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Sitting Where They Sit: The Irish Chaplaincy at 60

This year the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain celebrates its 60th birthday. Set up by the Irish bishops as the Irish Emigrant Chaplaincy in a very different social, political and cultural climate, it continues today to provide an outreach service to some of the most vulnerable Irish people in Britain. Since 1957, successive teams of priests,

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A Life of Continuous Sacrifice – Saint Oliver Plunkett (1625–81)

This Saturday 1 July we celebrate the feast day of Saint Oliver Plunkett, Bishop and Martyr. From our July/August issue, Monsignor Raymond Murray wrote on Saint Oliver Plunkett and his ‘Life of Continuous Sacrifice’. Read the full article below or click here to download or print a pdf from our July/August issue. Click here for

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Just Preaching – The Essentials

From our latest July/August issue, former editor of Intercom magazine, Father Bernard Cotter offers the essentials of preaching. With Diana Klein, Father Cotter is co-author of How to Survive Working in a Catholic Parish. The below article is based on an address given at the annual assembly of clergy of the Diocese of Kerry earlier this year. 

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Editorial – The Message of God’s Love

Preaching doesn’t come easy to most priests. At this time of year particularly, I’ve often found a homiletic challenge in presenting the teaching of Pentecost, the Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi in a way that is in any way helpful, meaningful or relevant to a patient congregation who now face the same face and voice

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‘Maria hat geholfen’ – There’s something about Mary

  “Maria hat geholfen… Mary helped.” From our June issue, Salvador Ryan, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, writes on Mary, the Untier of Knots, and the enduring devotion to Our Lady as a problem solver.  Click here to download or print a pdf of this article, or read the full article below.  For more from our

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John Curry – The Youngest Witness

The first ever pilgrimage from Knock Shrine to New York departed this week on a special chartered flight from Ireland West Airport to JFK International. As part of this historic seven-day pilgrimage, the remains of John Curry, the youngest Knock Apparition witness, will be reinterred at Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral, New York, on Saturday 13 May,

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May, the month of Mary

May, the month of the primroses, the May altar, and the May procession. Mary was always the centre of this month. Are we in danger of losing this? Mary is usually seen as the docile person, saying ‘yes’ meekly. Firstly to the Angel Gabriel, then Joseph, following him to wherever he needed to go. Mary

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May Editorial – The Love that Won’t Let Go

It has been said, jokingly, that one of the differences between a mother and a pit bull terrier is that, eventually, the pit bull lets go! This is just one of many humorous descriptions of the strength of that unconditional love and care often summed up in the expression that someone is the kind of

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Parish Resources – Lough Derg Way of the Cross

In St Patrick’s Basilica on Lough Derg, the Way of the Cross is presented in fourteen stained-glass windows created by the renowned artist Harry Clarke (1889-1931). The following texts are those prayed in common by pilgrims to Lough Derg and reproduced with permission.   Click here for more resources from our April issue.   The

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Saint Patrick: Taken – A Slavery that Remains

We have been treated like aliens. Perhaps they do not believe that we have received one and the same baptism or that we have one and the same God as Father. They think it a matter of contempt that we are Irish. (Letter: Patrick to Coroticus Trans. Bishop Joseph Duffy) Today we celebrate the feast

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