Category: Family & Lifestyle

Screening is a vital part of protection

Medical Matters   The recent controversy regarding the Cervical Check programme in Ireland has brought into focus the importance of cancer screening programmes. But in particular, it has also emphasised the limitations with interpretation of screening tests and the need for ongoing quality assurance. The Pap smear test was introduced in the 1940’s and is…

Blessed are the carers
Matthew Carlson meets the 
unsung heroes 
that are carers   Sometimes the people who give the most of themselves are the ones who receive the least recognition for what they do. Carers are one of these groups of people. Carers are unpaid persons, usually a family member, who help provide care to people with disabilities…
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Let’s go fly a kite upto the highest height

Children’s Corner Matthew Carlson   As summer begins, children and families will be spending more time outside, and the number of activities can sometimes seem quite limited. One thing you can do is build your own kite, a tool used by some of the smartest inventors in history. The kite is said to have been…

Faith in the Family

For the past number of years I have been producing a resource called Seeds of Faith, the aim of which is to help families explore and understand Faith, prayer, spirituality and liturgy a little bit more deeply. Seeds of Faith follows the Church’s three-year cycle so although I regularly update the material there is a…

Searching amid the calm

Youth Space Aisling Connolly recalls her experience at Taizé this year   “A simple prayer is like a soft sighing, like a child’s prayer, it keeps us alert” – this is a quote by Bro. Roger, the founder of the monastic Taizé community located in the beautiful southern French countryside, expressing his belief in the centrality…

Family News and Events

Have a cackle 
at the Cockle! For a great day out this summer that will be suitable for the whole family, the weekend events at the Cockle Row Cottages this June and July in Bangor are a must-go! Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm there will be entertainment for adults and children alike, from face…

Pastoral Congress: the family experience

WMOF2018 Brenda Drumm   The Amoris Parish Programme has concluded, plans are advanced and dates have been selected for the last few diocesan and parish family gatherings and, with the exception of the local opening for WMOF2018 in each diocese on August 21, all eyes are now on Dublin for the five days on the…

Bringing fun to the Faith
Colm Fitzpatrick  explores Faith 
camps being offered this summer   With the summer holidays now here, it can be stressful for parents to try and keep their children occupied and entertained in lieu of the normal daily school routine. This can be even harder to combat with young teenagers who aren’t old enough to be…
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Family News and Events

Sea it to believe it! Ireland’s national maritime festival, SeaFest, will be returning to Galway Harbour from June 29 to July 1, and will be covering everything sea-related and will also have something for all ages. The programme of events includes a seafood fair, seafood cookery demonstrations with celebrity chefs and seafaring family fun. There…