May 18, 2020

Blog: Praying the Rosary

Ireland’s Loyalty to MaryFor centuries the prayer of the Rosary has been an anchor in keeping the Catholic faith alive in Ireland. This reality is highlighted in a book recently rediscovered and reprinted by James Mahon; Ireland’s Loyalty to Mary by Capuchin Priest, Fr. Augustine. The Family Rosary in particular […]
May 6, 2020

Mary as Our Role Model of Faith

Two of my favorite role models are Mary and Catherine Laboure. Both Mary and Catherine are great examples of what it means to live by faith, and how to respond when God’s call catches us off guard in the daily course of our lives. When things do not work out […]
April 23, 2020

Blog: Five things to do during the Lockdown

Unless you are a prophet then I’m sure you didn’t see this one coming! I certainly didn’t. To think that just over four months ago we were celebrating another New Year’s eve, enjoying the company of friends and family, hoping and dreaming for a year of happiness and success. This […]
April 23, 2020

Blog: Developing a Good Routine

Now that the majority of us are working from home and our usual schedules have been interrupted, we have a good opportunity to reflect on our daily routines. Some people love routine, others not so much, some like to do the same things every day, others like to mix things […]
April 23, 2020

Blog: Prayer

In your heart you might be thinking I’d like to pray but I’m not sure how! I have some words of encouragement, many people feel this way, the important thing to do is to take a simple action… your desire to pray is one such step! God is just waiting […]
April 23, 2020

Blog: You are a letter of Christ

“You show that you are a letter of Christ…written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” - 2 Corinthians 3:3Everyone loves to receive an envelope addressed to them that isn’t a bill or an official […]
April 23, 2020

Blog: Phone a Friend

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.– Saint Teresa of AvilaAmongst friends there can sometimes be an understanding that some people are messengers and some people are callers! We probably all know people who will prefer to keep a chat going for hours or days, over and back […]
April 23, 2020

Blog: Serving others during Covid 19

Serving others is a hallmark of Christianity. Jesus served others with dedicated and encouraged his followers to do likewise. Jesus taught his disciples to “love the Lord thy God” and to “love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 2:37, 39). Helping others is one way to show that love. It means […]
April 16, 2020

Blog: Bray Teen responds to Covid 19

[Show slideshow] Evan is a Pope John Paul II Award participant with the Dublin diocese, read about how his JP II award journey has led him to respond to  Covid 19.Hi, my name is Evan Dargan Hayes and I am 3D printing face shields as an activity towards my Pope […]
April 12, 2020

Blog: Jesus is alive!

This is not merely a good idea or a nice thought, it is reality. Our faith is not merely a collection of ideas or teachings that we adhere to, or merely a way of life that we live. We do have teachings, and we do have a way of life, […]
March 25, 2020

Blog: Corona- Seeing Light in the Darkness

“Corona” is a word that is currently resonating in our ears through every news bulletin and the casual conversations we engage in. Previous to this pandemic I only ever heard it being used in beer advertisements or in reference to a member of a Dublin band. Unfortunately, now the connotations […]
February 11, 2020

The Irish Inter Church Meeting – Thursday 29 November 2019, Newry

THE IRISH INTER-CHURCH MEETINGThursday 21st November 2019Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry.The Irish Inter-Church Meeting: Developments and PerspectivesSpeaking Notes of Fr Kieran McDermott, Co-Secretary Irish Inter-Church Meeting In planning this year’s gathering the organisers suggested that it might be no harm that at the beginning of our meeting a brief presentation would […]
February 11, 2020

Opening Address of John Paul II Awards, Fr Kieran Mc Dermont 4 Feb 2020

Pope St John Paul II Awards4th February 2020 - St Paul’s, Arran QuaySpeaking notes of Fr Kieran McDermott I extend a very warm welcome to you all and to members of your families, your local faith communities schools and parishes who have supported you in this endeavour.Welcome to the representatives […]
May 16, 2019

Christus Vivit – Graduation Mass Homily 2019 – Bro Martin Bennett Ofm Cap

Graduation Mass 2019 – Rochestown College, Cork (Brother Martin Bennett Ofm Cap)I was leading a Parish retreat a few years back in Clondalkin, West Dublin and the retreat began with us considering a question – the question was this: why do grandchildren love spending time with their grandparents? The parents […]
April 2, 2019

Gelaine Elises – From DCU and Lucan South Parish Reflecting on WYD Panama

Dare to say ‘Yes’By Gelaine Elises  Dublin airport wasn’t at its typical bustling state. The passengers strolled with rolling wheels shadowing their footsteps and with tired eyes, walked in a lethargic fashion to their gates. It was a crisp January morning, 3am to be exact, and I waited in the […]
April 2, 2019

Anna Brosnan from DCU reflecting on WYD Panama

In January of 2019 I attended World Youth Day in Panama with the much appreciated support of DCU. I was in a group of 30 people from the Archdiocese of Dublin. It was a faith forming experience which will stay with me forever. We flew into Tocumen Airport at 9pm on […]
April 2, 2019

Christina Malone, Clondalkin Parish Pastoral Worker Reflects on her WYD journey of Dare to Say Yes

Today i am sharing my Lenten challenge of opening up and receive God's love and mercy. After an amazing experience in Panama when I experienced God mercy and healing through the Sacrament of Reconciliation I have been feeling strengthen to take on lent in a new way this year. I […]
April 2, 2019

Natalie Doherty Reflects on WYD and the impact on her work in Kilnamanagh Parish

WYD PANAMA 2019 The group of 30 pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Dublin left in the early hours of Friday 18th January and flew to Paris where we got our connecting flight to Panama. It was a full day’s travel going to, and coming back, but spirits and excitement were […]