Our daughter Deirbhile started university in Dublin this year and was home last week for a few days during her Reading Week. She lives out near DCU but takes the bus into the city now and again. Over the weekend she said to me: “In Dublin, it’s great, almost every single person getting off the…

Our parish is using the Do this in Memory programme this year to support the children and families who are preparing for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The response to the programme from parents has been very positive with many commenting on how good it is to be involved, to feel more connected to the…

I walked out of my back door into a world of wonder this morning. It was the first of the truly autumnal mornings. A heavy fog blanketed the town below us and even the wood behind our house was barely visible but there on the apple tree, the hedge and the raspberry canes were jewels.…

October is the month traditionally associated with Mary and many people will make a particular effort to pray the rosary this month. Any time I talk to a group of people about faith, prayer and spirituality I am struck by how many of them have memories of praying the rosary. The same is true of…

I am involved in producing a resource for families called Seeds of Faith. You can find it on www.godfaithandfamilylife.wordpress.com The theme we have been looking at this month is baptism. Baptism is never a private matter because in Baptism we become part of a faith community and that brings challenges and responsibilities with it. If…

As a family we are only beginning to get back into something that resembles a routine. The summer holidays are great but routine is certainly not a feature! As our children have got older we seem to have become busier. The three girls have had summer jobs and our son has had football or hurling…