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Teams of priests to now serve Limerick parishes

New approach will see priests work across different parishes and while there won’t necessarily be a priest living in every parish, there will be a parish priest for every parish.


Five parishes in Kerry diocese without a resident priest

Over the coming year the diocese will see Sean Jones ordained a priest - exactly ten years since the last priestly ordination in Kerry.


Diocese of Ossory appoints Pastoral Plan Co-ordinator

Appointee to support work of parishes and offer vision and leadership to enable priests and people make needed changes to allow parishes continue to be vibrant faith communities.


“We are looking at how we reimagine the Church”

Limerick diocesan visit to Paris looked at how parishes there have dealt with the vocations decline and changing arrangements in the past decades.


Schedule for Pope Francis’s visit to Africa unveiled

Irish missionary, Fr Eddie Murphy, believes the papal visit will highlight the extent to which the Church in Africa is dynamic and still growing.


Pope appeals to laity for more active engagement

Pontiff to celebrate outdoor Mass for over a million pilgrims at World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.


Dana to address Cursillo 30th anniversary celebration

Cursillo was introduced into Derry Diocese in 1985 and to date over 5,000 people have experienced a Cursillo weekend.


Cardinal Pell speaks about role of laity in Cork

Pope Francis' "support is indispensable" to the Secretariat for the Economy Australian Prefect states.


ACI & Archbishop discuss marriage and the family

The bishops are to set up a special review group to examine how best the Church can continue to support marriage and family life in Ireland.


Priests influential in bishops selection: Nuncio

“There is no group that is more influential in the process than priests. They are even more influential than bishops."


Armagh initiates discussions ahead of Synod

Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry to facilitate public gatherings in 17 pastoral areas where responses will be sought to the questions posed in Lineamenta.


Change guest list for next year’s Synod: ACI

“In a more equal Church there would be lay people involved in determining the guest list as well as on it,” married couple tell ACI conference.


Women must be more involved in Church’s decision-making

"We must discover ways and structures to do so," Bishop Brendan Leahy suggests.


We Are Church nominate two women for Synod on Family

WACI challenges Synod to include lay participants such as Mary McAleese and Gina Menzies.


ACP AGM to discuss new study on Murphy Report findings

Study carried out by a legal expert.


Archdiocese of Tuam considering permanent diaconate

New pastoral plan distributed at Masses throughout the diocese this weekend.


Bishop Boyce urges laity to hold fast to the faith

New and ever changing culture "is often impervious to traditional faith values."


An Informed Laity: A Reformed Irish Church

Seán MacGabhann assures lay people that they can really experience God, not just have an intellectual knowledge.


Parish Pastoral Councils: A formation manual

This 'how-to-do-it' workbook by Debra Snoddy, Jim Campbell and Andrew McNally lays out the necessary steps for forming, enabling and sustaining a parish pastoral council.


The welcoming parish – Donal Harrington

What is our parish for? The key issues - vision, leadership structures, getting people involved, planning for the future, adult faith, young people - are all addressed by Donal Harrington.


Meetings matter! spirituality and skills for meetings

This book grew out of an MA course in Applied Spirituality directed by the authors (P. Brady and B. Grogan) in the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin.


Think big act small

This book by Johnny Doherty, Oliver Crilly, Frank Dolaghan and Paddi Curran records the induction and formation process associated with the development of the pastoral council, the effort to extend the collaborative dynamic to more and more people within the parish community and the thinking which inspires them.


Parish Pastoral Councils: a framework for developing diocesan norms and parish guidelines

This little booklet presents a dynamic vision of how the parish community can be developed as an instrument of ministry and mission of the kingdom of God in Celtic Tiger Ireland.


A handbook for parish pastoral councils

Author Jane Ferguson hopes that this Handbook for Parish Pastoral Councils will serve as a reference and resource to assist parishes in the threefold task of establishing pastoral councils, training pastoral councillors and enabling them to serve the parish with faith-filled confidence.

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