Mayo-Manchester Tradfest

July 17th, 2017

Launch Night of the MM Tradfest August 2017 with

Midwest Radio at 6pm in the Father Peyton Centre Attymass


August 31st, 2016

Brother Andre

March 22nd, 2016
Last Saturday Fr Steve held a talk here at the centre on Brother André Bassette, the first Holy Cross Priest to be made a Saint; I thought I would share some of this humble, dedicated man’s story with you.
b andre At birth, Brother André was so weak and sickly that his parents had the newborn baptized immediately, fearing he wouldn’t survive till morning. He lived to the venerable age of 91. His heart, which ceased beating just past midnight on Jan. 6, 1937, is on display in a reliquary at St. Joseph’s Oratory, a rather macabre beacon to pilgrims who still come by the millions in search of comfort, spirituality and miracles, many ascending the basilica’s 283 steps on their knees. It’s a heart, by the way, that was abducted in March 1973 and held for ransom. The archbishop of Montreal declined to deal, saying: “Brother André’s heart is priceless so we refuse to pay any price for it.’’ Thwarted, left with a heart on their hands and perhaps spooked, the thieves eventually made an anonymous call in December 1974, informing the diocese where the wayward organ could be found. The pilferers were never apprehended. Pope Benedict XVI made this humble Holy Cross brother — orphaned at 12, unschooled and illiterate, itinerant labourer, lowly college porter for most of his adult life — a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, from Alfred Bessette, né, to Brother André to St. André, only the second Canadian ever canonized. For Brother André,the miracle that set it all in motion was a 9-year-old boy with a severe cranial injury, in an irreversible coma following a car accident outside Montreal in 1999. That child recovered completely after his family prayed fervently to Brother André, confounding all medical experts, and is now a healthy university student, but there is also the broader miracle of Brother André’s own life, the sheer unlikelihood of a halo being fitted for this unlettered, chronically frail fellow. That meant four decades as gatekeeper at Notre Dame College in Montreal, leaving his claustrophobic cubicle only to perform menial jobs, variously janitor and barber to youths attending the school. Yet he purportedly cured thousands of infirm supplicants while alive and built a tiny chapel in the then woods on the slope of Mount Royal, across from the college, that would be transformed into the largest shrine on Earth dedicated to St. Joseph. Not all saints, in fact very few of them, performed miracles whilst still alive. Though beatification requires proof of a miracle post-death (the Vatican never reveals those details) and canonization demands a second, separate miracle (shared with the public), Brother André is quite distinct for the countless wonders he is believed to have performed throughout his life — although never claiming credit for any of them, insisting he was only a facilitator for St. Joseph, the go-between. Why Brother André? What made him so exceptional? He was at first rejected as a novitiate by the Holy Cross Order because they worried the frail 5-foot-tall applicant would be incapable work and would end up as no more than a burden. Further, upon acceptance, he was unwavering in his devotion to St. Joseph, a one-man cheering section for the low profile saint who, was the official patron of Canada. “(Joseph) was a background kind of guy,’’ Father Claude Grou, rector of the Oratory, concedes with a chuckle. “I think that’s why Brother André liked him so much, because he was a background kind of guy too. “He was happy with his work as a doorkeeper. He never wanted to become the star of the story. That’s just the way it turned out. Joseph was a simple man and that appealed to Brother André.’’ Such simplicity of faith and lifestyle, Grou suggests, accounts for Brother André’s enduring popularity, at least in Quebec, despite a dramatic drop-off in the Church’s relevance, even among French-Canadian Catholics. His death drew more mourners, filing by the casket, than that of prime ministers. What he specifically made happen was construction of a teensy chapel dedicated to Joseph, later replaced by a modestly larger facility and eventually, as catalyst for the huge donated sums needed, this massive basilica André never actually lived to see completed, with upwards of 2 million pilgrims visiting annually. Pope John Paul came here to pray at André’s tomb as well. Although André has been dead for 73 years, some witnesses to his “miracles’’ are still alive; plenty more are those who claim ancestors cured by the brother. “In the context of canonization, we have heard from many, many people telling us their own stories,’’ says Grou. “We receive more than a thousand letters a year from such people. Of course, there’s no way that we can study all cases of people who say they were cured by Brother André.’’ The vast majority of supplicants weren’t healed. Yet they all departed consoled, apparently, strengthened spiritually by their shared praying with André. To ask why one person is cured and not another equally worthy faithful is beyond the ken of the Church. “It would be the same as someone who gets cancer saying, ‘why me?’ That is God’s mystery. There’s no answer to that question, except this phrase from the Bible: God’s ways are not our ways.’’ Grou is an educated man who spent 16 years ministering in India before becoming Superior General in Rome for the entire Holy Cross congregation, assigned to rector of St. Joseph’s Oratory in 2005. He understands the incredulity with which miracles are attended in a modern age. Even with the intense scrutiny that the Vatican applies to miracle-vetting, in the end, a supernatural phenomenon can only be taken on faith, just like the quaint notion of sainthood in a modern, secular age. “I know the intellectual arguments against it,’’ says Grou. “We think from our brain. But people don’t only live with the brain. People come here to light a lamp, to touch the foot of St. Joseph’s statue, to put their hand on the crucifix, on Brother André’s tomb. “We experience things with our whole body, our senses. From that perspective, I think we still need saints that will inspire and guide us in our lives. “I believe in miracles.’’ Here at the Father Peyton Centre we have a first class relic from Brother André on display.     download (65)

My Rosary Beads

October 6th, 2014
rosary poem

Fr Peyton Anniversary Mass

July 10th, 2014

A large congregation joined us in the celebration of the Father Peyton Anniversary Mass on Sunday 6th July 2014. Chief Celebrant was Bishop Brendan Kelly with concelebrants Fr William Melody C.S.C and Fr Tom Mulligan P.P.

Bishop Kelly expressed his thanks for being invited to celebrate the Anniversary Mass of Fr. Peyton’s death. In the introduction of his homily Bishop Brendan said

Fr Peyton was always referred to as ‘Father’ Peyton...never Pat or Paddy or Sir or Mister...You couldn’t imagine it even... Father is the most wonderful title...central to the Gospel we hear today which is a prayer of Jesus...and the title Fr. Peyton loved most  of all, was ‘Mother’...the Blessed Mother.These two words as titles used from the heart is what our Catholic faith is all about, what life is about, in time and for eternity.

Celebrant of the Father Peyton Anniversary Mass Bishop Brendan Kelly DD (centre) Concelebrants- Fr Tom Mulligan P.P (left) & Fr William Melody C.S .C (right)


The first reading was read by Mary Dawson, niece of Father Patrick Peyton.

In his homily Bishop Brendan referred to the “year of prayer” being held in our diocese.

’“The idea of praying for our diocese emerged from a small group of people who gathered to discuss what might be done to renew the faith at a time when there is radical continuing decline in religious practice in all our parishes. The desire was, that all people would discover the call to be a disciple. To live out what we have become in baptism and then the idea of praying for the diocese for a whole year emerged. A prayer was composed by lay people that not just prayer groups etc would pray, but all people in church, or at home or on their own would pray.”

The year Bishop Brendan was ordained Bishop for the Diocese of Achonry was the year the Father Peyton Memorial Centre was preparing to celebrate the centenary year of Fr Peyton’s birth 2009.

The Family that prays together stays together”....”A world at prayer is a world at peace”

Bishop Brendan had hoped that the centenary year might trigger a renewal of prayer in the diocese “We all know that many homes and therefore many hearts do not know prayer nowadays. So many other things....things....fill our every minute, every day God gives. Lives so full there is no room for God. Last year the Holy Father had proclaimed a year of faith. A call to us all to ponder the gift of faith and to be renewed in our belief in Jesus Christ. But can there be faith without prayer? Surely the heart of the Christian Faith is being in a relationship with God, Father of us all and each one of us individually. That our primary task on the face of the earth, being a family, united ,reconciled, loving one another...and that’s not about simply feeling good about each other, but rather giving our lives for each other no matter what we feel.     “Inviting and exhorting people to come to this realisation was what Fr Peyton dedicated his whole life to, what he preached all over the world, the source of personal and communal peace, harmony and love. We are praying for our diocese this year that all our people, our households, families and parishes will become where the real conversation with our Father in the company and Jesus and the saints come alive. It is a first and critical step in renewing our faith and our church in the 21st century.” “How better to remember Fr. Peyton today than to join in prayer.”


Della Ginley, Manager of the Father Peyton Memorial Centre led the congregation in prayer for the beatification Father Peyton.


The Father Peyton cluster choir led by Mary Gilroy added immensely to the celebration of the Anniversary Mass. The choir comprises of parishioners from Killasser, Straide, Bonniconlon Attymass and Foxford parishes.

Reservations for Days of Retreat

February 3rd, 2014

The Father Peyton Centre Attymass, Co Mayo is presently accepting reservations for Days of Retreat for National Schools (Confirmation and First Holy Communion), for Secondary Schools, and for Parish Groups of any kind (eg. Legion of Mary, Parish Council, Active Retired.)

Please contact us at: 096 45374

Senior Citizens Day

September 3rd, 2013

Each Tuesday is Seniors day at the Father Peyton Centre.  Mass is celebrated at 12.15pm followed by a three course lunch (main course, dessert & Tea or Coffee), with either bingo or dancing to follow. Lunch is €7.00 for regular attendees and €10.00 for visiting groups. €2.00 is charged for the dancing or bingo.

Meals on Wheels

September 3rd, 2013

A Meals-on-Wheels service is available from the Centre. Have a main course and dessert delivered to you home for €6.50 per day. We deliver on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, if you would like to, or know anybody would like to avail of this service please contact us on 096-45374.

Fr Peyton Centre Retreat Programmes

August 20th, 2013

The Fr. Peyton Centre provides a variety of Retreat  Programmes for Secondary School students. These one day programmes are arranged differently according to the grade level of the students, from first years to Leaving Certs. Each programme involves group dynamics and discussion, prayer and entertainment. The Centre also has a series of programmes for National Schools. These would include a programme for those who are to receive First Holy Communion and a programme for those who are to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Each of these days of retreat would include catechesis,prayer, group work and entertainment.

Programme start at 10am and end at 2.30pm. Times can vary according to the needs of each school. The cost of each programme is €6.00 per student Meals (Chicken Nuggets, Sausages,Chips) are also available for €5.00 Morning Snack (Juice & Scone) €1.00

Confirmation Retreat Day

January 29th, 2013

Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the time when the candidates have the opportunity to state for themselves that they "Confirm" what was promised for them by their parents and god-parents.

The Retreat Day that we offer at the Father Peyton Centre for those who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation is a time for us to reinforce what they are being taught at home and in school about the sacrament.

Students will be engaged in activities,discussions,prayer,storytelling,music and audio visuals, all geared to make further understanding the commitment that they are about to make.

The Retreat Team who conduct the retreats is experienced in presenting a day that is educational, entertaining and prayerful. Please consider making reservations for your Confirmation Class to come to the Fr. Peyton Centre for a day of retreat.

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