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Pope Francis: The Double Direction of Lent

We may think that we give glory to God only by our worship and prayer, or simply by following certain ethical norms. It is true that the primacy belongs to our relationship with God, but we cannot forget that the ultimate criterion on which our lives will be judged is what we have done for […]

Reading and Hearing The Word of God

When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy.

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on 21st November.  This celebration commemorates the presentation of the child Mary in the Temple in Jerusalem when she was three.  The feast was first kept in the eight century.  It symbolises the consecration of her life to the Lord.  It is the […]

Give Me the Heart of a Child

Give Me the Heart of a Child by Margaret O’Neill, Wicklow   Give me, O Lord, the heart of a child, Simple and joyful and free. Give me, O Lord, the love of a child, Trusting and faithful to Thee. Don’t let my age make a difference, Lord If I’m middle-aged, young or old: What matters […]

Take Care by Michael D. Higgins

In the journey to the light The dark moments should not threaten. Belief requires that you hold steady. Bend, if you will, with the wind. The tree is your teacher, Roots at once more firm From experience in the soil made fragile. Your gentle dew will come And a stirring of power to go on […]

The Rosary

The Rosary is a Catholic prayer devotion that draws us closer to Jesus and Mary by reflecting on key moments in their lives.  According to Catholic tradition, Mary gave the Rosary to St. Dominic when she appeared to him in 1214.  In 1520, Pope Leo X approved it for use by lay people.  In those […]

Lent 2020

The Meaning of Lent The English word ‘Lent’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Lencten, meaning ‘Spring’.  In other languages the word comes from the Latin, Quadragesima – a period of 40 days.  In the Christian tradition the forty days is understood to refer to a time of intense prayer and preparation; we remember the biblical […]

The Season of Lent

Facts about Lent: Lent is a time when Christian people get ready for Easter. Lent is a sacred time within the Church calendar.  It is a time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Lent lasts for forty days reminding us of the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert doing penance and fasting.  It begins […]

Our Lady of Lourdes – Tuesday 11th February

In Lourdes, France, in 1844 a baby girl named Bernadette Soubirous was born.  Bernadette’s family was very poor, and Bernadette was responsible for looking after and caring for her brothers and sisters. Bernadette was a good natured girl with dark eyes and a round face.  The only education Bernadette received was the Catholic teachings which […]

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – World Day of the Sick

Bernadette Soubirous was born of a very poor family in Lourdes, a small village at the foothills of the Pyrenees in the south of France.  It was on the 11th of February 1858, whilst she and her sisters went to collect brush wood for the house fire, that 14 year-old Bernadette saw the first of […]