31Aug In memory of Fr. Billy O’Gorman

We had the funeral mass for Fr. Billy 0’Gorman on Tuesday, August 26th at Toornafola Church. Billy died after a very brief illness at the age of 73. The funeral was large, and the feelings of sadness, sorrow and real … Read the rest

31Aug Ordinary Time, 22nd Sunday (31 August)

We gather to praise God and to ask for help and grace. We know the difficulties that can come when we try to live the right way. Often the road of life is like the way of the cross.

31Aug 31st August. Sunday 22 in Ordinary Time

The Cost of Discipleship

30Aug A new way of looking at the parish

Brian Eyre suggests a radical way of looking at parish, getting back to the roots of Christian community.

30Aug 30th August. Saturday, Week 21

Talent: use it or lose it

29Aug 29th August. (Friday) The Passion of John the Baptist

Martyred for the truth

28Aug Catholic church must welcome ‘unconventional couples,’ top Italian bishop says.

Josephine McKenna, Religion News Service, reports in the NCR that Bishop Nunzio Galantino, leader of the Italian Bishops Conference, said that "that everyone should 'feel at home' in the church, and especially at Mass -- including migrants, the disabled, the poor and those in unconventional relationships."

28Aug Head of Vatican liturgy office moved back to Spain

Anthony Ruff OSB reports in praytellblog.com on what could be interesting times for the Congregation for Divine Worship.

28Aug Australian bishops gravely concerned about crisis in Iraq

Gerry Hefferan, St Joseph and St Anthony Parish, Bracken Ridge, in Queensland, Australia draws our attention to a statement of the Australian catholic bishops who have expressed grave concern at the humanitarian crisis that is continuing to worsen in northern Iraq. They state that 'The best outcome for the Christians and Yazidis of Iraq is peace and security, so they can return to their homes. But if this is not possible, the Australian Government should agree to offer safe haven to many of these displaced people so they can try to rebuild their shattered lives.'
Is the reaction of the church and state in Ireland appropriate in response to this and other growing crises?

28Aug Pastoral Care with homosexual and trans people

Invitation received to conference in Rome