Homilies from 2014

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Do This In Memory Programme

Donore Avenue Parish uses a parish-based programme of preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion called Do This In Memory.  The programme is designed as a means of helping the child, their parents/guardians and family and the wider parish community to become actively involved in the preparation for these sacraments. Do This In Memory is […]

Prayer for the New School Year

It’s that time of year again!  We ask God’s blessing on all our schools, our students, our teachers and other staff members as they prepare to begin another school year. Prayer for the New School Year Father, Bless the students who are beginning another school year or starting school for the first time.  Give them […]

Reek Sunday

The annual Croagh Patrick or Reek Sunday pilgrimage this takes place this year on Sunday 27 July.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation will begin on the summit at 7:30am and continue until 2:00pm.  The first Mass on the summit will be at 8:00am and every half hour thereafter until the last Mass which commences at 2:00pm.  […]

Birth of John the Baptist – 24 June

Tuesday 24th of June is the Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist.  John’s mission had two facets.  First of all he called people to repentence and baptism.  Secondly, he prepared the way for Jesus.  In a way he was God’s spokesperson.  But that is not where it all ends.  God’s project of salvation […]

World Communications Day

The 48th World Day of Social Communications will be celebrated on Sunday 1 June 2014, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord and the Sunday before Pentecost on the theme ‘Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter’. In his message for World Communications Day Pope Francis asks: “How, then, can communication […]

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is celebrated on Sunday 11 May this year, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is also known as Vocations Sunday or Good Shepherd Sunday and will be celebrated this year on the theme ‘Vocations: Witness to the Truth’. In his message for […]

Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, thank you for your son, Jesus our Good Shepherd, who leads us to fullness of life.  By our baptism, we are called by name to continue the mission of Jesus.  Give us the grace to listen with an open heart to the voice of Jesus and to respond generously with a joyful […]

May the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

May is traditionally a ‘Marian’ month, a month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Traditionally, families have set up a ‘May altar’ and made a special effort to recite the Rosary in this month.  When Mary’s earthly life was completed, she was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven.  There she now […]

Canonisations of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II

Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be canonised by Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome on Sunday April 27 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday.  There will be live coverage of the Mass for the canonisations from 0855-1100 on RTÉ One Television with commentary by Fr Dermod McCarthy and Mary Kennedy.  RTÉ […]

Living Lent 2014

Living Lent 2014 – Praying with Scripture and Pope Francis Lent is a time of repentence and renewal “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting them encounter them; I ask of all of you to do this unfailingly […]