Amoris Training Day empowers participants

‘Enthusiastic’ and ‘committed’ were some of the words chosen to sum up the feelings of delegates at the end of a diocesan training day on the Amoris ‘Let’s Talk Family – let’s be family’ course. Over one hundred representatives of parishes in the Kildare and Leighlin diocese attended the day at St Patricks’, Carlow College…

Hopeful for the future

Former UCD student president Katie Ascough talks to Susan Gately about winning the prestigious Westminster Award   One defining moment in Katie Ascough’s life was when she held her dead baby brother in her hand. Her mother, Jaclyn, had miscarried at home. “I remember holding him in the palm of my hand and being shocked by…

Waste Reduction measures welcome: Eco Congregations

Every day in Ireland over 500,000 single use cups and 2.5 million bottles are disposed of through landfill and incineration. Eight million tonnes of plastic leaks into the ocean each year. The Waste Reduction bill, progressing through the Dáil, aims to ban plastic cutlery / plates and establish a deposit/refund scheme (DRS) for glass, plastic…

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…