Family and Lifestyle

According to The Good Retreat Guide, a retreat is a journey that can be religious or spiritual in nature, and is typically taken away from the confines of everyday living. Its purpose is to get closer to God and to rediscover one’s faith. Some adults will go on a retreat every few years and possibly every year. It might be the only time that...

Holy Week starts this weekend with Palm Sunday and there’s lots to learn and do to celebrate the week. You might have your own traditions each year on Holy Week such as attending your local Passion play before or after the Stations of the Cross, or staying up late on Saturday to attend the Easter Vigil Mass or maybe you plan an egg hunt on...

“I’m bored.” Two words any parent dreads, whether your offspring is a young child or a teenager. However, according to Caitriona McColgan, young people need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough so  that they can hear themselves in our over-stimulated society.“The inability to sit with...

Does it seem odd to say I am enjoying Lent? We often think of Lent as an austere time when we are challenged to pray, fast and give alms. The image of sackcloth and ashes may not be far from our minds. It is true that Lent can be difficult. I am struggling without my usual caffeine to refuel me. More than that though, I am aware of Lent as a...

One of the iconic images from Pope Francis’ trip to Kenya in 2015 was of an overjoyed Irish Franciscan Missionary Sister for Africa taking his picture from the crowd. Belfast-born Sr Patricia Speight found herself appearing in newspapers across the globe, but it was not her first brush with fame. Earlier in the year a documentary,...

Michele HoweIn all honesty, the first time our family was suddenly made responsible for caring for someone we loved, we didn’t do a very good job. We did, however, learn a lot. Some years later, we had another chance to serve an elderly family member we loved dearly, and we put to use the lessons we had learned to do a better job – and...

Lent is flying by and Easter is getting closer and closer. Next weekend is Palm Sunday, the last Sunday of Lent. Throughout Lent, Easter Sunday is the main day we look forward to, but Palm Sunday is just as exciting as it marks the start of Holy Week.Palm Sunday commemorates Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey while...

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