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Statement by Bishop Fintan Monahan on the closure of the Cistercian College, Roscrea

It is with great sadness that I have heard of the imminent closure of the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Cistercian Monks (Trappists), and to the many other dedicated staff and students, who have carried out Trojan work in the school since its foundation in 1905. […]

CPSMA responds to NCCA publication of ERB Report

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) recently engaged in a public consultation in relation to ERB and Ethics.  Along with 172 other organisations and individuals, the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association took part in the consultation. CPSMA did so in the context of valuing the current provision for Religious Education in Catholic schools; […]

Words of welcome by Bishop Denis Nulty at the blessing of an engaged couple at the Shrine of Saint Valentine

See below 2016 data and graphs for attendance by region at Accord marriage preparation courses, and for trends in counselling I wish to welcome you all here this morning, the Feast of Saint Valentine, to this wonderful and historic Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, on Whitefriar Street, in heart of Dublin city. In […]

Blessing of engaged couple by Bishop Denis Nulty at the Shrine of Saint Valentine

2016 figures for attendance at Accord’s sacramental marriage preparation courses and demand for marriage counselling sessions The Feast of Saint Valentine will be celebrated this Tuesday 14 February.  You, or a representative, are invited to a photocall for the blessing of an engaged couple (details below) at the Shrine of the holy relics of Saint […]

Thinking Outside the (Chocolate) Box on Saint Valentine’s Day

World Meeting of Families 2018 is offering free Saint Valentine’s Day Gift Tokens with a difference, for couples to give to their loved ones Following Pope Francis’ calls to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in a more meaningful way, the World Meeting of Families 2018 is inviting couples to think beyond the traditional box of chocolates […]

The drugs trade is a callous trade in death – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

National Family Support Network 18th Service of Commemoration and Hope Speaking notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott Street, 1st February 2017 “I always enjoy celebrating Confirmation in this parish. It is always a celebration of what this community is about and what is at its heart. It is […]

Statement by Bishop Brendan Kelly, chair of the Council for Education of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

On behalf of the Bishops’ Council for Education, I welcome the statements of today, and of last Friday, published by the Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, in relation to the teaching of religion with sacramental preparation in Community National Schools, and concerning the plurality of provision of schools.  The Council for […]

Statement by Bishop Noel Treanor in Response to an Attack on Saint Patrick’s Church, Belfast

Along with the local clergy, Fr Eugene O’Neill, Fr Dominic McGrattan, Fr Brendan McGee and the parish sister Sr Mary Carlin, and the parishioners of St Patrick’s Parish, Belfast, I am deeply shocked and appalled by the suspected arson attack upon St Patrick’s Church this afternoon. This criminal action is a violation of the sanctity […]

Homily of Bishop Denis Nulty for the broadcast of Mass to launch Catholic Schools Week 2017

Saint Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise, Co Laois in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin Introduction to the Mass Our fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time this year coincides with the beginning of Catholic Schools Week today.  We find ourselves here in Saint Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise, in a parish which has education as the cornerstone of […]

Laudato Si’ informs theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017

RTÉ to broadcast Mass on Sunday from Portlaoise to open Catholic Schools Week This Sunday, 29 January Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, will be the chief celebrant and preacher at 11.00am Mass to mark the opening of Catholic Schools Week 2017.  This Mass will be broadcast by RTÉ on radio and television […]

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