With the season under way, at least for the shops and card sellers, now is the time to think about the coming of Christmas in the family circle. Here from popular author Kathleen Basi is a small book brimming with ideas for enhancing the religious side of what ought to be the main feast of family life. Her suggestions cover a range of ages, as is...

This little pamphlet, of a size that can be carried around in pocket or bag, provides 28 daily reading, from various writers. Advent is a hectic season, but many people will still be looking to keeping up in some way a daily run of devotions. For each day, this booklet provides a short, yet meaningful, reflection on the Gospel which will aid the...

The season of the Nativity has over the last 2000 years provided innumerable artist with themes and scenes for their paintings. In her reflections on some of her favourite pictures on this theme, Sr Wendy Beckett guides us through the related feasts and themes of Advent and Christmas.  Indeed there is a sense in which our very idea of the...

J. Anthony Gaughan This is a thesaurus of the Christian Heritage of Ballyheigue and its vicinity. The book is beautifully shaped, the design and layout is exemplary and the illustrations lavish. Most of the storied past of the area has been compiled by Bryan MacMahon, proud native of the parish, but there are quite a number of other contributors...

Anthony Redmond Over the past 30-odd years David Norris has become such a well-known, colourful and flamboyant character and an essential part of Irish life, culminating in his failed bid for the Presidency of Ireland. One may strongly disagree with many of his views, as I certainly do, but he is quite simply impossible to ignore. I think that it...

Julie Kavanagh is a liturgist with 20 years of experience in parish ministry. This programme that she has devised is intended to allow those participating to explore the Mass in the footsteps of the disciples on the road to Emmaus with the risen Jesus. This book will be found of immense use by many groups. It can be used with up to 35 persons. It...

Confirmation candidates in South Korea will now be able to prepare for the sacrament in just two days, after the launch of an online course this week. Seoul Archdiocese’s Catholic Cyber Pastoral Office began offering the classes to make preparation for the sacrament easier and more convenient. Usually, confirmation classes take at least five weeks...

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