Archive | News Archive 2020

Christmas 2020 message by Bishop Martin Hayes: ‘Touched by Vulnerability’

“We give thanks for all our health care workers, indeed all frontline workers, especially, those on duty over the Christmas period.  Included among the vulnerable are those who have fallen on hard times, due to the economic impact of Covid-19” – Bishop Hayes I spent Christmas 1995 in Kenya visiting my brother John and his […]

Christmas 2020 message by Bishop Dermot Farrell ‘The Warmth of Our God’

“The birth of Christ, which the Feast of Christmas celebrates, cannot be ‘cancelled’ … When Christ appeared, as the warmth of God in the winter night, our faith received a new dimension” – Bishop Farrell Like most things in 2020, this will be a Christmas unlike any other in our lifetime with socially distanced celebrations […]

Christmas 2020 Message from Bishop Denis Brennan, Bishop of Ferns

I was very taken by the comments recently of Cardinal Jozef De Kezel  – Archbishop of Malines (Brussels).  Speaking of the current pandemic, he said “The coronavirus epidemic has taken a toll on our society. We have experienced our fragility within our parish communities. We don’t have mastery over everything. Many certainties have been and […]

Homily for Christmas 2020 Mass by Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam

“In our society Christmas is an invitation to think and act not in our own interest, rather to locate and value those who are not included, who are currently struggling and do not feel appreciated” – Archbishop Neary Homily To appreciate where we are this Christmas, might I suggest that we focus on four areas […]

‘God is With Us’ – a Christmas Message from Bishop Denis Nulty

These are the days when many people are looking for a Christmas message of hope, of reassurance, of resilience. The past ten months has shaken us to our foundation. It has rattled our economy, our parishes, our lives. And we are told that the immediate days and weeks ahead around Christmas/New Year are crucial if […]

Christmas 2020 Pastoral Message from Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ – ‘Christ is at the Heart of Christmas’

Christ is the Heart of Christmas 2020 has been a tough year. For months on end we have been listening out for the figures: how many new cases today? How many in ICU? How many deaths? Every one of those figures stands for lives frustrated, threatened perhaps changed definitively. As we approach Christmas we pray […]

A Joint Christmas Message from the Archbishops of Armagh – Archbishop Eamon Martin & Archbishop John McDowell

‘So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in a manger.’ Luke chapter 2 verse 16 There is an old prayer sometimes used around this time of year which talks about the time when Jesus Christ “came to visit us in great humility”. In one of Saint Paul’s letters, […]

Joint Christmas 2020 message from Archdeacon Brian Harper and Bishop Larry Duffy of Clogher

‘At this season of the year, we are reminded that God is in the midst of us’ Saint Matthew tells us that the Lord had said through the prophet that the virgin will be with child and they will call him Immanuel which means “God with us”. It is this name – Immanuel- which takes […]

Information on Pope Francis’ scheduled telecasts for Christmas 2020

Please see below information provided by Vatican Television regarding the worldwide telecasts of the public liturgies to be celebrated by Pope Francis during Christmas 2020:  Celebration: Christmas Eve, 24 December 2020: Midnight Mass presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica. Celebration time 18.25 – 20.00 approximately  UTC/GMT Christmas Day, 25 December 2020: Christmas […]

Christmas 2020 message from Bishop Tom Deenihan

The annual commemoration of the birth of Our Saviour occurs during the darkest days of December and at the end of the calendar year.  In fact, many of the seasonal greetings used at this time combine wishes for both Christmas and the New Year: joy at the birth of Christ and an expression of hope for the […]

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