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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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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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