Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Sean Brady’

Some Catholic Ireland Resources

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

We at Church Services TV work very closely with Catholicireland.net. Indeed we share a kitchen. kettle and daily chats with them:).  So Today’s blog is about what an important support they are to the Irish Catholic community.

Catholicireland.net is owned by Church Support Ltd, a registered charity in Ireland. Charity number CHY17720. www.churchsupportgroup.com
It is set up to promote and support the work of the Catholic Church in Ireland and abroad on the World Wide Web. Its aim is to ensure that the positive initiatives being taken by members of the Catholic Church in Ireland have a dynamic and attractive forum on the web and other modern media. Its goal is apostolic, to support people in the living of their Catholic faith, to reach out to those who may have drifted away and to be a source of information and inspiration for those who do not believe and are searching.

The idea is to establish Catholicireland.net as the internet Portal website, gathering all the very best of Irish Catholic activity and international links. The Catholicireland.net team will generate resources to support people at each milestone of their Catholic life.

The Patron of this organisation is Cardinal Seán Brady, Primate of all Ireland.
Catholicireland.net have a number of services that we find especially useful.

Daily Mass readings are available to download or view on line at http://www.catholicireland.net/component/cifeed?task=readings and are available in both English and Irish. The next Sunday readings are also available in advance. This is very useful for Church readers also. For those interested there are also reflections and homily notes available http://www.catholicireland.net/homilies

The 2011  for the Catholic Church in Ireland is available online at http://www.catholicireland.net/images/stories/documents/lit_cal_2011.pdf
There is also a link to the Sunday Mass readings in a variety of European languages on the same site.

Would you like a nice pictorial desktop with a Christian message each day? You may have one for free! See www.catholicireland.net and go to the bottom of the front page. Click on your choice of screen saver/desktop.  Below is todays picture.

Do you know of any other websites or portals that may be of interest to our viewers? If so please email info@churchservices.tv and we will include them in out Blog. We are interested in resources for the Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Ireland and the UK in particular.

How we can learn from geese and Parish Pastoral Councils

Friday, January 14th, 2011

We have a lot to learn from geese flying in “V ” formation. The whole flock adds at least 70% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading in the same as we are.

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. These geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group.

So mentioned Cardinal Sean Brady speaking in All Hallows College Dublin while launching an interesting and essential new book ‘Parish Pastoral Councils’ written by Debra Snoddy, Andrew McNally and Jim Campbell,
Done in a creative and responsible fashion, the creation and operation of a parish pastoral council can be that catalytic agent that brings new life and hope to the parish and its people. We should expect nothing less of our colleagues and ourselves in the task of being the local parish – the future of the Church.

Available from Veritas bookshops and www.veritas.ie

Tony

Share the Good News

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

‘Share the Good News’ – the first ever National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland was launched today in Dublin by Bishop William Murphy. It is historical as it’s the first ever directory, researched and written over the past five years, and presented within an Irish context. It offers a genuine opportunity for adult education of Catholics about their faith. It is written in understandable language, beautifully illustrated and presented. The contents will appeal to Catholic people wherever they find themselves on their faith journey. Guidance, understanding, thought provoking and call to appropriate action are some of the results of delving into this book. It is for all Catholics. Parish and family life are once again acknowledged and promoted as the basic units of Christian and Catholic community.   Catholic religious education is an important topic today in a changing Ireland.  This debate will continue. The future of the faith is the responsibility of all Catholics. ‘Share the Good News’ is required reading for all who wish to be Catholic in Ireland. It is available from Veritas bookshops or on www.veritas.ie.

The addresses given by Cardinal Seán Brady and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at today’s launch can be viewed on www.catholicbishops.ie –News section.

Tony