Bishops plea for parishes to reach out to lapsed Catholics this Christmas

Colm
 Fitzpatrick 
and
 Greg
 Daly   Parishioners need to go the extra mile in reaching out to family and friends who are no longer practicing the Faith, bishops have urged. Given decreasing numbers of people attending Mass in Ireland, bishops have said the laity need to be creative and original in bringing back those who have fallen away. After…

Making a list…and checking it twice…

Preparing for Christmas can take the stress out of the day, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   There are certain facts that you can only learn about by growing older: time is a limited resource; your health is a priority; and of course, Christmas is really stressful. For kids, this festive day is almost other-worldly, where they…

A marriage fit for God

The dramatic marriage between Mary and Joseph was a ground-breaking moment in history, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   When we think of an image of Mary and Joseph together, the first picture that usually comes to mind is the nativity scene in the stable or perhaps the flight to Egypt from King Herod, but often forgotten…

All will be well…

Christian hope and resilience go hand in hand, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   In a world that is becoming increasingly characterised by conflict, confusion and uncertainty, the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity is a value more prized than ever before. While it’s easy to ignore our own failings or struggles and coil…