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Prayer- A Sacred Gift

Posted on
Friday, October 13th, 2017

In a growing secular world it seems much more cool to do mindfulness as opposed to pray. Last week the minister of education announced huge funding for training teachers in the art of mindfulness for their future students to partake in. My Sense is that  mindfulness empties our minds of clutter, a process of deleting what’s blocking us from entering

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October…..A Time to Let Go.

Posted on
Friday, October 6th, 2017

This week Portlaoise bid farewell to a wonderful friend of this town; Hesh McCormack. One of his many gifts was his love of poetry. The following poem written by Hesh reflected on his mortality. As we journey through October we encounter nature dying, leaves falling, land lying fallow, a time of the year when nature reflects our human mortality. His

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Harvest……A Time of Thanksgiving

Posted on
Friday, September 29th, 2017

Harvest is from the Anglo-Saxon word hærfest, “Autumn”. It then came to refer to the season for reaping and gathering grain and  other grown products. The full moon nearest the autumnal equinox is called the Harvest Moon. So in ancient traditions Harvest Festivals were traditionally held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This moon is the full

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Climate Change Makes Us All Vulnerable

Posted on
Friday, September 15th, 2017

Recent extreme weather highlights how vulnerable humanity is in the context of climate. Pope Francis has warned the recent spate of hurricanes should prompt people to understand that humanity will “go down” if it does not address climate change and history will judge those who deny the science on its causes.

He also chastised politicians who doubt man-made climate change,

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The Homeless Crisis

Posted on
Friday, September 8th, 2017

The problem of homelessness is out of control; it is getting worse every week. The problem is most acute in Dublin where official figures show that six additional people are becoming homeless in the region every day. More and more people who seek a bed for the night are told those beds are full.

“A way has to be found

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World Meeting of Families

Posted on
Friday, September 1st, 2017

In truth, all our families are much more like the Simpsons than the Waltons! Recently Kildare and Leighlin Diocese launched our initiatives for next year’s World day of families. The Celebration of a family picnic in Punchestown was a marvellous occasion. Bishop Nulty, acknowledged in an inclusive and compassionate tone the great love Jesus has for all our families. Diversity

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Back to School 2017

Posted on
Friday, August 25th, 2017

This coming week is a historic one here in Portlaoise Parish. Children will begin to experience the fantastic new school  campus in Aughnaharna, where the new Holy Family Junior and Senior schools commence. In Knockmay, the new fantastic Scoil Bhride building also welcomes students for the first time. Building work soon commences for the new St. Francis school, on the

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