Archive | News archive 2020

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 […]

Bishop Kevin Doran ordains Father John Mahony in Sligo Cathedral

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin at Mass for the Ordination to Priesthood of Father John Mahony “A priest is called to preach the truth and to live the truth, but never to be a cause of division.” – Bishop Doran My father used often say, “the longest way round is the shortest way […]

Bishop Router welcomes Christmas prayer resources for use in hospices and nursing homes under Covid-19 restrictions

In response to restrictions, North and South, on visits to residents of nursing homes, hospitals and hospices, as well as to the challenges facing patients, management and staff who wish to participate in prayer services during Advent and Christmas, Bishop Michael Router, chairman of the Irish Bishop’s Council for Healthcare, has welcomed a new outreach […]

Bishops’ Conference statement: “Welcoming vaccines for the Common Good”

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference welcomes the encouraging news that a number of vaccines for COVID-19 are at an advanced stage of preparation and are likely to be available for use in the near future.  The Catholic Church recognises that safe and effective vaccination is an essential aspect of the prevention of disease.  We are […]

Irish Bishops seek support for Trócaire’s Christmas appeal for Central America

During their Winter General Meeting Bishops asked the public to contribute towards Trócaire’s Christmas Appeal, which addresses the humanitarian crises as a result of hurricanes in Central America and supports people left hungry by the impact of Covid-19. Trócaire’s Christmas Appeal will deliver food, shelter, medicine and hope to women, men and children who have […]

Church Leaders’ Group Supports BBC Christmas Appeal on Loneliness and Staying Connected at Christmas

The Church Leaders’ Group (Ireland) today issued the following message of support for the BBC Christmas Appeal 2020 on Loneliness and Staying Connected at Christmas: “Reaching out to those who are feeling lonely and isolated is an important part of the Christmas preparations for local churches. This year, we have had to think even more […]

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 […]

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