“Prayer is as important as the air we breathe” – Bishop Leahy

To mark the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick reflected on ways that the faithful can live out the “three pillars” which characterise this penitential season: charity, sacrifice and prayer. Bishop Leahy said, “Lent invites us to focus on charity, sacrifice and prayer to help us grow closer to God.  […]

Archbishop Martin calls for prayers ahead of first anniversary of war in Ukraine

Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent when, each day, Christians offer prayer, charity and sacrifice.  The beginning of Lent traditionally involves fasting, and the distribution of ashes on the foreheads of church-goers.  Many make Lenten promises or resolutions throughout the forty day penitential period leading up to Holy Week and […]

Mass to precede Rally for Life in Belfast

Precious Life and other pro-life groups are holding a Rally for Life on Saturday 11 March 2023, at 2.00pm in the Custom House Square, Belfast. Preceding the Rally, a special ‘Mass for Life’ will be celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street, at 12.30pm. Everyone who supports a culture of life is asked to pray […]

Maynooth Parish hiring Parish Youth Leader

Maynooth parish, which is located in the Archdiocese of Dublin, is currently seeking to employ a Parish Youth Leader to lead its youth ministry and work with young people.  The role will involve the resourcing, delivery, and support of a youth ministry programme in the Parish including the parish schools, parish groups as well as […]

Drug abuse is now Ireland’s “silent pandemic” – Bishop Router

On Sunday 19 February, the Catholic Church marked the Day of Prayer for Temperance offering an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with addiction, and to pray for all who suffer from any form of addiction and for those who work to alleviate its detrimental effects on individuals, families and communities. Bishop Michael Router, Auxiliary […]

Bishop Dempsey highlights emigrant collection ahead of Saint Patrick’s Day

Bishop Paul Dempsey of Achonry, Chair of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants, has highlighted the forthcoming Irish Emigrant Collection which takes place in many dioceses on Saint Patrick’s Day. Bishop Dempsey said, “As a Church and a people, we must continue to reach out to those who are affected by emigration. We remember and […]

Pope Francis to make Apostolic Journey to Hungary in April

In a statement from Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni announced on Monday 27 February, “Accepting the invitation of the civil and ecclesial Authorities, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to Hungary from 28 to 30 April 2023, visiting the city of Budapest.”  The papal visit will mark Pope […]