A Day for LIFE – ‘The Good Samaritan: A Model of Compassion’.

This year’s Day for Life will be celebrated in Ireland on Sunday 3 October. In the context of the recent proposal to introduce assisted suicide, both in Ireland and the UK, this year’s Day for Life message invites Catholics to consider a more positive and compassionate response to the care of people who are in the final stages of life.

Resources in support of the theme attached as follows:

  • The text of this year’s message in plain text
  • The text of the pastoral message in PDF format for printing
  • A set of prayers of intercession
  • Two web and social media images we are using to promote this year’s day and theme
  • Three visuals of pull quotes from the pastoral message
  • Parish newsletter notices  

Additional resources are available to download from www.catholicbishops.ie and www.councilforlife.ie. An article on this year’s Day for Life also appears in the current issue of Interom Magazine

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Holocaust Education

The Crocus Project is an annual initiative of the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland to commemorate the victims of Nazi persecution in World War II.  The Crocus project is confined to one group per school, and takes a few classes concerning the persecution of the Jews in the Second World War.  Participants sow bulbs in the school garden/ lawn in the shape of the Star of David.  The application form, for delivery of the bulbs in October is available at:  https://hetireland.org/programmes/crocus-project/

Triduum of Prayer to St Joseph.

Triduum of Prayer to St Joseph To mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis has proclaimed this year as a Year of St Joseph.  A special Triduum of Prayer to St Joseph will be celebrated in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 October. Mass on each of the days will be celebrated at 8am, 10am and 7.30pm.
Let us ask St Joseph to intercede for us and our families.

Tuesday 12 October

7.30pm Mass: Celebrant: Archbishop Eamon Martin

St Joseph, a family man and protector of all families, a man who models for us the family’s call to holiness.

We invite families to join on this day, to ask St Joseph to intercede for all our homes and families.

Wednesday 13 October

7.30pm Mass: Celebrant: Bishop Michael Router

St Joseph, a worker and the patron of all craftspeople and workers. He laboured for God and we too are called to labour in love.

We invite all workers and especially craftspeople to join on this day for a special blessing of our hands.

Thursday 14 October

7.30pm Mass: Celebrant: Monsignor Colum Curry

St Joseph, the dreamer, an example for everyone and especially our young whom Jesus teaches never to lose the ability to dream, to take risks and to take on difficult tasks.

We invite all who have dreams to join and especially young people and expectant mothers who have dreams for their child and their children.

Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Year of St Joseph Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. AMEN

Transition Year RE Programme “Look Up”

Look Up: Programme for Transition Year: Veritas is delighted to launch this exciting new Religious Education programme for Transition Year students.

Key features of Look Up!

·         The key content for students is presented on PowerPoint slides, to be shown on the class whiteboard.

·         The information on the slides is supplemented by artwork that spans a variety of media and traditions.

·         The accompanying Teacher Notes, which may be viewed in the ‘Presenter Notes’ viewing panel on the teacher’s own screen, include commentary and discussion questions on each slide, as well as additional activities and exercises to supplement and support the information on the slides. These notes also contain resources for the guided prayer reflections that are offered at the close of each lesson.

·         Videos, music and interactive content can be accessed directly from the slides.

·         The content covered is inclusive of all the major world religions.

·         The teacher resources are provided on a USB stick.

·         The accompanying student journal is designed to accommodate students’ personal reflections on content studied. It also contains worksheets and a Glossary of key terms.

Teacher USB stick and sample Student Journal is available from Veritas at a cost of €30. For more information on Look Up! contact Veritas (01) 8788177 or email caroline.teehan@veritas.ie

Opening School Liturgy, – 14 September

Opening School Liturgy, – 14 September

On Tuesday, 14 September at 11.15am, Archbishop Eamon will lead an online Opening School Liturgy from St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.

Parents, Guardians, Grandparents and other family members are encouraged to participate by following the link below, as we pray for all the children who have returned to school for another academic year.


Northern Catholic Bishops webinar series to mark centenary of Partition and establishment of Northern Ireland 

“This webinar series is an opportunity for people of all traditions to engage with our shared history” – Archbishop Eamon Martin 

The Northern Catholic Bishops have announced that they will host an online webinar series of historical talks marking the centenary of Partition and the establishment of Northern Ireland.  These talks will be led by Dr Éamon Phoenix, political historian, columnist and broadcaster, who will be joined by a number of academic historians from the North and South over four Monday nights from 13 September to 4 October 2021. 

Welcoming the announcement of the webinar series, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said, “This webinar series is an opportunity for people of all traditions to engage with our shared history.  The presentations, expertly put together by Dr Éamon Phoenix, will allow for the story of the coming into being, and development, of Northern Ireland to be examined and analysed while critically assessing the role of the Churches, and others, in that respect.  On behalf of the Northern Bishops, I invite those with an interest in Church, society, politics and history to join us in helping to unravel further this complex and sometimes contentious story.”

“We are grateful for the funding we have received from the Northern Ireland Office and the National Lottery Heritage Fund which will enable the sharing of untold stories about important aspects of our history and to help bring the community together at this important moment.”

From next week, the programme of talks will be delivered online via Zoom over four Monday evenings from 7.00pm – 9.00pm, as follows: 

Monday 13 September 2021: ‘The path to partition and the creation of Northern Ireland 1900-1922’ with Dr Éamon Phoenix and Ann Donnelly of the Northern Ireland Screen drawing on the historical newsreels of the period. 

Monday 20 September 2021: ‘A difficult birth: political background and sectarian violence 1918-122’ with Dr Alan Parkinson, Jim McDermott and Dr Éamon Phoenix. 

Monday 27 September 2021: ‘The formative years: the Catholic Church, the nationalist minority and the Northern Ireland state 1921-25’ with Dr Mary Harris, Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick, Dr Sean Farren and Dr Éamon Phoenix. 

Monday 4 October 2021: ’The Catholic Church, Northern Nationalism and the Unionist State from the Boundary Commission to the Welfare State and the Troubles, c. 1925-75’ with Dr Mary Harris, Dr Russell Rees and Dr Éamon Phoenix. 

Each week’s webinar will include a question and answer session.  The aim is to facilitate a respectful, cross-community discussion on this key historical period, its legacy and consider its lessons for a society moving forward post-conflict.

Each of the webinars are free of charge but registration is required in advance by email to cjp@iecon.ie.  The Zoom link will be sent out in advance of each webinar.


Mount St. Anne’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Co. Laois – Autumn Courses Online

All Courses are at 19.00-21.00 (Irish Time) on ZOOM

To book a place please email ceo@mountstannes.com

Title: Laudato Si’ in our Contemporary World

October 6, 13, 20, 27     (Sean McDonagh)

This course will explore Laudato Si and the Challenges of Biodiversity and Climate Change.

€100 for full course

Women in the Bible: Our Mothers in Faith

October 7, 14, 21, 28  (Rosalie Moloney)

The diverse women of the Bible offer us inspiring examples of Faith in action. This course invites us to follow in the footsteps of some of these remarkable but very human characters: from Ruth and Naomi and the mothers of Genesis to the women of Jesus’ parables and the female leaders of the early Church.  

€100 for full course

Celtic Spirituality: What is it? Has it any significance for life today? 

November 3, 10, 17, 24   (Michael Drumm)

There is a lot of talk today about Celtic Spirituality. But the question arises – what exactly is it? Does such a spirituality exist? Is it anything more than romantic nostalgia for a dead past? Who were the Celts? Can we access their spiritual insights? During this course some characteristics of Celtic life will be identified which might legitimately form the foundations for a renewed Celtic spirituality today. 

€100 for full course 

Exploring the Synodal Pathway: The Ongoing Reception of Vatican II

November 4, 11, 18, 25  (Janet Forbes and Oonagh O’ Brien)

This course will explore the upcoming Synod as the continuation of the Second Vatican Council with a particular focus on the Spirituality of Synodality; the participation of all especially young people and the need for structures and resources to support the local church.

Janet Forbes and Oonagh O’ Brien featuring Sr Nathalie Becquart and Rafael Luciani.

€100 for full course