Category: Family & Lifestyle

A modern saint: Olive’s work in Kenya

Róise McGagh   Personal Profile It all began when Fr Martin Keane, superior of the Holy Ghost Fathers in Kenya, approached Olive Halpin over 10 years ago. Fr Martin has been living in Kenya for around 40 years. He had visited Ireland after his brother passed away. While at home he came to Olive, who…

Faith in the Family

Here we are in a bright brand-new year, weeks on from the shortest day and yet the reality is, January is often a dark month. It is appropriate then that a group of us in the parish are preparing the Service of Light for our Confirmation families. It is good to light the darkness, carrying…

New Year…New Me

It can be tough sticking to your New Year Resolutions but they are achievable, writes  Colm Fitzpatrick   All of us are guilty now and again of putting something on the long finger; we’ll start that daunting diet next week, clean the car at the end of the month, or look for a new and…

We must talk about children’s spirituality

Mindful Living   My parents watched the Late Late Show every Friday night and that show vied with the Riordans for top place in everyday conversation the following week. Both shows explored in their own way a changing Irish society. The whole culture of Irish society has changed in the intervening years, including the authority…

Dad’s Diary

I pulled in to the airport drop-off zone with some trepidation. My wife was travelling overseas for an important course. This meant that our breastfed baby had to travel with her too. For nine whole days, I would be alone at home with the three bigger kids. The oldest two would be fine. They would…

The truth, goodness and beauty of Faith

Youth Space   Friendship and fellowship in university can change your life, writes Sandra Parda   My name is Sandra Parda, I’m the auditor of the Life Society and in my final year of studies in NUI Galway. In February I converted back into Catholicism and received so many graces along the way. It’s been…

Avoid the cold weather and make your own DIY snow

Children’s Corner Snow is like marmite; you either love it or hate it. However, most kids probably fall into the former category. The opportunity to throw snowballs, make a snowman and sledge down a hill is one that few children would voluntarily miss. Playing in the snow is a wonderful chance for family bonding and…

Family News and Events

A tribute to folk-rock duo It’s been over 50 years since Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel joined forces to create one of the most well-known folk-rock groups. Their songs are recognised around the world and although the duo are no longer together, you can still get a chance to hear some of their most famous…

What to do about the winter blues?

Winter can put many of us into a state of despair, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   Many people look forward to the winter season where you can build snowmen, drink hot chocolate by the fire and cosy up with a Christmas movie. However, this idyllic image of these icy months isn’t shared by everyone – most…

Making Christmas message priority for children

A Parent’s Perspective Our family often attend Mass in the Dominican Priory of St Eustace in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Following the example of St Dominic, the Dominicans seek to impart the truth to people who are living in a time of radically changed circumstances, an ancient Gospel truth that is forever fresh and relevant to…