’Arcy has a major habit of doing that.
I cannot understand why Irish bishops and parish priests allow D’Arcy to muscle in so often.
Unless a family has a priest in the family, the normal person celebrating the Funeral Mass is the parish priest or curate of the parish.
The priests of Clogher diocese, where D’Arcy lives, are always complaining about his habit of butting in on funerals.
Why don’t they just tell him to join the other mourners in the pews?
The PP in Castleblayney went out of his way to keep D’Arcy out of the limelight at the funeral of the legendry Country singer BIG TOM Mc Bride.
The PP got a lot of clerical pats on the back for that.
I played a small roll in keeping Brian in the pews at the funeral of the late, great GAY BYRNE.
People think that D’Arcy is a great liberal. Not at all. Brian is a “sixpence each way” man and keeps both side happy.
He certainly is no Tony Flannery.
No matter what you think of Tony, he has put his money where his mouth is and has suffered the consequences.
I never got to meet Brendan Bowyer.
But his dad, Stanley, below taught me in St John’s in Waterford.
SING SONG AT BIG TOM’S GRAVESIDE.