31May ‘God is Still Smiling’; a seaside meditation

Seamus Ahearne offers an early morning seaside meditation for consideration and reflection.
"Why have I been always so thrilled with the liveliness of the world of God around me? Why has it been such a happy place? Why is 'my church' so privileged and so astonishing? Twenty years in Finglas today and and still amazed and delighted daily at the revelations of God among us. A very happy God - indeed the God of surprises."

31May The New National Maternity Hospital and The Religious Sisters of Charity

The Religious Sisters of Charity have decided to end their involvement in Saint Vincent’s Healthcare Group and to have no further involvement in the New National Maternity Hospital.
In the light of the discussion that has gone on about this subject the statement from the Sisters of Charity is carried here in full.

31May 31 May, 2017. The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

30May Reforming the Catholic Church- Speaking Notes, Gerry O’Hanlon sj

Gerry O’Hanlon, sj has very kindly given us his speaking notes from his recent talk “Reforming the Catholic Church” in the Jesuit Conference Centre, Milltown
Park,, for 'We are Church Ireland'.

30May 30 May, 2017. Tuesday, Week 7 of Easter

Tuesday, Week 7 of Easter

29May 29 May, 2017. Monday, Week 7 of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 19:1-8

In Ephesus, followers of John the Baptist become full members of the church

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to …

28May Presider’s Page for 28 May (Ascension Day)

We celebrate the Ascension of Jesus today. We remember his sending out of the disciples, and his promise to remain with us until the end of time.

28May 28 May, 2017. The Ascension of the Lord

28 May, 2017. The Ascension of the Lord

27May 27 May, 2017. Saturday, Week 6

27 May, 2017. Saturday, Week 6

26May Married priests: call for courageous conversation

Sarah Mac Donald writes in the NCR about recent comments by Bishop Crispian Hollis, the retired bishop of Portsmouth, concerning the ordination of married men to the priesthood which he says "needs to be explored openly within the church in England and Wales at national and diocesan levels."
With fewer than 40 students in the national seminary at Maynooth it is an issue that is crying out to be explored in Ireland as well.
Liamy McNally is quoted as saying "There is no priest shortage!" ..... "We have many priests, but they are married and so are not allowed to have a public ministry," ..... "in the early church those with a vocation to priesthood were married, whereas today, those who feel called to priesthood must also have a vocation to celibacy."




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