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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. […]

Principles on Being Parish on Social Media

Who is looking after your parish social media and are you confident that they know what they are doing? This is a question I have addressed in the past in this column but some recent postings on some parish social media accounts have promoted me to revisit the question again.  When did you last take […]

Remember in November – Sister Dervilla O’Donnell, MMM

November, darkness falls earlier as the evenings get shorter, trees become naked as they continue to shed and let go of their beautiful, rustic colour leaves.  Nature constantly reminds us of letting go, dying and death. The month of November, we traditionally remember our dead.  There is a sense of eeriness this year because of […]

Remember in November – Father John Kelly

In November we remember our dead but also the many families, nursing homes, healthcare staff, religious houses and parish communities that grieve.  In recent weeks the tragic deaths among families in Cork and Dublin, as well as living during a Worldwide Pandemic COVID-19, that has claimed the lives of so many people touches deeply into […]

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