Friday, March 7, 2014

Matt Talbot Novena Masses

Matt Talbot Novena Masses at St. Agatha’s Parish, North William Street, Dublin 1, begin tonight, where Fr. Brian Lawless, Vice-Postulator for the Cause for Canonization of Venerable Matt Talbot, is the priest. The following is from the parish’s website at

Every First Friday of the Month
7th March - 4th April - 2nd May - 6th June - 4th July / 2014
Matt Talbot Novena and Prayers for Healing

Matt Talbot was born on 4th May 1856 in 3 Alldborough Court, off Portland Row. He was the 2nd oldest of twelve children.

Before Long he established a pattern of work and heavy drinking and by the age of 16 he was a confirmed alcoholic.

Fortunately for him after so-called friends abandoned him, he decided that he would give up drink and take the pledge.

With the help of prayer he reformed hid life. Until his death in 1925 he lived a life that was radically different, marked by charity, gentleness and serenity.

Matt is seen as a champion of workers and he played a significant role in his union. He experienced unemployment and poverty. World wide today Matt's name is synonymous with fighting addiction of all kinds.