People are praying more at home, which has become, as at the beginning of Christianity, the “domestic Church”.
“Prayer is hope in action,” says the Bishop of Ossory.
"Jesus Christ, come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love," says prayer of Bishop of Ferns
“In a time where some speak of a ‘post-truth’ society, one in which ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ are the order of the day, we know that ‘the word of God is alive’ (Heb 4:12)” – Bishop Dermot Farrell.
"Until the population dialogues with their children and gives me a written guarantee of the safety of the pastors who work for them, the parishes will remain without pastors,” - Bishop Nkea.
These groupings will permit our individual parishes to become stronger, more alive, and be in a position to offer an even greater level of service in their communities – Bishop Farrell.
In a pastoral letter issued for the Church’s annual ‘Day for Life' the Bishops express concern over the number of terrible cases of domestic abuse in Ireland in recent years which have led to extreme violence and murder.
“Change is never easy, but we must face the challenge together.”
“Unless there is a radical reappraisal of what a parish community should be, there can be no real progress.” —Bishop Denis Nulty
"Genuine religious formation needs joyful teachers who can shape not only minds but also hearts in the love of Christ and in the practice of prayer." - Pope Francis
Of the 58 priests who are active in parishes, some 28 of these are over the age of 65. Only seven priests are under the age of 50.
“We are always human. At no point are we ever something less or something different. What is inherently a right to humanity – namely the right to life – cannot be either denied or taken away.”
“At present, there are 90 priests ministering in our diocese; 27 of them are over 75. This stark figure reminds us that a radical reappraisal of what a parish community should be, how it should be organised, co-ordinated, funded and ministered, is necessary.”
“It means not keeping grudges, not seeking revenge, but letting mercy and forgiveness guide our attitudes and actions” - Bishop Philip Boyce.
"Schools have to look to the education of the whole person, without ignoring the essential needs of the economy."
Kildare & Leighlin to produce a definitive set of norms and guidelines on best practice for funeral liturgies by November 2015.