Little Nellie of Holy God

Conference Talk by John O’Donovan, Little Nellie of Holy God Foundation
Organised by the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore
Wednesday, 14 July, 8-9:15pm on Zoom Videos. 
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Near Missed Masses

by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP

Can priests miss Mass? This little book light-heartedly depicts ten Holy Masses nearly missed by priests due to some opposition. From Kilimanjaro to Loch Ness, from Burma to Paris and more, the ten humorous short stories describe obstacles to the celebration of Holy Mass, thankfully overcome. The ten priests persevered, spurred by the conviction that Holy Mass: 1) honours God, whose extrinsic glory increases each time the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered; 2) helps souls through the temporal application of Christ’s saving merits that Holy Mass brings about; 3) fortifies priests, whose ontological raison d’être is to offer the divine Victim on the altar. Leaving aside theological arguments, Near Missed Masses entertainingly illustrates these truths through fiction.


Praise for Near Missed Masses

In the real world, which is the world that God made, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the power station feeding the life of grace. Without such grace, we die. In this volume of true stories, Fr Armand de Malleray shows us the life-giving power of the Mass in a world darkened with devildom. The light-hearted and humorous tone of the stories makes them easily readable without ignoring the gravity of the topic. — Joseph Pearce, author of biographies of J. R. R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis, and G. K. Chesterton

The unusual theme that unites a good number of the stories in this compendium is a scenario with which many a freshly-ordained priest will soon become familiar—the battle royal that often ensues in the attempt to secure an altar at which the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass may be offered in an atmosphere of recollection and decorum. With tact and good humour, Father de Malleray explores the intra-ecclesial prejudices and neuroses which have given rise to such a state of affairs, and illustrates how perseverance, charity and prayer are the most effective weapons we possess against suspicion and bigotry. An edifying read for both priests and laity, which we should pray will contribute to the healing of self-inflicted wounds which for too long have hampered the Church’s mission of evangelisation. — Fr Julian Large, Provost of the London Oratory

The stories in this collection give us precious evidence of the hidden persistence of the grace of the true priestly vocation in unexpected situations. The ten narratives portray priestly candidates and priests of various ages and cultures. All reveal that secret dialogue in the soul that takes place when grace is at work. Based on my experience in teaching Thomistic philosophy to seminarians for a decade and catechesis to seminarians and priests as well as lay people, I cannot recommend this book highly enough for young Catholic men and for all those who nurture vocations, or who could, but who are not sufficiently alert to the quiet presence of the Holy Spirit in many young souls. — Dr Caroline FareyAnnunciation Catechesis

In Near Missed Masses, Fr de Malleray finds a delightfully playful and imaginative way to reinvent true contemporary stories and drive home a serious point: the value of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the zeal that we should have to celebrate (as priests) or attend (as layfaithful) this Sacrifice worthily and frequently. In this way, the book functions like the proverbial storeroom containing things both new and old! — Fr Henry Whisenant, Diocese of East Anglia (England)

Feast of Saints Peter & Paul

Tuesday 29th June
9am Barntown: Low Mass
7:30pm Waterford: Sung Mass
The car park behind St John’s church will be open for this Mass and for all holiday / feast day Masses in addition to Sundays. The entrance is next to 38 John Street.

Feast of the Sacred Heart

A Sung Mass will be offered in St John’s church, Waterford, for the feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday 11th June at 7:30pm.

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Corpus Christi

Holy Mass on this feast day, Thursday 3rd June:

9am Barntown (Low)
7:30pm Waterford (Sung)


Please contact us to participate in any of the following activities

Catechism Morning for children at St John’s Church

  • First Saturday of each month at 12pm: Ages 4-7
  • Second Saturday of each month at 12pm: Ages 8-12

Youth Catechism

A monthly class online for young people aged from 13 to 17. The class usually takes place on a Monday evening at 8pm.

Adult Catechism

This online conference usually takes place on a Saturday each month from 7:30pm-8:30pm.

Also, server training, First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes, marriage preparation and adult convert instruction.

Public Mass resumes on Monday 10th May

Our Mass Schedule at St John’s church

Sunday – 1:30pm

Monday  – 1pm 

Tuesday – 7:30pm

Wednesday – 7:30pm

Thursday – 7:30pm

Friday – 7:30pm* (7pm on First Fridays followed by devotions)

Saturday – 11:00am

Please follow the Covid-19 restrictions at St John’s, available to read here.

Adoration on Sunday 2nd May

Please note that the Holy Hour of Eucharistic adoration will begin at the slightly earlier time of 2:30pm this Sunday. The church will remain open for private prayer from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. The usual programme will resume on the following Sunday, 9th May, the last day of the lockdown restrictions.