30Sep Survey on permanent (male only) diaconate

Survey on permanent (male only) diaconate

30Sep An Open Letter to Cardinal Pell

Canberra-Goulburn Catholic priest Peter Day quizzes Cardinal Pell about his outspokenness in reasserting the church’s longstanding exclusion of divorced and remarried people from communion ahead of October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. ‘Has a simple, inclusive and profound ‘family’ meal been overwhelmed by an impersonal and, often times, sterile institutional sacrifice; one that tends towards mass exclusion?’

30Sep Annual General Meeting , 01 October, 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone,

Invitation to all members to AGM

The Vocations Crisis: will clustering work?

30Sep 30th September. Tuesday, Week 26

The winding journey

29Sep CDF, Edinburgh, Kasper, and the local Church.

Seamus Ahearne, as usual, asks the pertinent questions about what is essential in belonging to church.
'I feel so embarrassed that such nonsense (banning and silencing) is still going on. Robust discussion is essential in our faith. Anselm said: ‘Theology is faith seeking understanding'

"If any of us are listening to the Christ of the Gospels in recent times – we would get something of these message: The Table is open. All comers are welcome. The outsiders are the insiders. The unlikely ones are the most acceptable ones. Never shut doors. Open hearts and open minds and open imaginations."

29Sep Can women’s voices be heard in Pope Francis’ Church?

Invitation to The McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris on Sat October 11th from 2.00 - 4.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

29Sep Interesting times in Limerick Diocese

Brendan Leahy, bishop of Limerick, has announced a Synod for the diocese of Limerick

29Sep 29th September. Monday.

God's special envoys

28Sep A civil war in the Church?

Brendan Hoban in his Western People column questions the commitment of the leadership of the Irish Church to follow Pope Francis on the issue of family.
"Ireland will be represented at the synod in Rome by an archbishop and a nun. In a way no more needs to be said about the response of the Irish Church. While both may well be up to speed on the realities of marriage and family life in Ireland today, neither is married or has children so the signals are all wrong. Isn’t it inexpressibly sad for our Church that there was in Ireland no one the Irish bishops could find to trust who was married and had children?"

28Sep Presider’s Page for 28 September (Ordinary Time 26)

God’s love is displayed for us in the life and death of Jesus. We rejoice in this love, and celebrate the victory over sin and death won for us. As a community, we praise God’s holy name.