The ‘flu be with you’

Sign of peace 
up to bishops   Removing the sign of peace due to flu outbreak will not be rolled out across Ireland’s dioceses. “There is not a collective position on this – it is a matter for each individual diocese,” Martin Long, spokesman for the Bishops’ Conference, told The Irish Catholic. The HSE has…

Irish team build dairy in Burkino Faso

The Christmas holidays weren’t just a time for family, friends and recreation for one group of Irish people who spent the week after St Stephen’s day 7,000 kilometres from home, building a dairy in Burkino Faso. Flying out on December 27 and not returning to Ireland until January 6, Cavan optician Paul Connolly and seven…

Primate fires first shot in abortion debate

Catholics and people of goodwill should be “missionaries for the cause of life”, Armagh’s Archbishop Eamon Martin has said in a new year pastoral message that has been seen as the Church’s first major intervention ahead of next year’s expected referendum on abortion. “To serve human life is to serve God,” he said, quoting Pope…

Keeping Christ 
in Christmas

A group of children and their families used the Christmas season to help reinforce the message that Christ is at the centre of the festival by distributing ‘baby Jesus’ figures to families to place in their homes. The project called ‘Jesus has been left out’ aims to put Jesus back to the centre of Christmas…

Christmas in the Cloister

Christmas in the Redemptoristine monastery in Dublin is a thing of joy. “It’s a huge event in the community,” Sr Lucy, Superior at the monastery tells me and I can feel the sheer happiness oozing from her. “We are like an extended family, though only God could have put us together. It is a beautiful…

Common bodily posture at Mass is sign of unity

Common bodily posture taken by a mass congregation is a sign of  the “unity of the members of the Christian community”, according to  Fr Danny Murphy from the National Centre of Liturgy in Maynooth. The secretary of the National Centre of Liturgy was answering questions from The Irish Catholic about the widespread divergence in parishes…

Embracing a day of rest

As Poland votes to outlaw Sunday trading, Susan Gately wonders whether Ireland might follow suit Late last month, Polish MPs approved a bill aimed at phasing out Sunday trading by 2020. The bill which has been passed in the lower house of Poland’s parliament, restricts Sunday shopping to the first and last Sunday of the…