From the World at Prayer Blog:
A Spiritual Journey Down Route 24
Submitted by Father David Marcham
Vice Postulator of the Cause for Beatification of Father Patrick Peyton, CSC
Growing up my family and I
would listen to the Saturday Irish radio program “religiously.”
And, one of the staples was the Noel Henry Irish Show Band. I tried the patience of my family as I played the imaginary drums on the car door riding to visit relatives in Fall River, MA.
Now many years later
I was a bit more restrained but moved on a deeper level as Deacon Mattie Henry, brother and fellow bandmate of Noel Henry led us in a beautiful mixture of spiritual music and meditations on the Blessed Mother and the Catholic faith.
You might wonder how did this happen? Well, it is all part of the Father Peyton Guild.
Now you might be wondering what’s a guild?
Glad you asked!
The Father Peyton Guild in this case led by Ann Melanson in Easton, MA is a worldwide group of people who meet throughout the year to learn about Servant of God, Fr. Peyton, his ongoing mission and his Cause for Beatification.
Along the way we pray the Rosary for our needs and our loved ones, we learn about our beautiful faith and we meet outstanding people like Deacon Mattie and his wife Mary.
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From the World at Prayer Blog:
As Father David mentions in his blog entry above, the Guilds are a lovely way we can come together in our beloved Rosary prayer and support each other’s petitions and pray for the Beatification of The Rosary Priest, Father Patrick Peyton, CSC.
The Connie Harvey Chapter of the Father Peyton Guild meets three times a year at The Father Peyton Center in North Easton, Mass., USA. Other chapters around the world follow a similar schedule. At the recent meeting of the Connie Harvey Guild, there were about 45 members in attendance as the meeting was opened with a novena, the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, followed by the Beatification prayer and the intercessory prayer for Father Peyton’s intercession.
The participants then gathered in the media room at the center for refreshments and to hear from their guest, Deacon Mattie Henry, who shared some meditations on the Blessed Mother along with some beautiful Marian Hymns.
Of interest, for those who may not know Mattie Henry, the following provides a short bio of his personal story:
In 1970, Mattie Henry, together with his parents and brother Tommie, emigrated to the United States to join his other brother, Noel Henry. The three brothers formed the Noel Henry Irish Show band and spent the next twenty-odd years touring and performing across the country at dances, weddings and concerts, making a name for themselves as a premier dance band.
In 1991, Mattie made his first journey to Medjugorje, traveling with Noel, and a few brave pilgrims to this little-known spot in war-torn Yugoslavia. What he found was an oasis of peace that he has carried in his heart ever since. As time went on left the band and moved on to other things, gradually building a reputation of his own with his rich baritone voice, which lends itself perfectly to what Mattie Henry is all about today: a man who spreads the Word of God through music.
After Mattie’s inspiring talk, Father David Marcham gave an update on the Cause for Father Peyton. He shared that the Diocesan Inquiry led by the Archdiocese of Baltimore had concluded with a beautiful Mass and closing ceremony. Father David assisted Father Gilbert Seitz, Archbishop O’Brien’s delegate, with sending the “Acts” of the investigation to the Vatican. As this important stage closes and the work toward Father Peyton’s Beatification continues, please keep this petition in your prayer. If you would like a copy of the Beatification Prayer, please contact Father David Marcham.
Holy Cross Family Ministries President, Father John Phalen, CSC, shared other news of the organization and of the Congregation of Holy Cross, especially the exciting news about the upcoming Canonization of Holy Cross Brother Andre Bessette. Holy Cross Family Ministries will be conducting pilgrimages to both the Canonization in Rome and the Canonization Celebration in Montreal in October.
For more information on the Father Patrick Peyton Guild or for a Beatification Prayer Card, contact Father David Marcham at
or 800-299-PRAY or 508-238-4095.
For more information on the upcoming pilgrimages, for the pilgrimage to Rome contact Bob Hannon at
and for the pilgrimage to Montreal contact
or call 800-299-PRAY or 508-238-4095.