Category: Parenting

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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Faith in the Family

After two years of celebrating the most important week in our liturgical calendar behind closed doors, we are finally to welcome people back into church. How lucky are we! I mentioned this at a recent parent meeting for those whose children wish to be confirmed. Many blank faces looked back at me. I wondered, did…

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Faith in the family

Over the past few weeks, parishes all around Ireland have been organising listening sessions to give as many people as possible the opportunity to share their thoughts and experience of the Church as part of the synodal path. At the same time many parishes are back to the ‘conveyor belt’ mentality for Sacraments of First…

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Faith in the family

This was supposed to be a happy family gathering. My granny turned 98 at the end of February. Like most years we travelled to Germany to visit her and celebrate another milestone in her life. I love what Pope Francis says about grandparents: “…because they have the strength and are of the age to carry…

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Offering practical help during Ukraine crisis

A parent’s perspective Pope Francis’ Lenten message to get off our smartphones and do good for others face-to-face is more relevant than ever. Sitting in our homes glued to the unfolding horror in Ukraine, or checking the constant updates on our phones can almost make us feel like we’re really there. We post up Ukrainian…

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