Category: Feature

I have come to serve

The Sunday Gospel Last Sunday we completed the first half of the ministry of Jesus and moved into the second stage.  “Who do you say I am?”  The first half of Mark is complete when Peter recognises him as the Christ, the Anointed One.  Jesus is his personal name and Christ is his career name,…

Steering Ferns towards a sustainable future

Parishioners must be trained and prepared in innovative ministries to keep parishes alive, the new bishop of Ferns tells Chai Brady Every diocese has a unique set of challenges but there is a “definite trend” all are experiencing in Ireland which is the continued decrease in priestly vocations, with the new Bishop of Ferns saying…

The end is in sight in fight against leprosy

Catholic charity St Francis Leprosy Guild is striving to see leprosy eradicated within 25 to 30 years, writes Jason Osborne Leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, has stalked the world since biblical times, and God has often used it to show that his healing power is at work in the world. He transformed the appearance of Moses’…

Our primary defence against demons is deteriorating

Ireland is unprepared in battle against the demonic as Christianity declines, a renowned US exorcist tells Chai Brady The number of people who believe they are being oppressed or even possessed by demonic forces has continued to rise as Christianity declines in the Western world, according to a well-known American exorcist who warns that practicing…

Towards a synodal Church…

In a new series, we share the reflections of some readers of The Irish Catholic as the Church in Ireland continues the synodal journey Fast and Pray: this is the traditional way to prepare and we should be encouraged to fast as much as we can. Abstinence on Fridays is not hard or we could…

Touch our ears and tongues, Lord

The Sunday Gospel Last Saturday I had the great privilege of baptising my beautiful grandniece, Juliet. Actually, I prefer to refer to the sacrament as a Christening. Baptism means having a bath, being washed and cleansed. Christening, or Christ-ening, expresses the new life received, a living relationship with Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord. After naming…