04Dec ACP Statement on Christmas Masses

Association of Catholic Priests statement on public Masses for Christmas

Friday 4th December 2020

The go-ahead for public Masses given by the government, after the last lockdown was lifted, creates particular difficulties for priests and Parish Pastoral Councils (PPCs), …

04Dec Lectionary Translations: developments…

Some good news on the Lectionary translation front:

1. Publishing company Darton, Longman and Todd is producing a translation of the Lectionary which would avoid the non-inclusive English Standard Version being adopted by the bishops of England, Wales and Scotland.…

03Dec Brendan Hoban’s weekly Western People column – the doubtful currency of apologies.

Apologies are a dubious currency in Covid era

Western People column


As we edge towards the end of a second COVID lockdown, we look back and look forward. Back to the almost 3,000 people who have lost their lives …

03Dec Chris McDonnell on Tony Flannery’s ‘From the Outside.’

From the outside, looking in

Chris McDonnell CT

Belonging to a social group, a sports club, a political party or a local community association involves accepting certain rules and patterns of behaviour. Our behaviour is modified for the greater good …

02Dec Pope Francis Challenges the Catholic Left

Michael Seán Winters from the National Catholic Reporter writes:

At last week’s general audience, Pope Francis expressed his concern about Catholic groups that chart their own path. His words are a challenge to those on both the left and …

01Dec Séamus Ahearne celebrates his birthday…considers the Tango…and Indi has the last word.

Caritas Christi urget nos. (2 Cor 5.14)

For the birds:

The mornings are good. The river is hospitable. The ducks and herons sleep on. The swan- family fly in together and are raucous. The other little birds chirp away. We …

30Nov Advent Memory: Maynooth, Jerusalem and Ronan Drury


This was sent to me by a friend. Worthy of a repost here…


30Nov Brendan Hoban reads ‘Grace’ from his new book ‘A Priest’s Diary’.

Brendan Hoban reading a reflection from his new book ‘A Priest’s Diary’ on Midwest Radio’s Faith Alive programme with Monica Morley.




Copies of ‘A Priest’s Diary’ are now available at €15 from all local bookshops in Mayo

29Nov Brendan Hoban and The Man From Del Monte…

The man from Del Monte was one of our own          

I’ve just published my new book, A Priest’s Diary. Not so much a diary as a series of 60 reflections on incidents and experiences after almost half a century of

25Nov Chris McDonnell shares his ‘Catholic Times’ Advent Reflection

This Advent Coming

Chris McDonnell CT

In the Northern hemisphere, the weeks before Christmas are often dark and dank, “the ways deep and the weather sharp, the very dead of winter” as Eliot wrote in his poem The Journey of

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