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Vocation Music Award 2021

This is an opportunity to participate in a song contest with a difference – as the song revolves around the theme of ‘vocation’. The term vocation can be understood very broadly here: from the vocation to marriage and family, to priesthood and religious life, to the call of God to love and follow Him.  It is concerned with the questions: ...

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With you always

With you always

Pope Francis has instituted a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Starting this year, it will be held on the fourth Sunday of July (Sunday 25th July 2021) close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.  The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this inaugural commemoration is “I am ...

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COP26 in 2021

COP26

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.  COP26 in 2021 will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. ...

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Mothers to the Earth

The publication of the encyclical letter “Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home” by Pope Francis, on 24th May 2015 was truly a landmark moment –  a vital reference document of theological and spiritual impact, a rich meditation, and  a practical signpost on collaboration, as well as a call to each of us individually, and together, to acknowledge our ...

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The need for work

The need for work

May 1st is the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker.  The Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (8 December 2020) was written  by Pope Francis, for this year dedicated to St Joseph (from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021).  The Letter provides a direct inroad into the heart of this man Joseph, spouse of Mary, who was a beloved, tender, ...

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Reflections for the journey

Reflections for the journey

So we have started our virtual walk with a beautiful send off from Nano Nagle’s Birthplace, Ballygriffin.  Thank you to Sr. Lois Greene and all Nano Nagle Birthplace | Facebook   On each day of our journey from the 20th – 26th April  we will share a Reflection as we undertake this pilgrimage of both gratitude and hope and we ...

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Walking with ‘Nano’

Walking with Nano

“ … the journey of the Universe unfolded in the birthing of Nano Nagle (1718) in Ballygriffin, Cork (Ireland)”.  Remembering the life journey of Nano is always a moment of celebration, inviting us to give thanks for the gift of this Woman of Vision, Love and Light. Similarly, Jesus reveals to us a journey that leads us to a deeper ...

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Those women at the tomb

Those women at the tomb of Jesus!  Pope Francis shared the following  powerful reflection (recorded by Vatican Radio) at the Easter Vigil on 4th April 2015. The Easter Vigil is a time for us “to enter into the Mystery which God has accomplished with His vigil of love.” That was the message of Pope Francis as he celebrated the Easter ...

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A Justice Day Invitation

Racism

Racism is a deeply rooted evil. It transcends generations and contaminates societies. It perpetuates inequality, oppression and marginalization. Our duty, as responsible global citizens, is to eradicate it. Wherever we see racism, we must condemn it with-out reservation, without hesitation, without qualification. This includes looking into our own hearts and minds. Each of us needs to ask: Am I and ...

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Disturb Us, Lord

Wednesday 24th March was the feast day of St. Oscar Romero.  Both Oscar Romero and Nano Nagle were people who allowed themselves to be disturbed by the suffering of humanity around them, by the injustices and ‘unjust actions’ perpetrated on behalf of those who should have been the ‘guardians of care and support’ for those kept poor. Disturb Us, Lord. ...

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