"Our charity provided the only human contact that clients experienced during the pandemic as they were required to self-isolate or cocoon. The grant has been invaluable," says Ruth Harkness of The Little Flower Penny Dinners.
Charities provide approximately one-quarter of acute hospital services and approximately two-thirds of services to people with disabilities, so they are an integral part of the overall system.
“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.
“I see this conference as an endorsement of the key role the elderly play in our Church and in society today. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recognised that critical role when he wrote a special Prayer for Grandparents in 2008” - Bishop Denis Nulty.
"In our experience, the biggest driver of poverty in recent years is housing costs," says SVP president Kieran Stafford, calling on voters to exercise their electoral power to make politicans reduce the misery of poverty in Ireland today.
"Expressions of solidarity are important, but they are not enough," says Archbishop of Brisbane in the face of unprecedented disaster.
“Christians are called to make the connection between faith and earth, between theology and ecology, constructing common cause with those who challenge confinement and usher in freedom. This is where we will find Jesus Christ today” – Archbishop Michael Jackson.
This weekend, the third Sunday of Advent, the faithful in Kildare & Leighlin are invited to take home from church a Christmas card with a greeting from Bishop Denis Nuty and a trolley coin keyring with the message ‘Share with the hungry’.
Reading from a young age provides many benefits including greater development of a child’s imagination, concentration levels, linguistic ability and self-confidence.
If you are not used to open water swimming at this time of year, you should enter the water gradually rather than jumping or diving straight in
Profit generated by the shops is recycled into local SVP Conferences and contribute to the approximately €35m annually provided in direct assistance by SVP to those in need. Local SVP Conferences often give people Vincent’s Gift Tokens for clothing and furniture to be used in any of the Vincent's shops
“My sense of young people is they are willing to listen if you have something to say. They give you a listening ear, you don’t get dismissed when you are talking about social justice and fairness and goodness. .."
“The Crib reminds us of the simplicity of the Christmas message and represents a small piece of the countryside in the heart of Dublin’s vibrant bustling streets” – Brendan Carr, Lord Mayor of Dublin.
Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns issues pastoral letter for Year of Mercy which will be distributed in parishes across the diocese this coming weekend.
“We are being confronted with a human tragedy that requires a generous political and church partnership to help meet the needs of these vulnerable people."