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Luke: Gracious Theologian The Jesus of Luke

<p>Wilfred Harrington says that in Lukes gospel that we find a Jesus of sensitivity, compassion and great gentleness. Luke reflects on God as the God of sinners. Luke does not seek to suppress the tragedy and mystery of the cross nor undervalue its saving role but his Jesus helps lift [...]

Let the reader understand

<p>Sean Goan&#8217;s book offers short helpful explanations of the readings used on Sundays during Year C of the liturgical cycle. For many lay people who have little or no training in theology, including readers, the readings can be difficult to understand, so this book gives an introductory article about the [...]

The light of his face: spirituality for Catholic teachers

<p>Fr John Bollan is Director of Spiritual and Pastoral Formation in the Religious Education Department at the University of Glasgow. He shows how scriptural passages yield spiritual richness for the teacher and he also supplies a practical tool-kit of materials to help students and teachers to develop their own faith [...]

The Teacher&#8217;s Rosary

<p>This article is a chapter from John Bollan&#8217;s book on religious education, &#8220;The Light of His Face: Spirituality for Catholic teachers&#8221;. I consists of reflections on the mysteries which, as he says himself, &#8220;cross over into any sphere of life and work&#8221;.</p>

Liturgical resources for Lent and Eastertide

<p>Thomas O&#8217;Loughlin provides a guide to any priest or liturgy preparation group wishing to make the Sunday liturgy a real encounter where the participants can experience God speaking to them.</p>

A moveable feast: the Sacred Heart

<p>Janice writes to ask: Why does the Feast of the Sacred Heart fall in May this year? I thought that June was the month of the Sacred Heart and that May was the month dedicated to Our Lady. Fr Bernard McGuckian SJ replys to Janice&#8217;s query and explains the history behind [...]

Put out into the deep of the internet

Seminar marking World Communications Day highlights new continent of the digital world as opportunity for mission.

Archbishop recommends five-a-day prayer diet

"I ask you to think of five different people, that the love of Christ may really take root in their hearts."

St Patrick&#8217;s Day -17th March)

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #008000;"><em><strong>St Patrick&#8217;s Day</strong></em></span> and <strong><span style="color: #800080;"><em>Second Sunday of Lent </em></span></strong></p> <p><em>(<span style="color: #008000;"><strong>St Patrick&#8217;s Day:</strong></span>We are offering these resources from our Saints of the days series as material for homilies this year as in Ireland  we celebrate St Patrick, our Patron Saint. )</em></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #800080;"><em>(Second Sunday [...]

The truth will set you free World Communications Day 2018

There is a challenge to ensure that Christs message continues to be communicated in a rapidly developing media age, where fake news can seem plausible.

Lenten Devotions

<div class="vc_row wpb_row vc_row-fluid"><div class="wpb_column vc_column_container vc_col-sm-12"><div class="vc_column-inner "><div class="wpb_wrapper"> <div class="wpb_text_column wpb_content_element "> <div class="wpb_wrapper"> <p>Devotions during Lent have their focus on the humanity of Christ and in particular the Passion and Death of our Lord. We are familiar with the Stations of the Cross and this devotion has taken on many [...]

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<p>&nbsp;</p> <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><em><br /> </em><em> </em></span></p> <p><em>Dear Visitor,<br /> 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 </em><a href="mailto:andy@catholicireland.net"><em>andy@catholicireland.net</em></a><em>. And we will try to include [...]

Catholic Prayers

<h5 style="text-align: left;"><strong><span style="color: #333399;"><em>Traditional  prayers are like family heirlooms passed on from one generation to the next.<br /> Here are some of ours:</em></span></strong></h5> <h3><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>FREQUENT PRAYERS </em></span></h3> <h4><em><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">The Sign of the Cross</span></strong></em></h4> <p><span style="color: #000000;">In the name of the Father,</span><br /> <span style="color: #000000;"> <span style="line-height: 1.5;">and of the Son,<br /> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and [...]

Global Rosary Relay for Priests to set new record

Starting with a shrine in Siberia, 84 Marian shrines all the over the world will host thousands of people reciting relays of the rosary over a 24-hour period.

The family is a privileged place of encounter: Pope

The great challenge facing people today is to learn once again how to talk to one another, not simply how to generate and consume information.

Diaries &amp; papers of World War I priest go online

Fr Francis Gleeson was a priest with extraordinary human qualities; a humble priest whose faith enabled him to do great things in war and peace: Archbishop Martin.

Priest&#8217;s WWI diaries displayed for Culture Night

Fr Francis Gleeson was Chaplain to the Royal Munster Fusiliers as they faced battle on the Western Front.

Maynooth and Armagh celebrate ordinations

Ascension Day is feast of hope. God's plan for the whole world is slowly but surely being rolled out, says Cardinal.

Regina coeli: Jesus remains with us

Pope Francis tells crowds, "He is always with us, and even now is here with us in the Piazza. The Lord is with us!

We are a ruined church &#8211; Iraqi Patriarch

Intervention by the West did not solve the problems it produced more chaos and conflict.

Nov 30 St Andrew, Apostle

<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><strong>Summary:</strong></em></span> <em><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;"> </span></strong></em> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><strong>St Andrew, apostle</strong></em></span>. <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>A</em><em>ccording to the New Testament, Andrew was an apostle of Jesus and the brother of Simon Peter. He is referred to in the Orthodox tradition as the &#8216;First-Called.&#8217; According to Orthodox tradition, St Andrew did an immense amount of missionary [...]

The Eucharist: What do we believe?

In this book Fáinche Ryan examines some of the questions Catholic adults have about the Eucharist.

Come follow me: Recalling the dangerous memory &#8230;

Aidan Donaldson's book on the cost of Christian discipleship is based on Jesus's preaching that it is the poor, the outsider, the despised and the rejected that are special to God.

May 25 &#8211; St. Bede,the Venerable (673-735)

Bede lived for eternity and wanted to use his writings to help people reach a happy eternity.

May 14 &#8211; St Matthias (1st century) apostle

Matthias was '"someone who has been with us the whole time that the Lord Jesus was travelling around with us ."

Apr 11 &#8211; St Gemma Galgani (1878-1903) stigmatist &#038; mystic

<p><strong><em><span style="color: #ff6600;">Gemma Galgani</span></em></strong> <em><span style="color: #ff6600;">was an extraordinary young Italian woman, who had intense mystical experiences and a great love for the passion of Jesus. When she died at the age of twenty-five, a Passionist convent was founded in her home town of Lucca. </span></em></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><em>Patrick Duffy</em></span> tells her [...]

He&#8217;s Risen: Reflections on the Risen Christ &#8230;

In this book Phelim McGowan SJ encourages us to reflect on parts of the mystery of Jesus' life up to the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Mar 17 &#8211; St Patrick (390-461)

Patrick wrote his 'Confession' as a kind of 'apologia pro vita sua' to praise God for the wonderful works that he saw done through him.

Jan 24 &#8211; St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) bishop and doctor

Francis was an influential bishop, spiritual director, author and preacher. "To be an angel in prayer and a beast in one's relations with people is to go lame on both legs."

Holy Days of Obligation

<p><strong>Holy Days of Obligation</strong> are major feasts of the Church&#8217;s year on which &#8211; in addition to Sundays &#8211; 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 proper to [...]