“We were welcomed by families whose focus is now day-to-day survival and whose aspirations have been reduced to bare essentials such as electricity and clean water.”
“The reprehensible sub-culture in our society which views all human life as expendable, including the lives of children, must be defeated” – Bishop Michael Router.
While we acknowledge that points of difference obviously remain, the goal of restoring devolution remains within reach – Ireland’s church leaders.
My thoughts turn to families in our own diocese who have welcomed the birth of a child during this past year and to those who are expecting a baby in the near future – Bishop Kevin Doran.
Last weekend about 175 women attended the Shine Retreat, and – unsurprisingly – there are only 20 tickets left for the 2-day retreat Blessed Is She.
"The Church must learn anew the ability to speak the things of God – not to flee from the realities of life, but to challenge the men and women of our time and the culture of our time to become the seedbed of a new humanity."
When an “extraordinary” year or month is declared, the Pope is asking us to become more focused and attentive during this special time, says Julieann Moran, national secretary of World Missions Ireland.
Bishop asks people all around the country to choose the prayer they like most, such as the Rosary or the Lord’s Prayer, perhaps a prayer learnt at their mother’s knee or handed down in their family.
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.”
Weigh your words carefully to respect the integrity of those who conscientiously differ from you, and speak with grace, warn church leaders in joint statement on Brexit.
They have one special prayer intention – the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. “Many people, of all faiths and none, strongly support the protection of life from the moment of conception to natural death,” said John Carlin, one of the organisers.
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.