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World Meeting of Families 2018 Newsletter 1On the 17th March, Ireland celebrates the Feast of its national patron and invites the world to join in the celebrations. Families from all over the world will wear something green, as a tradition to remember St. Patrick and how he used the shamrock to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, in three Divine Persons, one family united in a perfect communion of love. This is why on St Patrick’s day we can also celebrate marriage and the family, as they are the “living icon” of the Most Holy Trinity. We are reminded in Amoris Laetitia that, in coming together in mutual self-giving, communion and love, the family reflects and immerses itself in the mystery of the Holy Trinity.

Sunday ReflectionThe readings today seem to bring forward both God’s love and his power, that he uses to protect and take care of us.

Lent Parayer ideaPrayer is our lifeline to God. A Christian without prayer is like a plant without water. This Lent your parish invites you to make a special effort to spend some extra minutes each day lifting your heart and your mind to God.

Pope Francis VillarrealGratitude is one of the traits of a good athlete, Pope Francis told members of the Villarreal football club who visited the Vatican on Thursday ahead of their clash with AS Roma in their second leg of the Europa League championship.
“You must remember the many people who have helped you and without whom you would not be here,” the Pope told club players, managers and coaching staff.

cardinal 1Desmond Connell was born on 24 March 1926. His father, John Bernard Connell, a native of Moycullen Co Galway, was a civil servant who was a member of the Irish delegation to the Ottawa Conference of 1932 and was later appointed by Sean Lemass as Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Irish Sugar Company. His mother, Mary (née Lacy), was on duty as a telephonist at the General Post Office on Easter Monday 1916. The future Cardinal grew up on Dublin’s Northside. He attended St Peter’s National School Phibsborough and subsequently the Jesuit second level school, Belvedere College.

Kachibora NewsletterIt is just over a year since the Kachibora Lunch Club was established by the Family Mass Group, and the assistance given by the children of Donnybrook parish to the pupils of St. John’s Primary school in Kachibora has grown rapidly.

WMOF2018 ValentinesPope Francis invites us to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day! In his document on The Joy of Love Pope Francis refers directly to Saint Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to make the most of traditional religious practices, invite couples to grow in love and help their children to prepare for their future married life. This is why, as part of the preparations for World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August 2018, we invite you to mark this St. Valentine’s Day in a special way.

2lives1oveHaving consulted carefully with members of the lay faithful, both women and men, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has decided to respond to the invitation of the Citizens’ Assembly and make a submission on the topic of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann).

Laudate FestivalThe new Laudate Festival organised by the Archdiocese of Dublin will see children,  representing 21 National School from all over the city,  come together in an intergenerational signing fest of hymns,  new and old.

CSW2017This year’s theme, ‘Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home’ has been informed by Laudato Si’, the 2015 encyclical by Pope Francis on care for our common home. News Feed