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67-year-old ordained for Kildare & Leighlin

Fr Seán’s experience of family life has the potential to be an enormous help to many people he may encounter in his priesthood: Bishop Nulty


Working document for October synod unveiled

Synod is the first of two extraordinary meetings of bishops on the family that will lead to new pastoral guidelines.


Pope: ‘a culture of wellbeing’ leads some couples to prefer pets to children

"Fidelity, perseverance and fruitfulness" are pillars in Christian marriage Pope tells couples celebrating wedding anniversaries.


Vocations Sunday underlines call of every Christian

Coadjutor bishop of Armagh encourages prayers for vocations.


Carer of the year finds happiness in love

83-year-old widower marries carer who helped him look after two disabled sons.


Pope pledges tough sanctions against abusive priests

We will not take one step backwards in dealing with this problem Pope assures.


Growing tendency to demonise Catholic viewpoint

New panel of Catholic Comment speakers ready to engage with the media.


Bishops release general findings of Vatican survey

Church teaching is not realistic, compassionate or life-enhancing: Irish respondents.


Chastity groups have a right to address faith schools

Iona Institute defends groups promoting abstinence in schoolroom.


Archbishop reveals some Vatican survey findings

Little attempt made to explain Church's teachings on marriage and the family.


Just 20% of couples do pre marriage course in Ferns

Number is "unacceptably low" Bishop Denis Brennan warns.


Govt cuts force ACCORD to make four staff redundant

Bishop Jones expresses regret as cuts to Family Support Agency grants blamed.


Knock agency appalled at alleged internet dating scam

In 2014, seven of the couples Knock matched this year, will wed, and there may be more.


Bishop Nulty dismayed by same sex marriage referendum

Challenges importance society places on role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children.


Papal message of solidarity with those heavy burdened

Up to 150,000 participate in Family Pilgrimage to the Tomb of St Peter in Rome.


Diaconate enables Church to tap into married men’s experience

Bishop McAreavey ordains Diocese of Dromore’s first two Permanent Deacons.


CSO figures show fall in marriage rate in 2011

Fewer couples in Ireland getting married than in Britain and the US.


Ordination of first five Permanent Deacons in Armagh

An occasion of great joy for the diocese – Cardinal Brady.


Focus on marriage and the family at Maynooth conference

The family that prays together, stays together Cardinal Brady highlights.


Our Lady’s matchmaking in Knock prospers

Since 1968, the agency has resulted in over 900 marriages.


Cardinal warns of ‘crisis in the vocation of parenting’

Primate concerned by under-valuing of the stability and commitment within marriage.


UK bishops disappointed at legalisation of gay marriage

Archbishops Nichols and Smith warn legislation is “a watershed” which heralds "profound social change.”


Marriage Encounter celebrates 40 years in Ireland

50 delegates representing12 countries joined another 120 Irish members for a gathering to mark 40 years of Marriage Encounter in Ireland.


Eucharist, Marriage and Family – Stephen Cummins

Stephen Cummins, Director of Marriage Education with ACCORD, examines a number of ways in which couples and families become Eucharist to each other in the ordinariness of daily life.


A wedding of your own – 4th edition

The ideal book for couples planning a Catholic wedding. But great reading also for married couples wanting to renew their appreciation of Christian marriage and for ministers working with engaged or married couples. The book has sold over 20,000 copies and this is its 4th edition. Pádraig McCarthy is a [...]


Readings for Your Wedding

This handbook is designed by editor Brian Magee CM to help the reader prepare the readings for a wedding, so that their message can be conveyed in a way that is meaningful for the couple and the congregation. Each reading is prefaced by a short commentary, and there is a [...]


The good marriage guide: the practical way to improve your relationship

John Farrelly has written an excellent guide for couples who want to save or strengthen their relationship. It includes insights into separating fromour family of origin, avoiding conflict, overcoming infidelity, maintaining work-life balance, parenting and effective communication.


On the way to the wedding: the complete guide to planning your wedding ceremony

In this book, pastoral consultant Elizabeth Hughes presents an excellent practical guide to organising your actual wedding ceremony and all the details you will need to attend to. With a cursory glance at the more remote preparations, such as engagement with the church authorities, she gives a wide range of [...]


To love and to cherish: a wedding with a difference

This book edited by Oliver Brennan offers a wide choice of readings, prayers, blessings, contemporary reflections and forms of engaging vows, two model weddings, one with and one without Mass, as well as a newly created ceremony for interfaith marriages.


Companionship and space

Paul Andrews SJ looks at two aspects of our lives both of which are important for emotional security and mental health – whether in marriage or religious life: they are companionship and space.

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