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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...

Fr Paddy: The 10 Spiritual Tips for Winter Lockdown 2020

1. Life is messy (Covid especially: world-wide mess, winter weather, weariness) The lived experience of life is what makes us who we are. If we...

Fr Paddy: November, a time to remember

2020 has been some roller-coaster, one that will be remembered for generations to come as the year of the pandemic. As we begin weeks of...

Fr Paddy: All will be well …

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going...

Fr Paddy: Five ways to build faith in challenging times

Whether you’re struggling with the fear and isolation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or you’re just having one of those weeks where nothing...

Fr Paddy: The life story of Matt Talbot

Matt Talbot was born May 1856 in Dublin Ireland. He was one of twelve children, six of whom lived to adulthood. His father was a...

Fr Paddy: Direct Provision – A failed system

This pandemic is far from over, whilst hopefully it remains contained, on our Island. Here in Laois we face the second week of restrictions, which...

Fr Paddy: John Hume – An Instrument of Peace

John Hume put his devotion to what was right above what was best for himself, his life’s work was given its ultimate return in...

Fr Paddy: 19 ways to stay positive

Our world screams out for poetry even if it can’t cope with it. Faith can only exist in a world of poetry. God is always...

New appointments and retirements in Kildare and Leighlin Diocese

Bishop Denis Nulty has announced a number of appointments and retirements of priests in the Kildare and Leighlin Diocese. Locally, Fr Paddy Byrne is to...