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New papal nuncio from Nigeria has Irish faith line

On the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13th last, Pope Francis was at Fatima to market he centenary of the apparitions. On the same day, his press office in the Vatican published the daily bulletin and it included the following short note: “The Holy Father has appointed as apostolic nuncio in Ireland His […]

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Life is an ocean, and the church is a boat

I’ve been doing a lot of twisting and turning in my mind of late, trying to describe accurately what it’s like being a priest in the Irish Catholic Church these days. The scriptures are loaded with images and parables but none seem to fit. Many pastoral letters from various popes paint more ideas and they […]

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New blog-site for Enniskeane Parish also takes online parish donations

The thing about blogs is that they are relatively easy to get up and going but not as easy to sustain! But … I have recently spent a bit of time developing a new WordPress site for the Parish of Enniskeane. It has an innovation in built: a facility for visitors to make online donations […]

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Ash Wednesday and Lent are upon us

Thanks be to God for the lengthening days and the nicer weather we have enjoyed this past week! Spring is truly in the air. And with the blooms of daffodils and greener fields and gardens comes the arrival of our season of preparation for Easter. It’s later than usual this year, but today is Ash […]

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How does the tax relief scheme work for self-employed people?

Under the provisions of the Finance Act 2001, income tax payers who are self-assessed or who pay part of their income tax as PAYE and part as self-assessed get relief on their donations to charities in certain circumstances. This applies, for example, to people who are farmers, C2 registered contractors, or other business owners, as […]

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Mission Sunday collection looms

Next Sunday (Oct 24th) is Mission Sunday. This annual event focuses our prayer, thoughts and actions on the words of Jesus who asked us to “Go tell everyone” the Good News. All Christians across the globe are actively following that call in many different ways. The life of missionary priests, sisters, brothers and lay people […]

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Future of Church rests in faith and commitment of parishioners

Uncertainties give us all food for thought. Sadly, for many people, the thought of being without a secure income has become reality. Many people have had to change their plans, postpone dreams and lower expectations. The past year has also ended with many people questioning how our Church is organized and administered. The Report of […]

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The un-assuming Little Sisters

Religious sisters (a.k.a. nuns) have received a lot of negative attention in recent years. While some of it is justified in the case of some individuals, the wide brush of public opinion has also done a lot of injustice to many fine women who have generously served the Lord and his people during their lives. […]

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