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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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March Editorial – Finding God in the Holy Land

  I found God in the Holy Land last week. That may not come as a great surprise given the history of that special part of the world which is home to the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. However, while I did find traces of God’s presence in the sights and sounds of

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The Lenten Gospels: A Kaleidoscope

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent, a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. In our March issue, Father Albert McNally of the Diocese of Down and Connor explored the ‘kaleidoscope’ of light and darkness, life and death that can be found in

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February Editorial – A New Conversation about Creation

On 2nd and 3rd December last year, a unique gathering took place in the Vatican when TIME and Fortune magazine brought a large group of private-sector leaders, scholars, foundation heads and social reformers together with Pope Francis to explore the momentous challenge he has presented to the Church and the world in his encyclical Laudato

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Feast of Feasts – Saint Francis and the Crib

“The crib is our common home in miniature, a place where God, tiny and poor, dwells with creation in love, harmony and peace. How powerfully that truth was rediscovered and shared in Greccio that night Saint Francis made the worlds’ first Christmas crib.”  In our Christmas issue of Intercom, Father Liam Kelly OFM told us

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December/January Editorial – Let the Walls Fall

Click here to access, download and print a PDF of our December/January editorial. As parish choirs rehearse ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and other sleepy carols to comfort and warm the heart at Christmas time, the sad, modern-day reality of Christ’s birthplace and its present-day inhabitants, who now live in the shadow of a giant

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When It’s Time – The Trouble with Waiting

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Catholic year. It is a time when we wait and prepare for the coming of the Lord at Christmas. In our November issue of Intercom, Father Bernard Kennedy reflected on the challenge of Advent and ‘the trouble with waiting’. You can download and print a PDF of the article

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