This is a Family Prayer for use on the Feast of the Holy Family which falls on Sunday 30 December 2012.
The Resource Pack includes emigration statistics, ways to remember emigrants in your parish and in the home, prayers of intercession, homily notes and Prayers for Emigrants.
A prayer which the family can pray before Christmas dinner
In Advent we turn to Mary as we reflect on how she, despite her natural perplexity, awaited in hope the birth of her firstborn, who was to bring salvation and new life into the world. In the current debate in Ireland on the right to life, Christians should be inspired by the compassion of Jesus Christ in the face of anyone who finds themselves troubled by a pregnancy.
Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry, reflects on the meaning of Christmas.
The Council for Immigrants has prepared two A3 posters to download for use in parishes across Ireland.
This is a short blessing which can be used in the home when the lights on the Christmas tree are ready to be switched on.
This is a short blessing which can be used in the home when the family is putting together the crib.
“In the midst of the turmoil of the world, or the desert of indifference and materialism, Christians accept the salvation of God and witness to it by a different way of life.” This was the reflection offered today by Pope Benedict XVI for the first Sunday of Advent — the beginning of the new liturgical year.
The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the following liturgies during Christmas 2012.