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John Paul II Awards Presented to Students from St. Aidan’s Comprehensive School, Cootehill

Ten students from St. Aidan’s Comprehensive School in Cootehill were presented with their John Paul II Awards for 2016 at a special ceremony in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Cavan on Wednesday 21 March last. The awards were presented by Fr. Ultan McGoohan, Diocesan Director of Pastoral Services, assisted by Carina McGinnell, Diocesan Director...

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A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent

A tired Christ crosses the boundaries of social convention to engage a thirsting soul and in the process comes to touch the  hearts  and minds of an entire  village.  The ‘living water’  he  alone can offer and that can turn into ‘a spring inside’ finds its way into another woman’s heart and from there reaches...

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2017

Saint Patrick the Migrant  “Saint Patrick is so emblazoned with symbols of his Irishness that we forget he is an immigrant to Ireland. Not unlike the Holy Family and many families today, he was an undocumented migrant, a refugee, a slave, a member of a diaspora and a returnee. Yet somehow he transcended all of...

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SafeTalk Training Opportunity

SAFETALK TRAINING – Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre – Wednesday 5 April 2017 from 9:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. SAFETALK is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the...

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Second National Collection for the World Meeting of Families 2018

Second National Collection for the World Meeting of Families 2018  Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018. Planning for this great national and international celebration of faith is well underway. Hosting this important event requires an enormous amount of planning and...

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Visit of the Centennial Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima – Sunday 19 March 2017

  The urgent Call for Prayer and Reparation: The Appeal of Our Lady of Fatima The Centennial Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, blessed by Pope Francis on 11th January 2017 will arrive at the Grotto, Ballinaglera, Co. Leitrim, on Sunday 19th March at 6.00 pm with outdoor procession to the Church and public...

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A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent 2017

    Some years ago, I volunteered for a parish based Confirmation programme.  I have many lovely memories and one child’s question, shared by the group, continues to resonate: “But I thought Jesus was God?” The children we journeyed with, like many of their generation,  rarely saw the inside of the Church, only experienced prayer and sacraments through school, and apart from this programme, had no experience of parish taking an interest in them.  And yet, they were very interested in God, knew Him and were open to being supported in knowing Him and each other better. I recall  their surprise on hearing that God is  Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that all three persons want all of us to share in their blessed life, both now and for all eternity. In this Gospel passage we see how all three persons of the Trinity, at Christ’s instigation, manifested themselves to  Peter, James and John, providing them with an experience  that was to stand  to them later.  Could it be that we and others in our parish are called to follow Christ’s example by creating opportunities through parish-based programmes, for our young people to grow in their awareness, knowledge and love of God?   Let’s take this question into our prayer  this Lent, that they too, in the power  of the Holy Spirit, may hear the words ‘ This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour.  Listen to him.’   Taking Our Hearts to the Lord – Scripture Sharing Group Resource, Lent 2017  

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Bishop O’Reilly’s issues Statement on Current Citizens’ Convention

  March 2017 Dear Parishioner, I am writing to you in relation to the Citizens’ Convention currently meeting in Dublin. You are probably aware that the Citizens Convention was set up last year to advise the government on whether to have a referendum to remove article 40.3.3 of the Constitution which protects the lives of...

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A Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent

Have you noticed how central the word ‘if’ is to Satan’s questioning?  In each instance he appeals through the word ‘if’ to a very natural desire:  food when hungry, recognition,  possessions, power and influence. Did “if” feature a lot in your childhood and does it feature in your communication with yourself or with others  today? ...

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Historical Tour and Pilgrimage to London remembering the life & martyrdom of St. Oliver Plunkett

Haggardstown and Blackrock Parish are organising a historical tour / pilgrimage to London, open to all people, from Mon 1st May – Fri 5th May 2017 centred around the martyrdom of St Oliver Plunkett at Tyburn on 1st July 1681. Trip includes Masses each day at Tyburn, Westminster Cathedral and Bromptom Oratory (all associated with...

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