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The Ascension of the Lord – Year C

– 2nd June 2019 – Gospel reading: Luke 24:46-53 vs. 46 Jesus said to his disciples: “You see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, vs. 47 and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, […]

Ascension of the Lord -Year A

  –  24-5-2020 – ASCENSION SUNDAY  – Year A Gospel text : Matthew 28:16-20  vs.16  The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. vs.17  When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. vs.18  Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, “All […]

54th World Communications Day to take place on Ascension Sunday

I would like to devote this years Message to the theme of storytelling, because I believe that, so as not to lose our bearings, we need to make our own the truth contained in good stories Pope Francis.


– 13-5-2018 – Feast of the Ascension   Gospel text: Mark 16:14a, 15-20 vs.14a Jesus showed himself to the Eleven vs.15  and said to them, “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. vs.16  He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be […]

The Most Holy Trinity -Year A

                                                                   – 07-6-2020 –                                                                         –  TRINITY SUNDAY  –  Gospel text : John 3:16-18 vs.16  At that time, Jesus said to Nicodemus: “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. vs.17  For God sent his Son […]

Balally Church becomes memorial for all victims of COVID-19

"We have a Christian duty to pray for the dead," says parish priest Fr Peter Byrne.

Archbishop Eamon Martin invites grandparents and grandchildren to share and record their 2020 stories

Encouraged by Pope Francis, Archbishop Eamon Martin invites grandparents and grandchildren to share their own stories this weekend whether thats over the phone, on social media, or by video call about how they are coping during the coronavirus crisis.

Deacon ordained in Maynooth

Archbishop Michael Neary extended welcome to Shane Costello and prayers and support on behalf of the people in the Archdiocese of Tuam.


– 20-5-2018 – Pentecost Sunday Gospel Text: John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 Jesus said to his disciples: When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, he will be my witness. And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the outset. I still have many things to say […]

Glossary of Terms

www.catholicireland.net Glossary of Roman Catholic Church terms, words and phrases   Dear Visitor, If you know of any other commonly used Churchy terms, words or phrases that you would like us to add to this list,  please send them to:   editor@catholicireland.net   And we will try to include them as soon as we can. Thank you. […]

Glossary of Terms

www.catholicireland.net Glossary of Roman Catholic Church terms, words and phrases   Dear Visitor, If you know of any other commonly used Churchy terms, words or phrases that you would like us to add to this list,  please send them to:   editor@catholicireland.net   And we will try to include them as soon as we can. Thank you. […]

Social networks can lead to polarisation & division

"Mercy can help mitigate lifes troubles and offer warmth to those who have known only the coldness of judgement."

Primate welcomes Pope’s communications message

It is not technology which determines whether or not communication is authentic, but rather the human heart and our capacity to use wisely the means at our disposal.

‘We seek to share the heavy burden of your grief’

"The building of mutual relationship, respect and understanding, recognition and valuing of identity is possible."

Pope sends message to Carrickmines families

Prominent Limerick priest calls on local authorities to work with Travelling community to improve safety on overcrowded and substandard halting sites.

Tackling climate change comes with a cost: Minister

Politicians and theologians grapple with Laudato Si at the National Conference on Climate Change and the Environment in Balally.

Dublin conference on the impact of climate change

Professor John Fitzgerald, chair of the advisory committee to the Government on the environment, will address the conference on Ecology and Economics.

Pope challenges all to become ‘citizens of the digital world’

Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, Archbishop Eamon Martin affirms.

Holy Days of Obligation

  What is a Holy Day of Obligation? Holy Days of Obligation are major feasts of the Churchs year on which in addition to Sundays Catholics are obliged to go to Mass. They are also to abstain from such work or business that would inhibit the worship to be given to God, the joy […]

Sep 21 – St Matthew, apostle and evangelist

Matthew, a Jew, was a tax collector for the Romans and accused of being a traitor to his own people, went on to write his Gospel

Aug 18 – St Helen (c. 250330) mother of Constantine

The tradition is that while Helen was in Jerusalem ( in her eighties) in the years 327-8 she discovered the true cross.

May 3 – Ss Philip and James: apostles

Philip brought Nathanael to Jesus. James was "the brother of the Lord".

Journeying the Year of Matthew: Reflections …

John Littleton's book provides readers with an overview of the Gospel of Matthew, (Sundays, Year A) It would be useful for priests preparing a homily for the Sunday Mass.

Beyond mere facts

Edmond Grace SJ responds to a question about the confusions in the Gospels and why sometimes the stories in them seem to be telling different things.

Revisiting the Rosary

This is the Year of the Rosary, and October is the Month of the Rosary. Last October, Pope John Paul II announced five new mysteries, to be added to the traditional fifteen mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious. Called the Mysteries of Light, the new mysteries focus on Jesus years in public ministry. Here, Richard N. […]

The incarnation: a cosmic mystery

Kathleen Coyle SSC, who lectures in theology in Manila, considers the full cosmic significance of the incarnation and the sacramental character of creation.

The rites of Brigid, goddess and saint

February 1st, the feast of Imbolg in the old Celtic year, marked the beginning of spring. It was Christianised and adapted as the feast of St Brigid and many rituals still associated with the feast are best understood in the light of their pagan Celtic origins. After a Foreword on the life of Brigid as […]

A fragile kingdom

Based on sermons from the Sunday readings, this book encourages us to appreciate the presence of God revealed in our experience through an eclectic range of literature, Scripture, modern poetry and prose.

Preaching God’s Word on Sunday

Desmond Knowles, parish priest in Dromore diocese, presents this collection of straight-forward homilies followed by prayers of the faithful for Cycle A. Easily understood by a regular Sunday congregation.

Seeds for the soul: Sunday homilies for cycle B

Brendan McGuire provides homilies for every Sunday of the year when Mark’s gospel is read. The focus of the book is God’s redeeming love and our response to his love in concrete ways in the ordinary lives of ordinary people.