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Easter Brings Hope

Posted on
Friday, April 19th, 2019

“He is not here, he is risen”, is the signal message which the women receive as they make their way to anoint this dead body of Jesus. That the Lord is truly risen is a fundamental element of the Christian faith.

The Old Testament readings at the Easter Vigil liturgical celebration are all about how God created every dimension of

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13 STEPS TO BRIGHTER DAYS

Posted on
Friday, April 12th, 2019

13 steps to brighter days……

Take just a few minutes and apply one of the tips below and see how it brightens your day.

1. One minute of appreciation.

Take a minute, sit down and just reflect on what you appreciate and those who you love. Give thanks for the many things we may take for granted especially health of

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A Mother’s Love is a Blessing

Posted on
Friday, March 29th, 2019

Sure I love the dear silver that shines in your hair. Does anyone recognise that song? An old Irish favourite, Mother Machree! I remember my father singing it to us and the words have been flowing through my head this week as I wondered how to prepare a homily for Mothers’ Day. Of course, this is the ideal song for

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Spring – A Blessed Season of Hope

Posted on
Friday, March 22nd, 2019

According to the English Catholic priest-cardinal John Henry Newman, “Growth is the only evidence of life.” Life is then most apparent in the springtime with the bursting and budding of flowers, trees, and whistling of birds. Winter precedes this era of new life. Is it not interesting that within nature, newness of life springs forth from the cold, dark, dreariness

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St. Patrick and Faith

Posted on
Friday, March 15th, 2019

On St. Patrick’s Day we celebrate our Irishness and our faith. For so long in our history they have been intertwined, perhaps at times identified. As a result we may have been tempted to take our faith for granted. Admittedly we did not have to fight for it or die for it as our ancestors did. They were challenged by

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Lent – A Time to Embrace Positivity

Posted on
Friday, March 8th, 2019

Lent is an old English word meaning ‘lengthen’. Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer. Lent is a good time to concentrate on fighting the urge to gossip about others and instead trying to correct one’s own faults and defects, Pope Francis said as part of his Lenten message. “Why do you notice the splinter

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Lent 2019

Posted on
Friday, March 1st, 2019

The Trócaire Lenten Campaign for 2019 focuses on land-rights. The four-sided “Trócaire Box” has stories to tell. One about families forced from their homes, another about the absence of rights for women in terms of inheritance and the third about the grabbing greed of big businesses who take over people’s land for their own profit and gain. The leaflet in

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