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Christmas Message from Bishop Noel Treanor

“Christmas at Home” December 2020 Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.” Matthew 1:20 On 8th December 2020, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter “With a Father’s Heart”[1], dedicating the year ahead under […]

Christmas 2020 Message from Bishop Paul Dempsey, Bishop of Achonry

I heard an eminent medical person on the radio last week raising concerns about the rising number of Covid cases.  He suggested Christmas should be postponed until spring.  As a medic his first concern is the health and wellbeing of people.  However, it illustrates that for many, Christmas has become a mere holiday period rather […]

 Christmas 2020 message by Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam

Our priests have responded very generously to the challenge of the pandemic, providing every opportunity to address the faith and sacramental requirements of parishioners. In the last 27 years people of the Archdiocese of Tuam have donated almost €10m to Trócaire. It has been a difficult time for everyone.  For bereaved families, for families with […]

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin welcomes establishment of new special school in South Dublin

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin expressed his satisfaction that he has been able to facilitate the opening of a new special school in the Crumlin area that will offer urgently needed places to 36 children with autism and general learning disabilities.  There has been a serious shortage of special school places in South Dublin despite the opening […]

Check list for a Church/Faith website

Are you creating a website or revamping an existing one? Here is a quick check list to consider:  1. The Content: This is the most important aspect of the website. Think about what people want from a diocesan website and what you should be offering them. 2. Faith life: The Faith Life of the diocese […]

General Guidelines for using Parish WebCams

With every new technology and practice comes a time of trial and error. Guidelines and technical assistance are important considerations. There will be a learning curve.  But, we need to remember at all times that the church building is a sacred place which is assigned to divine worship and is dedicated and blessed for this […]

Are you content with your parish web content?

It is fair to say that at this stage in the internet of things that most parishes, dioceses, religious orders and other faith organisations not only have a website, but are probably on their fourth or fifth version of said site. We will address web design and providers at a later stage. What we are […]

Remember in November – Father Robert Sloan

Throughout most of 2020 news and social media outlets have provided us with daily updates on the number of deaths recorded with or from Covid-19. After so many months, we can easily tire of listening to these news items and, unintentionally, desensitise ourselves to these deaths as they become just another sad statistic. The Church, […]

Remember in November – Father Pierce Cormac

A Time to Remember  So many of our conversations used to revolve around the weather, it was like our in built ice breaker in the art of conversation. Now we have replaced this line with the oft familiar phrase, ‘these are strange times’, as we refer to the pandemic Covid-19 and its impact on all our […]

Catholics #BeKind online

#BeKind – it seems the simplest and most obvious of all the life choices we can make for ourselves. It’s a common social media hashtag these days and while it is a noble message, it’s sad to live in a world where we have to remind ourselves to be kind online and in real life. […]

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