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Prayers in the home when we cannot gather to celebrate Mass

In these extraordinary times when we cannot gather as a Christian Community to celebrate Mass, let us unite ourselves spiritually to the Mass as it is being celebrated in our churches. You can do this by joining broadcast Masses on radio, parish radio or television or via the internet. If these are not available, you...

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Bishop Fleming issues Diocesan Guidelines on Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

March 13th, 2020 Dear Father, Care of the Vulnerable is at the heart of our pastoral ministry. The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) as a pandemic is a threat to all of us and makes everyone vulnerable.  Conscious of the seriousness of the virus and in line with the norms issued by the Irish Bishops, I issue the...

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Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference statement on liturgical considerations

    March 11th, 2020 Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference statement on liturgical considerations in the context of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Serving the common good As people of faith we are called to face the fears of this moment with a courage not our own and with a generous heart.  God is with his people in good...

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Pope Francis and the Amazon

Read the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon), which the Holy Father Pope Francis published, on the challenges facing the Amazon region and lessons for the Church worldwide. The document reflects the four key dimensions – cultural, ecological, social and pastoral – which were discussed at the Amazonian Synod in Rome last October,...

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Living Lent 2020

The Meaning of Lent The English word ‘Lent’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Lencten, meaning ‘Spring’. In other languages the word comes from the Latin, Quadragesima – a period of 40 days.  In the Christian tradition the forty days is understood to refer to a time of intense prayer and preparation; we remember the biblical stories of...

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Ash Wednesday – February 26th

Repent and believe the Good News!! Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26th. The season of Lent provides us with another opportunity to draw closer to God. Sometimes we only associate the word ‘repent’ with being sorry, but from a faith perspective, to ‘repent’ also means turning one’s heart and mind towards God and his...

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Fr. Benny McHale – Enneagram Part 1

Fr. Benny McHale returns to the Newman Institute, Ballina to deliver Part 1 of the Enneagram Programme. Dates: Wednesday, March 25th and Thursday, March 26th,  Wednesday, April 1st and Thursday, April 2nd. Time: 8.00pm to 10.30pm Cost: €60. Booking essential. Ring 096-72066 or email [email protected] Please click here for full details and poster.

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Care for the Earth – Our Common Home

Sr. Patricia Lynott and Ms. Anne Sheeran will take Pope Francis’s Laudato Si: Care for our Common Home to speak about our relationship with the God of the earth in these challenging times. Dates: Wednesdays, 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March, 2020 at the Newman Institute, Ballina. Time: 7.30pm to 9.00pm (including tea & coffee)...

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Taster in Theology – Church History

Professor Salvador Ryan will return to the Newman Institute, Ballina for the fourth series of lectures on Church History. Dates: Mondays, February 10th, 17th and 24th from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. Cost: €80. Booking essential. Ring 096-72066 or email [email protected] Please click here for full details and poster.

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Placing Hope in Faith – Stage 3 – ACTION

The Killala Diocesan Placing Hope in Faith programme enters its third stage in 2020 – ACTION. Our listening process began in 2017 with a wide-ranging consultation process in the form of anonymous questionnaires, the results of which were independently analysed by the Institute for Action Research in Kerry. Over 300 delegates representing all the parishes...

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