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The Elephant Man

Posted on
Friday, July 19th, 2019

The movie The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick. Merrick was born in the slums of England in 1862, and almost from birth experienced massive rejection due to his grotesque appearance. Merrick suffered abnormalities that resulted in a large and severely misshapen head, loose, rough skin, and twisted arms and legs.

His mother loved him dearly, but

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Cardinal John Henry Newman

Posted on
Friday, July 5th, 2019

The Vatican announced recently that Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonized on October 13th 2019, in Rome. During a consistory of cardinals July 1st, Pope Francis decreed that Newman and four other blesseds will be canonized together in St. Peter’s Square. Indian Sister Marian Thresia, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy

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From God- To all his Children

Posted on
Friday, June 28th, 2019

FROM GOD – TO ALL HIS CHILDREN
This Week marks the beginning of our summer holidays for all primary school children. Let’s pray that they will all enjoy a happy and bright and wonderful Summer.

Below are 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for all;

1. QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a blow and all you do

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Summer time

Posted on
Friday, June 21st, 2019

A very clever Dog!!!!

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dog along for company. One day, the dog starts chasing butterflies, and before long, he discovers that he is lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having lunch. The dog

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God’s Dream

Posted on
Friday, June 14th, 2019

We can wait no longer. Martin Luther King’s Letter to White Church Leaders;

In 1960, Martin Luther King was imprisoned after leading a civil rights march. His dream seemed a long way off. Criticised by white church leaders, he responded with his famous “Letter from an Alabama Jail”, which included this section:

We have waited for more than 340 years

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Words of Appreciation

Posted on
Friday, June 7th, 2019

It is with a deep sense of privilege and appreciation, that I reflect on the past 7 very happy and fulfilling years of ministry here in Portlaoise Parish. A living parish, engaged, relevant and vibrant. I appreciate the friendship and support extended to me from the Heath and Ratheniska, special and sacred places. Parish is all about people, people come

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Turning Green is being Christian

Posted on
Friday, May 31st, 2019

Recent European and local elections highlighted that our environment and climate change is a fundamental concern among most citizens. Young people lead this awareness in all our primary and secondary schools. Recent events to highlight climate and environmental issues have been led by young people. As adults we must listen and embrace their concerns and activism, being Green is also

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