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Homily of Bishop Dermot Farrell for the RTÉ televised Mass to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Saint Colman’s Church, Clara, Co Kilkenny

We gather today, as did the people in the gospel; they came from afar to be with Jesus in the wilderness. Today this representative group of us from Clara Parish in Kilkenny, gather to celebrate the Eucharist, as we mark the 150th anniversary of the parish church. The people heard that Jesus had withdrawn to […]

Words of Greeting of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at Eid Celebrations at Croke Park 

I am happy to have this occasion to wish the entire Muslim community in Ireland and especially those gathered here in Croke Park: Eid Mubarak, warm wishes and blessings, Comhghairdeas. This is a very propitious moment for the Muslim community in Ireland. On the one hand, we are all saddened not to be able to […]

Archbishop Michael Neary`s homily for Reek Sunday 2020

While it was necessary for pastoral reasons to lift the obligation to attend Mass each Sunday during the pandemic, the human need to set aside a dedicated day for God each week, and the human need to rest from the non-essential tasks assigned to the other days of the week, remain. Our response to the […]

Accord NI welcomes Department for Communities funding to support marriage and family life during Covid-19

Accord Northern Ireland Catholic Marriage Care Service has received £40,293 from the Department for Communities, in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund. This funding will ensure that the charity can continue to support marriages, relationships and families during the Covid-19 crisis. Accord’s NI Regional Director, Deirdre O’Rawe said; “The nature of the pandemic is […]

Bishop Dermot Farrell announces clerical appointments for the Diocese of Ossory

Bishop Dermot Farrell has today announced the following clerical appointments for the Diocese of Ossory which are to come into effect on 25 September: Very Reverend Frank Purcell,  Team Leader Saint John’s Parish, Kilkenny City to become PP Inistioge. Very Reverend Dan Carroll, PP, Danesfort to become  Team Leader Saint John’s Parish, Kilkenny City. Reverend Mark Condon, returning from […]

Bishop Denis Nulty announces clerical appointments for the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin

Bishop Denis Nulty has today announced clerical appointments for the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin which are to come into effect on 4 September. Commenting on the diocesan appointments, Bishop Nulty said, “These have been a very difficult few months on all of us, our parishes, our families and personally; none more so than our […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown at Mass in Saint Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry

For 15 Sundays, we have been unable to celebrate Mass with at least some of God’s people. It is wonderful that, even imperfectly, we can today celebrate hope and community. I know from seeing tears in people’s eyes during recent weekday Masses that getting back to sacramental worship rather than just participating in virtual prayer […]

Archbishop Michael Neary welcomes the Government Guidance in relation to Religious Services

· “Teams of volunteers have been trained, churches have been prepared and marked out according to social distancing guidelines, and hand-sanitising stations have been sourced and put in place” – Archbishop Neary I warmly welcome the detailed guidance in relation to religious services published by the government this evening. The guidance is clear and practical […]

Statement by the Bishops’ Council for Life regarding the Report of the Department of Health on “Termination of Pregnancy” in 2019

In recent months Ireland has experienced the traumatic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has touched every sector of society.  While many people have suffered emotionally and economically, we think immediately of those who have died, 1,735 people as of 30 June.  Each one was a unique human being, created in the image of God, […]

Statement of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on 50 people cap for Churches

“Churches across the Republic of Ireland are still awaiting information on the announced protocol between the Government and religious bodies about the numbers that may attend religious services, especially in large buildings. The new Northern Ireland advice is that the number should calculated on the basic of proportionality to the size of each Church whereas […]

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