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  • Kilronan Parish Latest News
    the entire Church of God slowly begins to break the silence of a Church in mourni Read More Pope Francis Message for Vocations Sunday 2016 The Church Mother of Vocations 14 Apr 2016 Pope Francis Message for Vocations Sunday 2016 The Church Mother of Vocations The World Day of Prayer for Vocations Vocations Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday 17 April on the theme The Church Mother of Vocations Read

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  • Clonguish Parish: Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for Easter Vigil 2016
    just to us as individuals but to human history and to the world around us Jesus resurrection is not like that of Lazarus He does not return to ordinary biological life which is always subject to death Lazarus was raised from the dead but he later died Jesus resurrection is definitive Neither is Jesus just a ghost someone who though already dead occasionally seems to reappear in the world of the living The risen Jesus in no way belongs to the realm of death Jesus has conquered death Jesus resurrection is a real event in real concrete history but an event that changes history The resurrection of Jesus Christ enters history as we have recalled in the great Exultet hymn as an explosion of light light which illuminates the darkness light which allows us to see reality as it is light which enables us to discern the good from what is evil Our liturgy this evening reminds us visibly how darkness already begins to be dispelled even when only one single flicker of light appears Even one single flicker of light can be the beginning of hope within any darkness This is the message which the Church is called to preach The Church is called to speak resurrection language not the language of death Even when surrounded by darkness that is tangible the presence of the Risen Lord is among us always creating a space and a hope of life Pope Francis writes Christ s resurrection is not an event of the past it contains a vital power which has permeated the world When all seems to be dead signs of the resurrection spring In the midst of darkness something always springs to life and sooner or later produces fruit On razed land life breaks through stubbornly yet invincibly Archbishop Mc Quaid often told the story of how he had a path in his garden sturdily rebuilt and tarred and was proud of how clean and sturdy and manageable it was Then one day only a few months later as he was doing his regular walk what did he see a beautiful delicate tiny green blade of grass breaking through his sturdily built path Resurrection breaks through stubbornly yet invincibly We remember in our prayers this evening all those for whom darkness seems impossible to overcome for whom darkness seems unbearable and without hope We remember those who grieve We remember those who feel abandoned We remember those for whom the darkness of their own past haunts them We remember those whose torment and anxiety tears away at their will even to live Wherever we encounter darkness the Christian must speak words of resurrection words which say to each of us in the darkness of our hearts that life and light are possible As a Christian community we are called to be light in the world We are called to be with those for whom darkness is excruciating and who see no future no hope Woe to a Church which

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  • Clonguish Parish: Pope Francis’ Message for Vocations Sunday 2016: ‘The Church, Mother of Vocations’
    given to us it is a con vocation The ecclesial dynamism of the call is an antidote to indifference and to individualism It establishes the communion in which indifference is vanquished by love because it demands that we go beyond ourselves and place our lives at the service of God s plan embracing the historical circumstances of his holy people On this day dedicated to prayer for vocations I urge all the faithful to assume their responsibility for the care and discernment of vocations When the Apostles sought someone to take the place of Judas Iscariot Saint Peter brought together one hundred and twenty of the brethren cf Acts 1 15 and in order to chose seven deacons a group of disciples was gathered cf 6 2 Saint Paul gave Titus specific criteria for the selection of presbyters cf Titus 1 5 9 Still today the Christian community is always present in the discernment of vocations in their formation and in their perseverance cf Apost Ex Evangelii Gaudium 107 Vocations are born within the Church From the moment a vocation begins to become evident it is necessary to have an adequate sense of the Church No one is called exclusively for a particular region or for a group or for an ecclesial movement but rather for the Church and for the world A sure sign of the authenticity of a charism is its ecclesial character its ability to be integrated harmoniously into the life of God s holy and faithful people for the good of all ibid 130 In responding to God s call young people see their own ecclesial horizon expand they are able to consider various charisms and to undertake a more objective discernment In this way the community becomes the home and the family where vocations are born Candidates gratefully contemplate this mediation of the community as an essential element for their future They learn to know and to love their brothers and sisters who pursue paths different from their own and these bonds strengthen in everyone the communion which they share Vocations grow within the Church In the course of formation candidates for various vocations need to grow in their knowledge of the ecclesial community overcoming the limited perspectives that we all have at the beginning To that end it is helpful to undertake some apostolic experience together with other members of the community for example in the company of a good catechist to communicate the Christian message together with a religious community to experience the evangelisation of the peripheries sharing in the life of the cloister to discover the treasure of contemplation in contact with missionaries to know more closely the mission ad gentes and in the company of diocesan priests to deepen one s experience of pastoral life in the parish and in the diocese For those who are already in formation the ecclesial community always remains the fundamental formational environment towards which one should feel a sense of gratitude Vocations are sustained by

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  • Clonguish Parish: Educate politicians on Catholic education: CPSMA
    education CPSMA 14 Apr 2016 By Sarah Mac Donald The debate on Catholic primary schools has focused more on ideology than on reality Fr Tom Deenihan The public debate and perception of Catholic primary schools is simply not reflective of the reality the general secretary of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association challenged in a major address on Friday Speaking in Dublin Fr Tom Deenihan said in many ways the

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  • Clonguish Parish Photo Gallery - Parish Photos
    Church Services Primary School Photo Gallery Related Links Child Safeguarding The Magnificat Photo Gallery Parish Photos Photos from around the parish Church Door View Image Original Church photo View Image Village sign View Image View Image View Image View Image

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  • Clonguish Parish: Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Holy Year of Mercy
    Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord and your Church with renewed enthusiasm may bring good news to the poor proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed and restore sight to the blind We ask this through the intercession of Mary Mother of Mercy you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever Amen Misericordiae Vultus The Face of Mercy The bull is the fundamental document for the Holy Year that outlines the overall spirit and intentions for the Jubilee as well as the spiritual fruits that are hoped for The 28 page bull titled Misericordiae Vultus or The Face of Mercy opens with the declaration Jesus is the face of the Father s mercy These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith In the document Pope Francis says the Holy Year is dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which God constantly extends to all of us He explains the year will begin on 8 December to commemorate both the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council which called the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world in new ways bringing God s mercy to everyone After the Holy Door of St Peter s is open on December 8 the Holy Doors of the other papal basilicas will be opened in subsequent days As well as a sign of communion of the whole Church the pope has requested that every diocese in the world open a similar Door of Mercy for the local celebrations of the Jubilee The document develops three main themes First Pope Francis elaborates the theological understanding of God s mercy explaining the role of mercy in the life of people and of the Church who are both the beneficiaries and the witnesses to God s mercy in the world The mercy of God is not an abstract idea but a concrete reality through which he reveals his love as that of a father or a mother moved to the very depths out of love for their child the Pope writes Mercy is the very foundation of the Church s life he continues The Church s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love He recalls that the motto of the Holy Year is Merciful like the Father Wherever the Church is present the mercy of the Father must be evident he writes Wherever there are Christians everyone should find an oasis of mercy As a second theme the Pope offers practical ways to live well the Holy Year go on pilgrimage as an impetus to conversion do not judge or condemn but forgive and give avoiding gossip envy and jealousy have a heart open to the fringes of society and bring consolation mercy and solidarity to people who

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