The Parables of the Kingdom

The Parables of the Kingdom

In St Matthew’s Gospel we find many teachings of Jesus, expressed in parables, little stories which illustrate the teaching readily and are easy to remember. Generations of preachers have admired the simplicity and power of the parables, “art concealing itself”....

We must carry on the work of Christ

By Bishop Phonsie Cullinan In the light of recent developments in Ireland the Church finds herself in a different place.  We must go back to basics.  The purpose of the Church is to continue the work of Christ. This is what the Church has done, or tried to...

The Power of the Rosary to convert

by Kathy Sinnott My Aunt Ann was about 50 when she woke up to the fact that her older children were no longer Catholic.  A busy mother of nine, still making school lunches for the younger ones, she had not seen it coming.  She had done all the right things,...

A Recent Rosary Miracle

In 2014 in Nigeria, Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme was praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament, in his Cathedral, when he saw a vision of the Lord.  The Lord motioned towards him with a sword, which turned into a rosary.  Our Lord then said three times: “Boko...

How To Spend A Holy Hour

by Fr Billy Swan I recently gave a talk to a group of promoters of Eucharistic Adoration here in my diocese. I shared with them a few thoughts on how we might spend a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament. The first twenty minutes before the Lord really present in...

A Heroic Life – St Edmund Campion

by Fr Shane Sullivan Edmund Campion was born in 1540 in Henry VIII’s enthusiastically Protestant England. He became one of Oxford’s best scholars and received the order of deacon within the Church of England. Edmund was a very unlikely Catholic martyr and hero, yet he...

The Holy Name of Jesus

By Fr Philip Kemmy “With the Name of Jesus we shall overthrow the demons; we shall put them to flight. With this Name, if they sometimes dare to attack us, our battles will be victories, and our victories will be crowns for Heaven, all brilliant with precious...

Little Nellie of Holy God

By Kate Barry-Murphy         Little Nellie was born in County Waterford in 1903 and died in Cork City at the tender age of 4 years and 5 months on the special Feast of the Presentation.      Nellie, consecrated as...

A Reflection on Today’s Mass Readings

Dia dhuit, Our new Church year began with Advent eight or so months ago and since then we have been for the most part going through the Gospel of St Mark each Sunday.  We will take a break from St Mark’s Gospel for the next five Sundays and we will journey...

My Vocation Story

By Sr. Faustina (Poor Clares Cork) In my teenage years I drifted away from the Church. I had no understanding of God’s personal love for me.  I wanted to break free from all rules which I thought restricted me. I loved going to Pubs, Clubs, Parties, Rock Concerts...