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More involvement of parents in planning for First Holy Communion in parishes

A parishioner asked me recently to explain why all the children who are due to make their First Holy Communion next year were all together at Mass in her local church one Sunday last month. Chatting with her, I learned that her understanding of how children prepare for the sacraments has not changed much over […]

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The walk inwards

Walking is our most natural way of getting from place to place. But it’s not just about movement of the body. Walking is also a great teacher, a source of inspiration and a great healer – among other things. ——– A stroll in a hospital corridor on one’s way to visit a patient brings one […]

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Mission has moved on since Pudsy Ryan!

A line I heard in a recent discussion among a group of parents left me smiling! Several of the parents were bemoaning the fact that their youngsters’ ability to read and write properly was going to be affected by their constant texting on mobile phones. Part of me acknowledged quietly that there was a good […]

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Internet has something for everyone

I first used the Internet in the early 1990s when I was studying in America. Being thousands of miles away from home, I hungered frequently for news of events from Ireland. News from family and friends came regularly but the prospect of a daily link with somewhere in Ireland was very attractive. The college where […]

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Changing to a new participative kind of church

The more than a thousand people in Cork and Ross who gather in the parishes every month as members of such groups are not working to recreate the past but to be the foundation of the parishes of the future.

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Time: summer’s secret

Most people are happy to leave this summer behind! The weather was disappointing for those who had hoped to relax at home or take trips with family to the seaside. But leaving the weather aside, there is also a different mood about summer whose ebbing away I regret. Summer time tends to be a more […]

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Christmas is named after Him for a reason

Christmas brings out the best in people but it also brings out the worst in a few. It’s not that there is nothing enjoyable about the build-up. There is. Most of us enjoy some of the hassle and pressure—which may explain why we dive into it so foolishly! There is also a comfort in knowing […]

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A peace, after Omagh bombs

We have heard all the words over the weekend. Initially, they were words which reported the terrible extent of the tragedy on Market Street, Omagh. These soon turned to words of condemnation from the people on the streets and from politicians. Today is a day of images. We are now beginning to see the faces […]

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