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Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown for Ascension Sunday 2020 (World Communications Day)

On Thursday, a friend sent me one of those witty WhatsApp messages – Today is the Feast of the Ascension. To those who wonder what it’s about, it’s the day when Jesus started to work from home! As he leaves, all Jesus tells the apostles is that they will be his witnesses to the ends […]

Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Easter by Bishop Donal McKeown

It is now four weeks since Easter Sunday and, since then, we have all been struggling to seek encouragement and find hope of Resurrection in this strange situation where we appear to be moving but not really going anywhere. Sometimes we may wonder where our faith is leading us. But asking such questions actually puts […]

The Digital Parish – Father Paddy Mc Cafferty

Father Paddy McCafferty, Parish Priest of Corpus Christi Parish, Belfast, Diocese of Down and Connor. Q1. How are you coping with lockdown/social distancing? I am coping well with the lockdown and social distancing although it is highly unusual not to have people calling to the house and to have the office closed. The routine is […]

The Digital Parish – Father Tom Hayes

Father Tom Hayes, Parish Priest of Enniskeane, Co Cork in the Diocese of Cork and Ross. Q1. How are you coping with lockdown/social distancing? Coping ok so far. Even small things take much longer to do now as the Parish Office and church are closed. Staff and volunteers are all at home. Shifting gears from […]

The Digital Parish – Mary Dee

Mary Dee, Diocese of Waterford and Lismore Q1. How are you coping with lockdown/social distancing? I am actually coping quite well at the moment. Maybe it is a little easier for me as I live alone anyway, so social distancing is not that difficult! The thought of the extra three weeks were very daunting at […]

The Digital Parish – Mary Ann Papp

Mary Ann Papp, wife, mother, lay minister and Facilitator of Student Retreats at the Emmaus Centre in Swords Q1. How are you coping day to day with lockdown/social distancing? It’s definitely getting harder as the weeks go on, but ordering my day has been a God-send. Prayer is at the heart of each day, personal […]

The Digital Parish – Father Michael Toomey

Father Michael Toomey, Ss Peter & Paul’s Parish, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, Diocese of Waterford and Lismore Q1. How are you coping day to day with lockdown/social distancing? I’m kept very busy as we are lucky to have the Church Services TV system, to which many people are tuning in daily. During Easter, we had over […]

The Digital Parish – Father Tom Cox

Father Tom Cox, Administrator in the Parish of Shannonbridge (Clonmacnois) in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois Q1. How are you coping day to day with lockdown/social distancing? It’s been up and down personally, even quite emotional. I was surprised at age 54 to find myself instructed to self-isolate by my GP (I have 2 […]

The Digital Parish – Father John Kenny

Father John Kenny PP, Partry Parish, Archdiocese of Tuam Q1. How are you coping with lockdown/social distancing? I am coping very well. I am in the lucky position of being in a rural parish and part of a very tight knit community. We all know each other and are looking out for one another. Living […]

The Digital Parish – Sister Lucy Conway

Sister Lucy Conway: Q1. How are you coping with lockdown/social distancing? We are coping very well with the lockdown, as Monastics we are an enclosed community. As a contemplative order we remain inside the monastery except for in exceptional circumstances. There are 14 sisters in our community. Our day begins at 6.30am and most of […]

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