Family and Lifestyle

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...

Sean Finlay The Zambian Immersion Project at St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise, offers 16 students a coveted once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Zambian culture first-hand through deeply enriching work in schools, orphanages and health clinics over an unforgettable two weeks.Our journey began way back in January, 2016 when the project...

Anne AlcockMy bra is getting to me. I am wriggling with discomfort. Finding that loosening the band, or adjusting the cup, isn’t changing things. There is a sharp jab on my right side, going on for some days now like a burning, under my breast.But it is early spring, I’ve had a little break, relaxing, walking, eating, of course I must...

I scream for ice cream! During our recent sunny weather you’ve no doubt been treated to one or two giant waffle cones filled with a few scoops of your favourite ice cream. We can’t rely on getting long spells of hot weather in Ireland, even in the summer, so slurping on ice cream in the sun is a real luxury.But you can have as much ice...

Farm safety, human trafficking, sexual consent, mental health, animal cruelty, eating disorders and climate change were among some of the issues being tackled by teenagers competing for the Young Social Innovators of the Year 2017 title.About 800 young people from schools across the country attended the national awards in the Convention...

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...

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