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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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Lord Increase Our Faith

Posted on
Friday, May 24th, 2019

You don’t just wake up one morning, light streaming in from the window, birds fluttering about, and jump from your bed with exuberance declaring “I have a faith!” No, it’s more like a slow crawl from your bed as you try to slam on the snooze button one last time.

Getting faith isn’t easy, even though people put the phrase

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A prayer for students

Posted on
Friday, May 17th, 2019

As we move through the month of May thousands of students prepare for exams. Exam-time brings with it many mixed emotions and feelings. Soon it is time to sit the Junior, Leaving Certificate and Third Level exams. Exams can be stressful occasions when young people can feel pressure and anxiety. The Leaving Certificate is an important milestone in the lives

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Vocation is a way of life….

Posted on
Friday, May 10th, 2019

Vocation is how we live our lives as followers of Christ. Vocation is much more than a job or career, its a way of life, a pathway where best we can be in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Vocation to Priesthood and religious life is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Easter also called Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus the

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Mary – Queen of the May

Posted on
Friday, May 3rd, 2019

May is marked with “alleluias” as we celebrate the Resurrection and live into the Easter joy we proclaim. May is also marked by the church in its dedication of the month to Mary. Mary’s “yes” to God’s invitation forever changed the course of    history. Today, Mary offers us three essential pathways for living our faith.

Mary shows us how to

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