Category: Podcasts

Living & Communicating the Gospel

Episode 15 of the podcast brings John Quinn into conversation with Fr Paddy Byrne of Portloaise Parish. This bumper episode features lots of insight, some challenging thoughts and many thought-provoking questions – so grab a cup of tea and settle in! Looking at how we can communicate the Gospel today, Fr Paddy and John look…

Sharing Faith – Without Being Annoying

Ahead of Ecumencial Bible Week, which starts this Sunday, John meets Frank Brown, Parish Pastoral Worker of the Combined Catholic Parishes of Clondalkin, in Episode 14. John asks Frank about how Ecumencial Bible Week started, and they get to grips with whether it’s possible to share the faith without being annoying, before Frank gives an…

Finding Faith In Ireland

In this episode, John Quinn meets Jasper Rutherford of Christ in Youth, to delve deeper into the research they commissioned, Finding Faith in Ireland. Many issues arose from the research, where young people in Ireland got to speak honestly and sincerely about their attitudes to faith today. Many of the findings offer challenges to the…

Family & The Sacraments

Part 2 of the chat with Natalie Doherty (@ParishCatechist) looks at the opportunities of engaging with families during the regular sacramental moments of parish life. Natalie and Fr Michael recently decided to try a new approach around the preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, looking to engage intentionally with the parents and families.…

Parish Catechesis & The Family

Episode 11 of The Irish Catholic Podcast is John Quinn chatting with Natalie Doherty, a Parish Catechist in Kilnamanagh & Castleview Parish, Dublin 24 (you can find her on Twitter @ParishCatechist). In the first of a two-part conversation, John & Natalie discuss the challenges and opportunities in being a catechist in an Irish parish today,…

Ministering To Young Families

Episode 10 of The Irish Catholic Podcast brings John Quinn into conversation with Wendy Grace & Dominic Perrem of Spirit Radio. Ahead of the World Meeting of Families, now is the time for parishes to be thinking about ways of engaging with young families. This episode looks at some practical ways parishes can create an…

Living & Defending The Faith

Episode 9 of the podcast chats with Michael Kelly, Managing Editor of The Irish Catholic. John Quinn speaks to Michael about his new book, co-written with Papal biographer Austen Ivereagh, How To Defend The Faith Without Raising Your Voice. This episode examines practical ways people can discuss hot-button faith-based issues without losing friendships, as well…

Practical Leadership in Parishes

Episode 8 of The Irish Catholic Podcast brings John Quinn into conversation with Sam Moore of Christian charity Innovista, about creating a practical culture of intentional leadership in Catholic Parishes. The podcast looks at important practical tools for Christian leaders, discerning parish ministries by listening to the gifts of the whole Church community, and what young…

Relational Youth Ministry

In Episode 7 of The Irish Catholic Podcast, John Quinn meets Jonny Somerville of Scripture Union Ireland, host of the NUA Film Series. The guys discuss how NUA is like a series of Christian FAQs, the centrality of relationship to youth ministry, and promoting in young people “a heart-response to Jesus”. For more on NUA,…

Invitation & Evangelisation

Episode 6 is a conversation between John Quinn and Peter Rigney & Dominic Perrem of Alpha Ireland, all about how Alpha can help create a parish of invitation. This podcast looks at how a culture of invitation is necessary for parish renewal, the importance of food in creating community, and why the Good News is…