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The Ascension of the Lord – Year C

<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #ff6600;">&#8211; <em>29th May 2022 &#8211;</em></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;"><em><strong><span style="color: #800000;">Gospel reading:</span></strong></em> </span><em><span style="color: #ff6600;">Luke 24:46-53</span><br /> <strong><span style="color: #800000;">vs. 46</span></strong> Jesus said to his disciples:<br /> </em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;</strong><em><strong>Y</strong>ou see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,</em></span><em><br /> <strong><span style="color: [...]


<p style="text-align: center;"><em><strong><span style="color: #808080;">&#8211; 12-05-2024-</span><br /> </strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" class="attachment-266x266" src="https://www.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/jesus_ascension--300x300.jpg" alt="jesus ascension-" width="266" height="266" /></p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><strong>Feast of the Ascension<br /> <span style="color: #333399;">W</span><span style="color: #333399;">orld</span><span style="color: #333399;"> Communications Day </span></strong></em></span></h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" class="aligncenter wp-image-80365" src="https://www.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/alleluia.jpg" alt="alleluia" width="123" height="93" srcset="https://www.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/alleluia.jpg 200w, https://www.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/alleluia-191x145.jpg 191w" sizes="(max-width: 123px) [...]

Ascension of the Lord -Year A

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #808080;"><em><strong>&#8211;  21-5-2023 &#8211;</strong></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff6600;"><em><strong>ASCENSION SUNDAY  &#8211; Year A</strong></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #993300;"><em><span style="color: #ff6600;"><strong>Gospel text : </strong></span><span style="color: #008080;">Matthew 28:16-20</span></em><em><em><br /> </em></em></span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #008080;"><em><strong>vs.16</strong></em></span>  The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where <span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>J</strong></span>esus had arranged to meet them.</span><br [...]

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.


<p style="text-align: center;"><em><strong><span style="color: #808080;">&#8211; 19-05-2024 &#8211;</span></strong></em></p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Pentecost Sunday</span><br /> </em></strong></h3> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><strong>Gospel Text</strong></em></span>: <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>John 15:26-27; 16:12-15</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><strong>Ch 15</strong> v. 26 </em> <strong>J</strong><span style="color: #000000;">esus</span></span> said to his disciples:<br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><strong>W</strong>hen the <strong>A</strong>dvocate comes,</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>whom I shall send to you from the <strong>F</strong>ather,<img [...]

The Most Holy Trinity -Year A

<p style="text-align: center;"><em><strong>                                                                  <span style="color: #808080;"> <span class="excerpt"><em><strong>&#8211; 04-06-2023 &#8211;</strong></em></span>     </span>  </strong></em><em><strong>                                                                  </strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #800000;"><em><strong>&#8211;  The Most Holy Trinity   &#8211;</strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #800000;"> <em><strong>Gospel text : John 3:16-18</strong></em></span></p> <p><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" class="alignright size-full wp-image-124298" src="https://media1.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Jesus-my-friend.jpg" alt="" width="265" height="265" srcset="https://www.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Jesus-my-friend.jpg 265w, https://www.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Jesus-my-friend-145x145.jpg 145w, https://www.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Jesus-my-friend-180x180.jpg 180w, https://www.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Jesus-my-friend-24x24.jpg 24w, https://www.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Jesus-my-friend-36x36.jpg 36w, https://www.catholicireland.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Jesus-my-friend-48x48.jpg 48w" sizes="(max-width: 265px) 100vw, 265px" [...]

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.

Glossary of Terms

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #008080;"><strong><em>www.catholicireland.net</em></strong><em><br /> <strong>Glossary of Roman Catholic Church terms, words and phrases</strong></em></span><em><br /> </em><em> </em></p> <p><em>Dear Visitor,<br /> 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 </em></p> <p><em> And we will try to include them [...]

Glossary of Terms

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #008080;"><strong><em>www.catholicireland.net</em></strong><em><br /> <strong>Glossary of Roman Catholic Church terms, words and phrases</strong></em></span><em><br /> </em><em> </em></p> <p><em>Dear Visitor,<br /> 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 </em></p> <p><em> And we will try to include them [...]

Social networks can lead to polarisation &amp; division

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

Primate welcomes Pope&#8217;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.

&#8216;We seek to share the heavy burden of your grief&#8217;

"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 &#8216;citizens of the digital world&#8217;

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

Holy Days of Obligation

<p>&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="text-align: left;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>What is a Holy Day of Obligation?</strong></span></em></h4> <p>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 [...]

Sep 21 &#8211; 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 &#8211; 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 &#8211; Ss Philip and James: apostles

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

Journeying the Year of Matthew: Reflections &#8230;

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

<p>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. </p>

Revisiting the Rosary

<p>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 [...]

The incarnation: a cosmic mystery

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

The rites of Brigid, goddess and saint

<p>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 [...]

A fragile kingdom

<p>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. </p>

Preaching God&#8217;s Word on Sunday

<p>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. </p>

Seeds for the soul: Sunday homilies for cycle B

<p>Brendan McGuire provides homilies for every Sunday of the year when Mark&#8217;s gospel is read. The focus of the book is God&#8217;s redeeming love and our response to his love in concrete ways in the ordinary lives of ordinary people. </p>