Category: Parenting

Siblings and their treasured positive influence

A parent´s perspective When you get a late-night phone call from one of your adult children asking “Did you hear what happened?”, the natural reaction is to go into panic mode wondering what disaster has struck. It’s amazing how many worst-case scenarios can be conjured up in a split second and when the next question…

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Pope Francis and the vital role of mothers

A Parent’s Perspective Pope Francis is a great champion of mothers. I’m sure his latest advice brought a smile to many faces. Speaking at a Mass to mark the conclusion of the 10th World Meeting of Families, he urged mothers to stop ironing their sons’ shirts and to encourage them to get married. I don’t…

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A clever consideration of capillary action

Children’s Corner Water can certainly move in mysterious ways. It is paramount to life on earth and humans would certainly not be able to survive without it considering about 60% of our bodies are made up of the liquid! There are hundreds of experiments examining the miracle that is water and how it interacts with…

Faith in the family

It was the middle of May and my oldest daughter had heard me talking about the Sacrament of Confirmation a lot in recent weeks. One day in the car she said to me: “I thought about my own Confirmation. I nearly crashed the car – she had only just made her first Holy Communion last…

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Rebuilding a culture of life

A parent’s perspective I was really excited about the recent launch of the Pray for Life Novena running from May 23-31. An initiative of the Council for Life of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, it was a great opportunity for the people of Ireland and beyond to join in praying for respect for all human…

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Faith in the family

Charlotte Vard  It was a little over ten years ago when little old me at 18 was put into a leadership role in my youth group and to say I was winging it was an understatement. Fast forward to November 2020 when I officially took up a youth ministry position in my parish, I decided…

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Seeing God as a real person we want to love more

A parent’s perspective I’m delighted that, after two grim years, I can finally attend the annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help this year in my neighbouring parish of Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Nothing replaces attending these parish events and celebrations in person and no Zoom login is ever comparable to being present at Mass…

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Spinning a bucket and learning about a force

Children’s Corner If a person was to say that you couldn’t get wet despite an upside-down bucket of water being above your head, you might think they have lost their mind. But what happens when the bucket is spinning quickly in a circular motion? This experiment examines something people may have already experienced in their…

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Faith in the family

Charlotte Vard Young people face many new challenges that some adults who are of a different generation are not aware of. From the daily broadcast of their every move on social media, to dealing with the heightened anxiety that stems from the need to ‘fit in’, young people live life online. TikTok is often their…

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