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Fr Paddy: Saint John Henry Newman, a wonderful saint

This Sunday, October 13 2019 will be canonized on October 13 2019, in Rome. Pope Francis decreed that Newman and four other blesseds will be...

Get your pets blessed in Abbeyleix this weekend

This week is the celebration of St Francis of Assissi who is the patron saint of animals and they've come up with a novel...

Fr Paddy: Christianity and the scapegoat – a mighty challenge

Christianity is the only religion which worships the scapegoat, the one who is hated, excluded, spat upon, blamed for everything, ridiculed, shamed, and made...

Fr Paddy: The Homelessness Crisis

July 19 marked the third anniversary of the launch of Rebuilding Ireland, the government’s plan to address the housing and homeless crisis. Any honest assessment...

Fr Paddy: The importance of staying 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...

Fr Paddy: Harvest – A Time of Hope

Recently I was greatly inspired by the kind gesture of a neighbour calling with a bag of fresh vegetables from their garden. There is something...

Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for...

This week marks the beginning of our summer holidays for all primary school children. Let’s pray that they will all enjoy a happy and...

Fr Paddy: How to come out on top when faced with...

A very clever dog! A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dog along for company. One...

Fr Paddy: Martin Luther King’s letter to White Church Leaders

We can wait no longer - Martin Luther King’s Letter to White Church Leaders. In 1960, Martin Luther King was imprisoned after leading a civil...

Fr Paddy: Turning Green is being Christian

Recent European and local elections highlighted that our environment and climate change is a fundamental concern among most citizens. Young people lead this awareness in...

Popular Portlaoise priest set to take up new role in Abbeyleix

Popular Portlaoise priest Fr Paddy Byrne is set to leave for a new role as parish priest in Abbeyleix, also taking in Shanahoe and...

Fr Paddy: Increasing our Faith

You don’t just wake up one morning, light streaming in from the window, birds fluttering about, and jump from your bed with exuberance declaring,...

Fr Paddy: A prayer for students

As we move through the month of May thousands of students prepare for exams. Exam-time brings with it many mixed emotions and feelings. Soon it...

Fr Paddy: May – the month of Mary

Mary Queen of the May. May is marked with 'Alleluias' as we celebrate the Resurrection and live into the Easter joy we proclaim. May is also...

Fr Paddy: Divine Mercy – A sacred gift

How can anyone argue against Divine Mercy Sunday? Divine Mercy is hope wrapped up in a loving God, ever ready to embrace us and forgive...

Fr Paddy: Easter – A time to hope

“He is not here, he is risen”, is the signal message which the women receive as they make their way to anoint this dead...

Fr Paddy: Parable of the Prodigal Son challenges us all

The story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 1–3, 11–32) has an extraordinary amount of wisdom and good advice packed into it. Indeed, the more...

Fr Paddy: A mother’s love – A blessing

Sure I love the dear silver that shines in your hair. Does anyone recognise that song? An old, old Irish favourite, Mother Machree. I remember...

Fr Paddy: Spring – a blessed season of Hope

According to the English Catholic priest-cardinal John Henry Newman, “Growth is the only evidence of life.” Life is then most apparent in the springtime with...

Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to embrace positivity

Lent is an old English word meaning 'lengthen'. Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer. Lent is a good time...

Fr Paddy: Being merciful and responsive in time of Lent

The Trócaire Lenten Campaign for 2019 focuses on land-rights. The four-sided “Trócaire Box” has stories to tell. One about families forced from their homes, another...

Fr Paddy: Where is my brother?

“Where is your brother?” This is the question that God asks each one of us in our hearts regarding our brother who is sick,...

Fr Paddy: The Weight of the Glass

The Art of Letting Go is about deciding to stop making the same mistakes and choosing to take a different path. It has been...

Fr Paddy: Fr John… A lovely man

The recent tragic death of Fr. John Cummins, following a freak car accident has left me numbed and deeply saddened. It resonates with ancient...

Fr Paddy: From beyond hope to Amazing Grace

John Newton was a cruel and vile man who seemed beyond hope, but he became an example of God’s amazing grace. His true story...

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

On Friday, February 1 we celebrate St. Brigid's Day, a day which brings great hope. St Brigid brings with her a story of compassion, generosity,...

Fr Paddy: Helpful tips to overcome Blue Monday

After the buzz and good cheer of the festive season, January can feel like one long and exhausting slog. Researchers have dubbed January 21st as...

Fr Paddy: Remembering the enigmatic TV art critic and nun Sr...

Sister Wendy Beckett, recently died aged 88, could be dismissive of the high-profile television work that made this hermit nun with owl-like glasses into...

2018 Remembered: Portlaoise priest says ‘church cannot bury its head in...

Back in May, the people of Ireland and Laois voted to Repeal the Eight Amendment – paving the way for abortion to become legal...

Fr Paddy: Christmas – A Time to Hope

The Advent Season is a time to get ready for the approaching feast of Christmas. Liturgically this is a time when we prepare for...