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Fr Paddy: Harvest thanksgiving .. A time for justice

Perhaps this harvest time is an opportunity for us all, to acknowledge the fruits that we all have in the depth of our being. Fruits...

Fr Paddy: Don’t quit…

There was once a bunch of tiny frogs, who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high...

Fr Paddy: Take a deep breath

The person who has probably done most in the Christian world to promote the idea of concentrating on our breathing as a form of...

Fr Paddy: Olympic Inspiration

Wilma Rudolph is the absolute proof that nothing is impossible. Born prematurely, in a family of 21 children, with little to no resources to sustain...

Fr Paddy: The giver is bigger than the receiver

I love this story from Katharine Hepburn’s childhood; it is beautiful, in her own words... “Once when I was a teenager, my father and I...

Fr Paddy: Grandparents – a real blessing

This week, in a special way we are invited to reflect on the role of grandparents. Family is all about ‘connection’, and grandparents are vital...

Fr Paddy: Celebrating the 1,500th anniversary of St Colmcille

St. Colmcille (also known as St. Columba) is one of Ireland's patron saints, a distinction he shares with St. Patrick and St. Bridget. He was...

Fr Paddy: A prayer for students during the pandemic

As we move through the month of May thousands of students prepare for exams. Young people have been particularly affected by this pandemic. Third level...

Fr Paddy: Prayer is a sacred conversation

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern not yourself with what...

Fr Paddy: Easter … A time to Hope

It has been a tough year since last Easter, and many people, Christians and others, have found ways of making the best of a...

‘This is not Christianity’ – Laois priest hits out at Vatican...

A Laois priest has hit out at a Vatican directive which has banned the blessing of same-sex marriages. The ruling was issued by the Vatican’s...

Fr Paddy: A second Easter in lockdown but still a sacred...

This is our Second Easter, in Lockdown. As restrictions continue, our television rooms have now become the place where we can participate in Mass, say...

Fr Paddy: Forgiveness and healing

A woman, pushing on in years, boasted to her pastor that she did not have an enemy in the world. He was very impressed. What...

Fr Paddy: We need each other

Carole King’s fabulous song Tapestry begins with these words: ‘My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of...

Joy for Laois students as new school set to be officially...

The wait for students in one Laois school is almost over as their brand new building is set to be fully completed in the...

Fr Paddy: Stir yourself – Spring time is on the way

Brendan Kennelly’s poem Begin launches us into our Spring-time. This past week has seen changes in the weather. The extra light each morning and evening...

Concerns raised for asylum seekers from Laois facility following Covid-19 outbreak

Concerns have been raised about asylum seekers in a Laois facility following a Covid-19 outbreak. Around 17 residents of the the Hibernian Direct Provision Centre...

Fr Paddy: Renewing Faith, Hope and Love – Pope Francis’ message...

In his message for Lent 2021, Pope Francis focuses on the three theological virtues inviting us to “renew our faith, draw from the living...

Fr Paddy: Lent – A time for true prayer

Lent in lockdown is perhaps enough penance for any of us!! Living through a pandemic brings huge challenges, not just physically but also emotionally and...

Fr Paddy: Be Not Afraid…

Fear and anxiety about a possible future event or circumstance is often a greater suffering than the suffering we endure when (and if) the...

Fr Paddy: The Hill We Climb

Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in US history, has become an international voice of hope. She is a hugely inspirational woman. Her voice is...

Fr Paddy: It’s nearly Spring … A Time of Hope

As the evenings lengthen and new signs of life appear in our gardens, we welcome a new spring. The following ancient story tells how the...

‘Palpable sense of grief’: Laois priest on how the loss of...

A Laois parish priest has explained how the loss of a traditional Irish funeral has exacerbated the grief that is being experienced by the...

Fr Paddy: Outrageous reference to God … far from funny

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland recently expressed shock, over what he says is a “blasphemous” satirical clip broadcast on RTE’s New...

Fr Paddy: Light brighter than any Darkness

2020 has been a tough year. For months on end we have been listening out for the figures: how many new cases today? How...

Fr Paddy: Light at the end of the tunnel

Saint Matthew, tells us that the Lord had said through the prophet that the virgin will be with child and they will call him...

Fr Paddy: The Gift of Generosity this Christmas

Christmas 2020 comes after a most challenging year, a year we will never forget. We see light at the end of the tunnel, but...

Fr Paddy – Advent, a time to hope

Current restrictions are about to lift. Whilst we continue to live in this time of pandemic, I’m really looking forward to the resumption of...

Fr Paddy: The Giver is bigger than the Receiver

I love this story from Katharine Hepburn’s childhood; it’s beautiful, in her own words... Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were...

Fr Paddy: When Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

November is a time to remember and pray for family members, colleagues, neighbours and friends who have died since this time last year. Those who...