What do deacons do?

Questions of Faith   In the last decade, deacons in Ireland have become more commonplace, especially as priestly numbers continue to decline. But who are these robed men that stand beside the priest at Mass – and what do they do? The name deacon means ‘minister’ or ‘servant’ and the term is explicitly mentioned in…

Pressing pause on screen time

Watching too much television is a silent problem in Ireland, writes Colm Fitzpatrick It’s hard not to marvel at today’s technologically advanced world; the fact that we can connect with family and friends from different sides of the planet; find any desired information with a device that fits neatly in our pocket; or order items…

Home remedies for school work

Homework can seem like a never-ending chore but a parent’s help can make all the difference, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   With school once again in full swing, pupils will be arriving home in their droves to a hot meal, comfortable clothes, and reams of homework. The bane of most children’s lives, homework is seen as a barrier to complete…

Does the Devil exist?

Questions of Faith Modern conceptions of the Devil often depict him as an evil, red-tinged, horned fiend, relishing in the torture of lost souls as he malevolently impales the damned with his pitchfork. This, however, is not how Satan has always been perceived; the Church provides us with a much richer account of who the…

Finding wisdom in youth

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with the youngest parish priest in Ireland   At a time in Ireland when many young men no longer value religious life as a desirable vocation to pursue, the youngest parish priest in the country is setting an example to the next generation that God is still calling them. Antrim-born…

Parish prays for footy prodigy Kieran Tierney

A Scottish parish is praying for one of its young footballers who has just signed on to a premiere league team in a record-breaking deal. St Brendan’s Church, Motherwell, congratulated Kieran Tierney who earlier this month transferred from boyhood club Celtic FC to Arsenal for £25 million (€22.5mil). The parish said they hope the 22-year-old…

Is there any truth to deism?

Questions of Faith   Deism is the belief that a supernatural entity created the universe, but that this being does not intervene in its creation. The Church describes it like this: “Some admit that the world was made by God but as by a watchmaker who, once he has made a watch, abandons it to…