Posts from April 2014

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Pope at Mass: The measure of a Christian community

In his homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta Tuesday, Pope Francis focused on “the three characteristics” of this group, capable of full agreement inside the community, to bear witness of Christ to the outside world, to prevent any of its members from suffering and misery: the “three characteristics of a people reborn”. He […]

Bishop Buckley ordains two deacons of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome

A former marketing consultant, and a music graduate, both students of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome were ordained deacons on 22 April by Bishop John Buckley, Bishop of Cork & Ross. The liturgy was celebrated in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome, a fourth century church which contains relics of the Cross of […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “Something More is Needed”

I am often asked about when I first decided to become a priest. It’s a difficult question to answer, but I have no doubt that the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland in 1979 was highly significant for my vocation. I was just turning 18, and in my final year at school. I […]

Pope Francis Chrism Mass Homily 2014

On this Holy Thursday, I ask the Lord Jesus to enable many young people to discover that burning zeal which joy kindles in our hearts as soon as we have the stroke of boldness needed to respond willingly to his call. – Pope Francis  HOLY CHRISM MASS HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS Holy Thursday, 17 April […]

Pope Francis Chrism Mass Homily 2014

On this Holy Thursday, I ask the Lord Jesus to enable many young people to discover that burning zeal which joy kindles in our hearts as soon as we have the stroke of boldness needed to respond willingly to his call. – Pope Francis, Chrism Mass homily 2014. Click here to read the full text […]

Prayer for Guidance for young people

Lord, I know you love me and have great plans for me. But sometimes I am overwhelmed by the thought of my future. Show me how to walk forward one day at a time. May I hear your call to a life which will allow me to love as only I can, and allow me […]

The Work of a Vocations Director

In Canon 385 we are told that the bishop is required to foster all vocations to ministry and religious life though with “a special care for priestly and missionary vocations”.  Importantly the task of fostering vocations is not just the responsibility of the bishop but of the whole Christian community (Canon 233). In these two […]

A Reflection for Vocations Sunday 2014

Every single person has a vocation, a calling, a dream held for us by God as to who God would have us be and what God would have us do with our lives. When we speak of “praying for vocations” it is somewhat      inaccurate. Vocations are freely given by God. What we are really     praying […]

Music for Vocations Sunday 2014

Shepherd Me O God – Hosanna/Laudate/Gather You Are Mine – Gather/Laudate/In Caelo If God Is For Us – Glory & Praise/Laudate/Liturgical Hymns Old & New/Celebration Hymnal Like a Shapherd – Glory & Praise/Laudate/Liturgical/Celebration Hymnal At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing – Veritas Hymnal/Hosanna/Liturgical Hymns Old & New/Celebration Hymnal Take and Eat – Hosanna/Gather/Laudate/Liturgical Hymns […]