Liturgical Year in the Roman Rite

The Church year begins each year with Advent, the season of awaiting Christ’s coming, and ends with the final Saturday of Ordinary Time. Within the standard calendar year, the Church year starts in early December (or sometimes the end of November) and goes through the following November. The Church year consists of six liturgical seasons: […]

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 […]

Reflection on Death

You can shed tears that they are gone or you can smile because they have lived. You can close your eyes and pray that they will come back or you can open your eyes and see all that they have left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see them or you can be full of the love that […]

The Rose Beyond The Wall

A rose once grew where all could see sheltered beside a garden wall. And, as the days passed swiftly by, It spread its branches, straight and tall…   One day, a beam of light shone through A crevice that had opened wide – The rose bent gently towards its warmth then passed beyond to the […]

Prayer by Blessed John Henry Newman

May the Lord support us all the day long ’til the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is done. Then in his mercy may He grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last.  Amen.

Blessed Mother, Lead Me to My Heavenly Home

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 with my undertakings, lessen many of my cares.   Then when darkness falls upon me […]

Footprints

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD. When the last scene of his life […]

The Value of a Smile

A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but he can be made rich […]

Mission Sunday

On Mission Sunday (22nd October 2017), the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection.  Every person in every parish in every country where the Church is present will be celebrating together and sharing what they have, no matter how little.  It is the one Sunday in the year when the Mass […]

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’ […]