Family and Lifestyle

Last week my family and I attended the fifth session of the annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Every week, there’s a different guest speaker and, on this evening, it was Kathleen Chada, the mother of Eoghan and Ruairi Chada, whose husband received two life sentences for the murder of the boys in 2013. Kathleen spoke bravely of her...

After the Manchester terror attack, our screens had an endless loop of images of panic, followed by heartrending images of parents frantically searching for their children. Some will never see them again.Even though some of the children killed are a similar age to ours, our children have no idea the attack happened. We are careful never to leave...

Running is fast becoming the most popular form of exercise – it is estimated that two million people run in Britain and 10 million people in the USA. The aerobic (heart and lung) exercise provided by running is undoubtedly good for your health. However, intense and arduous forms of running, such as marathons and ultra-marathons, are becoming...

Mark was preparing for his First Reconciliation and First Communion. These are important days for any child and a lot of work goes in to being ready to receive these sacraments. For Mark, there was even more work because Mark is autistic. His parents and his teacher had put a lot of thought into how Mark needed to prepare. For First...

Jonny HansonIn Laudato Si’, Pope Francis paints a compelling picture of the people of God together rediscovering their mandate to care for God’s world. But how are we to put this noble calling into practice? Here are three suggestions at three different levels: the individual; the parish; and the diocese or denomination.The meat we eat...

We are on the cusp of summer. Tender leaves are unfurling on the trees, joyfully compelled by the spring sunshine. I let the children scamper happily ahead on the way to school. We prefer to take the long way, which is a path by the brook, filled with bluebells and birdsong. It is for this that we forsook the big city. We wanted the children...

I’m doing some work at the moment tutoring students who are training to be catechists. As a result, I have been re-reading The General Directory for Catechesis and Share the Good News which explores what that means in an Irish context. In the past when people talked about catechesis they often thought of the Catechism and the sheer...

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