Lent 2017

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 […]

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 […]

Advent Reflections

The Meaning of Advent The word ‘Advent’ is from the Latin ‘Adventus,’ meaning ‘coming.’  Advent marks the beginning of a new Church year and lasts from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord.  Advent is a period of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to the time […]

Sharing the Good News

Sharing the Good News is a monthly one page newsletter from the Catholic Communications Office. This newsletter, for the benefit of parishioners, is published monthly to promote Church teaching and the pastoral work of bishops as well as the councils, agencies, offices and initiatives of the Bishops’ Conference.  The Newsletter is published on the Irish Catholic Bishops’ […]

Easter Reflections

For the seven weeks between Easter Sunday and Pentecost the Resurrection of the Lord is to the fore in the readings from the Bible.  Sometimes they focus on the change that came over the group of first Christians after they had received the Spirit.  At other times it is the appearances of the Lord after […]

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Februray 10th marks the beginning of Lent.  On this day we begin our Lenten journey to Easter.  It is one of two fast days in the church year. On Ash Wednesday the priest blesses the ashes.  These ashes are made from the palms which were blessed on Palm Sunday last year.  Ash Wednesday […]

Feast of the Presentation of Jesus

Forty days after Christmas Day, on Tuesday February 2nd we celebrate the feast of “The Presentation of the Lord”.  It was forty days after the birth of Jesus that his parents presented him to God the Father in the Temple in Jerusalem. At his Presentation in the Temple, Jesus was recognised for who he was […]

St. Brigid’s Feast Day February 1st

Monday 1st February is the Feast of St. Brigid, Abbess and Secondary Patron of Ireland. Many of us have seen St. Brigid’s Crosses hanging in homes, Schools and Churches in Ireland.  They are usually placed by the door to protect the home, etc. from fire.  We believe that St. Brigid first weaved rushes into a […]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18 to 25 January – the octave of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The theme chosen for 2016 is ‘Salt of the Earth’ which is inspired by the verses from Peter’s letter and Jesus’ metaphors of salt and light.

Feast of Mary, the Mother of God

Friday January 1st is the Feast of Mary the Mother of God. Prayer to Our Lady Take my hand O Blessed Mother; Hold it gently lest I fall; I am nervous when I’m walking, so to thee I humbly call. Guide me over every crossing; Watch me while I am on the stairs. Help me […]