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A message from the Irish bishops: “Keep Christ at the Centre of Christmas”

With the beginning of Advent last Sunday, preparations have begun in earnest in parishes across the country for the celebration of Christmas – albeit in a very different context this year.  Priests working with Parish Pastoral Councils are making decisions at a local level on how best to celebrate Christmas in a safe manner. We […]

Homily Notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for the First Sunday of Advent

Saint Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, 29 November 2020 Introduction As a parish community, and as friends of the parish, we gather to celebrate the Feast of our Patron Saint Andrew.  We do so as the Church celebrates the First Sunday of Advent.  We move into a new Church year.  We reflect on the future.  We […]

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for the First Sunday of Advent 2020  

“Advent is the season of hope, which holds the key to ‘saving Christmas’ and unlocking its true and powerful meaning.  The season of Advent is a four week ‘circuit-breaker’ in preparation for Christmas, a call to come back to God” – Archbishop Eamon Martin The First Sunday of Advent is the Church’s New Year’s Day […]

Mixed feeling as restrictions lift, with many being ground down by mental health issues from pandemic – Bishop Leahy

Despite fatigue, we cannot let up now in efforts to overcome COVID Sunday 29 November 2020: Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that while there will be a great lift for many from the change in restrictions this week, it will do little for others ground down mentally by the pandemic and whom really need […]

Advent 2020 Pastoral Message: Waiting for the Lord who is close

Advent 2020 Pastoral Message: Waiting for the Lord who is close Bishop Dermot Farrell, Bishop of Ossory Summary In these Advent days we look for the signs of where and how God moves in the common occurrences of every day … who offers a hope we cannot attain by ourselves. The current health crisis has […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin encourages sharing hope this Advent 

See for digital Advent calendar #SharingHope #LivingAdvent Ahead of the beginning of Advent on Sunday, Archbishop Eamon Martin has encouraged people to ‘share hope’ this Advent season.  The Primate of All Ireland has renewed his call for everyone across the island to turn towards hope, and away from despair, saying, “the season of Advent offers us […]

Reflection by Archbishop Eamon Martin for Red Wednesday 2020 in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh

Cathedral to be lit up in red to honour martyrs who have died in prison for the faith (see pictures attached) “The threat of unjust imprisonment is one of the most prevalent and frightening forms of intimidation and persecution of Christians throughout the world.  This year our Red Wednesday prayer service calls it out” – Archbishop Martin […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin launches Ireland’s only online Advent Calendar

See #SharingHope #LivingAdvent Archbishop Eamon Martin has today launched the 2020 online Advent Calendar, which will go live on on the first Sunday of Advent, 29 November next. Now in its seventh year, the unique online Advent Calendar offers resources for the parish, school and for families which can be accessed behind a […]

Bishop Leahy urges ‘no slacking off’ and yes to ‘diligence’ over next 10 days

Focus needs to remain on protecting vulnerable as we move to Christmas Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has appealed to the public to dig deep for two more weeks and not to become immune to public health regulations. In a return to the weekly statements at the end of Sunday Mass that Bishop Brendan Leahy […]

“The Executive’s announcement to close churches in Northern Ireland is a great disappointment” – Archbishop Eamon Martin

The following statement is in the name of Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland: The unexpected news announced late last night that churches across Northern Ireland are to close for two weeks from 27 November has come as a great disappointment, and is contrary to the assurances given to faith […]

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