Latest figures for practice and belief in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and a report detailing the age profile of priests in ministry in 2011.
“The revised document, Living Communion: Vision and Practice for Parish Pastoral Councils in Ireland Today, will, with God’s grace, also lead to continued exchanges and conversations as we journey, learning together, into the future.”
Christmas is a time when we reflect on the Holy Family, a family whose love for each other and faith in God helped them to overcome great trials and suffering.
In the spirit of this reflection we cannot fail to acknowledge that many people throughout Ireland are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Budget for 2012 in the Republic and the new Programme for Government in Northern Ireland. It is to be hoped that the measures adopted in these crucial areas will contribute to the common good and not further scar the social landscape.
The Irish Episcopal Conference at its General Meeting of December 2010 abrogated (abolished/repealed) the Maynooth Statute N. 264, §2 effective from January 2012.
The Certificate programmes in Catholic Religious Education and Religious Studies provided by a number of Centres inIreland(North and South) and recognised by the Episcopal Conference (Section C), offer pre-service and qualified teachers foundational knowledge and skills for communicating the Catholic faith to children in Primary schools.
In Ireland the preparation of children for the reception of First Eucharist is a joint school/home/parish privilege and responsibility. It is important, therefore, to ensure that the home, the sponsors and the parish, in partnership with the school, participate in the lead up to and in the celebration of the First Communion Mass.
Archbishop Martin: In the midst of all the modern technology it is the individual person and his or her hopes and aspirations which must always remain at the centre of a hospital’s attention.
This document discusses, among other issues, the context and current practice of grouping parishes; a vision of local Church and its theological underpinning; canonical models of parish; facilitating the development of Pastoral Areas and implications for leadership.
The purpose of the Annual Report is to offer to IEC, for critical comment and direction, an account of work done and work in progress under the auspices of the Council.