"Celebrate Easter today and for the next fifty days. It is good news, not just about Jesus but about us human beings. Just as the birth of Jesus showed his solidarity with us in his smallness, so Easter shows God's solidarity with us in our mistakes and in our reluctance to be outrageously generous in our way of life."
"We have to acknowledge across all the Churches that the current way of being Church may still attract considerable numbers of people – but it is failing to engage with the reality of many people's lives and is not permeating the heart of society."
Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honour for me – as Chair of the Irish Churches Peace Project – to be able to welcome you here to this important gathering. The formal project may have been in existence for under three years – but it genesis goes back much further. It was about 2008 that a group of faith-filled people recognised that the Churches in NI could – and ought to – be making a significant, consistent and distinctive contribution to peace building and reconciliation across NI. Despite smaller numbers attending Church regularly, our faith communities still have access to huge amounts of social capital and premises, as well as to local leadership. Furthermore, there was a recognition that, in many ways, religion and churches had also played a less than helpful role in creating and perpetuating our divisions.
The first National Safeguarding Children conference took place in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February 2015. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland delivered the opening address to the conference on Friday 27 February. To read the address, Download Here
Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, celebrated Mass in St Patrick's Church, Pennyburn on Sunday 15th August at 7pm. This is the first time in almost 30 years that Mass has been celebrated in the Diocese on Sunday evening.
A candlelit Church was packed with people from all over the city and beyond as they prayed with Bishop Donal and joined in singing the meditative Taizé chants.
Mass will be celebrated every Sunday evening in St Patrick's Church at 7.00pm.
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Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the duration of Lent. Take this opportunity to help someone you know with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being.
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The Carmelite Retreat Centre, Termonbacca is pleased to offer the following retreats over the coming weeks: