Today's Homily Resource

13 December. Thursday of Advent, Week 2

1st Reading: Isaiah 41:13-20

The Lord will help and revive his dispirited people

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, for I will help you.” Do not …



10Dec How can we talk about God to the next Generation?

How can we talk about God to the next Generation?

December 10th, 2018

Tony Flannery will speak on "How can we talk about God to the next Generation?
Will the Faith Survive?" on Sunday, December 16th, at 3.00pm
in the Freigh Inn, Newport, Co. Tipperary.

A good antidote to the mad shopping rush!

10Dec ‘Clustering’, ‘Pastoral Units’ et al – A very well kicked can down a familiar road

‘Clustering’, ‘Pastoral Units’ et al – A very well kicked can down a familiar road

December 10th, 2018

Roy Donovan commenting, in an article in The Limerick Leader on the clustering of parishes in Limerick diocese into 'pastoral units', says “Every possibility should be put on the table. Limerick diocese is operating within the limits – they are doing the best they can within the limits. We would be saying the overall church, all over the world needs to go beyond those limits and needs to open up every possibility including married people and women priests,”.

04Dec Funerals of priests who are out of ministry

Funerals of priests who are out of ministry

December 4th, 2018

Tin Hazelwood writes on the sensitive topic of how the funerals of priests who died while 'out of ministry' should be conducted.
"While some regulation may be necessary, it needs to be considerably more nuanced than the present protocols....... Mindful as we are of the difficult situation of those who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests, we believe that in the interest of justice and mercy there are questions that need to be answered."

30Nov Another Irish bishop calls for Synodality in the Church

Another Irish bishop calls for Synodality in the Church

November 30th, 2018

William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, speaking to the priests of that diocese told them that in his recent teaching Pope Francis emphasises 'that an effective Christian communion requires that we embrace the concept of Synodality in the everyday life of the Church.  It is both the concept and reality of journeying with people.  It is to trust in the “sensus fidei” '.
Bishop Crean also reminded his audience of the good done in the past by religious and priests but also stated 'The long lens of hindsight enables us to identify the poor pastoral practice of many of our predecessors.  Though well-intentioned a narrow moralistic focus made for a distorted and dysfunctional spiritual vision/understanding of Christian living.  We live with both the riches and the baggage of our past.'

28Nov Exploring our parishes today – Conference of Laity and Priests of the Diocese of Ossory

Exploring our parishes today – Conference of Laity and Priests of the Diocese of Ossory

November 28th, 2018

An interesting address by Dermot Farrell, Bishop of Ossory, at the Conference with Laity and Priests in the Diocese of Ossory;
"Pope Francis is constantly putting his synodal vision of the church before us. The question he is asking, and that we should ask ourselves, is what kind of church is God calling the priests and all Catholics to be in the longer term – perhaps less self-referential and more a community of missionary disciples, less clerical and more synodical, "......

"We have fallen off a cliff edge in regard to vocations to the priesthood.   Many speak of a crisis in this regard.......This time of reduced numbers may well afford us an opportunity to be creative and to reimagine the institutional church."

28Nov Rushing back to the past

Rushing back to the past

November 28th, 2018

Seamus Ahearne and his congregation find inspiration in the sporting figures of the past week and get a little distracted by royalty.
He wonders because the newly appointed Irish soccer team manager Mick McCarthy is back. "He once was the past. Now he is the future." With regard to church Seamus tells us "We cannot get lost in the past. The past has to be distilled. The best has to be retained. The packaging can be discarded."

19Nov Speak Out For Reform in the Catholic Church – Book Launch

Speak Out For Reform in the Catholic Church – Book Launch

November 19th, 2018

You are welcome to the launch of a new book written by Joe Mulvaney "Speak Out For Reform in the Catholic Church" on 28 November 2018 at 7.30 p.m. in the John Hand Room, All Hallows College (now known as DCU – All Hallows Campus),  Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 

19Nov A Bird with a Broken Wing Cannot Fly

A Bird with a Broken Wing Cannot Fly

November 19th, 2018

Chris McDonnell, writing recently in the Catholic Times, said of the U.S. mid term elections, "What of the future? How will the Democracy of Immigrants that forms the United States rebuild trust and civility, what is required of each and every citizen?"
We wonder when we hear a President speak of 'beautiful barbed wire' being strung out along a border.
Chris also adds "Just as there is this fracture in our public life, for not only the US but other Western Democracies are also under threat, so too within our Christian community are fault lines and tensions apparent."

14Nov ACP Letter to Irish Bishops

ACP Letter to Irish Bishops

November 14th, 2018

The ACP has written to the Irish bishops and calls for a National Assembly to discuss 'The Reform and Renewal of the Catholic Church in Ireland'.
It also calls for a ‘constructive’ engagement with the bishops that would also be realistic, ongoing, coherent in terms of time-scale and commitment, and above all that it would engage with key critical issues.

13Nov A New Consciousness

A New Consciousness

November 13th, 2018

Tony Flannery gives a brief report of his recent trip to the U.S.A. "While the U.S. Church is deeply divided, there are some real signs of light."




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