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Treating People with Dignity by Dr. Gaven Kerr

Reflections on COVID-19 from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth Treating People with Dignity – Dr. Gaven Kerr The British Medical Journal recently published a debate in which a professor of bioethics argued that age should be a legitimate factor in considering how to ration medical resources in the treatment of patients with coronavirus. Closer to home […]

Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin – Twenty-First Sunday 2020

Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Saint Mary’s Church Street, 23 August 2020 “Economic consequences of pandemic may well challenge people’s mental health and their sense of personal identity and worth. Some may be tempted to give in to a pattern of despair”. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus poses a double question. He […]

COVID-19 exposes the hope in our human fragility by Dr Philip John Paul Gonzales

Reflections on Covid-19 from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth COVID-19 exposes the hope in our human fragility – Dr. Philip John Paul Gonzales COVID-19 is one of the greatest crises that humanity has faced since the Second World War. We are in uncharted waters, and the crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic is real and unpredictable. […]

Post-lockdown, can the Church return to ‘business as usual’? by Dr Aoife McGrath

  Reflections on Covid-19 from Saint  Patrick’s College Maynooth Post-lockdown, can the Church return to ‘business as usual’? by Dr Aoife McGrath As we move tentatively through the phases of Ireland’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, church doors are reopening for in-person, socially distanced liturgies. While for many this is a long-anticipated moment, we […]

‘Praying thoughtfully during the pandemic’ by Father Kevin O’Gorman

Reflections on COVID-19 from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth ‘Praying thoughtfully during the pandemic’ by Fr. Kevin O’Gorman During this COVID-19 pandemic when priests and people could not physically come together to remember, sacramentally and socially, the Lord’s Supper in the Eucharist, the prayer after the Our Father in the Communion Rite offers a fruitful space […]

Decoding the stories we tell ourselves about COVID-19 by Dr. Jessie Rogers

Reflections on Covid-19 from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth Decoding the stories we tell ourselves about COVID-19 by Dr. Jessie Rogers We are meaning-making creatures. We have a strong urge to find a narrative – a story – that will make sense of the Coronavirus crisis that has engulfed the whole world. As Christians, we are […]

Living under Lockdown: The Upper Room Experience – Father John-Paul Sheridan

Reflections on Covid-19 from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth Living under Lockdown – The Upper Room Experience – by John-Paul Sheridan As I sat in my kitchen on that Sunday morning in March, I was trying to figure out what I was supposed to do on a Sunday morning if not celebrate mass. How was I […]

Coronavirus and the Existence of God – Dr Gaven Kerr

  Coronavirus and the Existence of God – Dr Gaven Kerr As the coronavirus sweeps across the world, our reaction to it – short of finding a cure – is either to succumb, or to avoid it through social distancing and lock down. The coronavirus makes us mindful of the fact that whilst our intelligence […]

Grieving and remembering during the lockdown – Father Michael Shortall

Grieving and remembering during the lockdown – Father Michael Shortall My father died during the lockdown. He didn’t contract the COVID-19 virus; but his final weeks of care and dying, as well as our period of mourning, were all shaped by it. Some rituals had to be abandoned; others, because of technology, took on new forms.  […]

Statement from Bishop Noel Treanor regarding Funeral Services, Requiem Masses and Wedding Ceremonies

Diocese of Down and Connor On the 25th March 2020, I issued a pastoral letter outlining measures to be taken in response to Covid-19. These measures, which included the closing of churches, restricted the celebration of funerals and limited the pastoral services of the diocese, have been acutely experienced by all. The aim of those measures was […]

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