We encourage all Catholics – irrespective of how they voted – to devote some time today and over this weekend to prayerful reflection about what has happened in our society, especially in the past year, says Council for Life.
Transformed parish training day can help “kickstart” parish renewal for our country in which “pressure is increasing to sideline the Christian church”.
More than three million voters eligible to vote today in referendum to remove regulation of divorce from Constitution and reduce waiting times.
Already there have been over 10,000 views of the service internationally, and children recently making their First Holy Communion were able to look at the Mass afterwards on the catch-up service.
“This year the big thing has been how to build upon collaboration with law enforcement. That is a critical component to combating human trafficking, but also in terms of getting the message out there to the criminals that there is joined-up thinking going on around the world.”
St Pappin’s parish centre was renovated from the former presbytery of the Columban Fathers when they served in St Joseph’s parish, one of the three parishes which amalgamated last December to form the new parish of St Pappin’s.
It is important from a Christian faith perspective to vote but it would be a shame to just tick a box without first considering the social context and challenges that marriages face today.
Given the “potentially profound and far-reaching implications” of Brexit for all citizens across the island of Ireland, participating in the European elections in an informed and conscientious way “has rarely been more important”.
“Once again, I am shocked and saddened to see further incidents of senseless stabbings and knife crimes – especially among young people – in our city and in our country and in other countries."
“Ground around centres of worship, presbyteries, convents and graveyards can play a crucial role if they are managed as safe places where our wild bees and other insects can find food and shelter.”
“Ultimately, with abortion the issue is not about whether a baby has a disability or a life-limiting condition. It is about the fact that with every abortion an innocent baby has his or her life ended.”
“It doesn’t in any way indicate a fall-off in the demand for Catholic marriages, but it does indicate a complete sea change with regard to how couples are meeting.”
“We have to equip and train leaders and provide facilities for formation. We want to work towards a situation where all parishes in this Archdiocese benefit from their gifts and expertise. The new collection is one step in that process” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
“We are sorry to be closing this very special place but are glad that the sale will mean our Sisters in Ireland and abroad will be able to continue and expand the worthwhile work they are doing,” said superior general Sr Mary Christian.
Events will include African-themed film festivals, art exhibitions, seminars, football tournaments, school visits, a flag procession, and street festivals and family fun days with live performances by African and Irish musicians.
“For the sake of the most vulnerable in our society, for the sake of the victims of our past, for the sake of children in our schools and for the sake of people who need improved health and social care services, now is the time to find a resolution to the political impasse.”
Celtic supporters attending the Mass in Cork are encouraged to wear Celtic scarves and jerseys. The Mass will also be streamed live online, a facility being offered by SMA Wilton on its website.
Tributes to 81-year-old Fr Michael Guckian, who served in the Philippines as a missionary for 30 years, describe him as “a walking saint”.
Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, has warned that official pilgrimages should not be “interpreted as an authentication of well-known events, which still require examination by the Church”.
"I am very keen to encourage and nurture vocations to the priesthood from among our own young people, many of whom have strong faith and great gifts to offer our Church. How might this be done?” asks Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Pope Francis admits it is not always easy to discern our vocation and to steer our life in the right direction and, for this reason, he calls on Church personnel to provide young people with opportunities for listening and discernment.