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Marriage is important Reflect before you change itThe Bishops’ pastoral statement The Meaning of Marriage advises the faithful that “to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society. The Church seeks with others to reaffirm … that marriage should be reserved for the unique and complementary relationship between a woman and a man from which the generation and upbringing of children is uniquely possible.”

Venerable Mary AikenheadThe Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity are delighted to announce that their foundress Mary Aikenhead has been declared Venerable by Pope Francis.

Marriage is important Reflect before you change itWithin weeks the people of Ireland will be asked to vote in a referendum that will change the meaning of marriage in the Constitution of Ireland.

Marriage is of fundamental importance for children, mothers and fathers, and society - all of us need to reflect deeply before changing it.  We ask the people of Ireland to consider very carefully the profound implications that this constitutional amendment would have on the family environment and on our understanding of parenthood.

Pope Francis Homily Holy Mass with the new Cardinals“Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean”… Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out his hand and touched him, and said: “I do choose. Be made clean!” (Mk 1:40-41). The compassion of Jesus! That com-passion which made him draw near to every person in pain! Jesus does not hold back; instead, he gets involved in people’s pain and their need… for the simple reason that he knows and wants to show com-passion, because he has a heart unashamed to have “compassion”.

Pope declares John Sullivan VenerablePope Francis has declared Fr John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933), an Irish Jesuit priest with a reputation for saintliness and healing, Venerable. The Pope signed the official decree recognising the heroic virtue of Fr John on Friday, 7 November, 2014.

DTIMDo This in Memory is a parish based programme of preparation for First Communion centred in the parish celebration of the Sunday Eucharist and in the home. The programme resources are designed to facilitate parents, families and the parishes’ active involvement in the preparation for the sacrament. 

Pope Francis Praying

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love,

you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters.

Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace;

enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister.

lourdes pilgrimageThis September (7th to 12th) the Dublin Diocesan to Lourdes has an allocation of 176 places on the Special Section for the Sick. The sick pilgrims are accommodated in the Accueil Notre Dame which is situated close to the Grotto, and are cared for by voluntary doctors, nurses and helpers from all over the Diocese. At Easter approximately 30 children will travel to Lourdes with the Dublin Diocesan Children’s Pilgrimage..

OrdinationClick here to see pictures from the Episcopal Ordination of Fr Kevin Doran As Bishop of Elphin on Sunday 13th July 2014  in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo. 

MinisteroftheEucharist.jpgThe roster for the ministers of the eucharist for July, August & September 2014 is now available. 

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