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Lent Week 1, Thursday

Obedience is a central theme in the Book of Deuteronomy. However, unlike the rigid understanding of obedience as fulfilling orders and commands in order to avoid penalties, here we have obedience expressed through love. Love and obedience set us free from what can be a tiny and selfish environment, and enable us to choose life


Sunday 24 DEC ADVENT 4

Don’t let the Lord pass by The message delivered by an Angel, not by email or a text, is a profound message that shows the faith of Mary and her ability to recognise time. Pope Francis in his Angelus Address on 21st December 2014 reminds us of Mary’s role in our redemption, and how we


St Brendan, Abbot -AD 486-578

St Brendan of Kerry There is very little secure information concerning Brendan’s life, although at least the approximate dates of his birth and death, and accounts of some events in his life, are found in the Irish annals and genealogies. The first mention of Brendan occurs in Adamnan’s Vita Sancti Columbae, written between 679 and


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  www.catholicireland.net Glossary of Roman Catholic Church terms, words and phrases   Dear Visitor, If you can think of any other ‘Churchy’ terms, words or phrases that you would like us to add to this list,  please send them to andy@catholicireland.net. And we will try to include them as soon as wecan. Thanks! A Abbess





Spirituality – Regina Cassidy A good friend of mine, someone who works in the Church, often talks with me about the retreats that she has been on.  She describes her daily prayer–quiet times of meditation and contemplation.  I sit and listen in awe, mixed with a little bit of envy.  She seems at such peace,



That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments. Pope Francis – March 2016   The Pope Video is a new and global initiative launched by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – Apostleship of Prayer



The second release of The Pope’s Video focuses on Care of Creation. That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations.   The Pope Video is a new and global initiative launched by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – Apostleship of Prayer



The Pope has made a revolutionary move with the introduction of his very own video to promote prayer worldwide for his monthly intention. This is the first of twelve to be launched in the months ahead. In this two minute film he calls powerfully on people of different faiths around the world to work together


LENT, Week 4, Thursday

– Thursday of the fourth week in Lent – Gospel: Jn 5:43 I have come in the name of my Father and you refuse to accept me.   Reflection for the Day To say ‘In the name of God, Father of us all’ is to say ‘in the name of justice, equality, compassion and love’.


Advent Moments: Week 2 Saturday

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent 13-12-14 Gospel: Matthew 7:13 ‘So also, the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands’. Reflection: Looking into the future Isn’t it strange to know the future of a child? Each time we visit a crib of Bethlehem we can also  see the cross: ‘a babe soon


God loves you.

In Psalm 91, we read, “Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honour them.” (Psalm 91:14-15) The above psalm clearly indicates that God loves us and


TV plot sparks ‘right to die’ debate

Show good palliative care, rather than suicide, says Care not Killing


UK archbishop urges parishes to be a place of welcome

Parish must always offer a place of welcome for those who no longer find themselves in stable or conventional family situations.


USCCB Chairman commends Immigration law reform

Archbishop Gomez stated that while the USCCB Committee on Migration disagrees with elements of the bill, they see the legislation as an overall improvement upon the status quo.


The Irish Bishop’s Emigrant Information Pack 2013

This information pack aims to raise awareness of the effect of emigration on Irish communities.

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