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Abide in my love

Abide in my love

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU 2021) is traditionally observed annually from 18 – 25 January.  However, in the southern hemisphere, where January is a vacation time, churches find another time during the year to celebrate it, for example around Pentecost which is also a symbolic time for the unity of the Church.  The theme for this year ...

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Women’s Christmas

Women's Christmas

Little Christmas (Irish: Nollaig na mBan) ‘Women’s Christmas’), also known as Old Christmas, is one of the traditional names among Irish Christians and Amish Christians for 6 January, which is also known more widely as the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated after the conclusion of the twelve days of Christmastide. Owing to differences in liturgical calendars, as early as the ...

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Magi Moments

Magi moments

A peaceful silent vigil before the crib each day brings revelations far beyond the scene itself.  A deeper understanding of who this Child is for us.  I glimpse the Magi on their journey, coming in the distance, still following in the light-filled footsteps of expectation; of both welcoming and exchanging heart to heart with the Christ Child who has made ...

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Spring courses from Mt. St. Anne’s

As we journey through Advent towards Christmas this is a time of looking outward and forward with hope and the joy of welcoming the new, seeing with new eyes.  Mount Saint Anne’s Retreat and Conference Centre is offering the following Spring Schedule of Zoom Courses through from February to the end of March 2021. You can also find further details ...

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St. Joseph a true father to us

Joseph true father to us

When Pope Francis announced the Year of St. Joseph on the 8th December, he also gave us a new prayer. May it be our prayer in the coming year and beyond as we discover St. Joseph a true father to us. Every day for 40 years, Pope Francis has challenged St Joseph. After saying Morning Prayer, Pope Francis writes in Patris ...

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Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

Making my way to work these days takes me through ancient, weathered countryside.  It has been trod by generations before me as far back as I can remember.  I know this place inside out  – or so I thought. Then, a change of season and the start of Advent, and some sudden subtle change of light and shadow on the ...

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Social revolution at Christmas

christmas revolution

In December 2019 Victoria Pearson initially penned this inspiring piece on ‘How four Cork women sparked a social revolution on Christmas Eve 1775’.  The four women in the article are: Nano Nagle, Mary Fouhy, Elizabeth Burke and Mary Ann Collins.  In Victoria’s words they: “ … were driven by a progressive and ambitious missionary devotion to educate Cork city’s Catholic poor. ...

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Eliminate Violence against Women

eliminate violence against women

This year is like no other. Even before COVID-19 hit, violence against women and girls had reached pandemic proportions. Globally, 243 million women and girls were abused by an intimate partner in the past year. Meanwhile, less than 40 per cent of women who experience violence report it or seek help. As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread ...

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Mary, before Jesus …

before Jesus was mary

As we celebrate Presentation Day may our lives be filled with love and may our world be healed through the grace of Mary our Mother, and her precious Son, Jesus Christ. ~ the Provincial Leadership Team – Presentation Sisters Union (North East Ireland) Before Jesus was his Mother Before Jesus was his mother. Before supper in the upper room, breakfast ...

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Open to you Mary

open to you Mary

‘Mary of the Presentation’ has a very particular relevance to the spirit and life of Presentation Sisters.  This feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple (Presentation Day) celebrated on 21st of November each year as our Congregational Feast, provides an opportunity to recognise and contemplate the resonance of Mary’s life journey in our own lives. The nine days ...

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