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Fr. Kenneth Oliver McCabe, SS.CC.


Having fought the good fight, having kept the faith, having finished the race, Fr. Kenneth Oliver McCabe, age 74, of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, died on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  He was born on July 8, 1939, to his parents, Michael and Bridget (Mullooly) McCabe, in Ballybay, Co. Monaghan. He received his primary education in the local national school and his first four Sacraments at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ballybay. For his secondary school education, he went on to attend the renowned St. Macartan’s College in Mullaghmurphy, in the parish of Donagh, Co. Monaghan.

McCABE Ken 08 - PortraitIn 1958, he joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, spending his one-year novitiate in Tanagh, Cootehill, Co. Cavan, before moving on to the United States where he spent the next 6 years tending to his studies in philosophy and theology at Queen of Peace Mission Seminary in Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire. By 1965 he had achieved his BA in Philosophy and MA in Theology and had Minor Orders conferred on him, before returning to his homeland and Cootehill for Ordination to the Priesthood on August 15, 1965.

Upon his return to the United States, he was assigned to a one-year term as Associate Pastor to Our Lady of Victory, in Rochester, New York. In 1966, he was introduced to ministry in California, assigned to teach at Pomona Catholic Boys High School in La Verne, later re-named Damien High School. During this time he also helped with week-end ministry at St. Madeleine’s, Pomona. In 1970 following completion of his MA in history from Cal State LA, he volunteered to join the Congregation’s newly established ministry at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, San Fernando Valley. During the next ten years, he variously served as teacher, department chair, and assistant Principal. Throughout this time he simultaneously engaged in week-end ministry in a number of parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles—St. Elizabeth’s and St. Bridget of Sweden in Van Nuys, St. Didacus in Sylmar, St. Euphrasia in Northridge, and St. Linus in Norwalk. He also was very involved in Marriage Encounter. Subsequently—beginning in 1980—he became Staff Chaplain, first at St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, California and later (from 1984 to 1997) at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, San Fernando Valley, CA. In the background of all this (from 1972 to 1994), Fr. Ken served as Chaplain to the U.S. Army Reserves, and in 1990 during the Gulf War, he was mobilized to Brook Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, achieving the rank of
Lieutenant Colonel. Subsequently, in 1998, he returned to parish ministry, serving as Associate Pastor at St. John Eudes in Chatsworth, California, before moving on to serve (from 2000 to 2008) as Parochial Vicar at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Chino Hills, CA, retiring in July, 2008.

At this point, Fr. Ken decided to return to Ireland, and for the next three and a half years, served as Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clontibret, diocese of Clogher in Co. Monaghan, before returning to
California in 2012 for his annual health check-up with the Veteran Affairs health care system and to have some health issues addressed. Following an extensive battery of medical tests, he was diagnosed as
having cancer of the lymph nodes, and for the next two and a half years was committed to a rigorous regimen of chemo and radiation therapies.

McCABE Kenneth 2008 - Bg AshMcCABE Kenneth 2008 - Ash WdThroughout his life, to the end, Fr. Kenny reflected the sentiments expressed in the motto of his beloved St. Macartan’s, Fortis et Fidelis— Strong and Faithful. As we continue to keep lovingly and prayerfully in mind the person and spirit of our brother Kenny “who has slipped the surly bonds of earth” and “is up and off and on his way to God,” let us be mindful of Kenny’s own words in which he exhorted us, Oremus pro invicem—Let us pray for one another.

Fr. Kenny is survived by his two brothers, Fr. John McCabe and Michael McCabe, and his sister, Mrs. Mary Conroy together with nephews and nieces—Barry, David, Ken, & Michelle McCabe, Emma & Judy Conroy, and Anne Marie (Conroy) McElroy. Funeral Mass was celebrated for Fr. Ken at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Chino Hills.  He was cremated and his ashes returned to Ireland.  On May 1st in an almost full Church, gathered in Clontibrit, Co. Monaghan Bishop Liam McDaid of Clogher, lead us in celebrating Ken's life and ministry before his ashes were buried with his parents in the family plot in Ballybay, Co. Monaghan.   May he rest in Peace.


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Seamless Robe

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To coincide with his recent Silver Jubilee, Fr Michael Ruddy has published a new book of poems: "Seamless Robe."  Proceeds from the sale of the books will go towards the Sacred Hearts Missions in Asia & Africa. To order a copy send €10 (overseas postage add €2) with your name and address to: Sacred Heart Presbytery, St John's Drive, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. or alternatively use the Paypal feature on the website"


Damien' a two-act play on the life of our great missionary will be staged in Drumlin House Theatre, Cootehill, Co. Cavan on Friday 18th October at 8 p.m."

Silver Jubilee
Sacred Heart Church
Sruleen, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
AB Older ladyArchbishop Diarmuid Martin led the 25th anniversary Eucharistic AB Girlcelebration of the Consecration of the Sacred Heart Church at the 11 am Mass on Sunday June 9th. 2013.  
The Early Years:  The Church of the Sacred Heart was officially blessed and dedicated on March 20th 1988 by the then Archbishop of Dublin Most Rev. Desmond Connell.  This ceremony marked Archbishop Desmond's first consecration of a Church as Archbishop of Dublin.
AB Fintan LiamThe early years of what was to become Sruleen Parish began with the arrival in Clondalkin of Fr. Brendan Kieran sscc in 1976.  He was succeeded by Fr. Fintan Crotty sscc who arrived in 1980.  Fr. Fintan purchased the land for the Church and school in 1982.   From 1981 Masses were celebrated in Scoil Mhuire.  Masses moved to the new school on its completion in 1984.  In 1983 only six houses had been built in Willow Park and Willow Court.  Fundraising was initiated by Fr. Fintan and the Parish Council for the building of the new Church which was eventaully realised in 1988.  Fr. Fintan was officially appointed Parish Priest of the new parish of Sruleen on February 21st. 1990. 
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Provincial Chapter 2013

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 The fifteenth Provincial Chapter of the Ireland England Province of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts was held in Emmaus House in Swords Co. Dublin from the 10th to the 14th of June 2013. 

On Monday and Tuesday Fr. Stan Kolosa sscc (US Province), led the members to reflect on our lives and on our response to the values of the Gospel.  On Wednesday we held our Provincial elections choosing those among us who will lead us for the coming three years.  Fr. Derek Laverty sscc was reelected as Provincial for another three years while Fr. Fergal Maguire sscc was elected Vicar Provincial and Fr. Pearse Mullen sscc elected as Provincial Councillor.  We wish them well in their exercise of this ministry within the community.  On Thursday we continued with the business of the Chapter, discussing the Provincial Report, the state of our finances, our engagement with our lay associates among other topics.

On Thursday evening as is our custom, we held our Jubilee celebrations.  Fr. Kieran Murtagh sscc and Br. Anthony McMorrow sscc were celebrating their 60th anniversary of their first profession while Br. Harry O'Gara was celebating 50th years of religious profession.  Sr. Johanna Rohan sscc celebrated 40 years of religious profession while Fr. Michael Ruddy sscc this year celebrates 25 years of priesthood.  We offer our congratulations to all. 

On Friday, Mr. Jim Flynn sscc (Lay Associate - Clones), led a fruitful discussion and sharing with our Sacred Hearts Sisters and our Irish and English lay associates.  Both groups also came together in Swords this week to reflect on their lives and ministry.   Our get together concluded with a Eucharistic celebration where Fr. Alberto Toutin sscc (General Councillor - Rome) shared a reflection on the scriptures.  A fitting conclusion to a fruitful week for all. 

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 Council 2013



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