22Apr Walk with me

Chris McDonnell writes, in the Catholic Times 13 April, on the significance of 'breaking the bread' together.
"It is important that we recognise that we not only receive the Risen Christ but share that experience with each other."

22Apr Shortcuts to Liturgy Resources provided

Those seeking Bidding Prayers or Homily resources for weekend masses should look under the LITURGY tab (top of page), or in the LITURGY section in the  sidebar to the right of this page….…

14Apr Accentuate the Positive

Seamus Ahearne takes a look at current happenings and decides that we should 'Accentuate the Positive'.
"never mind what has happened or is happening or how church people are characterised – we still are missioned and graced by God. We need to believe in ourselves. We need to get on with life. We may age. We may not have replacements. But faith goes on. God goes on. The sun still rises. The daffodils still fight their way out of the ground and are heard and seen despite the bad weather. Why can’t we do the same? Get on with it. "
Seamus also confirms that he won't be the next Archbishop of Dublin! 

10Apr Six Years Later, anyone willing to right a wrong?

After six years of suspension from public ministry, without even the semblance of due process, Tony Flannery writes that "the memories of that time come back clearly, and I know that there is still a residue of hurt, regret and sadness." ....
"I do actually believe that my Redemptorist superiors, or indeed the Irish bishops, if they really wanted to, could do something in this present very different climate in the Church, to get the sanctions against me lifted, and to restore my good name.
My biggest complaint from the beginning was the unjust and unlawful procedures that were used to judge and condemn me."

09Apr Rejoice and Be Glad; On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.

Pope Francis has issued his apostolic exhortation "Rejoice and Be Glad; On the Call to Holiness in Today's World."
It includes a little advice about how misuse of technology can prevent holiness.
"115. Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. Even in Catholic media, limits can be overstepped, defamation and slander can become commonplace, and all ethical standards and respect for the good name of others can be abandoned. The result is a dangerous dichotomy, since things can be said there that would be unacceptable in public discourse, and people look to compensate for their own discontent by lashing out at others. It is striking that at times, in claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, which forbids bearing false witness or lying, and ruthlessly vilify others. Here we see how the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze (cf. Jas 3:6)."

08Apr World Meeting of Families – ACI Event

Association of Catholics in Ireland are planning a pre-World Meeting of Families public event for Saturday, 14 April 2018 at the Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2. 

04Apr Martin Luther King Jr. (15 January 1929 – 04 April 1968)

Pádraig McCarthy reminds us that Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on 4 April 1968, at the age of 39.
"On the 50th anniversary of his death we could be challenged today just as much as then by his words."

04Apr Is the Church verging on schism? RTE Prime Time Programme

A link to the RTE Prime Time programme "Is the Church verging on schism?"


03Apr An Ageing Priesthood

News Item of Interest;
The Irish Examiner of 03 April 2018 carries an article titled “Special Report - Diocese by diocese: The state of the Catholic Church on the island of Ireland today”

03Apr Does it really matter if pubs open on Good Friday?

Brendan Hoban writes in his weekly Western People column, and in the Irish Examiner of 03 April, of the changing Ireland we live in:
"While most people are content to try and navigate the uncertain currents of the modern world, the leaders of the Catholic Church seem reluctant to enter its choppy waters. They don’t seem to be able to let go of the anchors that once stabilised the foundations around which we built the Church of the past but that now bind us to the wisdom of a different world."

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