There is a remarkable success story about last year’s Trócaire collection box, which featured a Ugandan girl, Patricia, on its cover.
The pretty eight-year-old was chosen as a ‘poster child’ for the Catholic overseas development aid agency’s 2019 Lenten fundraising because of the plight in which she and her family found [...]
“Until it is safe, until further instructions, please hold onto your Lent Box. Keeping it safe will help keep you safe too,” says Trócaire’s Caoimhe de Barra.
Irish bishops welcomed the recent announcement by Pope Francis that the theme of the synod in October 2022 will be “For a synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission”.
‘Return to Me with All your Heart’ by Gerard Gallagher is a practical guide to Lent, containing scripture readings, inspirational quotations and a challenge to readers to effect change in their day-to-day lives.
Bishop Leahy says that by focusing on Lent in terms of ecological conversion, we are taking steps that benefit not just ourselves and society but we are building up our community for the future.
The objective of our Lenten digital initiative is to assist our spiritual preparation for the joy and hope of the Easter season – Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Our mission is clear. We want to send well-formed Catholics into the world to carry out their apostolates, follow their vocations, and rebuild the Church, says Co-founder Edward Barrett-Shortt.
Meetings to be held across Clogher’s seven Pastoral Areas during Lent which will inform future planning at parish, pastoral area and diocesan level.
“Participants will have to think about and calculate every item they consume. However, this is the reality of hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland every day,” says SVP national president Kieran Stafford.
The season of Lent is meant to help us to clarify our Christian vision and, above all, to bring our lives into conformity with the life of Jesus Christ.
Lent can be a time for giving more of yourself, says Bishop of Limerick.
In a strong message on care for creation, Pontiff warns that “Sin leads man to consider himself the god of creation, to see himself as its absolute master and to use it, not for the purpose willed by the Creator but for his own interests.”
The Happy Easter Egg comes with rhymes, readings and illustrations that tell the true story of Easter.
The ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative is a moment of grace which invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration.
The breath of God’s life “saves us from this asphyxia that dampens our faith, cools our charity, and strangles every hope”.
“It is like Jesus who went out to where people were and he gave them an invitation. We are doing the same; we ask people would they like to live a holy Lent,” said Fr Paddy Mooney, PP.
“For those corrupted by love of riches, nothing exists beyond their own ego. Those around them do not come into their line of sight.”
New pastoral guidelines on the Sacrament of Confession from the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation.
Other dioceses host 24 hour vigil as part of the Church’s Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.
“It means not keeping grudges, not seeking revenge, but letting mercy and forgiveness guide our attitudes and actions” - Bishop Philip Boyce.
“The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” Pope Francis said on Sunday.
Double-decker ‘Mercy Bus’, which seeks to bring people back to confession, is an initiative of Fr Frankie Mulgrew, son of comedian Jimmy Cricket.
The imposition of ashes on our foreheads was living out the life of baptism in the public space and the public square - Archbishop Michael Jackson.
Pope Francis commissioned hundreds of ‘Missionaries of Mercy’ during Mass at St Peter’s Basilica, including Irish Jesuit, Fr Tony O’Riordan.
"Could anyone think of a sadder or more heart-rending way to celebrate your birthday than to attend the funeral of both of your parents?" - Fr Liam Devine.
Homiletic directory gives guidelines for preaching but the most important thing is 'authenticity of preaching' says Director of Priory Institute, Fr John Littleton.
"Unfortunately we live very much in a drink-fuelled society and it is a constant battle to win the hearts and minds of people, young people especially.”
Special opportunities will be available in dioceses for prayer and confession over today and tomorrow.
Emmanuel and Seinn concerts draw over 3,000 secondary school students together for Church music performances.
Lenten message calls believers to a new conversion - to believe in and live the communion of saints, to reach out to the poor and those 'far away'.