Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Christmas


Angels Entertaining the Holy Child, 

by Marianne Stokes



A big thank you to all who have read and followed my blog over the years. 
Thank you and God bless.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bishop Denis Nulty statement on the decision by Cabinet today to hold a referendum on same sex ‘marriage’ in 2015


 "the Catholic Church will continue to hold that
the differences 
between a man and woman
are not accidental to marriage but fundamental "


The debate at the heart of the referendum announced today by the Government is not about equality or about the false separation of a religious view of marriage from the civil view of marriage. It is about the very nature of marriage itself and the importance society places on the role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children. With others, the Catholic Church will continue to hold that the differences between a man and woman are not accidental to marriage but fundamental to it and that children have a natural right to a mother and a father and that this is the best environment for them where possible.

Married love is a unique form of love between a man and woman which has a special benefit for the whole of society. With others of no particular religious view, the Church regards the family based on marriage between a woman and a man as the single most important institution in any society. To change the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society. The Church will therefore participate fully in the democratic debate leading up to the referendum and will seek with others to reaffirm the rational basis for holding that marriage should be reserved for the unique and complimentary relationship between a woman and a man from which the generation and upbringing of children is uniquely possible.

As Christians our primary commandment is to love. Love always demands that we respect the dignity of every human person. That is why the Catholic Church clearly teaches that people who are homosexual must always be treated with sensitivity, compassion and respect. It is not lacking in sensitivity or respect for people who are homosexual however to point out that same-sex relationships are fundamentally different from opposite sex relationships and that society values the complementary roles of mothers and fathers in the generation and up-bringing of children.

ENDS

· Bishop Denis Nulty is Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin and a member of the national executive of Accord, Catholic Marriage Care Service

Sunday, August 18, 2013

St Genesius Novena :Day 2

Please join us for our online Novena to St Genesius, a short reflection will be posted each day at http://fatherdirector.blogspot.ie/ and the novena prayers are here.

Who will you offer your novena for?


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

24 Just Men



24 TDs with principles and courage voted against Enda Kenny's abortion bill last night. 

Five of them (FG and SF) will be punished by their parties as a result. 

Why not send them a message of support and encouragement.


  1. Terence Flanagan (FG) Terence.Flanagan@oir.ie
  2. Peter Mathews (FG) Peter.Mathews@oir.ie
  3. Billy Timmins (FG) Billy.Timmins@oir.ie
  4. Brian Walsh (FG) Brian.Walsh@oir.ie
  5. Peadar Toibin (SF) Peadar.Toibin@oir.ie
  6. John Browne (FF) John.Browne@oir.ie
  7. Dara Calleary (FF) Dara.Calleary@oir.ie
  8. Sean Fleming (FF) Sean.Fleming@oir.ie
  9. Seamus Kirk (FF) Seamus.Kirk@oir.ie
  10. Michael P. Kitt (FF) Michael.P.Kitt@oir.ie
  11. Charlie McConalogue (FF) Charlie.McConalogue@oir.ie
  12. Michael McGrath (FF) Michael.McGrath@oir.ie
  13. John McGuinness (FF) John.McGuinness@oir.ie
  14. Éamon Ó Cuív (FF) Eamon.OCuiv@oir.ie
  15. Seán Ó Fearghaíl (FF) Sean.OFearghail@oir.ie
  16. Willie O'Dea (FF) Willie.ODea@oir.ie
  17. Brendan Smith (FF) Brendan.Smith@oir.ie
  18. Robert Troy (FF) Robert.Troy@oir.ie
  19. Noel Grealish (Ind) Noel.Grealish@oir.ie
  20. Michael Healy-Rae (Ind) Michael.HealyRae@oir.ie
  21. Colm Keaveney (Ind) Colm.Keaveney@oir.ie
  22. Michael Lowry (Ind) Michael.Lowry@oir.ie
  23. Mattie McGrath (Ind) Mattie.McGrath@oir.ie
  24. Denis Naughten (Ind) Denis.Naughten@oir.ie
  25. John Browne (FF) John.Browne@oir.ie
  26. Dara Calleary (FF) Dara.Calleary@oir.ie
  27. Sean Fleming (FF) Sean.Fleming@oir.ie
  28. Seamus Kirk (FF) Seamus.Kirk@oir.ie
  29. Michael P. Kitt (FF) Michael.P.Kitt@oir.ie
  30. Charlie McConalogue (FF) Charlie.McConalogue@oir.ie
  31. Michael McGrath (FF) Michael.McGrath@oir.ie
  32. John McGuinness (FF) John.McGuinness@oir.ie 
  33. Éamon Ó Cuív (FF) Eamon.OCuiv@oir.ie
  34. Seán Ó Fearghaíl (FF) Sean.OFearghail@oir.ie
  35. Willie O'Dea (FF) Willie.ODea@oir.ie
  36. Brendan Smith (FF) BrendanSmith@oir.ie
  37. Robert Troy (FF) Robert.Troy@oir.ie
  38. Noel Grealish (Ind) Noel.Grealish@oir.ie 
  39. Michael Healy-Rae (Ind) Michael.HealyRae@oir.ie
  40. Colm Keaveney (Ind) Colm.Keaveney@oir.ie
  41. Michael Lowry (Ind) Michael.Lowry@oir.ie
  42. Mattie McGrath (Ind) Mattie.McGrath@oir.ie
  43. Denis Naughten (Ind) Denis.Naughten@oir.ie

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Please support the Rally for Life



BUSES to the Rally for Life July 6th leaving from all over Northern Ireland, and more buses to be confirmed.
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Leaving from:

ARMAGH, BALLYMENA, BELFAST
COOKSTOWN, DERRY, DONEGAL
DUNGANNON, DUNGIVEN, DUNLOY
DUNSILLY, ENNISKILLEN, LURGAN
MAGHERAFELT, NEWRY, OMAGH
RANDALSTOWN, TOOME

More areas may be confirmed in next couple of weeks
Contact Precious Life on 028 9027 8484 for more bus details or if you would like to organise a bus for your area.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A time to uphold the right to life



A time to uphold the right to life: Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland
 On the second day of the June General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth, the following statement has been issued:
A time to reflect
On Saturday last, tens of thousands of women, men and children gathered in Dublin to express their support for the equal right to life of mothers and their unborn children.
We are at a defining moment for our country.
The Gospel of life is at the heart of the message of Jesus.  He came that we may have life and have it to the full (Jn 10:10).  The Gospel challenges us to work for a world in which the dignity and beauty of every human life are respected.
A time to uphold the right to life
The right to life is the most fundamental of all rights; it is the foundation of all other rights.  No individual has the right to destroy life and no State has the right to undermine the right to life.
Yet the Irish Government is proposing abortion legislation that will fundamentally change the culture of medical practice in Ireland.  For the first time legislation will be enacted permitting the deliberate and intentional killing of an unborn child. This represents a radical change. Every citizen, not just people of faith, should be deeply concerned.
We value the skill and efforts of our doctors, nurses and other care professionals who have helped to earn Ireland’s place as one of the safest countries in the world for mothers and their babies during pregnancy.
Catholic Church teaching is clear: where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are ethically permissible provided every effort is made to save both the mother and her baby.
This is different from abortion, which is the direct and intentional taking of the innocent life of the unborn.  No matter what legislation is passed in any country, abortion is, and always will be, gravely wrong.
A time for clarity and truth
The Government is under no obligation to legislate for the X case.  People are being misled. We challenge repeated statements that this legislation is about saving lives and involves no change to the law or practice on abortion.  Legalising the direct and intentional destruction of the life of an unborn baby can never be described as ‘life-saving’ or ‘pro-life’.
Contrary to clear psychiatric evidence, this legislation proposes abortion as an appropriate response to women with suicidal feelings during pregnancy.  It is even possible to envisage as a result of this legislation the deliberate destruction of a child, who could otherwise be saved, right up to and including the moment of birth.
Furthermore, we challenge assurances that the proposed legislation will provide limited access to abortion.  As published to date, the legislation will allow for a very wide margin of subjective professional assessment by which the deliberate destruction of an unborn baby can be legally justified. As we have learned from other countries, such legislation opens the door to ever wider availability of abortion.
We remain convinced that enhanced medical guidelines, which do not envisage the direct and intentional killing of the unborn, could provide the necessary clarity as well as a morally, legally and medically acceptable way forward.  While good health can normally be restored, life, once taken, can never, never be restored.
A time for freedom of conscience
Freedom of conscience is a fundamental human right.  A State that truly cherishes freedom will respect the conscience of its citizens, including its public representatives, on such an important human value as the right to life.
It is ethically unacceptable to expect doctors, nurses and others who have conscientious objections to nominate others to take their place.  Neither should any institution with a pro-life ethos be forced to provide abortion services.
A time to decide: a time to act; a time to pray
We call on citizens to exercise their right to make their views known respectfully to our public representatives and to leave them in no doubt about where they stand on this issue.
We ask our public representatives to uphold the equal and inviolable right to life of all human beings, even if this means standing above other pressures and party loyalties.
We also invite our priests and people to continue to pray the Choose Life prayer at Mass and in the home that the dignity and value of all human life will continue to be upheld in this country.
Some mothers today are facing difficult or crisis pregnancies. Other people who have had, or who have assisted with abortions, may be re-living what happened in the past.  They deserve to receive all the love, support and professional care that they need.
As Bishops we will join this weekend in prayerful solidarity with millions of Catholics all over the world in the Year of Faith celebration of Blessed John Paul II’s Encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life).
Every human life is precious, every human life is beautiful, every human life is sacred. Choose life!
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